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At least 139 pharmacies have closed since 2018-19 warns PSNC

There has been a net decrease of at least 139 community pharmacies in England since 2018-19, the PSNC has warned.

Wockhardt strikes Covid-19 vaccine deal with government

Wockhardt has struck an agreement with the government to supply the UK with millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines.

Numark starts campaign to get people to get flu jab

Numark has launched a campaign to encourage more people to vaccinate themselves against the flu this winter.

Prescription switch charges continue for pharmacies

Some pharmacies are reportedly still incurring charges for prescriptions that have been switched from exempt to chargeable.

DHSC announce second concessions list for July

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced the second wave of price concessions for July.

Duchess of Cornwall learns about pharmacies’ support for abuse victims

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited a London branch of Boots yesterday to hear about the company’s Safe Spaces initiative for abuse victims. 

Boots: Global CEO steps down in major shake-up

Walgreen Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina has announced he is to step down after five years in the role, with no successor yet appointed.

Independents’ hub & spoke facility to go live in 2022

A new facility aimed at giving independent pharmacies access to hub and spoke technology is expected to commence operations in early 2022.

GPhC presses ahead with premises fee hike despite opposition

The GPhC is to increase its premises renewal fees by £103 from next April, despite two-thirds of consultation respondents opposing the plans. 

Lloyds launches £260-a-month weight loss service

LloydsPharmacy has launched a new weight loss service combining an appetite suppressant medication with personalised coaching. 

£370m advance 'nowhere near enough' says Lord Grade

Lord Grade has criticised the government over the £370 million in advance funding it handed to community pharmacies during the pandemic. 

Superdrug offering £89 nurse-run antibody test service

High street multiple Superdrug has begun offering a nurse-operated Covid-19 blood antibody testing service at a cost of £89 to patients.

MHRA warning over sweets contaminated with cannabis oil

A series of arrests have been made in West Yorkshire after sweets distributed in the area contained cannabis oil.

One in three more likely to think pharmacy first during pandemic

Almost one in three say they are now more likely to choose a local pharmacy as their first port of call than before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

P2U founder launches hub & spoke facility for independents

Pharmacy2U founder Daniel Lee has announced plans for an £8m dispensing facility he claims will “level the playing field” between independents and multiples.

APPG appoints Jackie Doyle-Price as its new chair

The All-Party Pharmacy Group has appointed the Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price as its new chair.

Get your PPE sourced before busy flu season

Disposable face masks, full face visors, nitrile and vinyl gloves, and sanitizer available from Protective Equipment Limited.

Market for pharmacies largely unaffected by pandemic

Hutchings' Scott Hayton says it's been business as usual for buyers and sellers of pharmacies during the pandemic.

Boots online sales ‘at Black Friday levels’ as footfall plummets

Boots executives have described how the company’s online business has skyrocketed while in-store retail sales have dropped by almost half.

Well to launch scheduling app for shifts and cover

Well says it will launch an app that allows its employees to schedule and manage their shifts and cover.

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