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Insight: Independents still need the NPA

The NPA is a bit like Marmite in terms of how independents view it but regardless of pharmacy owners’ personal views, the sector needs a strong trade association in order to thrive

Insight: Dispensing payment system is broken

Alexander Humphries recently asked at what point a script is dispensed – prompting strong feedback. Here he examines a broken system. 

Bricks & mortar and online both have a role to play

Don’t be afraid of change – engage with it instead, says Jay Badenhorst, NPA board member and managing director of Whitworth Chemists.

Will national plan ensure pharmacy practice is truly inclusive?

Can the new Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice really keep the promises it makes, asks Sasa Jankovic.

Insight: When is a script dispensed?

We were recently sent a prescription that wasn’t meant for us. It was for an old patient who had moved away but we dispensed it in good faith thinking he was back in the area...

We can reach into communities to boost jab uptake

Pharmacies are vital in the battle to beat Covid so it is exasperating that we are still having to argue for fair funding, says NPA board member Reena Barai.

The aggressive tactics of online pharmacies are a wake-up call

News that Amazon has registered “Amazon Pharmacy” with the UK Intellectual Patent Office and ever-increasing aggressive advertising by some online pharmacies should act as a wake-up call to the sector, says Leyla Hannbeck of AIM.

Sunak’s budget was a blow to pharmacies

Hands up those who were surprised pharmacy funding wasn’t even mentioned in the Chancellor’s budget. What options are left to the sector, asks PM’s deputy editor Arthur Walsh 

Insight: Pharmacies facing Groundhog Day burnout

After working non-stop for months it is really galling to watch general practice suddenly become everyone’s favourite healthcare profession after spending most of last year safe behind the drawbridge, says our columnist

Covid means future of OTC is in the balance

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on the OTC market so the call for a national strategy on self care, building on the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, is timely, says Jeremy Holmes 

Opinion: Hub and spoke is back on the agenda

There is to be another consultation on hub and spoke dispensing... probably because the first one didn’t give the Government the answer it wanted, says PM’s deputy editor Arthur Walsh 

It is a privilege to serve the community pharmacy sector

The NPA’s 100th anniversary this year coincides with a period of time that may well be seen as pharmacy’s proudest hour, says chairman Andrew Lane.

Insight: Our delivery driver has been star of pandemic

When PM columnist Alexander Humphries had a surprise lottery win, there was no doubt who the most deserving recipient of the cash should be. 

Opinion: How do we solve pharmacy's mental health crisis?

Pharmacy is undergoing a mental health crisis and one way to sort it out is to tackle the issue of funding, says PM deputy editor Arthur Walsh.

Let’s all wish for a new and happier chapter in 2021

By NPA chairman, Andrew Lane. This has been a year most of us would like to forget but there are some rays of hope for community pharmacy as the news came through that the first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been administered to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan in Coventry. So in the spirit of optimism that seems appropriate on this ‘V Day’, I have identified some rays of hope for community pharmacy too.

Insight: Covid has come to our pharmacy

'One member of staff has Covid, a person we had covering had symptoms but tested negative and another has been confirmed as having the virus although hasn’t been in work for a while. It is chaos and I’m stressed' 

Opinion: Why is the GPhC making such odd decisions?

In as much as it is possible to have a ‘good’ pandemic, the GPhC seemed to manage it back in the spring – but there have been some curious decisions since then, says Pharmacy Magazine deputy editor Arthur Walsh

Opinion: Expect a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems with Covid-19

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s recent report on the role of pharmacy in mental health and wellbeing has been criticised for not going far enough in providing practical support for pharmacists, says Jeremy Holmes

Pharmacy regulation: 25 key moments

Since Pharmacy Magazine was launched 25 years ago, a number of legal milestones have determined the path now being taken by the sector.

What do the next 25 years hold?

The world of medical research has changed dramatically since Pharmacy Magazine’s first issue 25 years ago. 

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