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Urgent controls on supply of 150mcg AAIs

Pharmacies have been asked to implement controls on the supply of 150microgram adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with immediate effect due to stock level issues reaching a “critical” stage

Pregabalin and gabapentin reclassified as class C drugs

The Government says there has been an increase in fatalities linked to the drugs, which are used to treat nerve pain, epilepsy and anxiety but can cause addiction

PAC: New DHSC powers may not prevent future medicine price hikes

The Public Accounts Committee has voiced concerns that the Department of Health and Social Care has no “clear plan” for using new powers to obtain information on the generic medicines market

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"

Cannabis products available on prescription from 1 November

Cannabis-based health products will be available on prescription to patients in England, Wales and Scotland from 1 November, home secretary Sajid Javid has announced

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

Mental health is our ”defining challenge” says Hancock

On World Mental Health Day 2018, health secretary Matt Hancock described mental health as the “defining challenge of our age” and acknowledged the issue has not been adequately resourced to date

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

Polypharmacy 'a disease in itself'

Speaking at this year's Pharmacy Show yesterday, pharmacist Graham Stretch urged asking whether everything prescribed for a patient is clinically necessary

FMD could be revoked weeks after deadline, MHRA reveals

A no-deal Brexit scenario could see the UK’s participation in the Falsified Medicines Directive “revoked” just weeks after the 9 February implementation deadline, it was revealed in a Pharmacy Show panel on Sunday 8 October

Think beyond NHS services, says West Midlands pharmacist

Pharmacists should think beyond the NHS and consider the possible benefits of introducing private services, audience members heard at a talk at the Pharmacy Show on Sunday 8 October

New triaging tool aims to make EHC purchases “less intimidating”

The tool was inspired by a survey that found that 72 per cent of women between 18 and 35 would prefer to complete a short questionnaire than have to do a face-to-face consultation

What’s on offer at the 2018 Pharmacy Show?

This year’s Pharmacy Show at NEC Birmingham on October 7-8 brings together over 200 expert speakers and more than 400 UK and international exhibitors

New HIV diagnoses down 17 per cent in 2017

Annual HIV data shows new diagnoses of HIV have fallen for the second year in a row, decreasing by 17 per cent from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017 – the lowest level since 2000

Controlled drug EPS pilot to start in October

NHS Digital is preparing to pilot the prescribing and dispensing of EPS Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in England. Vision and EMIS will begin piloting at 10 GP practices this month at sites in the north and London

Council delivers stop smoking support via vape shops

A project funded by Essex County Council which delivers stop smoking support through outlets selling e-cigarettes is to be supported into the next financial year

Northern Irish pharmacists speak out against “funding crisis”

Northern Irish pharmacists have voiced their concern over what they describe as the continued failure of the country’s health administration to address the “funding crisis” they are facing

Defibrillator network aims to improve cardiac survival

Over the next 12 months the partnership hopes to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, with the intention of making them available for ambulance services to use in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

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

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