Practice

Pharmacy's role in sexual health

PHE demonstrates the valuable role of pharmacy in providing sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services.

A gentle nudge

The general health of the public and public healthcare costs affected by patients not taking their medicines as prescribed.

A friendly reminder

From 1 April 2019 the drugs pregabalin and gabapentin have been reclassified as Schedule 3 controlled drugs (CDs). 

Focus on flu jabs

As the flu services came to an end, further details were published about the 2019/20 national flu immunisation programme.

PAGB publish self care white paper

Some 71 per cent of people think there should be better education around self-treatable conditions and relevant services.

NICE blood pressure

NICE has published an updated draft guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).

Recording your revalidation

TM believes that revalidation solutions should be free, easy to use and accessible to all pharmacy professionals.

The EPS expands

Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs will now be available via the electronic prescription service (EPS), NHS Digital has announced.

Unification after Gosport

The GPhC, RPS and APTUK have collectively published a resource to learn from the Gosport Independent Panel report.

The final report

The PDA continues to question the role of pharmacy technicians in its final report on their current roles and capabilities.

Antimicrobial stewardship in care homes

New UK-wide research highlights potential areas where pharmacy teams can support both residents and carers in care homes in the appropriate and effective use of antibiotics.

New polypharmacy guidance

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published guidance on polypharmacy for all healthcare organisations involved with medicines.

Supporting young adult carers

A new video highlights how community pharmacies can help identify and support young adult carers with the medicines they collect and help administer.

Online FMD advice issued

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued online guidance for community pharmacies to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive.

RPS updates medicines handling guidance

A new version of the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines guide has been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Prevention is key, says NHS Long Term Plan

Community pharmacy has an essential role to play in delivering the long-anticipated NHS Long Term Plan, which has prevention at its heart.

NHS 111 referral pilot extended

Following a successful initial pilot in the North East, NHS England is extending the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service pilot to London, Devon and the East Midlands.

Onwards and upwards for EPS

NHS Digital has launched a pilot that could see more than 95 per cent of GP prescriptions processed electronically, saving the NHS time and money.

The Pharmacy Xchangeathon

Identifying ways for community pharmacy to take a leading role in managing minor ailments and support self care was the focus of a recent Pharmacy Xchangeathon.

Optimism for community pharmacy in Wales

The future looks bright for community pharmacy in Wales, with changes putting clinical services at the focus of interactions.

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