People & Business

Pharma companies accused of breaking competition law

Four pharmaceutical companies have provisionally been found to have broken competition law.

Revenue up, profits down at Superdrug

Superdrug recorded nearly £1.3 billion in total revenue last year although it saw pre-tax profits drop to £88.3 million.

Sigma’s Bharat Shah appointed CBE

Shah was appointed a CBE for services to business, economic growth, exporting, the independent pharmacy sector and philanthropy.

AAH strikes deal to be sole supplier for AstraZeneca

AAH has struck a deal with AstraZeneca to become the sole distributor of its products from July 1.

Well steps up online

Well Pharmacy has launched a campaign to promote its prescriptions service which offers free delivery of NHS prescriptions.

Lloyds increasing travel clinics

More LloydsPharmacy stores are to get travel clinics, parent company McKesson UK has announced.

Thornton & Ross acquires five brands from GSK

OTC medicine manufacturer Thornton & Ross has acquired five brands from GSK in a deal it hopes will drive growth in the pharmacy sector

Generics company has manufacturing licence restored

Generic medicines manufacturer Bristol Laboratories has had its good manufacturing practice (GMP) status restored, the company announced last week

Funding cuts see pharmacy sales drop

Government funding cuts and the growth of online dispensing led to mergers and acquisitions of community pharmacies dropping off by almost a quarter

NPA chair steps aside amid CMA allegations

Nitin Sodha is stepping aside immediately while the CMA investigates allegations of collusion against Lexon UK, a company of which he is a director

New skin scanning service from Boots

The service consists of a consultation with a pharmacist, who will scan the customer’s skin using an imaging device and send the image to a dermatologist

BREAKING: Boots comments on closure reports

Reports that over 200 Boots stores are being considered for closure over the next two years have not been confirmed by the multiple

Boots rolls out online repeat prescription service

Boots UK is introducing a number of changes aimed at making it more convenient for patients to obtain their prescriptions, including an online service

Drug companies accused of illegal market sharing

The Competition and Markets Authority has accused four pharma companies of illegal anti-competitive behaviour, said to have cost the NHS millions

London pharmacy launches private care home service

As part of the new InResidence Clinical Services, monthly and weekly deliveries of named-patient medication packs will be despatched

Co-op to “disrupt” prescriptions market with app

The Co-op said it plans to “disrupt” healthcare and grow the online prescription market as it launched a new app that is available to its 4.6 million members

Three in five pharmacists expect profit rise says Lloyds Bank

Pharmacists’ business confidence is rising, with three in five anticipating profits to go up this year, though confidence “remains in negative territory”

Boots UK suffers £100m profit dip, report shows

Boots UK’s pre-tax profits fell dramatically in the year to August 2018, dropping £100m from £498m to £398m, the latest Companies House report shows

RPS: Pharmacists not "prescription police"

Pharmacists should check people’s eligibility for benefit-related exemptions “at the time the transaction occurs” to reduce fraud or error, the NAO said

New business skills training from Bayer

A new business skills training module for pharmacists is inspired by the finding that small and independent pharmacies are not making best use of technology

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