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Coronavirus hits Indian drug exports

India has ordered an export ban on 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients and formulations made from them.

Four companies fined £3.4m in CMA nortriptyline probe

Wholesaler Lexon (UK) has been fined although it denies any infringement.

Rowlands to cut back opening hours amid cost concerns

Rowlands Pharmacy is to review opening hours across its stores in England.

Prescription charge to increase from April 1

The DHSC has announced the prescription charge in England will increase from April 1.

Sale of 44 Boots stores 'exciting opportunity for independents'

Boots has put 44 of its pharmacies in England and Wales up for sale.

Evidence lacking for hub & spoke says NPA

There is little existing evidence that hub and spoke saves money or improves patient safety, the NPA claimed.

Boots partners with private electronic prescriptions provider

Boots UK is partnering with online GP consultation provider Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) in a London pilot.

Birmingham pharmacist jailed for drug trafficking

Sarfraz Hussain gets 28 months after MHRA investigation.

Deadline for CBD companies to keep products on shelves

The Food Standards Agency has given the CBD industry until March 31 2021 to apply to keep ther products on shelves.

NPA to launch impact assessment of five-year deal on independents

The NPA is launching an economic analysis on the impact of the five-year funding settlement on independent pharmacies.

PSNC 'very close' to agreeing funding for next year

Simon Dukes has provided an update on progress on the first annual contract review.

AIM: IR35 tax rules could force pharmacies to close

Plans to change the tax rules for UK contract workers could have “far-reaching consequences” for community pharmacies.

BGMA chief defends generics price concession system

BGMA director general Warwick Smith has defended the concessionary drug price system.

Cutting costs leads to profit boost for Lloyds parent company

LloydsPharmacy parent company McKesson saw a 16 per cent profit rise in its European division in the most recent financial quarter.

Pharmacy2U application for 7m dispensing site refused by NHS

The NHS refuses Pharmacy2U’s application to have a new dispensing facility in Leicester included on the pharmaceutical list.

Changes to Avicenna leadership team

Pharmacy support group Avicenna has announced changes to its leadership team.

Lloyds to charge £25 for new health check service

LloydsPharmacy has launched a new private health check service that includes a blood pressure and BMI check.

Squeezed margins ‘the biggest threat facing pharmacy’ in 2020

Pressures on gross margins are the biggest threat facing community pharmacies in 2020, according to a new survey.

New FP10 forms circulated to prevent penalty charges

NHSBSA has begun issuing new prescription forms and tokens to make it easier to check patients' exemption status.

PSNC pushing for further investment

PSNC will not wait for annual review to put case for further investment.

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