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Make EHC available "without consultation" argues Royal College

EHC should be reclassified as GSL and “sold off the shelf without consultation,” the RCOG has said.

NMS to save NHS £650m say researchers

Researchers say the NMS will save the NHS in England £651m and give patients almost 300,000 ‘quality adjusted life years’.

Pharmacy teams highlight valproate risks

Pharmacy teams are raising awareness of the risks associated with valproate medicines and pregnancy – but more needs to be done.

CCA and AIM run audit to probe non-supply of OTC meds

CCA and AIM want community pharmacies to take part in an audit on the non-supply of OTC medicines to patients seeking self-care.

Pharmacies receiving ‘surprising’ CPCS referrals from NHS 111

A number of pharmacies have reported being “surprised” at some of the CPCS cases referred to them by NHS 111 call handlers.

Leeds pharmacies and GPs share flu jab details

PharmOutcomes and GP practices using SystmOne trial electronic notifications.

Fifth MHRA alert recalls more ranitidine products

This latest recall follows recalls of ranitidine products on 8 October, 17 October, 25 October and 19 November.

Flu jabs already 85pc of last year’s total

Flu vaccinations at 85pc of 2018-19 levels by early November.

PDA alarm on critical incidents with GP pharmacists

The PDA is concerned about the unsafe practice of GP practice pharmacists.

Evidence review needed for OTC analgesics?

Research published to coincide with Self Care Week has called for an evidence review of OTC analgesics.

CCGs not linking mental and physical health services

Some 23 per cent of CCGs do not have integrated mental and physical health services in their area, according to Diabetes UK’s FOI request.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week "more important than ever"

As Ask Your Pharmacist Week kicks off for 2019 the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) says: “it is more important than ever”.

GPs take the lead in 96% of PCNs

The leadership of primary care networks is dominated by doctors, with other primary care professionals almost entirely absent.

Medicines safety audit guidance from CPPSG to support PQS

The cross-sector Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has developed new medicines safety audit guidance.

Patient safety resources launched to support PQS

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group and PSNC release two pharmacy quality scheme resources. 

Fluoxetine 30mg and 40mg SSPs extended into next month

The DHSC has extended the end date of the serious shortage protocols (SSPs) for Fluoxetine 30mg and 40mg capsules.

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.

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