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Gut feeling

Community pharmacists can play an important role as a source of initial advice and ongoing help in the management of heartburn and indigestion.

Resupply dates pushed back for shortage drugs

PSNC has today issued resupply updates for five medicines that have been affected by shortages in recent months.

Pharmacy safety organisation targets LASA errors

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group cites reducing look alike, sound alike errors as one of its top priorities for 2020.

London LPC forges links with commissioners

North East London LPC has said it is now being invited to bid for pharmacy services rather than submit speculative proposals.

PCN expectations ‘unrealistic’ say pharmacy bodies

NHS England & Improvement has been criticised as having “unrealistic” expectations of pharmacists beginning to work in PCNs.

Pharmacist-led AF screening reduces strokes by a fifth

A pharmacy-led AF screening programme in the North West of England found over 100 strokes could be prevented each year.

CAP clamps down on botox adverts

Enforcement action threatened for advertising of POMs to public.

WHO retracts opioid guidelines amid allegations

WHO retracted the guidelines amid allegations that drug manufacturers had undue influence on their development.  

NICE fast-tracks epilepsy recommendation

Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex with clobazam, a seizure-preventing cannabis-based treatment.

APTUK launches pharmacy technicians skills survey

Pharmacy professionals are asked to register their interest in the national survey.

England's top doctor warns against fad diets

Warnings against fad diets and nutritional quick-fixes have been highlighted by professor Stephen Powis.

NHS to trial anti-cholesterol jab in pioneering collaboration with Novartis

NHS will conduct trials of as yet unlicensed inclisiran in bid to cut deaths from heart disease.

'Fear of GPhC prevents mental health discussion'

Harpreet Chana says pharmacists are reluctant to talk openly about mental health for fear of being kicked off the register.

Is the Government serious about expanding pharmacy’s role?

By Richard Thomas, editor, Pharmacy Magazine Regulation is an expensive business these days, it would appear, if the GPhC’s proposal to raise the annual premises fee by nearly 40 per cent is anything to go by. What caught our eye was a finding buried in the accompanying impact assessment, which suggested that over half the pharmacies in the research sample are operating at a deficit. Confirmation, if any were needed, that the pharmacy sector is “demonstrating a notable fragility” (in the words of Ernst & Young) was provided by a slew of headlines in recent weeks concerning the financial tribulations of Boots, LloydsPharmacy and Pharmacy2U.

Alliance Healthcare launches new online ordering service

Wholesaler Alliance Healthcare has launched a new digital service to help customers order products online.

No-deal Brexit preparations wound down

DHSC advises no-deal preparations should cease.

Patients urged to cancel GP appointments

More than one million people a month fail to attend GP appointments.

Drug deaths in England and Wales hit record levels

Misuse of heroin pushes drug misuse deaths up by 17 per cent to 2,917.

Pharmacist jailed for selling drugs worth £280k on black market

A West Midlands pharmacist has received a 28-month prison sentence for selling medicines on the black market.

Bristol pharmacy awarded by cancer charity

Abbotswood Pharmacy in Yate, Bristol, won the 2019 Pancreatic Cancer Action Pharmacy of the Year Award.

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