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Pharmacies go ‘way beyond’ for dementia patients during pandemic

Community pharmacies have exceeded the usual expected level of service for dementia patients during the Covid-19 crisis, a new study suggests.

PDA urges caution when handling opiate prescriptions

The PDA has called on GP pharmacists to review the way they handle prescriptions for opiates.

CPS: Pharmacies forced to close due to PPE failures

Scottish pharmacies have been forced to close by the country’s Test and Protect programme because staff were not wearing appropriate PPE.

RPS: Government 'must involve pharmacies' in Covid jabs

RPS president Sandra Gidley has urged the government to employ pharmacies to roll out Covid-19 vaccines.

One in 50 scripts need to be modified by pharmacists

Community pharmacists modify almost one in 50 prescriptions to avoid a potential drug-related problem (DRP), according to a Dutch study.

Pandemic delivery service resumes in England

The pandemic delivery service resumes in England with new patient groups added.

GPs can make CPCS referrals from Sunday

From Sunday November 1, GPs will be able to refer patients with minor illnesses to community pharmacies via the NHS consultation service. 

GPhC: Trans hormone pharmacy ‘failed to safeguard children’

An online pharmacy which has attracted controversy failed to meet the GPhC’s standard for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Pharmacists 'blocked from seeing SCR details'

The NPA has said some pharmacists still don’t have access to basic patient record details.

Let pharmacies re-use unopened medicines says BMA chair

Regulations should be relaxed to allow community pharmacists to re-use unopened medicine returns, says Dr Richard Vautrey.

New regulations will change contractors' terms of service

The PSNC has informed contractors that new NHS regulations laid before parliament will change their terms of service.

NPA backs temporary use of unlicensed Covid vaccines

The NPA supports plans for a temporary authorisation allowing health workers to provide tested but unlicensed Covid-19 vaccines.

Pharmacists ‘needed to tackle pollution’s health impacts’

Community pharmacists could play a bigger role in reducing the health impact of air pollution says an international think tank in a new report.

High demand for pharmacy-run flu jab centre in Preston

A community pharmacy run, offsite flu vaccination centre has proved popular with patients after kicking off its 14-day run in Preston last Monday.

Don’t boast about flu jab numbers, PDA warns pharmacists

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has said some pharmacists are “making irresponsible remarks” on social media regarding the flu service. 

RPS members open to Covid vaccine role for techs

RPS members say they support the Government using “healthcare professionals who would not normally vaccinate”.

HCPs asked to issue ‘stronger warnings’ on opioids

The MHRA is asking healthcare professionals to give patients “stronger warnings” on the risks of opioids.

Online CPCS workshops to start from next month

The RPS will run online workshops to help pharmacists improve face-to-face and remote discussions with patients.

Flu jabs can now be given 'anywhere in the pharmacy'

Community pharmacists will be able to provide flu vaccinations “in any appropriate space within the pharmacy” this flu season, says NHS England. 

Pharmacies to get £36 for providing NHS Hep C tests

The Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing service is to launch on September 1 after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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