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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.

Govt won’t ease non-EU pharmacist hiring rules

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) decided not to add pharmacists to a list of occupations eligible for relaxed rules around hiring non-EU workers

Boots UK suffers £100m profit dip, report shows

Boots UK’s pre-tax profits fell dramatically in the year to August 2018, dropping £100m from £498m to £398m, the latest Companies House report shows

RPS: Pharmacists not "prescription police"

Pharmacists should check people’s eligibility for benefit-related exemptions “at the time the transaction occurs” to reduce fraud or error, the NAO said

NPA: Self-checking still posing risk to patients

Pharmacists having to check their own prescriptions continues to lead to patient safety incidents, the National Pharmacy Association has reported

Insight: Driving me mad

By Alexander Humphries* Our main wholesaler has now missed four afternoon deliveries in a fortnight. Twenty per cent of our deliveries have failed to arrive as a result. Our business, like every other pharmacy, relies on a just-intime supply chain, meaning that when things go wrong it immediately causes us a problem. Work starts to back up and patients are kept waiting for their medicines. When we complain to the driver, he tells us that the reason he misses us out is that his employer will not pay him overtime in order to complete his deliveries. This is unbelievable as we’re talking about a multi-billionpound organisation here, but it just shows, if true, how much contempt there is for us as customers.

DHSC grants record concessions amid shortages

March 2019 saw the Department of Health and Social Care grant a record amount of medicine price concessions

Insight: At breaking point

By Alexander Humphries The last month or so has been one of the toughest times I have ever known in pharmacy. My team is at breaking point and a wave of staff sickness has left our service hanging by a thread...

Boots union vote: Ballot commences

Boots pharmacists and pre-reg pharmacists now have five weeks to have their final say on this long-running issue

Cuts continue to impact LloydsPharmacy’s performance in Q3

Market growth in the European division as a whole was “partially offset” by poor UK performance

FMD is almost here. Are you ready?

Pharmacies not yet compliant with the Falsified Medicines Directive still have time – but the clock is ticking...

CPPE: Tech programme is now national

CPPE’s accuracy checking pharmacy technician programme is now available to all pharmacy technicians

Drug Tariff distribution changes

NHS England is to stop automatically sending monthly printed copies to community pharmacies after January

Jury service: Duty bound

What do you need to know when you or a member of your staff gets called for jury service? 

Insight: Govt warns against stockpiling but many pharmacies see no other option

By Alexander Humphries* As I write this I am sitting in my bunker surrounded by boxes of stock. I know we have been told not to stockpile but to my mind it is a case of ‘needs must’ for my patients...

GPhC: Public supports unannounced pharmacy inspections

There is a broad consensus among the public that moving to unannounced inspections will provide assurance pharmacies provide safe care

London pharmacist leads AMR awareness initiative

A London pharmacist is using social media to raise awareness of the need to fight antibiotics resistance

Winter Health: Children’s fever

Find out more about how to advise customers on childhood fever and make effective product recommendations. 

Pancreatic cancer – the role of pharmacy

This short animation will highlight the crucial role of the pharmacy team in recognising symptoms of pancreatic cancer to aid early diagnosis and boost survival rates.

‘Prevention is better than a cure’, says health secretary

Prevention will be at the heart of the NHS long-term plan, shifting the healthcare focus to primary and community care services and the value they can bring in offering early support.

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