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PSNC concerns around 'fraudsters' delivering medicines

Pharmacies may now use an ‘army’ of NHS volunteer responders to deliver medicines – but many are concerned about the safety implications.

NHS mental health hotline open to pharmacy teams

A Covid-19 NHS mental health hotline will be open to pharmacists and their teams after successful lobbying by the RPS.

All pharmacies in Northern Ireland receive PPE visors

All community pharmacies in Northern Ireland are being issued with protective visors to provide “an extra level of protection”.

Echo institutes waitlist as online pharmacies benefit from pandemic

The pandemic is giving a boost to online pharmacies; the latest data shows an acceleration in EPS nominations to the market leaders.

Uncertainty about masks protecting against Covid-19

Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing Covid-19 transmission, according to two new studies.

GPhC and APTUK issue joint letter to pre-reg PTs

The GPhC and APTUK have issued a joint letter to pre-reg pharmacy technicians about their training during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: GPhC highlights frontline innovations

Pharmacies throughout the UK are developing innovative ways to tackle Covid-19 in their local areas, the GPhC said.

MHRA shuts down websites selling ‘bogus’ Covid-19 tests

A number of ‘bogus’ Covid-19 products are being sold on unauthorised websites, the MHRA has warned the public.

Scottish pharmacies get £5.5m Covid-19 funding boost

An ‘initial funding package’ of £5.5m in extra cash has been made available to community pharmacies in Scotland.

PDA: Treatment of 2020 pre-reg trainees ‘cannot be repeated’

PDA chair Mark Koziol has spoken of pre-registration pharmacists’ “anguish” at having their training disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NHSE reassurances on clinical negligence indemnity

Two existing indemnity schemes have been bolstered by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Frustration at Easter opening instruction to pharmacies

All pharmacies in England are to open from 2pm to 5pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday without any additional payment, said NHSE&I.

Covid-19 contagion lingers after symptoms resolve

Half the patients treated for mild COVID-19 infection remained contagious for up to eight days after symptoms resolved, according to a new study.

Minister praises pharmacies' 'outstanding' Covid-19 response

Pharmacy Minister Jo Churchill has thanked community pharmacists for their commitment in an open letter to the sector.

Charities badly hit by Covid-19 warns Coeliac UK

The Covid-19 pandemic is drying up health charities’ income streams, Coeliac UK said as it launched an urgent funding appeal.

Pharmacies could issue CDs without a prescription

Emergency measures would allow pharmacists to supply without a script, use SSPs and adjust instalments.

Wear masks where distancing not possible, pharmacies told

PHE says pharmacy workers should wear fluid resistant surgical masks when it is not possible to maintain social distancing of two metres or more.

Public celebrates its pharmacy heroes

Patients and the public have their say about the great job being done by their community pharmacies.

Covid-19: Pre-reg trainees assigned new roles 'must be protected'

New guidance for pre-registration trainee pharmacy professionals has been issued in England, Wales and Scotland.

Cost worries mount as Easter opening confirmed

Some community pharmacies must open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, NHS England & Improvement confirmed last night.

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