Health & NHS

NHS England: £100m OTC savings are a “long-term” goal

NHS England has told Pharmacy Magazine it “did not claim that it would save £100m in the first year” after introducing OTC prescription guidance

Pharmacy minister reveals shortfall in OTC prescription savings

Savings from NHS England’s OTC prescription guidance appear to be falling far short of an expected target of up to £100m each year

GPhC tightens rules around online pharmacies

Carrying out patient ID checks and liaising with GPs are among the safeguarding measures required of online pharmacies under new guidance

Wales gets additional £1.4m pharmacy funding

The additional funding will secure further changes to contractual arrangements in 2019-20 to offer innovative services

Wales cracks down on script drug dependence

NHS Wales has been told to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists to support evidence-based prescribing

CCGs merge in Devon and Derbyshire

Two new clinical commissioning groups came into being on April 1 following the merger of existing CCGs

Drug names to change in no deal Brexit scenario

In the event of a no deal Brexit drug names in the UK will revert back to their original British Approved Name (BAN)

NMS pledge boosts adherence rates in Boots study

Asking patients to acknowledge that failure to take prescribed medicines endangers their health may improve adherence

Dramatic drop in prescriptions spend in 2018, report shows

The number of prescriptions dispensed in the community grew modestly in 2018 while overall costs fell dramatically

Pharmacy's sexual health potential untapped, says PHE

Community pharmacies can do a lot to address sexual health issues like STIs and HIV says Public Health England

NHS trialling home smear test kits to boost screening rates

Women will be able to self-test for HPV as part of a scheme aimed at combating low cervical cancer screening rates

NHS ramps up guidance for 'no deal' Brexit

Health sector preparations for readiness to leave with ‘no deal’ have been ramped up

New guide to promoting healthy ageing

A newly published guide helps pharmacy teams to support older people to improve the quality of their lives

Public satisfaction with NHS at lowest level since 2007

Overall satisfaction was 53 per cent – a 3 point drop from the previous year and the lowest level since 2007

Steve Brine resigns as pharmacy minister to back Brexit motion

Mr Brine resigned to vote against the Government on Brexit, leaving the future of pharmacy contract talks unclear

Pharmacy diabetes screening programmes show promise

Detection rates in pharmacy are comparable to GP practices and offer a similar cost per test, a study suggests

Roadshow offers free liver health checks

Members of the public are being offered free liver health checks by a charity in a cross-London roadshow

London LPC receives AF detection funding

Calls for the scheme, which builds pathways between pharmacy and cardiologists, to be rolled out nationwide

PAGB: Children should be taught about self care in school

The PAGB said all children should be educated on self-treatable conditions and the different roles of healthcare professionals

The man who discovered ibuprofen...

Dr Stewart Adams OBE, the man who discovered ibuprofen, died on January 30, aged 95

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