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Pharmacist jailed for selling black market pills from mother’s pharmacy

A pharmacist who sold addictive prescription drugs on the black market from his mother’s pharmacy was today sentenced to a year in jail.

Exam chaos: Students crowdfund travel costs

The BPSA has set up a support fund for candidates forced to travel for their registration assessment.

GPhC under mounting pressure over exam booking chaos

The GPhC is coming under increasing pressure to ensure trainees can sit the assessment next month.

Pharmacist told he can’t remove himself from register

The High Court recently granted a GPhC request to extend a suspension against a pharmacist who wishes remove himself from the register. 

RPS urges employers to help trainees prepare for exam

The RPS has urged pharmacy employers to help trainee pharmacists prepare for the March registration assessment.

GPhC seeks permanent remote FtP hearing powers

The GPhC is seeking permanent legal powers that will allow it to hold remote fitness to practise hearings and to make certain hearings private.

PDA: Vaccine delivery could prevent future cuts

PDA chair Mark Koziol says community pharmacy's delivery of Covid vaccines may change the government's perception of the sector.

Health minister condemns assault on pharmacist

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has condemned an assault on a community pharmacist who asked a customer to wear a mask. 

Survey will look at impact of delayed exam on prov-regs

The UKCPA has launched a survey to understand how the delay to the assessment has affected prov-regs. 

Annual GPhC fee reviews could be replaced by ‘multi-year cycle’

The GPhC is to hold a consultation on plans to set its registration fees for a multi-year period, rather than reviewing them each year.

Ridge signs letter urging staff to get Covid vaccine

Keith Ridge is among the signatories to a letter urging health and social care staff to get a Covid vaccine.  

Running Covid vaccinations ‘hugely rewarding’ for pharmacist

A pharmacist running Covid-19 vaccinations in Brighton describes her involvement in the national immunisation programme as “hugely rewarding”.

RPS launches survey on diversity & inclusion

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society wants to know if its membership base is representative of the profession as a whole. 

Urgent plea from NI pharmacies for support from colleagues

Northern Ireland’s CPhO Cathy Harrison has urged pharmacists “with any spare capacity” to assist colleagues in community pharmacies. 

‘Biggest change to pharmacy education in 20 years’ introduced

The GPhC's new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists described as a sea change for the profession.

Employers ‘cancelling prov-reg study leave’ claims PDA

Some employers are allegedly cancelling study leave for provisionally registered pharmacists, the PDA claims. 

APTUK welcomes technician role in vaccine protocol

Pharmacy technicians are included in the new national protocol introduced to support the expanded influenza and Covid-19 vaccination programmes. 

PDA urges zero tolerance approach to violence

The PDA warns it is “long overdue" pharmacy employers take a zeo-tolerance approach to violence in pharmacies.

GPhC: No alternative to registration exam

“Not feasible” to introduce an alternative to the registration exam, the GPhC says as it comes under pressure to scrap the assessment. 

Provisional pharmacists won’t run vaccination sites

It would not be appropriate for provisionally registered pharmacists to head up pharmacy Covid-19 vaccination sites, the GPhC has said. 

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