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New resources on LASA medicines

There are new resources to help pharmacy teams with discussions around look-alike sound-alike (LASA) errors

Exclusive interview with Mark Livingstone, CEO, Pharmacy2U

Pharmacy2U has long been the bête noire of the sector, yet the business has ambitious plans. Interview with Mark Livingstone

Prescription charge rises to £9.00

Primary care “must play its part” in NHS savings and the cost hike is part of this programme, the Government says

PSNC: Primary care network engagement a priority

The negotiator told Pharmacy Magazine it is “currently considering” what form this engagement might take

Judicial review threats for serious shortage protocols

A campaigning group is demanding the DHSC repeals SSP regulations and holds a full 12-week consultation

“New central dispensing model” behind sale of 70 Rowlands branches

Affected staff will be “fully informed and supported” throughout the process, the company has said

Pharmacist-led initiative cuts readmission rates

Telephone follow-up by pharmacists after patients are discharged from hospital reduced readmission rates

GP pharmacists not the only answer, MPs told

Policy makers need to look to the innovative potential of community pharmacy to solve the NHS access crisis

As Boots union ballot papers go out, comparisons made with Ireland

The PDAU drew comparisons to an existing arrangement between Boots Ireland and a trade union regarding support staff

Collaboration will lead to stronger role for pharmacy says PM

Theresa May wants to develop a stronger role for community pharmacists, saying they are “vital” to the NHS

PSNC “preparing” for interim funding contract

There must be interim funding arrangements for the sector before more comprehensive talks can be held

Sigma day 1: contract negotiations to begin shortly

Negotiations on the new community pharmacy contractual framework are due to begin shortly, Brine tells conference

MHRA recalls heart and blood pressure medication

The MHRA has recalled three batches of blood pressure and heart medication Irbesartan due to contamination fears

Pharmacy must reflect to prevent another Gosport, say bodies

Pharmacy bodies have collaborated on a learning resource on the events at Gosport, which saw at least 450 patients die

NAO to investigate healthcare penalty charges

The National Audit Office is to investigate penalty charge notices in healthcare

New GP contract bans advertising private services

GPs are banned from advertising and offering private healthcare services in their surgeries under their new contract

Boots to drop MDS for care homes

Patient pack dispensing will be phased in from March 1, according to a letter sent to Boots Care Services customers

Hancock sets 2030 target for zero HIV transmission

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has committed to ending the transmission of HIV in England by 2030

DHSC moves onto war footing for 'no-deal' Brexit

The new national Operational Response Centre (ORC) includes NHS England and Public Health England

Pharmacy BP services good for patients and NHS, commissioners told

Pharmacy-based hypertension services have potential to improve both public health and NHS efficiency, the CCA said

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