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PSNC: Pharmacies urgently need COVID-19 funding

PSNC chief Simon Dukes warns government funding is needed if pharmacies are to avoid closure as the coronavirus crisis escalates. 

Use of pharmacy COVID-19 test 'not advised' says PHE

PHE says little information on accuracy or suitability of type of test being sold commercially by some manufacturers.

Well: We won’t profiteer from COVID-19

Well Pharmacy has said it is seeking to avoid patients having to pay higher prices during the coronavirus epidemic.

Coronavirus: GPhC may call retired pharmacists back to work

The GPhC has agreed a new policy that could see thousands of retired pharmacists asked to return.

Pharmacies help women with UTIs in new study

Community pharmacy test and treat services provide “accessible and timely care” for women with UTIs, a study has found.

National antimicrobial clinical audit cancelled

The requirement to complete the National Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Audit has been waivered with immediate effect. 

£200 million to go towards mental health services

New or expanded crisis services will be opened in every region in England to expand mental health crisis services.

Coronavirus pharmacy tests spark debate

The company says there is strong interest in its £175 kits, but some pharmacists have been critical.

Budget 2020: Businesses can claim COVID-19 sick pay

The coronavirus outbreak featured in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first budget, with measures including loosening sick pay rules.

NPA urges government to give pharmacies COVID-19 funding

The NPA calls on the government to give pharmacies that are forced because of coronavirus some contingency funding.

RPS calls for reversal in smoking services decline

RPS marks No Smoking Day issues with call for additional public health funding.

Paracetamol hit by coronavirus price hikes

Pharmacy contractors are reporting that wholesaler prices for paracetamol have risen substantially in recent weeks.

Community pharmacies to receive facemasks

Chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has told community pharmacies they are to receive facemasks.

97% of pharmacists expect work pressures to increase

Ninety-seven per cent of pharmacists taking part in a recent survey said they expected to come under greater pressure in 2020.

Pharmacy ‘getting hand gel requests every six minutes’

Pharmacies throughout the UK have seen a huge spike in demand for hand sanitiser in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS Parliamentary Awards open for entries

MPs can nominate teams or individuals for an award in 10 categories until May 1.

PDA: 300 pharmacists have joined NAWP since its relaunch

The PDA says over 300 pharmacists have joined the National Association of Women Pharmacists since its relaunch.

Patients urged to return adrenaline pens to pharmacies

Patients have been urged to return Emerade 150-microgram adrenaline pens to their pharmacy over safety concerns. 

Wholesalers hold supplies of cannabis-based drugs after import change

Pharmacy wholesalers can now hold supplies of cannabis-based medicines for future use by patients.

'False fears' prevent smokers using e-cigarettes to quit

Vaping prevalence in England has remained stable since 2014.

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