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Codeine linctus to be reclassified as POM because of risk of abuse

Codeine linctus is to be reclassified to a prescription-only medicine due to the risk of abuse, dependency and overdose, the MHRA has announced.

20 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Clinical

Pharmacy First Toolkit: Introduction

The Pharmacy First service became available from community pharmacies in England from January 31, 2024. It allows pharmacy teams to complete episodes of care including provision of advice and NHS funded treatment where appropriate for seven common conditions. Use this toolkit as your indispensable service implementation guide. Compiled by Patrick Grice.

17 Feb 2024 , 25 Min Article

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Clinical

Genetic biobank recruiting patients on DOACs in pilot study

By collecting genetic samples, the Yellow Card Biobank aims to determine whether a suspected side effect was caused by a specific genetic trait.

13 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Clinical

New valproate safety materials released by MHRA

Updated regulatory measures are now in place to reduce the known harms from valproate.

09 Feb 2024 , 3 Min Article

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Clinical

Pharmacy First: Sore throat – part 2

This CPD module is the latest in our series designed to support pharmacists in delivering the Pharmacy First service in England. It covers the clinical management of acute sore throat.

02 Feb 2024 , 20 Min Article

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Clinical

New restrictions on prescribing of fluoroquinolones

Systemic fluoroquinolones must now only be prescribed when other commonly recommended antibiotics are inappropriate, the MHRA advises after safety review

23 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Clinical

New study suggests risk of disorders in children fathered by men taking valproate

The MHRA advises that, as a precaution, male patients on valproate who are planning a family in the next year should talk to their healthcare professional

16 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Clinical

Pharmacists shown to optimise oral anticoagulant use

Pharmacist-led interventions improve oral anticoagulation use in atrial fibrillation patients, according to a new study.

08 Jan 2024 , 2 Min Article

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Clinical

New patient safety alert issued concerning GLP-1 shortages

Supplies of the diabetes drug class not expected to return to normal until the end of 2024 at the earliest.

05 Jan 2024 , 2 Min Article

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Clinical

First prescriptions for heart failure

This module covers medicines used in the management of heart failure.

13 Sep 2023 , 60 Min Article

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Clinical

Combined oral contraception

In preparation for the new Pharmacy Contraception Service in England, this module runs through an assessment of contraception needs, then goes into some of the practical aspects associated with both ongoing supply and initiation of combined oral contraceptives.

15 Nov 2023 , 20 Min Article

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Clinical

Updated service specs published for contraception and hypertension services

Full details on the NHSE and CPE websites. Support package for contractors to be announced soon.

23 Nov 2023 , 4 Min Article

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Business

Press release: McCandlish joins Communications International Group

Former Boots senior executive Simon McCandlish joins CIG in new strategic role.

26 Feb 2024 , 3 Min Article

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Business

Independent chain sells two of its smaller branches

Peak Pharmacy offloads branches in Little Eaton and Burton-on-Trent

22 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Boots launches blister pack recycling pilot in 100 stores

Boots is expanding its ‘Recycle at Boots’ scheme to include a blister pack recycling pilot in over 100 stores in London and South East England.

20 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

First-time buyer friends snap up Nottingham pharmacy

First-time buyer duo plan to rev up Manns Pharmacy's service offering

15 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Inhaler company announces carbon neutral respiratory portfolio

Carbon minimal inhaler expected to launch in 2025, says Chiesi

15 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

‘Quaint’ island pharmacy sold to husband-and-wife team

South Shields couple take on the challenge of running the Isle of Islay's only pharmacy

14 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Merger of LloydsDirect into P2U a step closer as CMA order lifted

CMA lifts order that barred the two companies from taking steps towards integration

13 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

LloydsPharmacy’s final owners put Body Shop into administration

Administrators to be appointed for Body Shop less than three months after Lloyds exit

12 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Pharmacy2U goes back to making a loss after two-year blip

Pre-tax loss of £5.6m for the distance dispensing giant

08 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Superdrug ‘first to stock’ £99 non-hormonal menopause medication

Superdrug to stock Veoza at price of £99 per pack of 28

01 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Pharma company may have made misleading claims about rival’s anaemia treatment

CMA launches investigation into claims Vifor Pharma disparaged a rival's product

31 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article

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Business

Midlands 7k items pharmacy changes hands after confidential sale

Pharmacy sold to contractor with another store ' a few doors up the road'

31 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article