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Pharmacy workload rises by 50% in Northern Ireland

Work pressures in Northern Ireland’s community pharmacies have risen by half over the past decade, a new KPMG report indicates. 

NICE approves secukinumab for chronic pain condition

NICE has recommended the use of secukinumab as an option for treating a chronic back pain condition affecting young adults.

Govt moots compulsory jabs for health workers

Government exploring whether to make Covid jab compulsory for NHS workers – but unclear whether pharmacy teams being considered. 

RPS: Every pharmacy should stock naloxone

Overdose treatment naloxone should be available from every community pharmacy in Scotland, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

NHS eyes 'health MOT' service in pharmacies

Health MOTs at pharmacies, clinics and NHS vaccinations services are set to save thousands of lives.

Wales pushes forward with protected development time

Wales is piloting three models of protected learning time for community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

Urgent recall on 4,400 Co-codamol tablets

MHRA is urgently recalling packs of Co-codamol effervescent tablets amid concerns they may contain too much or too little of the active ingredients.

 

Covid jabs prevent hospitalisation from Delta strain

Both AZ and Pfizer vaccines over 90 per cent effective against hospitalisation from Delta variant, new PHE analysis reveals for the first time. 

Proposals to overhaul LPCs could be ready by autumn

Wide-ranging proposals to restructure the PSNC and LPCs could be put to contractors by the autumn with a possible vote by the end of 2021. 

Coroner: Suicide risk if pharmacies not involved in safety plans

There is a “risk of future fatalities” if pharmacies not involved in safety plans for young mental health patients at risk of overdose, a coroner says.

Pharmacists recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Scotland's last CPhO awarded an OBE, while manager of Donnington Pharmacy gets BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

Well appoints new superintendent pharmacist

Deputy steps up into superintendent role after 16 years with the company. 

Lloyds offers free type 2 diabetes tests for one week

LloydsPharmacy branches across the UK have today started offering free Type 2 diabetes tests. 

Contractors asked to attend representation webinar

Community pharmacy contractors and other sector stakeholders are being invited to take part in the RSG's webinar this evening.

Sertraline price hikes see NHS spend rise fourfold

Massive price hikes to the antidepressant saw the NHS spend over six times more on the drug in 2020-21 compared to the previous year. 

Record number of Covid jabs booked in one day

A record number of Covid vaccines were booked in one day through the NHS website earlier this week. 

Pharmacy and GP vaccination sites get extra £20m

Funding will allow sites to draw down additional staff as effort focusses on bringing forward second jabs.

Pharmacy data standards updated to reflect GP integration

Six more services added to data standard for community pharmacy to support quick and safe transfer of data across the system.

Cambrian Alliance announces new generics agreement

The Cambrian Alliance Group have announced a new supply agreement for generics and PI medicines with Target Healthcare.

Nearly 75 per cent of people with learning disabilities get health check

Seventy-four per cent of people aged 14 and over with a learning disability have had an annual health check ahead of schedule.

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