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Pharmacy closures harm statin adherence in US study

Pharmacy closures are associated with “persistent, clinically significant declines” in older patients’ adherence to heart medications, a recent study found

Care home pharmacists deployed in ‘army of experts’

NHS England is to recruit 200 ‘clinical pharmacists’ and pharmacy technicians to an “army of experts” tasked with reducing unnecessary medication

NPA: Self-checking still posing risk to patients

Pharmacists having to check their own prescriptions continues to lead to patient safety incidents, the National Pharmacy Association has reported

RPS Scotland calls for improved care for the elderly

Pharmaceutical care in care homes is a specialist area and should be resourced accordingly, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland in a report

Pharmacy's role in sexual health

PHE demonstrates the valuable role of pharmacy in providing sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services.

A gentle nudge

The general health of the public and public healthcare costs affected by patients not taking their medicines as prescribed.

A friendly reminder

From 1 April 2019 the drugs pregabalin and gabapentin have been reclassified as Schedule 3 controlled drugs (CDs). 

Focus on flu jabs

As the flu services came to an end, further details were published about the 2019/20 national flu immunisation programme.

NICE blood pressure

NICE has published an updated draft guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).

PAGB publish self care white paper

Some 71 per cent of people think there should be better education around self-treatable conditions and relevant services.

The EPS expands

Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs will now be available via the electronic prescription service (EPS), NHS Digital has announced.

Recording your revalidation

TM believes that revalidation solutions should be free, easy to use and accessible to all pharmacy professionals.

Unification after Gosport

The GPhC, RPS and APTUK have collectively published a resource to learn from the Gosport Independent Panel report.

The final report

The PDA continues to question the role of pharmacy technicians in its final report on their current roles and capabilities.

EPS controlled drug prescriptions to rise dramatically

NHS Digital is rolling out electronic CD prescription functionality across more GP practices

GPhC chair visits Bedminster Pharmacy

GPhC chairman Nigel Clarke went to Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol to learn how it empowers its staff. 

Antimicrobial stewardship in care homes

New UK-wide research highlights potential areas where pharmacy teams can support both residents and carers in care homes in the appropriate and effective use of antibiotics.

New polypharmacy guidance

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published guidance on polypharmacy for all healthcare organisations involved with medicines.

Supporting young adult carers

A new video highlights how community pharmacies can help identify and support young adult carers with the medicines they collect and help administer.

Video looks at issues faced by young carers

A new video explores the issues faced by the UK’s 400,000 young adult carers

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