People & Business

Scotland’s CPO to address NPA/PM conference

Scotland’s chief pharmacist, Rose Marie Parr, will be a panellist at the June conference organised jointly by the NPA and Pharmacy Magazine

Little change in gender pay gap at the multiples

The gender pay gap across the major UK pharmacy multiples does not appear to have shifted significantly, according to the latest company reports

DHSC grants record concessions amid shortages

March 2019 saw the Department of Health and Social Care grant a record amount of medicine price concessions

“Challenging” talks ahead as 2019-20 negotiations start

Urgent care referrals, medicines safety and “challenging discussions on funding and reimbursement” are all expected to be on the agenda

Seema Kennedy appointed new pharmacy minister

South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has been appointed as the new minister for public health and primary care

Countdown continues to NPA-Pharmacy Magazine joint conference

Health secretary Matt Hancock and NHS England’s director responsible for community pharmacy, Ed Waller, are among the headline speakers at June conference

Low-performing Boots stores under review as WBA ups savings target

Company needs to be “more aggressive in our response to rapidly shifting trends”, Walgreens Boots Alliance chief Pessina says

DHSC lays down the law on reporting medicines shortages

Medicines manufacturers are expected to be fully accountable for their supply chain to the UK market

Well data breach: PDA progressing comp claim

Potential compensation for affected pharmacists ranges “from hundreds of pounds to the low thousands," the PDA says

Pharmacies give out free vape kits in new trial

Pharmacies in the Trafford area in Greater Manchester are to provide free vaping starter kits to smokers as part of a new trial

Generics firms accused of anti-competitive hydrocortisone deal

The CMA has provisionally found that two companies had an illegal anti-competitive agreement on the drug

Boots chickenpox service rolled out to 294 stores

Boots UK has extended its private chickenpox vaccination service to 294 stores, up from 30 when it began last year

Up to 350 Boots head office roles at risk in savings drive

The company seeking to cut between 300 and 350 roles at its Nottingham HQ as part of a savings programme

Exclusive interview with Mark Livingstone, CEO, Pharmacy2U

Pharmacy2U has long been the bête noire of the sector, yet the business has ambitious plans. Interview with Mark Livingstone

“New central dispensing model” behind sale of 70 Rowlands branches

Affected staff will be “fully informed and supported” throughout the process, the company has said

NAO to investigate healthcare penalty charges

The National Audit Office is to investigate penalty charge notices in healthcare

FMD deadline: “Progress” towards compliance sufficient

Pharmacists are advised that despite early glitches most medicine packs with FMD safety features may be dispensed

Cuts continue to impact LloydsPharmacy’s performance in Q3

Market growth in the European division as a whole was “partially offset” by poor UK performance

Pharmacies “must work towards” FMD by February 9

Regulators are expected to be “pragmatic” about enforcement, according to the FMD Working Group 

Claims Boots-Microsoft deal will reduce health sector pressures

A new seven-year deal signed will see the two companies launch a number of joint enterprises

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