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Analysis

'False fears' prevent smokers using e-cigarettes to quit

Vaping prevalence in England has remained stable since 2014.

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: second reading March 2

Bill gives government powers to update medicines regulations once Brexit transition period complete.

GPhC cracks down on 12 online pharmacies

The General Pharmaceutical Council’s clampdown on rogue online pharmacies appears to be gathering pace.

GPhC data points to net rise in pharmacy closures

Figures provided by the regulator suggest there may have been a net decrease of 166 community pharmacies last year.

NAO issues stark warning on NHS finances

The ability of the NHS in England to deliver the Long term Plan is called into question.

Go compare – burden of disease in England

England outperforms other home nations in most areas of disease burden.

Save money by merging LPCs say trade bodies

Pharmacy trade bodies recommend a reduction in the number of LPCs to save money and improve support.

EU court rules on GSK 'pay-for-delay' appeal

The European Court of Justice has upheld a UK decision that GSK and other companies entered an illegal agreement.

Pharmacies across Europe hit by drug shortages

Community pharmacies in 24 countries in Europe experienced medicines shortages last year, according to a PGEU report.

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. 

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