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Minor ailments visits double in a single year in Wales

A document from Statistics for Wales revealed that 43,158 CAS consultations were made in 2018-19, up from 16,087 in 2017-18.

BREAKING: Fluoxetine 10mg SSP to be withdrawn

The Department of Health and Social Care is to withdraw one of three serious shortages protocols for the antidepressant fluoxetine.

Export ban for four more medicines

Four more medicines have been added to the list of those that cannot be parallel exported from the UK.

Pharmacist prescribing up 55 per cent in one year

Prescribing by pharmacist independent prescribers rose 55 per cent between 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Commission a national EHC service, DH urged

The DHSC has been urged to introduce national service specifications for smoking cessation and EHC.

DHSC orders 400,000 additional flu jabs for winter

The DHSC has ordered 400,000 extra doses of the adult flu vaccine for the 2019-20 flu season, it was announced yesterday.

New management simulation suite for UoB pharmacy students

The facility will help students enact the types of patient interaction they are likely to face as qualified pharmacists.

Pharmacies making "invalid" SSP claims, PSNC warns

"A number of pharmacies" are making incorrectly endorsed claims for medicines dispensed through the shortage protocols.

EPS 4 coming in "not too distant future"

Pharmacies can expect an announcement on national roll-out of EPS 4 “in the not too distant future”, NHS Digital said.

Community pharmacies 'must collaborate, not compete' on PCNs

Community pharmacists must resist the urge to compete with one another and collaborate, the Pharmacy Show heard.

Sign up for CPCS, urges NHS England integration chief

NHSE wants as many contractors as possible signed up to the service by October 29.

PCN integration guidance published today

Guidance to help LPCS and pharmacy contractors engage with primary care networks is being issued today.

Pharmacists to switch fluoxetine strengths as first SSP introduced

Pharmacists have been granted powers to dispense an “alternative strength or pharmaceutical form” of fluoxetine.

Exemptions on FP10s being updated

The suite of FP10 prescription forms which are used for primary care prescribing in England are being updated.

PDA: Up to a fifth of drugs hit by shortages

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association says a fifth of medicines have been affected by shortages in the past three months.

Sore throat service to run in 50% of Welsh pharmacies

A sore throat test-and-treat service will be rolled out across 50 per cent of pharmacies in Wales this winter, Vaughan Gething said.

‘Over 1,000 pharmacies’ have signed up to consultation service

Over 1,000 pharmacies have signed up to deliver the CPCS since registration began on September 2, the pharmacy minister said.

'Standards not all met' by 12% under new inspection system

Failure to record errors, not having enough staff and storage issues among reasons for 'not meeting' standards.

GPhC publishes pharmacy inspection reports for first time

The GPhC said this would improve transparency and “drive improvement in pharmacy services.”

Suicide awareness from CPPE

CPPE has launched a suicide awareness learning video to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

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