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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

Online FMD advice issued

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued online guidance for community pharmacies to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive.

RPS updates medicines handling guidance

A new version of the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines guide has been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Prevention is key, says NHS Long Term Plan

Community pharmacy has an essential role to play in delivering the long-anticipated NHS Long Term Plan, which has prevention at its heart.

Quality payments gateway criteria report available

Contractors are now able to view the first weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority website

NHS 111 referral pilot extended

Following a successful initial pilot in the North East, NHS England is extending the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service pilot to London, Devon and the East Midlands.

Onwards and upwards for EPS

NHS Digital has launched a pilot that could see more than 95 per cent of GP prescriptions processed electronically, saving the NHS time and money.

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