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Merck seeks to tackle drug shortages using tech

Drugs manufacturer Merck is to pilot-test a new system using analytics and machine learning in an attempt to tackle shortages.

RPS: Govt "missed opportunity" to support pharmacists

RPS president Sandra Gidley says a mental health service for doctors and dentists is “a real missed opportunity” for pharmacists. 

Electronic prescriptions to go England-wide from November

The Government is to roll out the electronic prescription service (EPS) across England from November.

Export ban for four more medicines

Four more medicines have been added to the list of those that cannot be parallel exported from the UK.

Move to give Welsh pharmacies needs-based contracts

The Welsh Government is consulting on proposed changes to the criteria for awarding pharmacy contracts.

Pharmacist prescribing up 55 per cent in one year

Prescribing by pharmacist independent prescribers rose 55 per cent between 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Government wants to give more health workers prescribing powers

The government reveals plans to “increase the range of professions able to prescribe low-risk medicines."

Commission a national EHC service, DH urged

The DHSC has been urged to introduce national service specifications for smoking cessation and EHC.

CQC highlights difficulty accessing services

Access to care and staffing issues pose challenges across all care settings, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Obesity costs us £409 each in taxes

Obesity is costing each UK citizen an additional £409 a year in taxes and cutting their life expectancy by 2.7 years, according to an OECD report.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week key a 'timely' reminder of CPCS

The NPA says Ask Your Pharmacist Week will remind the public about the community pharmacist consultation service.

New management simulation suite for UoB pharmacy students

The facility will help students enact the types of patient interaction they are likely to face as qualified pharmacists.

DHSC orders 400,000 additional flu jabs for winter

The DHSC has ordered 400,000 extra doses of the adult flu vaccine for the 2019-20 flu season, it was announced yesterday.

Pharmacies making "invalid" SSP claims, PSNC warns

"A number of pharmacies" are making incorrectly endorsed claims for medicines dispensed through the shortage protocols.

LloydsPharmacy providing GI treatment in the community

LloydsPharmacy and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust are running mobile gastroenterology units. 

Breast cancer deaths down 44 per cent in 20 years

More than 130,000 breast cancer deaths in the UK have been avoided in the last 30 years, according to a new Cancer Research UK analysis.

RPS calls for NHS-funded mental health support for all pharmacists

The RPS calls on the government to ensure all pharmacists have access to NHS-funded mental health support services.

MHRA recalls prescription-only Zantac batches

Four types of prescription-only Zantac have been recalled by the MHRA as a precautionary measure.

EPS 4 coming in "not too distant future"

Pharmacies can expect an announcement on national roll-out of EPS 4 “in the not too distant future”, NHS Digital said.

Will NHSE give LPCs £3.9m for PCN integration, Warner asked

The deputy chief pharmaceutical officer was put on the spot at the Pharmacy Show.

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