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Report looks at technology’s role in reducing medication errors

Greater use of technology in primary care settings like community pharmacy can reduce medication errors, a report by a manufacturer of automated healthcare and medication adherence products argues

GPhC received six whistleblowing disclosures in 2017-18

The General Pharmaceutical Council received six whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, according to a joint report from the UK’s health regulators

CCA welcomes DHSC focus on pharmacy regulation

Proposals by the DHSC to steer pharmacy from ministerial legislation to professional regulation are to be welcomed, the Company Chemists’ Association has said

Pharmacists well placed to support female caregivers

A new report explores ways in which pharmacists can support the health needs of women who act as informal caregivers and play a “crucial and unappreciated role"

Pharmacists “absolutely critical” to Scotland’s healthcare ambitions

The “clinical leadership” of pharmacists and technicians is “absolutely critical” to realising Scotland’s healthcare ambitions, the Scottish health secretary told the FIP Congress

RPS calls for greater use of pharmacist independent prescribers

The RPS wants all pharmacists in direct patient care roles to have access to independent prescriber training

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

Dispensed items in Scotland up 20% in a decade

The total number of items dispensed over the last 10 years by community pharmacies in Scotland has increased by 20.5 per cent from 85.8 million to 103.4 million items

New Vaccination Services DoC launched

The new Vaccination Services Declaration of Competence (DoC) for use with patient group directions (PGDs) is now available on the CPPE website

Exclude medical single-use plastics from tax?

Medicine-related single-use plastic items should be exempt from a future plastic tax, argues CCA

Pharmacies urged to act on blood pressure

Community pharmacies are being invited to get involved in two blood pressure campaigns 

Pharmacy can be key to long-term care, study shows

New research suggests that pharmacy care plans can improve medicines adherence and quality of life for patients with long-term conditions

Guidance issued for CCGs on OTC prescribing

NHS England has published guidance for CCGs on prescribing OTC medicines. The document received widespread media coverage

Pfizer outlines training programme for Viagra Connect

Pfizer has announced details of its pharmacy training programme for the POM to P switch Viagra Connect (sildenafil 50mg)

Funding for pharmacists in care homes

NHS England is to fund 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians to work in care homes – a move welcomed by the RPS

CPS to carry out research on minor ailments service

Community Pharmacy Scotland is to investigate users’ experiences of the national MAS

CPPE patient safety learning campaign starts

CPPE’s latest learning campaign on patient safety begins today. Register now to take part and make a pledge

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Seretide Accuhaler

Drug alert: Class 2 Medicines Recall: Seretide Accuhaler 50 microgram/250 microgram/dose inhalation powder

Which? exposes pharmacy OTC failings – again

Pharmacies visited in the latest undercover investigation by Which? did not give vital safety warnings about OTC medicines

NHS 111 scheme directs over 1,200 patients to pharmacy

Minor illness referral scheme in the north east shows very promising results for December

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BREAKING: High Court rules in favour of NPA in P2U contact detail…

Pharmacy2U has failed in a legal bid to obtain the contact details of thousands of independent community pharmacies

Keith Ridge to lead NHS overprescribing review

The review is aimed at bringing down the health service’s medicines spend and limiting harm to patients

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WaterWipes has launched a new variant of its popular wipe made with 99.9 per cent water plus fruit and soapberry extract

£11m boost for NI pharmacies a “sticking plaster” says body

The Department of Health (Northern Ireland) has announced additional community pharmacy funding of up to £11.1m



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