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New regulations will change contractors' terms of service

The PSNC has informed contractors that new NHS regulations laid before parliament will change their terms of service.

Cocaine should be sold in pharmacies says charity

A charity is calling for stimulant street drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be ‘nationalised’ and sold in Government-run pharmacies.

Epilepsy teen gets cannabis care plan in NHS first

A teenager with severe epilepsy has been prescribed cannabis oil as part of the first NHS care plan of its kind.

Covid blamed for further dip in Boots sales in Q4

The Covid-19 pandemic continued to hurt Boots UK’s profitability between June and August this year, parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance has said.

NPA backs temporary use of unlicensed Covid vaccines

The NPA supports plans for a temporary authorisation allowing health workers to provide tested but unlicensed Covid-19 vaccines.

Covid-19 pandemic sees increase in pharmacy sales

The Covid pandemic has seen an 11 per cent increase in the sale of pharmacies compared with the same period last year. 

 

Pharmacists allowed to give unlicensed Covid vaccines after law change

Pharmacists will be able to provide unlicensed Covid-19 vaccines to patients, the Government said as it set out new legal changes.

NPA calls for policy change on pharmacy antibody testing

NPA urges Public Health England to allow community pharmacies to provide Covid-19 antibody testing.

Pharmacies ‘will get flu vaccines at same time as GPs’

Community pharmacies will receive additional supplies of flu vaccine from the start of November along with general practices, the PSNC has stressed.

PSNC: Don’t give colleague names to Test & Trace

Pharmacy staff who test positive for coronavirus should not give their colleagues’ names to NHS Test and Trace, the PSNC said.

RPS urges retailers to protect shoppers from online substitution

RPS president Sandra Gidley wants “robust safety procedures” to protect people when drugs bought online are substituted.

Pharmacy Brexit forum airs supply chain worries

At a recent meeting of the PSNC's Brexit forum the focus was on medicines supply and the risk that doctors may issue extended prescriptions.

UK drug deaths highest since records began says ONS

The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales last year climbed to the highest levels since records started in 1993.

Scotland: Extra payment for July dispensing

Contractors in Scotland are to receive a payment amounting to 2.5 per cent of the value of items they dispensed in July this year.

Elevated INR seen in patients on anticoagulants during pandemic

MHRA warns that acute illness may exaggerate effect of warfarin tablets and necessitate dose reduction.

RPS: Act now to stop fake medicines flooding the UK

The RPS warns Matt Hancock that the UK supply chain will be exposed to counterfeit medicines without safety measures.

60 in 100,000 now infected with Covid across England

Latest REACT report warns current levels of infection in north of England could replicate across the rest of the country in a few weeks' time.

PDA to run elections for key roles on BAME network

The PDA will run elections in the next few weeks to fill roles on its black and minority ethnic pharmacists’ network.

Black history month ‘a chance to focus on problems in pharmacy’

The profession should use UK Black History Month as an opportunity to tackle discrimination within its ranks, says Ade Williams.

Lloyds responds to PDA data breach comments

Lloyds responds to concerns raised by the PDA around what it describes as a breach of pharmacists' personal data.

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