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CPNI chief: Community pharmacy in NI must not trail behind hospital and practice pharmacy

CPNI chief Gerard Greene urges policymakers in Northern Ireland to place greater emphasis on developing community pharmacy.

Obesity costs us £409 each in taxes

Obesity is costing each UK citizen an additional £409 a year in taxes and cutting their life expectancy by 2.7 years, according to an OECD report.

CQC highlights difficulty accessing services

Access to care and staffing issues pose challenges across all care settings, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Pharmacy teams hailed at 2019 Independent Pharmacy Awards

The Independent Pharmacy Awards at the House of Commons celebrated the role of pharmacy teams across the UK.

LloydsPharmacy providing GI treatment in the community

LloydsPharmacy and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust are running mobile gastroenterology units. 

Breast cancer deaths down 44 per cent in 20 years

More than 130,000 breast cancer deaths in the UK have been avoided in the last 30 years, according to a new Cancer Research UK analysis.

MHRA recalls prescription-only Zantac batches

Four types of prescription-only Zantac have been recalled by the MHRA as a precautionary measure.

AMR a key area for community pharmacy says PHE

Community pharmacy teams must embrace their role as health educators to help tackle AMR, a PHE clinical fellow said.

Three companies accused of illegally hiking drug price by 1,800%

The CMA alleges Aspen agreed to pay Amilco and Tiofarma to stay out of the UK market for Addison’s Disease medicine.

UK should be smoke-free by 2030, says PHE

A smoke-free society, healthier diets, cleaner air and better mental health are the top PHE priorities for 2020-2025.  

NHS flu vaccination advertising starts early October

The campaign will consist of TV, radio and digital advertising supported by search and partnership activity.

Pharmacy Complete launches 'PCN-ready' course

The programme aims to support new partnership working models and primary care integration.

NAO: Still significant gaps in no-deal medicines planning

There still significant gaps in the government’s efforts to safeguard medicines supply after a no-deal Brexit.

Pharmacy gears up for Stoptober

Community pharmacy teams are getting ready for this year’s Stoptober campaign, which kicks off on October 1.

Almost 400 pharmacists leave profession amid funding pressures

Nearly 400 community pharmacists in Northern Ireland have left the profession in the last two years according to a survey.

DHSC reveals latest concessions list for September

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the final list of drug price concessions for September.

Corbyn: Labour would establish state-owned generics manufacturer

Jeremy Corbyn has said that if elected Labour would “redesign” medicine distribution in the UK.

PHE launches Stoptober 2019

It’s time to split up with smoking, according to PHE, as preparation for 2019 Stoptober campaign gets underway.

Labour announces pledge to scrap prescription fees

Labour's plans would bring England in line with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Gabapentin, pregabalin and oxycodone scripts rise sharply

Prescriptions for gabapentin, pregabalin, and oxycodone rose consistently each year between 2013 and 2018.

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