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Elen Jones appointed director for RPS in Wales

Ms Jones will be accountable for national policy development, professional advocacy and member engagement across Wales

NPA: Self-checking still posing risk to patients

Pharmacists having to check their own prescriptions continues to lead to patient safety incidents, the National Pharmacy Association has reported

Pharmacy minister grilled on epilepsy drug shortages

The DHSC will reiterate its “great concern” to the suppliers of an epilepsy drug that has been affected by shortages, Seema Kennedy told the Commons

Women pharmacists' association dissolves after 114 years

The NAWP said “societal changes” and an increasingly “monetarising culture” have hit membership numbers and made the organisation unviable

Pharmacist cleared by jury over laxative incident

A Boots pharmacist who put lactulose in a pre-registration trainee’s water bottle and has lost his job since the incident has been cleared of acting maliciously

NHS productivity grows faster than wider economy

A study has shown that the productivity of the NHS has improved almost two and a half times as fast than the wider economy over the last 12 years

NICE goes green on asthma inhalers

Metered dose inhalers, containing hydrofluorocarbons, have estimated carbon footprints of 500g CO2eq per dose, compared to 20g in dry powder inhalers

Some light shed on pharmacy apprenticeship proposals

The employer-led ‘trailblazer group’ behind apprenticeship proposals is to consider the responses to its consultation before deciding whether to proceed

New guidance on data sharing between care settings

Newly published data sharing guidance is aimed at improving standards of safety when transferring patients between primary and secondary care

RPS Scotland calls for improved care for the elderly

Pharmaceutical care in care homes is a specialist area and should be resourced accordingly, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland in a report

Naproxen April concessions projected to cost NHS £1.1m

Naproxen 250mg tablets account for the largest projected overspend (projected additional cost of £713,599 in April on top of tariff cost of £478,904)

UCA and CPNI merge in Northern Ireland

Community Pharmacy NI, the body which represents contractors in Northern Ireland, is merging with the Ulster Chemists Association from May 10

Wales backs away from OTC prescribing restrictions

The restrictions on prescribing OTC medicines for certain confitions that were introduced in England in March 2018, will not be introduced in Wales

HIV test kits on Boots shelves a “turning point”

The makers of a HIV self testing kit say they hope launching their product on Boots shelves will be a “turning point” in encouraging more to get tested

The future is services, says PSNC in new video

The changing NHS landscape presents opportunities for community pharmacy but the sector will need to adapt, PSNC has said in a new video animation

Get to grips with public health issues

A series of new e-learning tools to boost health professionals’ knowledge in dealing with some of the big issues in public health has been rolled out

RPS raises concerns with apprentice trailblazer group

The pharmacy sector can expect to see “much more detail” on controversial proposals to introduce degree-level apprenticeship qualifications for pharmacists

Exclusive: Vaccination claims ‘to follow US growth trends’

The PDA said it expects civil claims against pharmacists over immunisations to follow a “very similar” growth trend to the US

Opioid drugs to carry addiction warnings, says Hancock

All opioid medicines dispensed in the UK will need to have prominent addiction warnings to help protect people from the “darker side of painkillers”

EU qualifications to be recognised - deal or no deal

EU or Swiss qualified pharmacists entering the UK after Brexit may have qualifications recognised, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal

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