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Two pharma companies admit to illegal collusion over nortriptyline

Two companies involved in an investigation into the supply of nortriptyline have confessed to illegal collusion.

Contractor fraud costing NHS England £111m annually

Pharmaceutical contractor fraud could be costing the NHS in England around £111m each year, according to an NHS England report.

Reusable inhalers ‘could reduce NHS carbon footprint’

The newly launched reusable Respimat inhalers can be used with up to six refill cartridges.

NPA vice-chair: Five-year deal may fail to stop pharmacies closing

NPA vice-chair Andrew Lane warns the five-year community pharmacy settlement may fail to prevent the closure of pharmacies.

Twenty-fold rise in prescription penalties being overturned

The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) that are overturned has risen almost twenty-fold in the past five years.

PSNC: “Urgent negotiations” on funding distribution ongoing

“Urgent negotiations” are taking place between the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the Government.

Boots trials in-store GP video service

Boots UK has begun trialling an in-store video service giving patients access to GP consultations.

Boots introduces electric vehicles to delivery fleet

Boots customers in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will have their prescriptions delivered by electric vehicles.

Phoenix opens hub and spoke facility

The new dispensing facility will eventually assemble around 16 million repeat prescriptions a year for the Rowlands group.

CPS wants per-consultation minor ailments payment

CPS wants the new MAS to move away from the current model to a more "activity-based" one.

Drug firm coughs up £8m to competition watchdog in UK first

A pharmaceutical company has offered to pay the NHS £8m following an investigation into suspected collusion.

Give pharmacies same business rate support as GPs, says Lloyds chief

The head of LloydsPharmacy’s parent company has hit out at government business rates.

Register with MYS to claim PQS payments, says PSNC

Community pharmacy contractors in England are being told by PSNC that they need to register for the MYS application.

‘Doubling’ rent cost leads to LloydsPharmacy branch closing

The head of LloydsPharmacy’s parent company criticises the doubling of rent on one of its branches.

Select Committee highlights risks of disruption from no deal Brexit

A disorderly no deal would disrupt the UK’s chemical and pharmaceutical supply chains overnight.

Boots trials translation technology in five stores

Boots is trialling technology that will allow patients who cannot speak English to access its services.  

LloydsPharmacy parent company sees profits tumble

LloydsPharmacy’s parent company singles out NHS “underfunding” and falling prescription numbers as challenges.

Lloyds parent company: ‘We believe pharmacies will close’

McKesson UK chief Toby Anderson said the new settlement is “neither as good as we hoped nor as bad as we feared.”

May Bank Holiday rescheduled in 2020

The Government has announced that it is pushing back next year's early May Bank Holiday to Friday, May 8 2020.

Drug companies “carved up the market” alleges watchdog

AMCo, Morningside and Alliance Healthcare have been accused of illegal market sharing over nitrofurantoin.

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