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Wales Week London puts spotlight on community pharmacy

PM editor Richard Thomas joins a panel of experts to debate the changing role of community pharmacy in Wales during the annual Wales Week London celebrations.

DHSC extends SSP for Salazopyrin until March 8

The serious shortage protocol for Salazopyrin EN-Tabs 500mg has been extended until March 8.  

Call for community pharmacists to support urgent care service

The clinical lead on an NHS urgent care service for patients with long-term conditions has spoken of the scheme’s “desperate need” for pharmacists.

Lexon’s appeal against £1.2m fine for collusion dismissed

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed pharmaceutical company Lexon’s appeal against a £1.2m fine for breaking competition law. 

Lloyds pharmacists support hospital Covid vaccination drive

LloydsPharmacy employees in the Newcastle area are helping to vaccinate NHS workers against Covid-19. 

Prescription charge rises by 20p in England

NHS prescription charges will rise to £9.35 per prescription item from April 1, an increase of 20p on the current charge. 

Employers 'must not delay publishing gender pay gap data'

NAWP president Naina Chotai has urged pharmacy employers to publish data on gender pay gaps as soon as possible.

Pharmacy technicians invited onto PPE panel

Pharmacy technicians and dispensing staff have been invited to join a panel that assesses the quality of PPE.

Pharmacist safety reports plummet by 43%

A distinct trend towards reduced reporting of patient safety incidents by pharmacies has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic says the NPA.

PSNC: Deprived areas hit by pharmacy closures

Over 600 pharmacies in England have closed since 2016 and 200 in the last year alone, with those in deprived areas worst affected says PSNC chief.

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.

Misperceptions causing people to reject vaping says report

Misperceptions around the risks of vaping could be causing people to turn their backs on electronic cigarettes, says PHE.

Superdrug launches £120 PCR saliva test for Covid

Superdrug has become the first high street retailer in the UK to launch a saliva-based PCR home-use test for coronavirus. 

Pharmacy teams encouraged to support Covid vaccine study

Researchers are asking pharmacy teams to take part in a study to monitor the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

PM urged to protect health workers against new Covid strains

Boris Johnson has been urged to ensure health workers are protected from new strains of Covid.

GPs ‘staggered’ by pharmacist antibiotics pilot

A pilot that saw pharmacists work with GP surgeries to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing achieved “staggering” results.

New chief exec for generics manufacturers association

The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) has announced that Mark Samuels is to be its new chief executive.

Can pharmacies require staff to get the jab? 

As stories surface of business owners stating staff must have the Covid-19 vaccine to work, a lawyer considers the practical and legal issues. 

Sodium valproate prescribed to 180 pregnant women in England

Sodium valproate was prescribed to almost 200 pregnant women in England between April 2018 and September 2020, new NHS data shows. 

NHS widens pharmacy jab programme with lower weekly target

Pharmacies able to deliver 400 Covid-19 vaccines per week have been invited to apply to take part in England’s vaccination programme.

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