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100 days to FMD deadline

With 100 days to go before the February 9 deadline for the Falsified Medicines Directive, community pharmacies should not delay in ensuring they are FMD-ready, the National Pharmacy Association has said

PSNC Dukes: Better pharmacy contract “an absolute priority”

Formal negotiations for the 2019-20 community pharmacy contract began in recent weeks, Mr Dukes said, adding that PSNC “will do absolutely everything we can to get the best deal for community pharmacy”

GSK switches to reduced wholesale distribution

GSK UK Pharmaceuticals has said that from 1 November 2018 it will change its direct-to-pharmacy distribution model to a reduced wholesaler model

Alliance employees raise £13k for cancer charity with kayak challenge

Allliance Healthcare employees have raised over £13,000 for cancer charity Breast Cancer Care through completing a three-day kayak trek along the River Thames

The Co-op Group moves into digital pharmacy sector

With the acquisition of a digital repeat prescription platform, the Co-op Group is to re-enter the pharmacy sector four years after selling off its chain of brick-and-mortar community pharmacies

Election for NPA Scotland board member to take place

The National Pharmacy Association is to hold an election for a new board member after Noel Wicks stepped down as Scotland representative, it has been announced

New NHS England chair announced

Conservative peer Lord Prior of Brampton has been named as the proposed new chair of NHS England, taking over from Sir Malcolm Grant this autumn

Global pharmacy workforce to grow 40% by 2030

The global pharmacy workforce continues to grow and on current trends will be 40 per cent larger in 2030 than in 2016, a new report from the International Pharmaceutical Federation predicts

Government warns pharmacies must not stockpile medicines

Guidance from the health secretary that healthcare organisations such as community pharmacies should not stockpile medicines over concerns of a no deal Brexit has been welcomed by HDA UK

Superdrug receives threat over customer data

Superdrug.com has advised online customers to change their online passwords as a security precaution after hackers claimed to have accessed customer information

Well Pharmacy spends £3.5m on estate revamp

The Well Pharmacy estate is to benefit from £3.54m in investment over the next financial year, with the company saying its pharmacies “need to be developed” to cope with rising prescription volumes

First Pharmacist Travel Health Conference to take place

The first Pharmacist Travel Health Conference is to take place in London on 3-4 November, organised by Voyager Medical in collaboration with UCL and others

£1.5m digital pharmacy opens in Liverpool

Now Healthcare Group, which is behind the ‘Now Patient’ app, says the service will be particularly helpful to those who “have suffered through recent community pharmacy cuts”

Pharma companies behind on FMD preparation

The Belgian non-profit, which was set up to keep falsified medicines out of the European medicines supply chain, said that many pharma companies were behind on the ‘on-boarding’ process

Superdrug sells HIV test kit giving results in 15 minutes

Superdrug is to sell an HIV testing kit, allowing customers to self-test at home using a finger-prick blood sample and see a result in 15 minutes

Rowlands cuts back on free home deliveries

The chain, which is the fourth largest pharmacy multiple in the UK, announced it is to provide free home deliveries to housebound patients only

Ravi Sharma appointed RPS director for England

Mr Sharma said he looks forward to working with RPS members and other pharmacy organisations “to help ensure a successful and vibrant future for the profession”

Union talks between PDA and Boots stall

The PDA and Boots have failed to agree on the make-up of the future bargaining unit within the pharmacy multiple, leaving it to the Central Arbitration Committee to decide

Interview: PSNC's Simon Dukes

Simon Dukes has taken on the toughest job in UK pharmacy and he’s going to need all his experience to sort out the mess

Scotland contractors get 3.6 per cent funding boost

The global sum for pharmacy contractors in Scotland will increase by £2.6 million for 2018/19 to £180.96 million

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