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Police investigating theft of medicines from pharmacy

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating a robbery at a pharmacy in Portadown on Wednesday morning (April 28). 

Contract talks start for 2021-22 after Covid delays

Formal talks on contractual arrangements for the 2021-22 funding year have kicked off between PSNC, NHS England and the DH. 

Nine PDA Union reps appointed at LloydsPharmacy

Nine PDA Union representatives have been appointed for LloydsPharmacy following a voluntary agreement between the multiple and the union. 

RPS could lease out office space at London HQ

The Society has said it is "re-evaluating" the use of its London headquarters and is actively considering renting out office space.

Guidance on reporting medicines shortages updated

New guidance clarifies the obligations on suppliers in Regulation 28 and 29 of the Health Service Products Regulations 2018.

Class 2 recall for Ennogen Pharma trimethoprim 200mg tablets

100mg tablets found in sealed packs of trimethoprim 200mg 

Data on hospital medicines prescribed during Covid to be collected

Data on medicines prescribed and administered in hospitals will be collected as part of research into patients' Covid care.

Avicenna hits 135 branches with purchase of Welsh group

Avicenna has acquired the largest independent pharmacy group in Wales to take its total number of branches to 135.

NICE to speed up access to new treatments

NICE is promising to speed up patients’ access to the latest and most effective treatments as part of its new five-year strategy.

Facebook diabetes campaign to target men over 40

Men aged 40 years and over and at risk of type 2 diabetes will be targeted by a series of adverts on Facebook.

Interview: Jonathan Power, CEO, Avicenna

While other companies are looking to divest pharmacies, Avicenna has acquired another 57. Why is the group bucking the trend?

Cough & cold OTC market shrank by 30% in 2020

A dramatic reduction in the size of the OTC cough and cold market during the pandemic could become a long-term trend, the PAGB has warned. 

Group adds fourth pharmacy to portfolio for £575k

Tuffour Pharm Group Ltd has taken its portfolio of pharmacies to four after buying Woodbridge Pharmacy in Suffolk. 

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral supplies expected in late summer

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar-free is out of stock and further supplies are not expected until late summer.

Improving Boots performance ‘a top priority’ for WBA

Boots UK parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has said turning around the fortunes of the struggling multiple will be one of its “top priorities”. 

Boots retail sales slump 18% ‘due to lockdown’

Boots stores continue to suffer as a result of lockdown restrictions with retail sales down 17.9 per cent on the previous year, says WBA.

NPA funding petition nears 90k signatures after protests

Just over 89,000 people have signed an NPA petition calling on the Government to reimburse pharmacies’ Covid-related expenses.

Rowlands pharmacists’ pay rises by 'up to' 1%

Pharmacists working for Rowlands Pharmacy have been informed they will receive a maximum pay increase of one per cent from April 1.

LloydsPharmacy launches two Covid vaccination sites

Pharmacists at branches in Carterton and Cramlington are delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

PEPS suspended for new applications

The Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme has been suspended until further notice for new contractors wishing to join from March 18.  

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