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Analysis

Annual pharmacy contractual reviews are ‘vital,’ insists PSNC chief

PSNC chief Simon Dukes reminds pharmacists unhappy with the five-year deal not to forget about annual reviews.

Exclusive: Over 17k CPCS referrals in first two weeks

Pharmacies in England received over 17,000 referrals through the consultation service during the first two weeks. 

Pharmacy consolidations rising slowly but steadily

The number of community pharmacies consolidating into a single premises has risen slowly but steadily since 2016.

Google urged to crack down on fake medicine sites

Google and other search engines need to take more action against websites selling fake medicines, says an IP protection firm.

Supply chain worries grow

Concerns about medicines supply chain resilience, including the ongoing Brexit saga, continue to intensify and have even been raised in Parliament.

Exclusive: Pharmacists aren’t stockpiling, says NHS England

An FOI reveals there has been just one investigation into suspected stockpiling of medicines by pharmacies since January.

Govt has not planned for closures despite ‘obsession’ says PSNC Dukes

“It is to us as a sector” to discuss issues like consolidation and the Pharmacy Access Scheme, he argued.

MP highlights Pharmacy Magazine shortages campaign

Labour MP Holly Lynch urged the pharmacy minister to “get a grip” on the problem of medicine shortages in a parliamentary debate this week.

Community pharmacies more likely to fail GPhC inspections

Community pharmacies are more likely to fail a GPhC inspection but also account for all pharmacies rated excellent.

RPS tasked with analysing pharmacy technicians’ roles

The early career report was commissioned by the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and Health Education England.

HRT suppliers implementing “demand management”

Several HRT suppliers are putting “demand management processes” in place in the wake of acute stock shortages.

DHSC tackles “inequitable” reimbursement patterns

The Government has launched a consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms.

“A curate’s egg” - responses to funding deal come in

Community pharmacy's unprecedented five-year funding deal has been met with a range of responses.

Pharmacy PCN funding to be finalised next week

The PSNC's Alastair Buxton said the level of community pharmacy funding for primary care networks has not been finalised.     

Scottish contractors see fine print of 2019-20 settlement

Part 7 Drug Tariff discount clawback for contractors in Scotland has been retrospectively reset.

Reissner: RPS public body status may impact legal case

David Reissner says it is “by no means clear” the RPS is a public body as Sid Dajani presses for a judicial review.

Pharmacy cuts in England a wake up call for Wales

Westminster's decision to impose cuts in England triggered positive changes for the sector in Wales, the NPA conference heard.

King's Fund reports on primary care home model

Local change factors gleaned from early primary care networks provide insight for local development

9 in 10 don't attend MURs after discharge

About nine in 10 people don’t book a post-discharge medicine use review (MUR) even when reminded in hospital, a study has found.

UK fails to back global medicine pricing agreement

A shadow minister has said he is “appalled” at the UK Government’s decision not to back a global resolution aimed at making medicine pricing more transparent

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