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The long wait for a diabetes diagnosis

On average patients live with type 2 diabetes for more than two years before being diagnosed, according to new research.

Sharp rise in antidepressant use in pandemic

Researchers say mental health safeguards are needed to prevent people suffering harmful side-effects of antidepressants.

Over half of UK adults have now had second Covid vaccination

Vaccination programme remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Pharmacy LFD test service launched in Scotland

Contractors will receive a participation fee of £450 to cover initial set-up costs and a distribution fee of £2 per kit.

Pay concerns 'driving retention issues in pharmacy'

Concerns around pay and workload are partly behind growing retention issues among the community pharmacy workforce, a new report warns. 

First LGBT pharmacists’ network president elected

Scott Rutherford has been elected as the first president of the PDA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pharmacists’ Network. 

Well completes acquisition of pharmacy in South Wales

Well Pharmacy has continued its recent acquisition of community pharmacies by completing the purchase of one in South Wales.

AmerisourceBergen completes deal to acquire Alliance Healthcare

The American wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corporation has today completed a deal to acquire Alliance Healthcare.

Invest in NI pharmacy network, negotiator urges

The negotiating body for Northern Ireland’s pharmacies has called on the Department of Health to rethink its approach to primary care "bottlenecks".

Rowlands MD to step down in August

Rowlands managing director Mark Bather will step down in August having decided to retire.  

Use of drug shortage protocols rising rapidly, FOI data reveals

Exclusive: The use of SSPs is rising rapidly according to data released under the Freedom of Information Act. 

GPhC wants ‘more effective booking process’ after exam chaos

The GPhC has said it will seek to “arrange a more effective booking process” for future registration exams after many faced difficulties in March. 

Estradot SSP extended, final May concessions announced

The serious shortage protocol for Estradot 75 micrograms patches has been extended until June 11.

PSNC postpones elections to allow RSG to complete its work

PSNC has postponed the elections for its 13 independent contractor regional representatives until early 2023.

Shingles and skin infection PGDs added to Pharmacy First Scotland

After some delay, PGDs supporting two further common clinical conditions are to be added to the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service.

Raise tobacco age restriction to 21, charity tells Government

A leading charity has called on the government to raise the age for tobacco sales to 21. 

Pharmacies giving 17 unpaid consultations per day

The average community pharmacy in England conducts 17 ‘informal’ patient consultations each day, PSNC has found. 

London LPC chief stands down after 26 years

Hemant Patel has stepped down as secretary of North East London’s Local Pharmaceutical Committee after 26 years in post. 

Survey launched to get pharmacies' views on IT

A PSNC survey will get the views of community pharmacy teams on IT system capabilities within the sector.

Three-quarters of pharmacies accessing RTEC

Over three-quarters of pharmacy organisations are now able to access real time exemption checking.

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