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Analysis

WHO retracts opioid guidelines amid allegations

WHO retracted the guidelines amid allegations that drug manufacturers had undue influence on their development.  

Patients urged to cancel GP appointments

More than one million people a month fail to attend GP appointments.

No-deal Brexit preparations wound down

DHSC advises no-deal preparations should cease.

Worrying number of pharmacies running a deficit

A recent analysis commissioned by GPhC suggests a worrying number of pharmacy businesses are operating at a deficit.

Steve Brine: “Madness” to do more work for same money

Brine says it would be “madness” for the government to expect pharmacists to do more work for the same or less money.

NHS “top priority” for Tories following landslide win

Boris Johnson said the NHS will be the “top priority” for his government after the Conservative's sweeping victory.

Over a fifth of pharmacists dissatisfied in role, reveals GPhC survey

More than a fifth of pharmacists on the GPhC register who responded to a study said they are dissatisfied in their role.

Numbers being treated for drugs and alcohol stay flat

Numbers in contact with drug and alcohol services between April 2018 and March 2019 remains flat at around 268,000.

Annual pharmacy contractual reviews are ‘vital,’ insists PSNC chief

PSNC chief Simon Dukes reminds pharmacists unhappy with the five-year deal not to forget about annual reviews.

UK leads Europe in early clinical research, but faces challenges …

The UK leads on early stage clinical trials but falls behind Germany and the US when it comes to later-stage research.

Exclusive: Over 17k CPCS referrals in first two weeks

Pharmacies in England received over 17,000 referrals through the consultation service during the first two weeks. 

Pharmacy consolidations rising slowly but steadily

The number of community pharmacies consolidating into a single premises has risen slowly but steadily since 2016.

Google urged to crack down on fake medicine sites

Google and other search engines need to take more action against websites selling fake medicines, says an IP protection firm.

Exclusive: Pharmacists aren’t stockpiling, says NHS England

An FOI reveals there has been just one investigation into suspected stockpiling of medicines by pharmacies since January.

Will NHSE give LPCs £3.9m for PCN integration, Warner asked

The deputy chief pharmaceutical officer was put on the spot at the Pharmacy Show.

Govt has not planned for closures despite ‘obsession’ says PSNC Dukes

“It is to us as a sector” to discuss issues like consolidation and the Pharmacy Access Scheme, he argued.

MP highlights Pharmacy Magazine shortages campaign

Labour MP Holly Lynch urged the pharmacy minister to “get a grip” on the problem of medicine shortages in a parliamentary debate this week.

Community pharmacies more likely to fail GPhC inspections

Community pharmacies are more likely to fail a GPhC inspection but also account for all pharmacies rated excellent.

HRT suppliers implementing “demand management”

Several HRT suppliers are putting “demand management processes” in place in the wake of acute stock shortages.

DHSC tackles “inequitable” reimbursement patterns

The Government has launched a consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms.

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