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PSNC to explore Covid-19 antibody testing in pharmacies

PSNC will explore with NHS England and the government the possibility of pharmacies carrying out Covid-19 antibody testing.

ONS on health workers' Covid-19 risk

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are in the top 20 occupational groups with potentially the highest exposure to coronavirus, says the ONS.

Pharmacies getting 40 delivery requests a day

Community pharmacies are being inundated with requests for deliveries regardless of whether patients are shielding.

Exclusive: 60% of pharmacies running out of masks

Sixty-two per cent of pharmacists report they won’t have enough face masks to last the next seven days.

Interview: PSNC ‘shares contractor frustrations’ says Dukes

In a pharmacy trade press exclusive, PSNC chief Simon Dukes has spoken of his frustration with NHS England.

Echo institutes wait list 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.

Exclusive: Over a third of pharmacy staff have self-isolated

Over a third of pharmacy staff have self-isolated over concerns they may be infected with Covid-19.

PSNC: Pharmacies on a ‘cash flow cliff edge’

The PSNC has said it is pushing for an urgent cash injection from the government before the weekend.

Coronavirus Bill gives authorities wide-ranging powers

Government aims to have measures in the Bill in place by end of March.

Budget 2020: Businesses can claim COVID-19 sick pay

The coronavirus outbreak featured in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first budget, with measures including loosening sick pay rules.

Insight: Keep calm and carry on during COVID-19

A contractor shares their experiences of dealing with the unpredictable coronavirus outbreak, from a run on hand sanitiser to wholesaler price hikes.

'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.

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