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EXCLUSIVE: RPS out of touch according to survey

The RPS is out of touch with the needs of community pharmacy and needs to fight harder for the profession to keep its members, a survey suggests

Reflective practice endorsed by nine healthcare regulators

Regulators join forces to promote benefits of reflective practice to patients and the public.

Video gaming recognised as addictive disease

Meeting in May at the 72nd World Health Assembly, 194 members of the WHO unanimously agreed to recognise 'gaming disorder' as a condition.

CCG mergers gather pace

Four CCGs – South Worcestershire, Redditch & Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, and Herefordshire - are planning to merge by April next year.

NUMSAS continues to grow

Over 4,020 pharmacies in England are now registered to offer the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS).

9 in 10 don't attend MURs after discharge

About nine in 10 people don’t book a post-discharge medicine use review (MUR) even when reminded in hospital, a study has found.

Revenue up, profits down at Superdrug

Superdrug recorded nearly £1.3 billion in total revenue last year although it saw pre-tax profits drop to £88.3 million.

Sigma’s Bharat Shah appointed CBE

Shah was appointed a CBE for services to business, economic growth, exporting, the independent pharmacy sector and philanthropy.

AAH strikes deal to be sole supplier for AstraZeneca

AAH has struck a deal with AstraZeneca to become the sole distributor of its products from July 1.

NPA chief: PCNs could leave “big hole” in sector

The clinical pharmacist role's expansion in PCNs could leave “a big hole” in community pharmacy, Mark Lyonette warns.

Recall of paracetamol 500mg tablets

M&A Pharmachem has recalled batches of paracetamol 500mg tablets because of “a small number" of contaminated pots.

DHSC releases first list of price concessions for June

The Department of Health and Social Care has today published the first list of drug price concessions for June.

Phenytoin 50mg Infatabs “unavailable,” warns PSNC

The PSNC has warned contractors that Pfizer's licensed phenytoin 50mg Infatabs is unavailable.

GPhC almost £1m in red, latest accounts reveal

The GPhC reported a deficit of £941,000 in the year ending March 2019.

Global AMS Fellowship role for UK pharmacists

UK pharmacists appointed as global health fellows to support antimicrobial stewardship in Africa.

Storage issues top GPhC 'not met' standards

Fridge temperatures and date-checking top list of standards not met, says GPhC. 

67 registrants removed in first revalidation period

Less than 1% of the first revalidation submissions resulted in removal from the GPhC's registers.

No PCN funding “earmarked for pharmacy”

No portion of PCN funding has been “earmarked exclusively for pharmacy,” says the deputy chief pharmaceutical officer.

Fraud investigation in 2019-20 will partly focus on contractors

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority says its investigation into fraud during 2019-20 will partly focus on pharmacy contractors

Still no clarity on apprenticeship trailblazers

The organisation tasked with supporting a second proposal for a pharmacy apprenticeship decided not to reveal the identities of the employers

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