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CMA drops generics pricing investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority concluded that the case was not a good use of its resources

New standard on pharmacy/GP data sharing

A new professional standard sets out how community pharmacies and GP surgeries share clinical information

GPhC: Public supports unannounced pharmacy inspections

There is a broad consensus among the public that moving to unannounced inspections will provide assurance pharmacies provide safe care

PSNC: Pharmacists must figure in NHS workforce strategy

Give community pharmacies a greater role in relieving NHS workforce pressures, PSNC is urging

APPG hears about pharmacy in devolved nations

Community pharmacy representatives from each of the devolved nations discussed opportunities and challenges

Boots union vote to commence on February 4

The second ballot on Boots pharmacists' future representation will run from Monday February 4 2019 for five weeks

PSNC to make case for more national services

PSNC is to push for nationally commissioned emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) and stop smoking services

NI pharmacy “light years behind”, facing “indiscriminate” closures

The funding crisis facing the community pharmacy sector in Northern Ireland will cause widespread closures, CPNI has said

CPS voices concerns about pharmacy staffing

Community Pharmacy Scotland has expressed concerns over staffing levels in community pharmacies

'Rise in complaints' partly behind GPhC fee proposals

A “rising number of concerns about registrants” being raised is among the workload factors that have contributed to the GPhC's proposing to increase its fees

AYP Week 2018 focuses on medicines safety

Ask Your Pharmacist Week has kicked off, with pharmacies around the country providing information on medicines safety

GSK temporary stock shutdown: latest

GSK has placed a temporary hold on stock distribution to facilitate its move towards a reduced wholesaler model

“Bank at my back”: pharmacists’ category M concerns

Contractors in England have expressed dismay at the news their margins will be squeezed between November and March by a £50m category M clawback (£10m per month) and a 3p drop in the single activity fee

Funding levels pegged as cat M clawbacks return

There will be no more money for contractors in England for 2018/19 as PSNC agrees settlement with Government

PSNC: “Difficult decision" to accept 2018-19 funding offer

PSNC chief Simon Dukes acknowledged that many contractors would be “disappointed to hear that there is no more money available for pharmacies” and said accepting the offer had been a “difficult decision”

APTUK plans to recruit salaried CEO

Tess Fenn has seen her tenure extended to February 2019 while members are consulted and legal work takes place to update the Association’s Memorandum and Articles

GPhC to consult on renewal fee rise

A spokesperson told Pharmacy Magazine that the GPhC's rationale for raising its fees, including proposals to charge pharmacists an additional £7 each year, would be made public "in the next month"

Time to build bridges with Government officials says Lyonette

The legal action against the cuts damaged the relationship with senior civil servants and relations need to be rebuilt, says new NPA boss

Look to dental profession for best use of skill mix, says PDA

Lessons on successful skill mix using technicians in the dental profession should be applied to pharmacy, the PDA says

FMD funding tabled for 2019-20 contract negotiations

Negotiations between PSNC and the Government on the issue of whether pharmacists will receive funding for implementing the FMD will form part of the 2019-20 contract discussions, CEO Simon Dukes said

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