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Analysis

Conference sketch: Sigma in Oman

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine told delegates the Government was “crystal clear” about the importance of pharmacy

MHRA black market crackdown working

As of February 2019, 32 investigations have been initiated and 86 suspects arrested or interviewed under caution

NHS chief: No deal medicine plans “activated”

Matt Hancock revealed in the course of the hearing that the Government has “of course” prioritised medicines over food

Ireland makes 'watch list' of medicines threatened by Brexit

The ‘watch list’ of medicines that could be affected by Brexit includes essential drugs such as radiotherapy products

FMD is almost here. Are you ready?

Pharmacies not yet compliant with the Falsified Medicines Directive still have time – but the clock is ticking...

Hancock tech advisor talks NHS App

Initially slated for December, it now appears likely that the App will not become fully operational until early 2019

NHS England consults on further prescribing curbs

NHS England has set out plans to curb the prescribing of a further group of ‘low priority’ items such as silk garments

Industry & govt near agreement on PPRS successor

The NHS across the UK is expected to save around £930m on its medicine bill under a new scheme

£11m boost for NI pharmacies a “sticking plaster” says body

The Department of Health (Northern Ireland) has announced additional community pharmacy funding of up to £11.1m

No-deal threat to medicines supply remains

Industry voices have welcomed the Brexit draft withdrawal plan but severe concerns remain 

Supreme court quashes pregabalin patent claim

The NPA described the ruling as a positive outcome for pharmacists, patients and the NHS

MPs on warpath over non-publication of clinical trials

Pharmaceutical companies have good rates of reporting, the Committee says, but the picture is much more mixed for universities and PHE

Autumn 2018 budget announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (Monday 29 October) delivered his 2018 budget, describing it as bringing an end to the “age of austerity”

NHS England sets out vision for technology in healthcare

The policy paper from NHS Digital says the state of online services, basic IT and clinical tools in health and care is far behind where it needs to be

MHRA no-deal Brexit consultation closes soon

The consultation deals with how legislation and regulatory processes would have to be modified in the event of the UK not securing a deal with the EU after the UK’s exit, with no implementation period

WannaCry cyber attack cost the NHS £92m

The figure includes ‘lost output’ of patient care caused by reduced access to information and cancelled appointments, and additional IT support provided to restore data and systems

Special report: Irish pharmacy still reeling from the recession

A decade after the financial crash crippled the Irish economy and ushered in an era of Government austerity, PM meets with Ireland’s community pharmacy representative body to learn how the sector has coped

Heated debate on rebalancing board proposals

A heated debate is raging concerning the consultation by the Government’s rebalancing board on proposed changes to the legislation that deals with responsible pharmacists and superintendent pharmacists

Panorama finds some online prescribers making risky sales

A BBC Panorama programme will “reveal online doctor sites putting profit before patient care” by prescribing and selling certain medicines, the broadcaster says

Tech talk: Pharmacy riding the technology wave

If you are looking for a template for pharmacy IT innovation, then look around you – there’s lots going on

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