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NHS should be clear with pharmacists, says RPS chair

NHS policy makers should be clear with community pharmacists on their plans for the sector, Sandra Gidley told PM

Action taken to prevent medicine price hikes, Hancock says in Brexit Q&A

Hancock was presented with concerns about the possibility of “soaring costs” in the event of a no deal Brexit

Brexit has put contract talks on ice, PSNC confirms

The PSNC announcement came the morning after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a historic defeat

Fresh call from NPA for law change after May’s Brexit defeat

The NPA reinforced its message that laws should be changed to allow pharmacies to share medicines 

Brexit dispensing protocols ‘not clear enough’

Clarification is needed on urgent legislation changes giving pharmacists new powers, pharmacy bodiues have said

Pharmacist suspended from register for “brazen” impropriety

A pharmacist employed by the NPA had engaged in an act of sexual impropriety and then failed to disclose his police caution

Flu now circulating in the community

Most sufferers have a flu strain that is “well matched” to this year’s vaccine, PHE reports

GPhC proposes education & training overhaul

The GPhC is proposing wide-ranging changes to the education and training pharmacists receive

Minor ailments schemes a hit with the public

60 per cent of respondents said they would have seen a GP had they been unable to access the MAS service

Stock check: January

A round-up of January's OTC news

Boots union ballot approaches

Both the PDAU and Boots have been lobbying the 7,000-strong bargaining unit in the run up to the postal vote

Rise in drugs that are harmful for infants

There are 51 drugs of which a single adult dose could kill an infant, according to a new list

Three-fold rise in gabapentinoid scripts

A study using UK data suggests that gabapentinoid prescribing has tripled since 2007

Patients willing to discuss drinking habits during MURs

The pharmacist’s “personalised and caring approach” facilitated discussions, study participants said

Boots seeks to crack digital healthcare with acquisition

Boots has acquired a digital health company in a move that will link customers to their GP records

‘Further efficiencies’ for community pharmacy outlined in Long-Term Plan

The role of “clinical pharmacists” will grow while community pharmacy may undergo “further efficiencies”

UK drug shortages hit WBA sales

Boots UK parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance has launched a massive savings drive following disappointing results

MHRA updates ‘no deal’ Brexit guidance

Prescriptions from EU countries will continue to be recognised in the UK after Brexit, says the MHRA in updated guidance  

Pharmacies top search ratings over Christmas

The most popular search on the NHS website over Christmas was about getting help from a pharmacy, research finds

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