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Gearing up for the flu vaccination 2018-19

Information and promotional resources to support the 2018-19 flu vaccination programme are becoming available, including an interactive immunisation e-learning programme

Consultation on dispensing errors and responsible pharmacist role

A UK-wide consultation was launched in mid-June on two new draft pieces of legislation covering dispensing errors and pharmacy governance

Dementia risk now included in NHS Health Check

Adding the dementia element will enable healthcare professionals to talk to patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk

Own brand blackcurrant cough syrup recall

The MHRA has issued a recall notice for 15 batches of own brand blackcurrant cough syrup manufactured by Bell, Sons & Co as a precautionary measure

RPS: pharmacy needs share of £20bn NHS boost

The RPS welcomed the promise of additional funding but said some of this money must be used to help pharmacy support "the best use of medicines"

Sleep problems & stress

The frenetic pace of life today can take its toll, resulting in mood disorders, poor sleep and ill health. How can pharmacists help?

Foot & leg care: Walk this way

People often take their feet for granted, so make sure people turn to your pharmacy for help and expert advice when problems occur

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

CCA launches valproate audit for pharmacy teams

The trade body represents large pharmacy multiples but encourages all community pharmacies to participate due to the seriousness of the issue

Chronic pain: Filling the gap

An initiative being pioneered by a world authority on pain management relies on pharmacists helping to reduce opioid risk

NAO investigation and RPS report on mental health – some reflections

By Richard Thomas, editor, Pharmacy Magazine. This month saw the publication of two major reports, polar opposites in terms of scope and purpose, yet each with potentially significant implications for the sector. The National Audit Office investigation into last year’s unprecedented hike in generics prices runs to 28 pages and contains a wealth of detail and market analysis – but little in the way of meaningful explanation.

DHSC to exercise powers to control cost of specials

A series of recent articles claim the NHS is spending as much as £30 million a year paying high prices for unlicensed medicines available cheaply elsewhere

NHS explains how it uses data to patients

NHS England has launched a campaign to inform the public how rules surrounding the use of health and care data have been strengthened

Older people ‘positive’ about their health

People aged 50 and over are relatively positive about their own health, though slightly less so than in 2016, suggests Ipsos MORI research carried out in 2017

Next steps for social care

Four more areas are joining the ten areas that are already part of the integrated care development programme. The NHS says this will benefit 12 million more people

Super-infections could spread post-Brexit

Leaving the EU without agreed systems for collaboration on alerts for emerging infectious diseases, for example, could be a threat to public health

New GPhC guidance for safer pharmacies

New guidance sets out what pharmacy owners are expected to do to ensure a safe and effective pharmacy team

Research suggests omega-3 may improve brain health

Research that is currently under review suggests that taking omega-3 supplements may have a beneficial effect on brain health at various life stages

Single-pill hypertension regimens improve clinical outcomes

A new study links taking a single-pill fixed-dose combination (FDC) treatment for hypertension with improved clinical outcomes compared to multi-pill regimens

Welsh government moves care into the community

A new document says people “will only go to a general hospital when it is essential,” with community-based services to “create even better care locally” 
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Gearing up for the flu vaccination 2018-19

Information and promotional resources to support the 2018-19 flu vaccination programme are becoming available, including...

Consultation on dispensing errors and responsible pharmacist role

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NAO investigation and RPS report on mental health – some reflec…

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As Boots union ballots despatched, CAC refuses voting extension

As of Thursday 10 May, around 7,000 pharmacists employed by Boots can begin voting on their future union representation

Carter review: pharmacy services underused in mental health

Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity says pharmacy services are underused in community and mental health

Women’s health: When the storm clouds gather

Women may be far more engaged in their health than men but face changing health needs throughout their lives


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