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£10m worth of erectile dysfunction drugs seized in 2019

Unlicensed ED pills worth more than £10 million were seized in the UK in 2019.

Coronavirus hits Indian drug exports

India has ordered an export ban on 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients and formulations made from them.

Digital interventions can play a role says NICE

Digital tools should be offered in addition to existing health services, not as a replacement, says NICE

Four companies fined £3.4m in CMA nortriptyline probe

Wholesaler Lexon (UK) has been fined although it denies any infringement.

Coronavirus: Retired NHS staff may be called back to duty

A worsening of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK could see retired NHS staff called back to duty to prop up the health service.

Rowlands to cut back opening hours amid cost concerns

Rowlands Pharmacy is to review opening hours across its stores in England.

Prescription charge to increase from April 1

The DHSC has announced the prescription charge in England will increase from April 1.

Pharmacies notify GPs of 30k flu jabs

GPs have been electronically notified about 30,000 flu vaccines provided in community pharmacies during the flu season.

Sale of 44 Boots stores 'exciting opportunity for independents'

Boots has put 44 of its pharmacies in England and Wales up for sale.

“Vast majority” of students prefer hospital for pre-reg training

Pharmacy students overwhelmingly prefer to carry out their pre-registration training in the hospital sector, a study finds.

Poorest women’s life expectancy falls in England’s ‘lost decade’

Women living in England’s poorest neighbourhoods have seen a decline in life expectancy since 2011. 

NHS publishes coronavirus guidance for community pharmacies

The government has published new guidance on coronavirus for community pharmacy teams.

Scottish pharmacies receive £4.6m global sum boost

Community pharmacies in Scotland have been offered a three-year funding package for the first time.

Evidence lacking for hub & spoke says NPA

There is little existing evidence that hub and spoke saves money or improves patient safety, the NPA claimed.

Sharp increase in diabetes-related lower limb amputations

Diabetes leads to more than 176 leg, toe or foot amputations every week in England, according to Diabetes UK.  

Pharmacists to strike as funding pressures 'reach end game’

Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland last night voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action.

Coronavirus sees global shift in hygiene behaviour

The current coronavirus outbreak has led to widespread concern with many people changing their hygiene behaviours.

Patients discharged from hospital to be referred to pharmacies

Patients discharged from hospital will be referred to pharmacies for advice on newly prescribed medicines.

CPCF: New services, hub & spoke changes on the way

Year 2 of the contract will see changes such as the launch of a new NHS Discharge Medicines Service.

FtP concerns hit a record high for second quarter running

GPhC received record 765 complaints in last three months of 2019.

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