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Scottish Government pays pharmacies £4.5m for staffing costs

Pharmacies in Scotland are to receive a financial support payment for staffing costs between May and June of this year.

End funding austerity, Rowlands tells Government

Rowlands Pharmacy has added its voice to pressure on the government to write off £370 million in loans.

PSNC: Let’s put a stop to GP flu jab competition

Simon Dukes says he is hopeful the Covid-19 pandemic will help put an end to competition between pharmacies and GP surgeries over flu jabs.

Government urged to allow pharmacists to alter prescriptions

Pharmacy figures met the government to discuss proposals allowing pharmacists to change prescriptions.

Pharmacy teams ‘must receive Covid jab as a priority’

Community pharmacy teams must receive the Covid-19 vaccination at the same time as other health professionals, the RPS has said.

Pharmacists can alleviate Covid vaccine fears, BBC told

Pharmacists can alleviate people's fears about taking the Covid-19 vaccine, Thorrun Govind told the BBC. 

Pharmacy saves 35k GP consultations a week in Wales

Community pharmacies in Wales conduct an average of 15.5 advice consultations a day – a total of 11,000 per day – according to a new audit.

Pharmacies go ‘way beyond’ for dementia patients during pandemic

Community pharmacies have exceeded the usual expected level of service for dementia patients during the Covid-19 crisis, a new study suggests.

Scottish pharmacy workers get £500 payment from Government

Community pharmacy staff in Scotland are to receive a one-off payment of £500 from the Scottish Government as thanks for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid treatment trial to look at inhaled corticosteroid

The inhaled corticosteroid budesonide has been added to Oxford University’s PRINCIPLE trial looking at potential Covid-19 treatments that prevent hospital admission.

Efficient needles could make vaccines go further

Dutch needle manufacturer TSK Laboratory is to allow vaccine manufacturers to freely use their patented Low Dead Space technology for administering Covid-19 vaccines. 

RPS president slams Poundland over ’irresponsible’ paracetamol offer

RPS president Sandra Gidley calls Poundland “irresponsible” for its multi-buy offer on paracetamol.

Digital flu vaccine notification service expanded

Pharmacies and GP surgeries using Sonar and EMIS Web can now access a digital flu information resource.

New campaign puts erection problems in the spotlight

Erection problems are common, yet 27 per cent of sufferers have never spoken about the issue, according to a new report.

Covid test kit distribution pilot in Bradford pharmacies

Details of the pilot and how long it will last are still being worked on, says PSNC.

‘Selected’ pharmacies to offer on-site Covid jabs, NHS confirms

NHS England & improvement has confirmed that “selected” community pharmacies will be invited to take part in England’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

New structures could take on CCG commissioning role

Views sought on options for giving ICSs “a firmer footing in legislation" from April 2022.

NHS ‘reservists’ could work in pharmacies under new measures

Matt Hancock has endorsed a new bill that could see the creation of a permanent ‘NHS reservist system’ placing volunteers in pharmacies.

MHRA recalls batches of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets

The MHRA has recalled batches of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets.

Scotland to pay pharmacies £12.58 per Covid-19 jab

Pharmacies in Scotland who take part in the Covid-19 vaccination programme will receive £12.58 for every dose of vaccine they administer.

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