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Depression doubles in over-70s during pandemic says Age UK

A brand new guide has been created to help improve older people’s access to talking therapies.

GSK fined £22m over paroxetine ‘pay for delay’ deal

A tribunal has upheld a previous finding that GlaxoSmithKline paid generic drugs companies £50m to delay bringing paroxetine to the market.

Funding 'urgently' needed for pharmacy education and training

RPS president Sandra Gidley said more funding for the eduction and training of pharmacists will support their “enhanced clinical role.”  

Contractor survey ‘will inform NHS investment decisions’

HEE is calling on community pharmacy contractors to complete a workforce survey it says will help to inform decisions on planning and investment. 

Alliance Healthcare trains up mental health first aiders

Alliance Healthcare has trained some of its staff to provide employees with mental health support.

Ex-RPS president appointed non-executive director of trust

Ash Soni has been appointed non-executive director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

PDA membership fees now tax deductable

Members can claim tax relief on fees back to 6 April 2018.

Private Covid tests 'must undergo independent validation'

RPS chief scientist Gino Martini wants private Covid tests to be put through the same validation process as those on the NHS.

NHS investigating 44 pharmacies over pandemic delivery payments

The NHS is writing to 44 pharmacies in England over their 'unexpectedly' high payment claims for delivering medicines during the pandemic.   

Walgreens COO to leave role and return to UK

Walgreens Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay is to step down in Mid-May, according to a Bloomberg report.

Alcohol deaths in England and Wales on the rise

Provisional data from the Office for National Statistics revealed a 19.6 per cent rise in deaths last year compared with 2019. 

Pharmacies in NI deliver 35,000 vaccines in six weeks

Community pharmacies across Northern Ireland have administered more than 35,000 Covid vaccines in the six weeks since the roll-out began.

Make PrEP available from pharmacies, MP urges NHS chief

Preventative HIV medicine should be available from community pharmacies, NHS England chief Simon Stevens has been told.   

Work starts on independent hub & spoke facility in Leeds

Work on a large-scale dispensing hub for independent pharmacies is to start “immediately,” HubRx has said. 

MHRA: Errors on batches of valproate packs

Some batches of Syonell 250mg and 500mg gastro-resistant tablets have product packaging information errors.

Melanoma diagnoses fall 28% during pandemic

The number of melanoma diagnoses fell 28 per cent from April to November 2020 compared to the previous year. 

Lung health taskforce asks public to share data

The Taskforce for Lung Health is aiming to raise awareness of the launch of its Lung Health Data Tracker.

Boots strikes five-year deal with digital services provider

Boots and Cegedim have struck a new five-year digital services deal.

NICE recommends new drug for relapsing MS

NICE has recommended the use of auto-injectable MS drug ofatumumab on the NHS. 

Police investigating theft of medicines from pharmacy

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating a robbery at a pharmacy in Portadown on Wednesday morning (April 28). 

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