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Practice

Flu jabs in community pharmacies boost overall uptake

Offering flu immunisation in community pharmacies increased the number of people in Wales who received the jab, report finds.

Pharmacist prescribing of CDs up by 56 per cent

The prescribing of Controlled Drugs dropped by two per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year, though non-medic prescribing rose.

Pharmacists among new group of diabetes clinical champions

Birmingham pharmacist Satyan Kotecha is among the latest ‘clinical champions’ selected by Diabetes UK.

Fee will be £14 for GP DMIRS referral

Pharmacy contractors will receive £14 per consultation in the next stage of the DMIRS pilot.

PDA sees rising caseload from GP pharmacists

The PDA has received an increasing number of concerns from newly qualified pharmacists in GP practices.

Quicker access to SCRs for community pharmacies

Pharmacists in England can now access patient information more quickly through a new Summary Care Record (SCR) 1-click function.

EHC refusal at Lloyds store sparks controversy

LloydsPharmacy apologises for the “distress” experienced by a woman refused emergency hormonal contraception.

Storage issues top GPhC 'not met' standards

Fridge temperatures and date-checking top list of standards not met, says GPhC. 

Cycling on prescription rolls out in Cardiff

In a pilot scheme, doctors at Lansdowne Surgery and Fairwater Health Centre will be able to prescribe patients who they think will benefit from cycling

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.

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