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Estradot SSP extended, final May concessions announced

The serious shortage protocol for Estradot 75 micrograms patches has been extended until June 11.

PSNC postpones elections to allow RSG to complete its work

PSNC has postponed the elections for its 13 independent contractor regional representatives until early 2023.

Shingles and skin infection PGDs added to Pharmacy First Scotland

After some delay, PGDs supporting two further common clinical conditions are to be added to the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service.

Raise tobacco age restriction to 21, charity tells Government

A leading charity has called on the government to raise the age for tobacco sales to 21. 

Pharmacies giving 17 unpaid consultations per day

The average community pharmacy in England conducts 17 ‘informal’ patient consultations each day, PSNC has found. 

London LPC chief stands down after 26 years

Hemant Patel has stepped down as secretary of North East London’s Local Pharmaceutical Committee after 26 years in post. 

Diabetes type 2 patients can benefit from low carb diet

The report found beneficial effects from following a lower carbohydrate diet, such as an improvement in blood sugar management.

Survey launched to get pharmacies' views on IT

A PSNC survey will get the views of community pharmacy teams on IT system capabilities within the sector.

Three-quarters of pharmacies accessing RTEC

Over three-quarters of pharmacy organisations are now able to access real time exemption checking.

Data points to rapid growth in PCN pharmacist workforce

The number of full-time pharmacist positions being filled in the PCN sector grew more than tenfold in the year to March 2021, NHS data indicates.

Covid vaccination status sees NHS app registrations rocket

PHE study shows that two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 Indian variant

RPS launches new strategy for 'bright future'

The five-year strategy aims to “prepare and support the profession for a dynamic future”, according to pharmacists’ professional body.

Pressure on Government over Covid costs ramps up

APPG cross-party letter sees “dozens of MPs and peers from all parties” wading into the pharmacy funding row, according to the Sunday Times.

Goodwill values rise in buoyant pharmacy sales market

Goodwill values up at 83p in the pound after three years of steep decline although profit margins remain down

Wright review engagement events this week

The Review Steering Group taking forward the reforms proposed in the Wright review is holding events this week to update contractors and LPCs, starting tonight.

Covid-19 vaccine booster study launches in UK

Initial results from trialling seven vaccines are expected in September to inform plans for a booster programme

Five-year timeline to reform Scottish pharmacy education

Timeline part of bigger picture to implement government strategy and GPhC educational reforms

CPNI calls for new approach to accessing primary care

The Department Of Health needs to conduct a review of the whole system and how it is currently operating, says CPNI chair James McCaughan

Queen congratulates RPS on 180th anniversary

The Queen has written to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to congratulate its members on the 180th anniversary of the organisation.

Boots profits fell by 254% in 2019-20

The 2019-20 financial year saw Boots' profits fall by more than 250 per cent compared to the previous year according to a Companies House report.

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