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Pharmacy cuts appeal dismissed

Funding cuts not unlawful, the Court of Appeal rules in a decision announced today (August 23). Initial reaction here

Behind the headlines: Pharmacy’s final (brief) day in court

The Court of Appeal’s full determination has yet to be made public, but seven words from Lord Justice Stephen Irwin were sufficient to quash a last-ditch attempt to overturn the cuts

Government warns pharmacies must not stockpile medicines

Guidance from the health secretary that healthcare organisations such as community pharmacies should not stockpile medicines over concerns of a no deal Brexit has been welcomed by HDA UK

Superdrug receives threat over customer data

Superdrug.com has advised online customers to change their online passwords as a security precaution after hackers claimed to have accessed customer information

Pharmacy flu jab payments rise to £9.48 per vaccine

The payment pharmacies receive for providing the flu jab is to rise by 34p per vaccination, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced

Well Pharmacy spends £3.5m on estate revamp

The Well Pharmacy estate is to benefit from £3.54m in investment over the next financial year, with the company saying its pharmacies “need to be developed” to cope with rising prescription volumes

Relax vaping restrictions, Government urged

The Government is “missing an opportunity” by not relaxing rules around e-cigarettes, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has said, while the RPS maintains more evidence is needed

First Pharmacist Travel Health Conference to take place

The first Pharmacist Travel Health Conference is to take place in London on 3-4 November, organised by Voyager Medical in collaboration with UCL and others

Latest pharmacy contractor data

Community pharmacy numbers in England declined by 82 in the past year, according to figures released by NHS Digital

FIP fun run to raise money for Pharmacist Support

Charity Pharmacist Support is partnering with the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) for its annual congress fun run in Glasgow

From the pill to MMR: top 10 NHS medicines listed

The contraceptive pill, beta blockers and the MMR vaccine are among the most important medicines to be introduced since the creation of the NHS, medicines experts say in a new report

£1.5m digital pharmacy opens in Liverpool

Now Healthcare Group, which is behind the ‘Now Patient’ app, says the service will be particularly helpful to those who “have suffered through recent community pharmacy cuts”

Vaping not risk-free, study suggests

A new study suggests that vaping may not be as safe as some have thought – but Public Health England has warned that the news should not deter any smokers from switching to e-cigarettes

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

Pharma companies behind on FMD preparation

The Belgian non-profit, which was set up to keep falsified medicines out of the European medicines supply chain, said that many pharma companies were behind on the ‘on-boarding’ process

Exercise improves mood – but ‘more isn’t always better’, says study

A major US study points to a clear association between regular exercise and a reduction in poor mental health – but suggests that ‘more exercise is not always better’

Superdrug sells HIV test kit giving results in 15 minutes

Superdrug is to sell an HIV testing kit, allowing customers to self-test at home using a finger-prick blood sample and see a result in 15 minutes

EMA: Recalled valsartan could cause 1 extra cancer case per 5,000 patients

The European Medicines Agency has issued an update on its investigation into the health risks of taking valsartan medicines containing an impurity that may have carcinogenic potential

All London GP practices making use of EPS

Every eligible GP practice in the capital has switched to sending electronic prescriptions directly to pharmacies, NHS Digital has announced

Panorama finds some online prescribers making risky sales

A BBC Panorama programme will “reveal online doctor sites putting profit before patient care” by prescribing and selling certain medicines, the broadcaster says
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