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Contractors make urgent plea to chancellor on wholesale bills

Community pharmacy contractors warn the government they need urgent funding to pay their wholesaler bills.

APTUK president helps pharmacies at the COVID-19 frontline

APTUK president Liz Fidler pauses the business to enable staff to assist pharmacies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: What should I do if I have to close?

Legal firm Charles Russell Speechlys advises on what to do if a pharmacy is unable to open due to the coronavirus outbreak.

RPS: Pharmacy teams need priority supermarket slots

The RPS calls for pharmacy staff to access priority opening hours in supermarkets for NHS staff. 

PDA vows to support pharmacists for coronavirus-related work

The PDA reassures pharmacists it will support them against compensation claims or action arising from their COVID-19 efforts.  

Pharmacies could sell COVID-19 tests to public ‘within days’

Community pharmacies may be able to sell rapid COVID-19 tests to the public within days.

Govt announcement on medicine deliveries 'irresponsible'

A contractor is critical of the communities minister for announcing a medicines delivery service that's yet to start.

Over 100 pledge to help pharmacies fight COVID-19

Over 100 people have offered their services to community pharmacies through a new employment matching platform.

Keith Ridge: community pharmacists doing “an amazing job”

Chief pharmacist Dr Keith Ridge says help is on its way for pharmacists on the COVID-19 frontline.

COVID-19: Breakneck pace in drug and vaccine pipeline

John Cahill of PharmaLex Ireland looks at the pipeline for candidates being developed in the fight against COVID-19.

Urgent call for COVID-19 testing for pharmacy staff

People working in pharmacies urgently need access to testing, the sector negotiator in Northern Ireland has said.

Paracetamol subject to export ban for the first time

The DHSC has added a further 82 lines to the list of medicines that cannot be parallel exported from the UK.

COVID-19: Pharmacies given more say on opening hours

Community pharmacies have greater flexibility to decide the hours they are open to the public under new SOPs.

Lloyds cuts opening hours to meet prescription demand

LloydsPharmacy announces new opening hours for its 1,5000 UK pharmacies to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak.

DH not yet planning to release pandemic stockpile

There are no plans to release medicines from the DHSC's reduced Essential Medicines Buffer Stockpile.

RPS “shocked” at lack of recognition for pharmacy teams over COVID-19 response

EPB chair Claire Anderson tells Matt Hancock pharmacy teams are going “above and beyond” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID crisis: Wales announces flexible opening hours

Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething has said that pharmacies in Wales can amend opening hours to manage demand.

COVID-19 medicines delivery service imminent

The government says it will work with pharmacies to deliver prescriptions to 1.5 million "extremely vulnerable" patients.

COVID-19 crisis: Medicines can be collected in absence of RP

In highly challenging circumstances health professionals may need to depart from established procedures, say regulators.

CMA sets up Covid-19 taskforce to stop price rises

The Competition and Markets Authority has set up a taskforce to crack down on retailers increasing the price of goods.

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