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Brexit: Manufacturers told to stockpile once more

DHSC is once again asking suppliers to stockpile 6 weeks' supply of medicines.

Home-use antibody tests could be approved ‘within months’

A coronavirus antibody test is currently undergoing ‘ease of use trials’ to determine whether it can be used by the general public.

At least 139 pharmacies have closed since 2018-19 warns PSNC

There has been a net decrease of at least 139 community pharmacies in England since 2018-19, the PSNC has warned.

Numark starts campaign to get people to get flu jab

Numark has launched a campaign to encourage more people to vaccinate themselves against the flu this winter.

Researchers to study role of pharmacy during pandemic

Researchers at Aston University will study the role community pharmacy teams play during epidemics.

Duchess of Cornwall learns about pharmacies’ support for abuse victims

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited a London branch of Boots yesterday to hear about the company’s Safe Spaces initiative for abuse victims. 

GPhC presses ahead with premises fee hike despite opposition

The GPhC is to increase its premises renewal fees by £103 from next April, despite two-thirds of consultation respondents opposing the plans. 

Lloyds launches £260-a-month weight loss service

LloydsPharmacy has launched a new weight loss service combining an appetite suppressant medication with personalised coaching. 

RPS slams government 'sidestepping' pharmacist pay rise

RPS president Sandra Gidley criticised the government for sidelining pharmacists from its public sector pay rise plans.

Superdrug offering £89 nurse-run antibody test service

High street multiple Superdrug has begun offering a nurse-operated Covid-19 blood antibody testing service at a cost of £89 to patients.

MHRA warning over sweets contaminated with cannabis oil

A series of arrests have been made in West Yorkshire after sweets distributed in the area contained cannabis oil.

One in three more likely to think pharmacy first during pandemic

Almost one in three say they are now more likely to choose a local pharmacy as their first port of call than before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Essential protected characteristics will stay in GPhC papers

The GPhC says protected characteristics will stay in papers handed to its investigating committee if they provide “essential” context.

APPG appoints Jackie Doyle-Price as its new chair

The All-Party Pharmacy Group has appointed the Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price as its new chair.

GPhC prepared to pursue employers over Covid risk assessments

The GPhC is prepared to investigate employers who fail to carry out covid-19 risk assessments, chief executive Duncan Rudkin has said.

Boots online sales ‘at Black Friday levels’ as footfall plummets

Boots executives have described how the company’s online business has skyrocketed while in-store retail sales have dropped by almost half.

PDA seeks union recognition at Lloyds

Days after LloydsPharmacy announced a major restructuring which could involve job losses, the PDA Union has applied for formal union recognition within the multiple.

Well to launch scheduling app for shifts and cover

Well says it will launch an app that allows its employees to schedule and manage their shifts and cover.

Boots job losses: ‘No impact’ on pharmacy staff

Boots UK is to axe more than 4,000 jobs and close 48 of its optician branches in a dramatic acceleration of its ‘transformation plan’.

PSNC kicks off Covid-19 funding negotiations with Government

PSNC says the issue of ‘how and when’ cash advances totalling £370m might need to be repaid by community pharmacies will dominate talks. 

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