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A contractor shares their experiences of dealing with the unpredictable coronavirus outbreak, from a run on hand sanitiser to wholesaler price hikes.

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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.

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It is vital that the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service demonstrates that pharmacy wants to be better integrated into the NHS and can deliver quality clinical services, argues Michael Holden of Pharmacy Complete.

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Pharmacy needs to push the case for a change in the point of patient interaction and so help manage access pressures, say James Roach and Johnny Skillicorn-Aston of Conclusio.

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By Alexander Humphries*

Last week I met a Syrian refugee, which was a humbling but extremely rewarding experience. It’s a shame I can’t say the same about another recent encounter...

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