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Practice

Cochrane: Community pharmacy health promotion benefits patients

Health promotion in pharmacies “probably” improves patient health outcomes while being cost-effective, says Cochrane.

Pharmacists help CCG save £44k on insulin needles

Pharmacists assessing needle use in diabetics helped Isle of Wight CCG make an annual saving of £44,000.

New guidance for pharmacist prescribers from GPhC

The GPhC has approved new guidance for pharmacist prescribers.

NMS to save NHS £650m say researchers

Researchers say the NMS will save the NHS in England £651m and give patients almost 300,000 ‘quality adjusted life years’.

Make EHC available "without consultation" argues Royal College

EHC should be reclassified as GSL and “sold off the shelf without consultation,” the RCOG has said.

Pharmacy teams highlight valproate risks

Pharmacy teams are raising awareness of the risks associated with valproate medicines and pregnancy – but more needs to be done.

CCA and AIM run audit to probe non-supply of OTC meds

CCA and AIM want community pharmacies to take part in an audit on the non-supply of OTC medicines to patients seeking self-care.

Pharmacies receiving ‘surprising’ CPCS referrals from NHS 111

A number of pharmacies have reported being “surprised” at some of the CPCS cases referred to them by NHS 111 call handlers.

Fifth MHRA alert recalls more ranitidine products

This latest recall follows recalls of ranitidine products on 8 October, 17 October, 25 October and 19 November.

Leeds pharmacies and GPs share flu jab details

PharmOutcomes and GP practices using SystmOne trial electronic notifications.

PDA alarm on critical incidents with GP pharmacists

The PDA is concerned about the unsafe practice of GP practice pharmacists.

CPCS gets out of the blocks

Figures suggest that just under 17,500 referrals were made in the first two weeks of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

Evidence review needed for OTC analgesics?

Research published to coincide with Self Care Week has called for an evidence review of OTC analgesics.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week "more important than ever"

As Ask Your Pharmacist Week kicks off for 2019 the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) says: “it is more important than ever”.

Medicines safety audit guidance from CPPSG to support PQS

The cross-sector Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has developed new medicines safety audit guidance.

GPs take the lead in 96% of PCNs

The leadership of primary care networks is dominated by doctors, with other primary care professionals almost entirely absent.

Regulators issue principles for online prescribing

The jointly-agreed 10 high level principles set out the good practice expected when prescribing medication online.

Patient safety resources launched to support PQS

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group and PSNC release two pharmacy quality scheme resources. 

Over 8,500 pharmacies sign up to new CPCS

Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner said CPCS is a “step change” in the way people access community pharmacists.

Minor ailments visits double in a single year in Wales

A document from Statistics for Wales revealed that 43,158 CAS consultations were made in 2018-19, up from 16,087 in 2017-18.

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