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Analysis

DHSC tackles “inequitable” reimbursement patterns

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

New contract: services pave way to clinical future

The new contractual framework will considerably expand clinical services from pharmacies over the next five years.

“A curate’s egg” - responses to funding deal come in

Community pharmacy's unprecedented five-year funding deal has been met with a range of responses.

Scottish contractors see fine print of 2019-20 settlement

Part 7 Drug Tariff discount clawback for contractors in Scotland has been retrospectively reset.

UK fails to back global medicine pricing agreement

A shadow minister has said he is “appalled” at the UK Government’s decision not to back a global resolution aimed at making medicine pricing more transparent

Sweetheart union law change post-Boots?

The PDA-Boots tussle has ended but will there be a law change making it easier to end sweetheart union arrangements?

Value of vaccines

New vaccination data highlights that there’s work to be done to improve childhood vaccination rates, despite some positive signs. 

Multiples' closures adding up

The UK’s major pharmacy businesses appear to be going through a period of reckoning as cuts begin to really bite

Hammond: Spending boost if Brexit deal passes

A £26.6bn fund set aside for a no-deal Brexit will go towards boosting public spending if the UK leaves with a deal

Decriminalisation – one year on

Twelve months after its introduction, what impact has the defence against prosecution for a dispensing error had?

Conference sketch: Sigma in Oman

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine told delegates the Government was “crystal clear” about the importance of pharmacy

MHRA black market crackdown working

As of February 2019, 32 investigations have been initiated and 86 suspects arrested or interviewed under caution

Generic panic post-Brexit

How are pharmacy and pharmaceutical players ensuring patients have access to medicines post-Brexit?

NHS chief: No deal medicine plans “activated”

Matt Hancock revealed in the course of the hearing that the Government has “of course” prioritised medicines over food

Ireland makes 'watch list' of medicines threatened by Brexit

The ‘watch list’ of medicines that could be affected by Brexit includes essential drugs such as radiotherapy products

FMD is almost here. Are you ready?

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

Hancock tech advisor talks NHS App

Initially slated for December, it now appears likely that the App will not become fully operational until early 2019

Industry & govt near agreement on PPRS successor

The NHS across the UK is expected to save around £930m on its medicine bill under a new scheme

NHS England consults on further prescribing curbs

NHS England has set out plans to curb the prescribing of a further group of ‘low priority’ items such as silk garments

£11m boost for NI pharmacies a “sticking plaster” says body

The Department of Health (Northern Ireland) has announced additional community pharmacy funding of up to £11.1m

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