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‘Early signs’ monkeypox outbreak plateauing in UK:UKHSA

Posted by 9 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/early-signs-monkeypox-outbreak-plateauing-in-uk-health-authority-says/)

Description: The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said last week (Aug 5) there were “early signs” that the monkeypox outbreak was plateauing across the country and that its expansion had slowed. “While the most recent data suggests the growth of the outbreak has slowed, we cannot be complacent,” Dr Meera Chand, director of clinical and emerging infections at UKHSA, said.

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Tag: Monkeypox-cases-UK-today,pharmacy-business,Monkeypox-news,Monkeypox-symptoms,Is-monkeypox-dangerous,Monkeypox-vaccine,NHS-monkeypox-vaccine,Monkeypox-treatment

PSNC guidance:Ensure patients not affected due to closure

Posted by 11 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-provides-guidance-for-pharmacy-to-ensure-patients-are-not-affected-due-to-closure/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has urged community pharmacy to plan and ensure patients are able to access their prescription if they have to close in an emergency situation for a short period. It has prepared a guidance which can be undertaken by pharmacy in the event of a closure and the contractor’s business can resume easily and effectively once the emergency has passed.

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Tag: PSNC-guidance,pharmacy-business,community-pharmacy,PSNC-PQS-2021/22-training,psnc-price-concessions,PSNC-news,pharmacy-closure,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

DND list : Twenty-eight new medicines added

Posted by 13 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/twenty-eight-new-medicines-added-to-dnd-list/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has added further 28 new products to the list of ‘Drugs for which Discount is Not Deducted’ (DND) in Part II of the Drug Tariff from 1 August 2022. PSNC said, “It will continue its work to assess whether other drugs and appliances fulfil the current DND entry requirements under either the ‘Group’ and ‘Individual item’ criteria and make applications to NHSBSA and DHSC, accordingly.”

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Tag: Drug-Tariff,pharmacy-business,Drug-Tariff-2022,Drug-Tariff-2022-online,NHS-Drug-Tariff,UK-drug-price-database,drug-tariff-august-2022,DHSC-news

Dry eyes : How to deal with it | Eye Health Care

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/eye-health-dealing-with-dry-eyes/)

Description: Dry eye syndrome is incredibly common and prevalence is increasing globally. Studies show that prevalence rates vary from five to 50 per cent but can be as high as 75 per cent in people over the age of 40, in people who wear contact lenses and those who work with computers. It is more common in women than in men, particularly during and after the menopause. According to a new real-world research commissioned by world experts in eye-care, Rohto, more than eight in ten women (83 per cent) indicate that they suffer from the condition, but only once they have had the symptoms of dry eye syndrome described to them.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,Eye-Health-Care,dry-eye-during-menopause,How-to-cure-dry-eyes-permanently,How-to-cure-dry-eyes-permanently,Menopause-and-eye-problems,Dry-eyes-menopause-NHS

Skincare : It’s not just skin deep|Skin care tips

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/skincare-its-not-just-skin-deep/)

Description: Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has resulted in a backlog of elective care within the NHS, with record numbers of patients on waiting lists across the UK. Despite efforts to catch up after the first wave, subsequent waves have put further strain on an already stretched NHS system. This has had a tremendous impact on many patients waiting for routine dermatology appointments and, while every effort has been made to see patients with suspected serious skin cancers within two weeks, this target is not always achieved.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,Skin-care-tips,skin-deep,Skin-care-tips-at-home,Ask-a-pharmacist-UK-free,Diagnosing-skin-conditions,skin-care-solutions,Skin-care-tips-for-women

Menopause : Women's health managing at workplace

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/womens-health-managing-menopause-in-the-workplace/)

Description: The menopause is a natural aging process, whereby a woman’s oestrogen level drops thus disrupting periods until they eventually stop. A woman is said to be in the menopause when her periods have stopped for 12 months. The age when this usually occurs is between 45-55 but symptoms can begin prior to this. Symptoms vary and not all women experience them all. They include hot flushes, vaginal dryness, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, reduced libido, urinary problems such as bladder weakness or Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), but this list is not exhaustive.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,How-to-support-menopause-in-the-workplace,Workplace-menopause-policy-UK,Menopause-in-the-workplace-Pledge,Menopause-campaign-UK,community-pharmacy

Teraleve :Fesoterodine Fumarate Tablets for incontinence

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dr-reddys-teraleve-fesoterodine-fumarate-prolonged-release-tablets-for-incontinence/)

Description: Dr. Reddy’s Teraleve® 4mg and 8mg Fesoterodine Fumarate Prolonged-Release tablets have been available in the UK since their launch on 1st June 2022. Therapeutic indications: Indicated in adults for treatment of the symptoms (increased urinary frequency and/or urgency and/or urgency incontinence) that may occur with overactive bladder syndrome.

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Tag: Dr-Reddy’s-Teraleve,fesoterodine-4mg-modified-release-tablets,pharmacy-business,fesoterodine-8mg-modified-release-tablets,Fesoterodine-NHS,Fesoterodine-fumarate

Mexiletine hydrochloride: MHRA recalls 50,100 & 200 mg tab

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mhra-recalls-mexiletine-hydrochloride-50mg-100mg-200-mg-hard-capsules/)

Description: Three batches of Mexiletine hydrochloride 50mg, 100mg and 200 mg hard capsules manufactured by Clinigen Healthcare has been recalled. Pharmacists are urged to quarantine the said batches and return it to the supplier by or before 12 August.

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Tag: Mexiletine-hydrochloride,pharmacy-business,Mexiletine-200-mg-buy-online,Drug-recalls-UK,MHRA-Drug-recalls,MHRA-drug-recall-classes,Mexiletine-hydrochloride-50mg

Panadol campaign:Celebrate the moment when release from pain

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-panadol-campaign-celebrates-the-moment-when-release-from-pain-begins/)

Description: Panadol launched a new purpose-led brand idea as part of a multi-channel campaign across Great Britain and Ireland. With nine out of 10 people suffering “everyday pain” and 65% of people saying they can’t be happy when they are in pain[1], globally, the campaign reiterates the brand’s commitment to holistic pain management by focusing on the acute pain recovery journey.

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Tag: Panadol-for-pain-Relief,Panadol-campaign,pharmacy-business,Panadol-fast-Pain-Relief,Panadol-Advance,panadol-cold-and-flu,Panadol-Advance-Tablets,Panadol-Extra-Advance-Tablets

Pharmacy teams: Access to up-to-date records information

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-teams-should-have-access-to-up-to-date-records-information/)

Description: In its response to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into ‘Digital Transformation in the NHS’, the Community Pharmacy IT Group (CP ITG) has highlighted issues concerning the NHS community pharmacy. CP ITG, of which PSNC is a member, has urged that pharmacy teams should have access to up-to-date records information, e.g. from Shared Care Records, GP Connect and Summary Care Records with Additional Information.

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Tag: Pharmacy-teams,pharmacy-business,Summary-Care-Record,Patient-medication-records-in-pharmacy,Do-pharmacists-have-access-to-medical-records-UK,Community-Pharmacy

Hay fever jab:Authorities take action against illegal advert

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/authorities-to-take-action-against-illegal-hay-fever-jab-adverts-online/)

Description: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) have issued a joint enforcement notice about the ‘illegal’ advertising of Kenalog injections on digital platforms. The notice warns all organisations offering Kenalog as a ‘hay fever treatment’ to stop advertising it in any of their social media or website advertising.

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Tag: Hay-fever-jab,pharmacy-business,Hay-fever-injection,hay-fever-advert,Hay-fever-injection-NHS,Hayfever-injection-UK,Hayfever-injection-Boots,Hay-fever-injection-Pharmacy

Dietary supplements is here to stay healthy

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/vms-dietary-supplementation-is-here-to-stay/)

Description: Community pharmacists are readily accessible healthcare providers and medicine experts in the community setting and their counsel is often sought by patients and consumers on a number of subjects including the use of dietary supplements. Their role in the sale of and advice regarding natural health and drug alternatives has never been more relevant.

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Tag: Dietary-supplements,pharmacy-business,drug-free-treatment,Best-vitamins-for-immune-system,When-to-take-dietary-supplements,Community-pharmacists,reasons-to-take-supplements

Mental Health Problems : How To Deal with it

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-to-overcome-mental-health-problems-and-get-your-lifestyle-back/)

Description: Mental health problems can be incredibly isolating and debilitating. It can be difficult to know how to get your life back on track when you are struggling with mental health issues. In this blog post, we will discuss some strategies for overcoming mental health problems and getting your life back on track!

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Tag: Mental-Health-Problems,pharmacy-business,tips-to-maintain-your-mental-health,self-care-tips-for-mental-health,Solutions-to-mental-health-issues,How-to-prevent-mental-health-problems

Type 1 diabetes:NHS roll out life-changing glucose monitors

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-to-roll-out-life-changing-glucose-monitors-to-all-type-1-diabetes-patients/)

Description: NHS England has secured a deal for ‘Dexcom ONE Real Time-Continuous Glucose Monitoring’ device which will help type 1 diabetes patients to keep track of their glucose levels at all times without having to scan or take a finger prick test. Once the patients receive their starter pack – which will include information on the product and usage, a sensor and transmitter – from the hospital or GP surgery, they can go to the community pharmacy for their repeat prescription.

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Tag: Type-1-diabetes,pharmacy-business,Dexcom-ONE-Real-Time-Continuous-Glucose-Monitoring-device,Flash-glucose-monitoring-NHS-2022,NHS-recommended-blood-glucose-monitor

GPhC registration assessment:80 percent pass rate June'22

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-announces-80-per-cent-pass-rate-for-june-2022-online-registration-assessment/)

Description: The result of the common registration assessment for pharmacists, held jointly by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), have been published with an overall pass rate of 80 per cent. A total of 2,697 candidates sat the registration assessment in four countries on 29 June and 2,147 candidates passed the assessment.

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Tag: GPhC-registration-assessment-2022,Gphc-pass-mark-2022,pharmacy-business,GPhC-exam-results-2022,GPhC-exam-pass-mark,GPhC-autumn-assessment-2022,GPhC-pre-reg-exam-2022-dates

Preventing 5 nutrient deficiencies in your community

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/vms-preventing-5-nutrient-deficiencies-in-your-community/)

Description: In the UK, many people with nonoptimal diets are at risk of nutrient deficiencies, as they receive less than the recommended intakes of several key vitamins and minerals, which can impact overall health. Dietary supplements can be one method of treating a deficiency. Dietary supplements like vitamins, antioxidants, fibre, and amino acids are sold in pharmacies across the world, and it is estimated that half of UK adults use at least one dietary supplement per day. Combined with an increased popularity in vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan and flexitarian diets, there’s a chance patients are not consuming enough vital vitamins and minerals.

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Tag: nutrient-deficiencies,pharmacy-business,Dietary-supplements,5-ways-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiency,prevention-of-vitamin-deficiency,Causes-of-nutritional-deficiency

Ways to extract cash out of your business

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/finance-ways-to-extract-cash-out-of-your-business/)

Description: It is important to revisit our financial situation early in the tax year and the various ways in which we could save some tax, extract cash from the business and reduce tax liabilities. We list below some of the tax planning opportunities available in the current tax year (05 April 2023 for individuals and 31 March 2023 for corporates). Salaries As a director of a limited company, you are entitled to be paid a salary for your work and so are members of your family who work for the company. Paying at least a small salary can be very beneficial, particularly when the recipient does not already have the 35 qualifying years needed for entitlement to the full single-tier state pension, which is payable to those who reach state pension age on or after 06 April 2016.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,Ways-to-get-money-out-of-your-business,Tax-efficient-way-to-withdraw-money-from-company,How-to-extract-money-from-a-limited-company,finance

Community pharmacy:What does the collapse mean?

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/law-what-does-the-collapse-of-testerworld-mean-for-community-pharmacies/)

Description: The collapse of the three trading entities in the Converse Pharma Group (Testerworld Limited, Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Limited and Eclipse Generics Limited) (the Group) in May 2022 undoubtedly caused ripples throughout the pharmacy industry. The Group, a major supplier of pharmaceuticals, had a combined turnover over £300m, employed 1,000 staff members and supplied over 4,000 pharmacies throughout the country.

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Tag: Community-pharmacy-uk,pharmacy-business,Testerworld-Limited,Converse-Pharma-Group,pharmacy-industry-uk,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

Technology in pharmacy : Fit for the future

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/technology-fit-for-the-future/)

Description: An increasingly common question I get from existing and prospective customers is, “I am fitting out my pharmacy, what layout would you recommend with Titan”? The question is then promptly followed up with some drawings sent to my inbox. If I am lucky, I will get a proposed layout done by a professional shop fitting company, but on other occasions I will have the pleasure of receiving an amusing hand drawn sketch of a building unit with rough dimensions and asked if I can “help out with some ideas”. I reply with a face palm emoji.

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Tag: Technology-in-pharmacy,pharmacy-business,latest-pharmacy-news,Technology-used-in-pharmacy,Pharmacist-in-technology,New-technology-in-pharmacy,Digital-technology-in-pharmacy

Robbie Turner:PSNC appoints as chief transformation officer

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-appoints-robbie-turner-as-chief-transformation-officer/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has appointed Robbie Turner as chief transformation officer, to work closely with LPCs as part of its newly launched Transforming Pharmacy Representation (TAPR) programme. PSNC launched the TAPR Programme in response to the contractor vote in favour of the Review Steering Group’s proposals. As part of the programme – alongside actioning the recommendations for PSNC – there will be support for LPCs to implement their proposals.

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Tag: Robbie-Turner,pharmacy-business,PSNC-chief-transformation-officer,Community-pharmacy-news,PSNC-news,Community-Pharmacy,TAPR-news,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

Promethazine hydrochloride 10mg tab prescription reimburse

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhsbsa-to-reimburse-prescription-for-promethazine-hydrochloride-10mg-tablets-x-56-at-17-77/)

Description: Any prescription for Promethazine hydrochloride 10mg tablets x 56 submitted for payment to the NHSBSA for July 2022 will be reimbursed at the new price of £17.77 not as per the price concession of £13.45 announced in the 4th concessions update published on 29 July 2022, said the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

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Tag: Promethazine-hydrochloride-10mg,pharmacy-business,NHSBSA-news,Drug-Tariff-price,NHS-Drug-Tariff,Promethazine-tablets,phenergan-10mg-dosage-for-adults,Pharmacy-news-UK

Haleon exclusive: Cross-selling creates more loyal customers

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/haleon-exclusive-cross-selling-creates-more-loyal-customers/)

Description: The primary responsibility of community pharmacists is taking care of their patients but to do that they also need to learn how to run the business. It is one thing to be au fait with profit and loss statements, reimbursement models, budgets analysis, business planning and so much more but quite another when one is hard pressed on everything – time, resources and cash flow.

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Tag: Haleon-exclusive,pharmacy-business,Bas-Vorsteveld,community-pharmacists,standalone-consumer-healthcare-business,community-pharmacy,Pharmacy-news-UK

PillTime installs Titan PMR to boost prescription growth

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/online-pharmacy-pilltime-installs-titan-pmr-in-its-new-state-of-art-facility-to-boost-prescription-growth/)

Description: Online pharmacy PillTime has taken a step to boost its prescription growth by implementing new Patient Medication Record (PMR) system Titan in its state-of-the-art premises. PillTime moved to new, expanded 26,000sqft premises in Cribbs Causeway on the edge of Bristol earlier this year, where it has also installed state-of-the-art robotics in a bid to significantly enhance future productivity and capacity.

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Tag: PillTime,pharmacy-business,prescription-growth,Patient-Medication-Record-system,Titan,Titan-PMR-cost,Pharmacy-PMR-systems-UK,titan-pmr-support

Dental Procedures : Essential List That Are Totally Worth It

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/an-essential-list-of-dental-procedures-that-are-totally-worth-it/)

Description: Dental procedures are a necessary evil for most people. We all know that we need to go in for a cleaning and check-up at least once a year, but sometimes the cost of these procedures can be prohibitive. It’s hard to know which procedures are worth the money and which ones aren’t. Here is an essential list of dental procedures that are worth the money.

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Tag: Dental-Procedures,pharmacy-business,List-of-dental-procedures-and-prices,NHS-dentist-charges,Dental-treatment-list,Dental-treatment-at-home,Major-dental-procedures

AstraZeneca:Profits fall sharply due to rising cost

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/astrazeneca-profits-fall-due-to-rising-cost-following-takeover-of-us-biotech-firm-alexion/)

Description: Covid-vaccine maker AstraZeneca said Friday that profits fell sharply in the first half on ballooning costs linked to its takeover of US biotech firm Alexion. The pharmaceutical group added that sales of its Covid-19 vaccine Vaxzevria slumped 49 percent in the second quarter. Net profit slumped 64 per cent to $746 million compared with the first six months of last year, AstraZeneca said in a statement.

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Tag: AstraZeneca-news,pharmacy-business,astrazeneca-earnings-2022,AstraZeneca-Q2-2022-results,AstraZeneca-Q1-2022-results,AstraZeneca-acquisitions,Alexion

HRT supply issue: 12 out of 13 HRT SSPs extended until Oct

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hrt-supply-issue-12-out-of-13-hrt-ssps-extended-until-october/)

Description: To help manage the ongoing supply disruptions, the health regulators have extended to 28 October 2022, serious shortage protocols (SSPs) for 12 of the 13 hormone replacement therapies (HRT). “The only HRT SSP set to expire on 29 July 2022 is for SSP021 Premique low dose 0.3mg/1.5mg modified-release tablets. After 29 July, there will be no need to restrict quantities of Premique tablets as its supply situation has now stabilised,” said PSNC.

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Tag: HRT-supply-issue,ssp-hrt-nhs,pharmacy-business,HRT-shortage,HRT-shortage-UK-2022,SSP-NHSBSA,SSP-Oestrogel,SSP-Sandrena,SSP-Lenzetto,Lenzetto-shortage-2022

Back to School Sales: Stocking up for the new school year

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/back-to-school-stocking-up-for-the-new-school-year/)

Description: As the new school year approaches parents won’t just be in a flurry of buying new pencil cases and the next size up in shoes but also will be looking to stock their cupboard for their health needs for the next year. Along with the Supermarket’s Back-to-School sales there is also the opportunity to help parents with a clever display of the top needed cupboard accessories with some smart recommendations to help with choices.

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Tag: Back-to-School-Sales,pharmacy-business,stocking-up-pharmacy,Stocking-of-drugs-in-pharmacy,Emergency-pharmacy-uk,community-pharmacy,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

Pharmacy First: England desperately needs

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/exclusive-award-winning-community-pharmacist-says-england-desperately-needs-pharmacy-first/)

Description: Sobha Sharma Kandel wants community pharmacy teams up and down the country to be super responsive to emerging needs of their patients – by always being pro-active rather than reactive. “We know that every patient benefits from our proactive approaches – listening, asking questions, providing information and making clinical interventions when appropriate.

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Tag: Pharmacy-First-England,pharmacy-business,Sobha-Sharma-Kandel,community-pharmacy,community-pharmacy-teams,independent-pharmacy,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

Pharmaceutical Industry: 6 Interesting Things Should Know

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/6-interesting-things-you-should-know-about-pharmaceutical-industry/)

Description: The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most important and valuable industries in the world. It is responsible for developing and producing medicines that improve and save lives. However, there are some things you may not know about this fascinating industry. In this blog post, we will discuss six interesting facts about the pharmaceutical industry!

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Tag: Pharmaceutical-Industry-uk,pharmacy-business,Benefits-of-working-in-pharmaceutical-industry,Opportunities-in-pharmaceutical-industry,pharmaceutical-industry-benefits

NPA seeks future PM’s support for community pharmacies

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-seeks-future-pms-support-for-community-pharmacies/)

Description: The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has called the future prime minister to deliver on the commitments made by the previous health secretaries to reform primary care through a ‘pharmacy first’ approach and fairly fund community pharmacies to avoid closures. In an open letter, the NPA has urged Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the two leadership contenders of the Conservative Party and prime ministerial candidates, to think radically about the role of England’s 11,000 pharmacies, which are on the frontline of healthcare across the country.

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Tag: NPA-news,community-pharmacy,pharmacy-business,pharmacy-first,pharmacy-first-scheme,Pharmacy-First-Scheme-2022,Prescription-rules-2022,Rishi-Sunak,workforce-plan-for-pharmacy

NPA,RPS urge new health secretary to support pharmacy first

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-rps-urge-new-health-secretary-to-support-pharmacy-first-approach-in-england/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and National Pharmacy Association (NPA) have both urged the new health secretary Steve Barclay to back the ‘pharmacy first’ approach in England as mentioned by his predecessor on numerous occasions. “Sajid Javid recognised the vital role of community pharmacy and the potential of a ‘Pharmacy First’ to support patient access to care. I would urge the new Health Secretary to see this through to completion,” said chair of RPS in England Thorrun Govind.

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Tag: RPS-news,NPA-news,pharmacy-business,Steve-Barclay,pharmacy-first,pharmacy-first-scheme,Pharmacy-First-Scheme-2022,NHS-pharmacy-contract,Pharmacist-Independent-Prescribers

Prescription medicines delivery by drones : Boots pharmacy

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-becomes-first-uk-pharmacy-to-transport-prescription-medicines-by-drones/)

Description: Boots has become the first community pharmacy in the UK to transport prescription medicines by a drone. The pharmacy multiple completed a test flight transporting prescription-only medicines by drone from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight earlier this month.

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Tag: boots-news,pharmacy-business,Boots-pharmacy-online-delivery,Boots-free-prescription-delivery,boots-delivery-prescription-drone,prescription-medicines-by-drones

Neville Carter:RPS appoints chief education officer

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-appoints-neville-carter-as-its-chief-education-and-membership-officer/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has appointed Neville Carter as its new chief education and membership officer. Neville joins RPS from the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) where he is currently director of engagement, leading a team of over 60 and responsible for creating a combined directorate accountable for education, membership, philanthropy, and business development.

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Tag: Neville-Carter,pharmacy-business,RPS-news,RPS-chief-education-officer,neville-carter-rsm,community-pharmacy,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

Autism Spectrum Disorder: How To Deal With it

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-to-properly-deal-with-being-diagnosed-with-autism-spectrum-disorder/)

Description: An autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, interact with others, and process information. There is no one-size-fits-all for people with ASD, as each experiences symptoms differently. While some people with ASD may be nonverbal, others may speak fluently but have difficulty with social interaction.

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Tag: Autism-Spectrum-Disorder,ASD,pharmacy-business,How-to-diagnose-autism-in-adults,Signs-of-mild-autism-in-adults,Mild-autism-symptoms,Treatment-for-autism-spectrum-disorder

Double standards:Dangerous for patients and can't acceptable

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/double-standards-will-be-dangerous-for-patients-and-cannot-be-acceptable/)

Description: The recent announcement that Royal Mail will be partnering with distance selling pharmacy (DSP) giant pharmacy2U highlights how standards of regulatory enforcement are being ignored to accommodate the DSP model. The brunt of these double standards hinges around the levelling down of temperature enforcement standards by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which demands mapping must be audited from the point of dispensing to the patient.

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Tag: double-standards,pharmacy-business,Dr-Leyla-Hannbeck,DSP-model,pharmacy-hub-uk,community-pharmacy,Independent-Multiple-Pharmacies,Pharmacy-news-UK,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

CCA calls PDA pharmacy closure allegatn highly inflammatory

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cca-calls-pdas-pharmacy-closure-allegation-highly-inflammatory/)

Description: All pharmacy businesses are reporting that they are struggling to find the registered professionals needed to open their pharmacies, clarified the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) in response to an attack by the Pharmacists’ Defence Association. Last week, PDA allegedly accused some large pharmacy chains of ‘orchestrating’ full or part-time closures of some of their shops due to the staff shortage.

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Tag: CCA-news,PDA-news,pharmacy-business,Pharmacy-News,PSNC-Pharmacy-Pressures-Survey,Recent-pharmacy-news-UK,Community-pharmacy-news,Pharmacy-news-UK

Monkeypox: British agencies win CEPI funds to develop tools

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/british-agencies-win-cepi-funds-to-develop-standard-monkeypox-tools/)

Description: British health agencies have secured funding to develop a standardised approach to test the performance of vaccines being used or in development against monkeypox, days after the World Health Organization labelled the growing outbreak a global health emergency. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said it would give up to $375,000 to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to develop standard tools to assess the strength and duration of immune responses generated by current vaccines, and for tests used to detect monkeypox antibody levels.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,Monkeypox-vaccine,Monkeypox-strain,Monkeypox-vaccine-UK,cepi-funds-monkeypox-uk,CEPI-funding,CEPI-vaccine,pharmacy-updates-uk

CMA:Regulation to curb potential competition risk

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cma-suggests-regulatory-levers-to-curb-potential-competition-risk-from-hub-and-spoke-dispensing-policy/)

Description: The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has suggested regulatory levers to curb “potential competition risk” from hub and spoke dispensing. In its response to the hub and spoke dispensing consultation, led by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) last week, the competition watchdog said that a pro-active approach to monitoring the effect of hub and spoke dispensing and subsequent early consideration of any competition concerns was likely to be more effective and potentially less costly than any “ex-post enforcement any ex-post enforcement or unpicking of subsequently embedded competition issues”.

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Pharmacy workforce:Health committee report for urgent plan

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/health-committees-new-report-calls-for-urgent-pharmacy-workforce-plan/)

Description: The Health Committee’s new report has reminded the government of a much-needed pharmacy workforce plan to support recruitment, training, and retention of staff. The report makes a number of recommendations to optimise workloads across primary care, reduce pressure on general practice and hospitals, and support the integrated care systems.

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David Webb opens health hub at Hindu festival

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/david-webb-opens-health-hub-at-hindu-festival/)

Description: England’s chief pharmaceutical officer David Webb on Friday (July 22) officially opened a community health hub at a Hindu temple in west London. The interactive health hub, which was built as part of the ‘Festival of Inspiration’ — a 10-day cultural celebration of the UK’s South Asian Hindu communities, will provide visitors with free health awareness and well-being advice.

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Ravi Sharma:Resigns to join at Luton Hospital

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-england-director-ravi-sharma-resigns-to-take-up-top-job-at-luton-dunstable-university-hospital/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) England director, Ravi Sharma, has resigned after four years on the job. He will be leaving the RPS in October to join Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, part of the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust group, as head of pharmacy.

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PSNC Election process for regional representative

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-sets-out-election-process-in-search-of-a-regional-representative-for-north-east-and-cumbria/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has initiated the process for the regional representative election for the North-East and Cumbria region after Mark Burdon’s resignation from the committee earlier this year. The North-East and Cumbria region covers Community Pharmacy County Durham, Community Pharmacy Cumbria, Gateshead and South Tyneside LPC, North of Tyne LPC, Sunderland LPC and Tees LPC.

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Scottish Drug Taskforce report:Role of community pharmacy

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scottish-drug-deaths-taskforce-final-report-recognises-important-role-of-community-pharmacy/)

Description: The Taskforce report recognises the important role of community pharmacy and pharmacy teams, and in particular, the fact that they often have most contact with individuals who are receiving medication assisted treatment, commented the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on the publication of the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce’s final report.

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Ozempic VS Saxenda :Diabetic Drug Comparison

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/drug-comparison-ozempic-vs-saxenda/)

Description: Living with diabetes can be managed by proper medication. However, you may have questions regarding the medications available to you. Here, we will take a closer look at two medications, Ozempic and Saxenda, so that you can see how these medications can impact your health. A CLOSER LOOK AT DIABETES Diabetes can be divided into two categories, type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder and is commonly diagnosed in children. Individuals with T1D require lifelong insulin treatment to manage their diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed later in life due to genetics, lifestyle, and other risk factors. Unlike T1D, there are numerous treatment options other than insulin therapy to manage type 2 diabetes.

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Gina 10 mg:MHRA reclassifies from POM to over-the-counter

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mhra-reclassifies-gina-10-mg-from-pom-to-over-the-counter/)

Description: Women in the UK will be able to purchase Gina 10 mg vaginal tablets without prescription from September from their local pharmacies, announced the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) product, Gina 10 microgram vaginal tablets (containing estradiol) are used for the treatment of vaginal symptoms such as dryness, soreness, itching, burning and uncomfortable sex caused by oestrogen deficiency in postmenopausal women aged 50 years and above who have not had a period for at least one year.

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HxCare:Positive Solution cloud based medicine management sys

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-it-provider-positive-solutions-launches-cloud-based-medicines-management-system-hxcare/)

Description: Positive Solutions is set to launch its new, innovative, cloud-based medicines management system – HxCare which will be showcased in October at the Care Show. HxCare will be free of charge to community pharmacies signing up to the HxCare Affiliate Programme (HxCAP) making it an ideal platform to support existing care home business and attract new ones.

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Illegal prescription tablets :240,000 tablets seized

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/authorities-seize-more-than-240000-illegal-prescription-tablets-bound-for-northern-ireland/)

Description: Authorities in Northern Ireland have seized more than 242,000 unlicensed prescription tablets purchased online and destined for addresses throughout NI. The medicines seized include Diazepam, used for anti-anxiety treatment, Pregabalin, used for epilepsy and anxiety, steroids and Zopiclone. Other prescription medicines recovered included Tamoxifen, often used in the treatment of breast cancer and Salbutamol inhalers, frequently used in the treatment of asthma.

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PSNC:Impact of medicines supply issues on community pharmacy

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-concerned-over-impact-of-medicines-supply-issues-on-community-pharmacy/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has expressed its concerns over sustained pressures on medicines supply that are having a very serious impact on community pharmacy teams and their patients. It has asked contractors and their teams to continue using its regular reporting tools to help them demonstrate the scale of the problems to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and to support escalations as needed.

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Locum pharmacists:Accept lower rates or get shifts cancelled

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/my-way-or-high-way-locum-pharmacists-asked-to-accept-lower-rates-or-get-shifts-cancelled/)

Description: Tesco, one of the leading pharmacy chains in the UK, has been allegedly accused of forcing some locum pharmacists to accept lower rates or it will cancel their booking. The issue has been brought to the notice of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) by some of its locum pharmacists members. “Some locum pharmacists who had existing confirmed bookings at Tesco stores have reported to the PDA that the company has contacted them to say that if they do not agree to accept lower rates than have already agreed, the company will cancel their booking,” said PDA.

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Public sector pay award: Another slap for community pharmacy

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/public-sector-pay-award-will-feel-like-another-slap-in-face-for-community-pharmacy-teams/)

Description: After the government announced to award pay rise to pubic sector workers, pharmacy trade bodies have expressed their disappointment at the neglect shown towards funding crisis in community pharmacy. The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) chair, Andrew Lane, said: “Our sector can’t help but feel utterly neglected after seven years of crushing real terms cuts to pharmacy funding, amounting to half a billion pounds, and no hint of any relief to come.

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Boots invest £3.5m to train its pharmacists in UK stores

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-to-invest-over-3-5m-to-train-its-pharmacists-to-beef-up-independent-prescribing-in-uk-stores/)

Description: Boots is planning to invest more than £3.5 million to accelerate its capacity to offer prescribing services in its stores across England. The company is inviting 500 of its pharmacists to apply for a bursary which will cover the cost of pharmacist independent prescriber (PIP) courses starting this September.

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CMA fines Pfizer and Flynn £70 million for inflating price

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-cma-fines-pfizer-and-flynn-70-million-for-inflating-price-of-anti-epilepsy-drug-by-2600pc/)

Description: Britain’s competition watchdog has fined pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Flynn £63 million and £6.7 million respectively for allegedly breaking competition law and illegally profiting from the sale of an anti-epilepsy drug. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that the two companies colluded to sell phenytoin sodium capsules, previously known as Epanutin, at “unfairly high prices” for over four over years between 2012 and 2016.

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Fit notes : Authorised pharmacists will be able to certify

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/authorised-pharmacists-in-northern-ireland-will-be-able-to-certify-fit-notes/)

Description: A new legislation has been introduced to allow authorised pharmacists along with other healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland to certify ‘fit notes’, health minister Robin Swann has announced. Pharmacists and some other healthcare professionals in England, Scotland and Wales are already allowed to sign ‘fit notes’.

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PDA brutal attack for compromising on patient safety

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-launches-brutal-attack-on-multiples-for-compromising-on-patient-safety-by-closing-stores/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has launched a brutal attack on some large pharmacy chains for full or part-day closures of some of their shops throughout the UK. It published an Open Letter on Tuesday (July 19) demanding urgent action “to protect patients by ensuring that essential community pharmacy services are provided safely and consistently”.

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Free flu jabs : 50 years and above eligible

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/50-years-and-above-eligible-for-free-flu-jabs/)

Description: All adults aged 50 years and above are eligible for free flu jabs in England under the autumn Covid-19 booster programme, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced. “The flu virus could also be highly infectious at this time of year, so I am also announcing that those eligible for a free flu vaccination this year will include everyone aged 50 and over, primary school children and secondary school pupils in years 7, 8 and 9, as well as people in clinical risk groups, unpaid carers and household contacts of those who are immunosuppressed,” said new health secretary Steve Barclay.

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PDA warns pharmacists on online prescribing risks

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-warns-pharmacists-on-online-prescribing-risks/)

Description: Within the last few weeks, at least six pharmacists have been subjected to interim order applications — either suspended or had significant restrictions placed upon their registration pending a full ‘Fitness to Practise’ hearing into serious allegations being made about their prescribing practices, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has found. It said that there has been a “dramatic increase in action being taken by the pharmacy regulator (GPhC) against pharmacist prescribers associated with certain types of online prescribing services”.

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Pharma group seeks fairer future access for covid patents

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/as-covid-patent-war-rages-on-pharma-group-seeks-fairer-future-access/)

Description: An alliance of companies has pledged to ensure equitable access to vaccines and treatments for pandemics, as the friction around intellectual property rights for Covid-19 interventions between the pharmaceutical industry and developing nations endures. At the heart of the plan is a commitment to set aside part of the production of vaccines and treatments upfront for vulnerable populations in low-income countries when the next pandemic arises, given how fragmented access to Covid tools has left many populations unprotected.

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Anti racist pharmacy toolkit : PDA launched

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-launches-anti-racist-pharmacy-toolkit/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s anti-racist pharmacy toolkit was launched at the 2022 Clinical Pharmacy Congress. The event also included a demonstration of how members could use the toolkit to work together to address inequality and discrimination in their workplace.

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Provisional registration:Those faced GPhC issues eligible

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/candidates-who-faced-registration-assessment-issues-will-be-eligible-for-provisional-registration/)

Description: All candidates in Great Britain who faced problems when sitting the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)’s registration assessment will be eligible for provisional registration, the pharmacy regulator has announced. However, they are eligible only if they meet eligibility criteria set out in the GPhC policy which states: “Have sat the registration assessment on 29 June 2022 and experienced delays of 30 minutes or more in starting or completing either or both Part 1 and/or Part 2 of the registration assessment due to technical or other IT difficulties (This also includes those who withdrew from the registration assessment on the day due to the start of the assessment being delayed by 30 minutes or more).”

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Lloyds and PDA agreed pay settlement for store pharmacists

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/lloyds-and-pda-agreed-on-pay-settlement-for-store-pharmacists/)

Description: LloydsPharmacy has offered three per cent increase in base pay backdated to 1 April for its store pharmacists, the union of Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDAU) who represented them has announced. “We are pleased to announce that following a consultation of its members, the PDAU has informed the company that agreement can be reached on the company’s latest offer, made in July 2022,” said the PDAU.

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Climate change: GPhC commits to playing its part

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-commits-to-playing-its-part-in-addressing-climate-change/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has committed to playing its part in addressing climate change by undertaking work to establish a carbon footprint baseline to improve its environmental performance. In a statement on Monday (July 18) the pharmacy regulator laid out what it called its vision “to have safe and effective pharmacy care at the heart of healthier communities”.

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HRA Pharma celebrates 1st anniversary of Hana

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hra-pharma-celebrates-1st-anniversary-of-hana/)

Description: HRA Pharma is celebrating the 1st anniversary of Hana, the first type of daily oral contraception available in the UK without a prescription. The launch of Hana in 2021 followed the historic decision of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to grant a marketing authorisation and marked a significant step forward in the women’s contraception category.

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GSK spins off Haleon, world’s biggest standalone consumer health business - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-spins-off-haleon-worlds-biggest-standalone-consumer-health-business/)

Description: In a long scripted overhaul of its business, GlaxoSmithKline spun off its consumer health business on Monday (July 18) in the biggest listing in Europe for more than a decade. The new company, Haleon, becomes the world’s biggest standalone consumer health business, home to brands including Sensodyne toothpaste, pain relief drug Panadol and cold treatment Theraflu.

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6 MCAT Strategies That Will Help You Pass It Successfully

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/6-clever-mcat-strategies-that-will-help-you-pass-it-successfully/)

Description: Are you feeling overwhelmed about the MCAT? You’re not alone! The MCAT is a challenging test that can feel daunting for even the best students. But don’t worry, this article is here to help. This blog post will discuss six clever strategies that will help you pass the MCAT successfully. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to achieving your dream score.

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Shoulder Pain Brief Guide : When to See a Doctor

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/when-to-see-a-doctor-for-shoulder-pain-a-brief-guide/)

Description: Shoulder pain is one of the most common types of pain that impacts your mobility and daily activities. Often associated with heart disease, shoulder pain can also occur due to an injury, trauma, or a medical condition like arthritis. While over-the-counter medications might help relieve the pain, it is crucial to address the cause of the pain becoming frequent. In this guide, we will be sharing particular situations that require a visit to an orthopedic doctor so you can get the appropriate treatment.

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Blue Angel Care scoop top prestigious awards

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/blue-angel-care-scoop-top-awards/)

Description: Homecare.co.uk’s famed Top 20 UK awards have turned out a multiple winner, with Blue Angel Care a highlight. Blue Angel Care took two prestigious gongs , Top 20 Homecare Group Provider in the UK and Top 20 Home Care Providers in South East England. Finding innovative ways to circumnavigate the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic, the homecare specialists have grown to a nationwide team of more than 200 care givers.

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Make It In The World Of Dentistry By These Pieces Of Advice

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/make-it-in-the-world-of-dentistry-by-listening-to-these-proven-pieces-of-advice/)

Description: Dentistry is one of the most important yet underappreciated professions in the world. Without dental professionals, our teeth would fall out, we wouldn’t be able to eat correctly, and our overall health would suffer. That’s why ensuring you’re doing everything possible to succeed in dentistry is crucial. And one of the best ways to do that is to listen to the advice of those who have come before you. If you are looking for some great tips on how to make it in the world of dentistry, then you have come to the right place. Here are four pieces of advice that will help you succeed.

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Hit by Covid, EU population shrinks for second year running

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hit-by-covid-eu-population-shrinks-for-second-year-running/)

Description: The European Union’s population shrank for a second year running last year, the bloc’s statistics office said on Monday, as the region reels from over two million deaths from the coronavirus. According to Eurostat, the population of the 27 countries that make up the bloc fell by close to 172,000 from the previous year and over 656,000 from January 2020.

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Microplate Closure and Sealing : A Helpful Guide

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/a-helpful-guide-to-microplate-closure-and-sealing/)

Description: Microplates are an important part of many laboratory experiments. They are often used to measure the results of a process or to test a product. When working with microplates, it is important to use the right closure and sealing method to ensure accurate results. This article will discuss the different types of closures and seals available, as well as how to choose the right one for your needs.

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HRT SSP endorsement : PSNC tips to reduce errors

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-share-tips-for-pharmacy-contractors-to-reduce-hrt-ssp-endorsement-errors/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has advised the pharmacy contractors to check that their PMR systems supports correct and complete SSP endorsements. Several tips has been shared by the PSNC with pharmacy contractors after NHSBSA received several electronic EPS SSP claims which did not meet the requirements for a valid SSP between 1 April 2022 and 31 May 2022.

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NHS marks ‘Alpelisib’ as 100th fast-tracked cancer drug

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-marks-alpelisib-as-100th-fast-tracked-cancer-drug/)

Description: The drug, alpelisib, which is the 100th cancer drug that has being fast-tracked to patients under the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) will be used in combination with the hormone therapy, fulvestrant, to target the gene that causes fast-growing tumours. Up to 3,000 people a year with a certain type of secondary breast cancer will benefit from the treatment.

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Bipolar Disorder : Symptoms and Treatments

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-to-properly-deal-with-symptoms-of-bipolar-disorder/)

Description: Bipolar disorder can be a very challenging mental illness to deal with. It is characterized by severe mood swings, from manic highs to depressive lows. Many people with bipolar disorder struggle to live normal, productive lives. However, there are various treatments available that can help manage the symptoms of this condition and improve quality of life. In this article, we will discuss the different treatments for bipolar disorder and how to properly deal with the symptoms.

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Sajid Javid drops out of leadership contest

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/former-health-secretary-sajid-javid-drops-out-of-leadership-contest/)

Description: Former health secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday (July 12) dropped out of the leadership contest to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister. “There is an abundance of both ideas and talent in our party. One of the candidates will be given the honour of becoming prime minister,” Javid said in a statement.

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PDA:Scottish government to end unnecessary pharmacy closures

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-urges-scottish-government-to-end-unnecessary-pharmacy-closures-on-saturdays/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has called on the Scottish government to end unnecessary pharmacy closures and introduce emergency regulations to force companies that operate Scotland’s pharmacies to open on the days and hours they have agreed. It is concerned that decisions made by some health boards in Scotland have now allowed pharmacy owners to close their pharmacies on Saturdays.

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Continence: University study on pharmacy role in promotion

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/university-conducts-study-on-pharmacys-role-in-promotion-of-continence/)

Description: The University of the West of England (UWE) is conducting a survey to explore current practice in community pharmacy regarding the management of individuals who present with bladder and/or bowel incontinence. Approximately one in five people experience bladder or bowel leakage and they often do not know those simple conservative strategies can make a difference.

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Buserelin : DHSC issues medicine supply notification

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-issues-medicine-supply-notification-for-buserelin/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has notified pharmacies over the shortage of Buserelin (Suprefact) 5.5mg/5.5ml solution for injection vials is out of stock until mid-August 2022. Limited supply of Buserelin (Suprefact) 5.5mg/5.5ml solution for injection vials remains available in NHS Trusts and health boards.

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Real Time Exemption :Pharmacies can now check in real time

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/four-out-of-every-five-pharmacies-can-now-check-script-exemption-in-real-time-nhsbsa-confirms/)

Description: More than 80 per cent of pharmacy organisations have received the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) functionality for Real Time Exemption Checking (RTEC). The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has confirmed RTEC has been rolled out gradually, in phases. Contractors first received RTEC for use with processing NHSBSA exemptions.

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NPA : Patients go without prescription medicines

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cost-of-living-crisis-is-forcing-patients-go-without-prescription-medicines-npa-survey-finds/)

Description: Almost nine in ten community pharmacists in England say they have patients who sometimes go without prescription medicines because they cannot afford the prescription charge levied by the government. Sixty-eight per cent of pharmacists in a National Pharmacy Association (NPA) survey, conducted via email in June 2022, said this has become more frequent in the past year – suggesting that the rising cost of living could be leading more people to miss out on vital medicines.

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Dental:Why Investing In Your Smile Is Always A Good Decision

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/why-investing-in-your-smile-is-always-a-good-decision/)

Description: Think about your smile. It’s one of the first things people see when they meet you, and it can leave a lasting impression. That’s why it’s so important to invest in your smile! Not only is it good for your health, but it also improves your confidence. There are many different dental care options available, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. In this article, we will discuss the different options available and how to choose the right one for you!

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RPS welcomes govt proposal increase access to PrEP in Wales

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-welcomes-govt-proposal-to-increase-access-to-prep-via-community-pharmacies-in-wales/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Wales has welcomed proposals from the Welsh government to increase access to PrEP via community pharmacies for people at risk of HIV. The new HIV Action Plan for Wales consultation proposes a shared care model between primary care and specialist sexual health services to improve access to PrEP.

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Dr Anthony Cox:RPS Education & Standard Committee New Chair

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-chair-appointed-for-rps-education-and-standards-committee/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has appointed Dr Anthony Cox from the University of Birmingham as the new chair of its Education and Standards Committee. Anthony is Head of the School of Pharmacy and a Reader in Clinical Pharmacy and Drug Safety. He has previously been a member of the English Pharmacy Board and is a Fellow of the RPS.

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Steve Barclay appointed as new health secretary

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/steve-barclay-appointed-as-new-health-secretary/)

Description: Boris Johnson has picked Steve Barclay as the new health secretary following the resignation of Sajid Javid, who stepped down on July 5 after saying he had lost faith in prime minister’s leadership. Barclay — who had served as chief of staff of the prime minister since February 2022 — was previously a junior health minister in 2018, responsible for NHS workforce and finance, before serving as Brexit secretary, chief secretary to the Treasury, and chancellor of the duchy.

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FIP:Pharmacists to expand roles in mental health services

Posted by 12 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fip-encourages-pharmacists-to-expand-roles-in-much-needed-mental-health-services/)

Description: The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has published two new handbooks to support pharmacists in providing ‘much-needed’ mental health services. The federation unveiled “Mental healthcare — A handbook for pharmacists” and “Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in mental health care” on Thursday July 7.

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Heart health charity:Phoenix UK , British Heart Foundation

Posted by 13 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/phoenix-uk-british-heart-foundation-partners-for-heart-health-charity/)

Description: PHOENIX UK and the British Heart Foundation has joined hands for a charity partnership to continue the ongoing commitment of improving heart health across the UK. The PHOENIX team have set the donation goal of £20,000 by June 2023 and are set to take on a range of exciting challenges over the course of the next year, such as a Tough Mudder and the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, all in a bid to raise funds for the heart health charity.

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David Webb:Wholehearted support for community pharmacy

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/david-webb-pledges-wholehearted-support-for-community-pharmacy-at-npa-board-meeting/)

Description: England’s chief pharmaceutical officer (CPhO) David Webb has promised his “wholehearted support” for the community pharmacy sector at the board meeting of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) on 28 June in St Albans. After hearing the CPhO at the meeting, NPA chair, Andrew Lane, later declared: “David is someone we can do business with.”

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PHOENIX:£13m investment for distribution hub in Wakefield

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/phoenix-invests-over-13-million-to-build-a-new-state-of-the-art-distribution-hub-in-wakefield/)

Description: Pharmacy wholesaler PHOENIX UK is investing over £13 million to build a new state-of-the-art distribution hub in Wakefield. The 260,000 sq. ft facility is expected to be operational next year and will service community pharmacies, hospitals and dispensing doctors across the North East of England and Yorkshire.

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PhAS 2022: 1,445 pharmacies are now eligible

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/phas-2022-1445-pharmacies-are-now-eligible/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care has updated the list of community pharmacies eligible for the Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) and approved 43 cases out of 63 applications, bringing the the total number of eligible pharmacies in England to 1,445. Earlier this year, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) invited community pharmacy contractors to apply for a review if they believed there were any inaccuracies in relation to pharmacy premises addresses or unforeseen circumstances affecting access, such as a permanent roadblock.

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Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2022:NPA announced date

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-announces-date-of-ask-your-pharmacist-week-2022/)

Description: The public awareness campaign for community pharmacy, ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’ this year will be on 31 October – 7 November, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has announced. Every year AYP Week is held across the UK, with an aim to raise awareness of pharmacy services and to prompt conversations with key stakeholders at a local level about community pharmacy’s role and benefits.

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Heat And Cold Resistant : 4 Ways To Make Your Home

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/4-ways-to-make-your-home-both-heat-and-cold-resistant/)

Description: Making your home both heat and cold-resistant may seem like a daunting task, but there are actually a few simple things you can do to make your home more comfortable no matter the season. In this article, we’ll share four ways to make your home both heat and cold-resistant. INSTALL WEATHERSTRIPPING OR CAULKING One of the best ways to make your home more resistant to both heat and cold is to install weatherstripping or caulking around all of the doors and windows. This will help to seal up any cracks or gaps that might let the air escape, making it much easier to keep your home at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like outside.

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Tag: Weatherproof-Home-Improvements,pharmacy-business,How-to-weatherproof-your-home-for-summer,How-to-keep-house-cool-in-summer-naturally,Keeping-house-cool-in-summer-UK

Environmental impact: To reduce medicine prescribing

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/health-professional-leaders-call-for-action-to-reduce-environmental-impact-of-medicine-prescribing/)

Description: Three leading healthcare bodies in Scotland have called for action to reduce the environmental impact caused by medicine prescribing. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland have all urged policymakers to enable a more sustainable approach to prescribing.

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Javid, Sunak quit cabinet leaving pharmacy stunned

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/javid-sunak-quit-cabinet-leaving-pharmacy-stunned/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak have both resigned on Tuesday (July 5) after a slew of scandals undermined the government of prime minister Boris Johnson. Javid and Sunak sent resignation letters to Johnson within minutes of each other in which both took aim at his ability to run an administration that adhered to standards.

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Pharmacy funding and workforce challenges: Leaders urged HSC

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sector-leaders-urge-health-select-committee-to-hold-government-to-account-on-pharmacy-funding-and-workforce-challenges/)

Description: Pharmacy bodies have urged the Health Select Committee to hold the government to account on pharmacy funding and workforce challenges. In a show of unity, leaders from the sector came together to write a joint letter to the chair of the committee and former health secretary Jeremy Hunt and bring to his attention how financial pressures worsened by nearly a decade of a real-term decrease in funding have made the sector virtually untenable.

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Addiction Treatment : 6 Vital Things You Should Know About

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/6-vital-things-you-should-know-about-addiction-treatment/)

Description: Addiction is a complex disease that can be difficult to overcome. Many people don’t realize how serious addiction is and often don’t seek treatment until it’s too late. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the treatment process. This blog post will discuss six vital things that you should know about addiction treatment.

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Pharmacy teams need enhanced clinical roles

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-teams-need-enhanced-clinical-roles/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has republished a three-year-old report which underscores the vital role of community pharmacists and pharmacy t echnicians in a ‘modern NHS’ amid speculations that the government is set to announce plans to enhance the role of community pharmacy teams. PDA’s 2019 report which “took three year to compile” highlighted significant empirical evidence and made recommendations to develop the roles of both community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and the skill mix required to meet patients’ needs.

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London Pride :Pharmacists march with pride 2022

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacists-march-with-pride-in-london/)

Description: A group of pharmacists on Saturday (July 2) took part in this year’s Pride in London parade, as the annual LGBTQ+ celebration returned to the capital after three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those who participated in the march called on the government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people, reform the Gender Recognition Act, and provide equal protection for LGBT+ communities against hate crime.

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Community pharmacy inclusive environment for professionals

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-presses-on-with-making-community-pharmacy-a-more-inclusive-environment-for-all-professionals/)

Description: NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), in association with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK), has published its first inclusive pharmacy practice (IPP) bulletin, with an overarching ambition “to make community pharmacy a more inclusive environment for all pharmacy professionals”. The IPP programme will take practical steps to improve the awareness and understanding at all levels of different cultural beliefs and attitudes, according to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

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Sanofi :Global health brand with non-profit treatments

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sanofi-launches-global-health-brand-with-non-profit-treatments/)

Description: French drugmaker Sanofi will make 30 of its treatments, including insulin, available on a not-for-profit basis in 40 lower-income countries in the first step of its plan to increase access to its medicines worldwide. The treatments will be provided under the new Impact brand, part of Sanofi’s global health unit launched last year, which sits outside the commercial business.

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UK must swiftly fend off competition | Life sciences Vision

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-must-act-swiftly-to-fend-off-competition-if-it-wants-to-build-the-worlds-leading-life-sciences-hub/)

Description: The UK must act swiftly to fend off competition if it wants to build the world’s leading life sciences sciences hub, a new report suggests. A year on from the launch of the government’s life science vision, the report commissioned by the the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said although achieving the ambition remained feasible, the UK would need an attractive business environment because its competitor countries were becoming more adept at attracting investment.

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Sector lambasts GPhC for failing foundation exam candidates

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/our-future-pharmacists-deserve-better-sector-lambasts-gphc-for-failing-foundation-exam-candidates/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council has apologised for severe delays and disruptions during the June foundation registration assessment at five test centres in England on Wednesday (June 29). The pharmacy regulator said it has since “contacted the candidates affected via email to apologise for the disruption and the extra worry this will have caused.

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Independent pharmacists appointment Pharmacy commission

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-leadership-commission-appoints-two-more-independent-pharmacists/)

Description: Two more independent community pharmacists have been appointed to the UK Commission on Pharmacy Professional Leadership. NPA board member Reena Barai and Sheelin McKeagney from Lurgan in Northern Ireland will join 25 other commission members, including Ash Soni who was the only practising community pharmacist on the initial list published in June.

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Government policy still lags behind public opinion

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/government-policy-still-lags-behind-public-opinion-15-years-after-smoking-ban-in-britain/)

Description: New data released on Friday (July 1) shows how public support has continued to grow despite a lack of progress on the policy front, 15 years since a smokefree legislation in Britain prohibited smoking inside public spaces such as offices, shops and pubs. This was demonstrated by a new report ‘Fifteen Smokefree Years’ summarising results from the annual survey carried out since 2007 by YouGov for the public health charity Action on Smoking and Health.

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DND list UK : Nine new medicines added | DHSC

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nine-new-medicines-added-to-dnd-list/)

Description: Nine more new products have been classed as ‘Drugs for which Discount is Not Deducted’ (DND) from 1 July 2022, announced Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). This takes the total number of products granted DND status over the past 2 years to over 500 following checks made by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

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Smart deals saved taxpayers £1.2b on medicines procurement

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-claims-its-smart-deals-have-saved-taxpayers-1-2-billion-on-medicines-procurement-over-3-years/)

Description: The NHS claims that it’s been able to save taxpayers £1.2 billion in just three years by procuring hundreds of hospital medicines at a better price. The adoption of cheaper versions of a single drug – adalimumab – which is used to treat more than 45,000 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, has accounted for about one third of the savings.

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Rehabilitation Clinic : Learn How To Flawlessly Operate

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/learn-how-to-flawlessly-operate-a-rehabilitation-clinic/)

Description: Drug addiction poses a serious challenge since it impacts one’s physical and mental health. However, the good news is that individuals who complete a drug rehabilitation program can overcome this problem. If you are interested in providing rehab services, there are a couple of things you should know. Read on to learn how to operate a rehabilitation clinic flawlessly.

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Paper prescription bundle:charge £25 for late submission

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhsbsa-to-charge-25-for-late-submission-of-paper-prescription-bundle/)

Description: A community pharmacy contractor would be charged £25 if a paper prescription bundle is submitted late to the NHSBSA. “A charge for processing of a late bundle would only apply if a contractor cannot provide evidence, where requested by the NHSBSA, that their bundle was submitted using secure track and trace delivery no later than the 5th day of the following month in which supply was made,” said the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

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Medical Malpractice 101 : Here are 6 Things You Need To Know

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/medical-malpractice-101-here-are-6-things-you-need-to-know/)

Description: Medical malpractice is a serious issue, and if you are ever a victim of it, you need to know what to do. More often than not, people do not even know that they are victims of medical malpractice until it is too late. This blog post will discuss six important things that you need to know about medical malpractice. Read on to learn more.

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PDA urges pharmacists not to sign fit notes

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-urges-pharmacists-not-to-sign-fit-notes-that-lie-beyond-their-scope-of-competence/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has advised completing mandatory training once available to those who wish to sign fit notes. However, it advises pharmacists not to sign fit notes where the required therapeutic, diagnostic, or examination skills lie outside their scope of competence.

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BioNTech, Pfizer to start testing pan-coronavirus shots

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/biontech-pfizer-to-start-testing-pan-coronavirus-shots/)

Description: BioNTech and Pfizer are to start tests on humans of next-generation vaccines that protect against a wide variety of coronaviruses in the second half of the year. Their experimental work on shots that go beyond the current approach include T-cell-enhancing shots, designed to primarily protect against severe disease if the virus becomes more dangerous, and pan-coronavirus shots that protect against the broader family of viruses and its mutations.

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Pharmacy technicians as regulated healthcare professionals

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-technicians-in-ni-to-be-recognised-as-regulated-healthcare-professionals/)

Description: Pharmacy technicians will soon be recognised as fully regulated healthcare professionals in North Ireland. Work has begun to bring pharmacy technicians under statutory regulation by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, health minister Robin Swann has announced. The public consultation was launched in March 2022 on a proposal to introduce statutory regulation of the Pharmacy Technician workforce in Northern Ireland.

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World Pharmacy Council:UK pharma discuss workforce shortages

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-pharmacy-delegates-discuss-workforce-shortages-and-other-hot-topics-at-world-pharmacy-council/)

Description: Professional leadership bodies from around the world discussed workforce shortages in community pharmacy and other challenges affecting the sector at a global meeting held in Paris last month. Delegated from Denmark, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, US and the UK updated the conference on how the profession was progressing in practice, technology and workforce development in their respective countries.

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Imfinzi combo shows promise in late-stage lung cancer trial

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/astrazeneca-says-imfinzi-combo-shows-promise-in-late-stage-lung-cancer-trial/)

Description: AstraZeneca said on Thursday (June 30) that a combination of its cancer drug, Imfinzi, and chemotherapy showed promise in a late-stage trial in patients with an aggressive form of lung cancer, when given before surgery. Data showed the combination was more effective in removing cancer cells in tissue samples taken during surgery when compared with just chemotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, the drugmaker said.

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Erection problems in men| Awareness|Men's Health

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mens-health-need-to-raise-awareness-and-destigmatise-common-erection-problems/)

Description: Erection problems are common conditions that can affect adult men of any age. General awareness about erection problems has grown in recent years, and men’s partners and society at-large generally view it as a common condition. Indeed, 75% of men and their partners agree that they are a normal part of life for a man. But despite progress to normalise the condition, the research points to the fact that men still feel responsible for erection problems.

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NPA : Impact of inflation on community pharmacies

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-commissions-prof-david-taylor-study-to-evaluate-impact-of-inflation-on-community-pharmacies/)

Description: The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has commissioned Professor David Taylor of University College London to investigate the implications of all-time high inflation rates on community pharmacies in the UK. Professor Taylor’s will assess rates of inflation affecting community pharmacy across the UK, using public data sources whilst examining inflated costs in the context of the current five year contractual framework in England (2019-2024).

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Pharmacy becoming first port of call for healthcare advice

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacies-are-increasingly-becoming-the-first-port-of-call-for-healthcare-advice/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)’s 2022 Pharmacy Advice Audit revealed that more than 1.2 million consultations a week – or 65 million a year – are now being carried out by community pharmacy teams in England. This is an increase from 2021, when the audit results suggested that in total pharmacies were providing 58 million consultations per year.

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Walgreens abandons £5bn sale of Boots UK

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/walgreens-abandons-5bn-sale-of-boots-uk/)

Description: Walgreens Boots Alliance on Tuesday (June 28) scrapped the plan to sell its UK high street pharmacy chain saying no third party was able to make an adequate offer due to the turmoil in global financial markets. Walgreens’ move to call off the sale comes as private equity bidders Apollo Global and TDR faced headwinds in raising financing for the deal, as banks were wary of underwriting large chunks of the financing due to tough market conditions.

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Charac receives £1m strategic investment from Royal Mail

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/charac-receives-1-million-strategic-investment-from-royal-mail/)

Description: Charac, an NHS-integrated one-stop platform for independent community pharmacies, has secured £1 million strategic investment from the Royal Mail Group, enabling its time-saving platform to assist more local pharmacies and patients across the UK to easily manage their prescriptions and consultations online.

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RPS publishes new core advanced pharmacist curriculum

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-publishes-new-core-advanced-pharmacist-curriculum/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published its new ‘Core Advanced Pharmacist Curriculum’ to enable professional development towards advanced pharmacist practice. This follows an intensive programme of work undertaken in collaboration with a wide range of UK stakeholders, the society said today (June 27) in a statement.

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AstraZeneca:EU backing for targeted breast cancer therapies

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/astrazeneca-gets-eu-backing-for-targeted-breast-cancer-therapies/)

Description: AstraZeneca said on Monday (June 27) two of its existing therapies were recommended for treating patients with some forms of high-risk breast cancers in the European Union, in a boost to the company’s oncology portfolio. Lynparza, a cancer drug developed jointly with U.S.-based Merck, was backed for standalone use or in combination with endocrine therapy in adults with a form of genetically mutated early-stage breast cancer.

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Paper Prescription : Account Identifier Document required

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-account-identifier-document-by-nhsbsa-required-for-submission-of-paper-prescriptions/)

Description: Pharmacy contractors will no longer need to print and submit a paper copy of their completed FP34C declaration made through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal when submitting their paper prescription bundle to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), said the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). Instead, from August 2022 (for July 2022 prescriptions), NHSBSA will post out a paper Account Identifier Document along with the red separators and pharmacy address labels each month.

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Boots :£42k FTE base salary to newly-qualified pharmacists

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-to-offer-42k-fte-base-salary-to-newly-qualified-pharmacists/)

Description: Boots UK will offer a staring salary of £42,000 per annum to newly qualified pharmacists joining the pharmacy chain. The company also revealed that “in addition, any existing pharmacists in the bargaining unit currently receiving less than £43k.” The newly announced hike in the salary — following an agreement reached between the multiple and and the Pharmacist Defence Association — will be effective from 1 August 2022.

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Independent pharmacy members not abandon dosette boxes

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/our-independent-family-owned-pharmacy-members-are-not-going-to-abandon-dosette-boxes/)

Description: The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP)’s members are not going to abandon the dosettes boxes, the association has announced. Instead, it insisted that this service should be properly funded. The association has emphasised on the importance of the service provided by pharmacists to elderly patients living independently.

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PDA to reach out to LloydsPharmacy for better pay hike

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-to-reach-out-to-lloydspharmacy-for-better-pay-hike-as-its-member-rejects-unacceptable-offer/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) Union says it will be reaching out to LloydsPharmacy soon over a better deal on salary increase after the majority of its members rejected a three per cent offer made by the company recently. Paul Day, director, PDA Union told Pharmacy Business: “The PDA Union will communicate the response of employed pharmacists to the company and seek further discussion to try and find an offer that will be acceptable to union members.

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Duty of Candour not an add-on but fundamental part: GPhC

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/duty-of-candour-is-not-an-add-on-its-a-fundamental-part-of-pharmacy-profession/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has developed two new resources- Keeping patients safe being open and honest and Pharmacy team toolkit – learning from incidents, to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians fulfil the duty of candour – the professional responsibility to be open and honest with patients if/when something goes wrong. The new resources bring together relevant existing policy, standards, and previous statements on the professional obligations of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, with respect to candour.

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MYS portal only route for referred back, disallowed items

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mys-portal-to-be-only-route-for-referred-back-disallowed-items-from-july/)

Description: From July 2022, Manage Your Services (MYS) portal will be the only route available for pharmacy contactors to submit all new prescription returns/referred back items and disallowed items, reminded the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). Contractors will be able to view and submit the required information for all these items only through the MYS portal.

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Anti-aging tips:4 Unconventional Procedures For Men

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/4-unconventional-procedures-for-men-interested-in-anti-aging/)

Description: Men, it’s time to start paying attention to anti-aging procedures! While you may not be as worried about wrinkles and fine lines as your female counterparts, that doesn’t mean you can neglect your skin. There are a number of unconventional procedures out there that can help keep you looking young and handsome for years to come. In this blog post, we will discuss four of the most popular unconventional procedures for men interested in anti-aging.

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Skin Care Tips: Keep Your Skin Healthy During the Summer

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/amazing-skin-care-tips-that-will-keep-your-skin-healthy-during-the-summer/)

Description: The summer sun can be tough on your skin, but following these amazing tips will help keep your skin healthy all season long! Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen religiously, and don’t forget to exfoliate regularly to slough away dead skin cells. If you start to experience any skin problems, consult a dermatologist immediately. With these tips, you’ll have gorgeous, healthy skin all summer long!

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Besins Healthcare acquires site to boost HRT production

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/besins-healthcare-acquires-new-manufacturing-site-to-boost-hrt-production-capability/)

Description: Besins Healthcare has acquired a pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Drogenbos, Belgium to boost the production of hormonal products including Oestrogel. Currently, the site which is being used as one of two manufacturing sites for their gel products [the other site being in France], is a strategic purchase to allow Besins Healthcare to increase production of its own products, offering greater efficiencies and greater integration into the company’s supply line.

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Immunity System : How To Boost Your Health

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-to-boost-your-health-and-immunity-system/)

Description: Are you worried about your immunity and want to strengthen your immune system? Taking care of your health and the health of your family, children, and parents is never exaggerated and unfounded. The organism must at all times have immunity that will allow it to cope with the greatest challenges. There are things you can’t influence. However, those things that you can influence to fight the virus more effectively, such as strengthening immunity, you must take seriously and take full advantage of this opportunity. That is why we are here to give you some great tips on how to successfully strengthen your immunity and improve your health.

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Polio found in London sewage, but risk of infection low

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/polio-found-in-london-sewage-but-risk-of-infection-considered-low/)

Description: Polio has been detected in sewage samples in London, the first sign since the 1980s that the virus could be spreading in the UK, but no cases have been found, authorities said. The risk of infection from the disease, which causes paralysis in children in under one per cent of cases, was also low because of high vaccination rates, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.

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Moderna to build mRNA vaccine facility in Britain

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/moderna-to-build-mrna-vaccine-facility-in-britain/)

Description: US biotech firm Moderna will build a new research and manufacturing centre in Britain to develop vaccines against new Covid-19 variants, other respiratory illnesses and help improve readiness for any future pandemics. The facility is expected to start producing shots in 2025 and Britain has made a commitment to buy Moderna’s vaccines for the next decade under the agreement.

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Breast Cancer Prevention : 6 Things You Need To Know

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/6-things-you-need-to-know-on-breast-cancer-prevention/)

Description: Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. While this disease can be deadly, it is also preventable. This blog post will discuss six things you need to know about breast cancer prevention. Knowledge is power when it comes to fighting cancer, so read on and learn how you can protect yourself.

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Oesophageal cancer:Erectile dysfunction drugs may help

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/erectile-dysfunction-drugs-may-help-in-treatment-of-oesophageal-cancer/)

Description: A group of drugs commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction may be able to boost the effect of chemotherapy in oesophageal cancer, according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council. The research, published on Tuesday (June 22) in Cell Reports Medicine, found that the drugs, known as PDE5 inhibitors can reverse chemotherapy resistance by targeting cells called cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) residing in the area surrounding the tumour.

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HEE hosts webinars for pre-reg pharmacy technicians

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hee-hosts-webinars-for-pre-reg-pharmacy-technicians/)

Description: The Health Education England (HEE) has secured funding to further support growth of the pharmacy technician workforce in 2022/23. This support is through expansion of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician (PTPT) training capacity in community pharmacy or as part of a cross-sector integrated apprenticeship programme.

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Schizophrenia and depression caused by smoking

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/smoking-causes-depression-and-schizophrenia/)

Description: Smoking increases the risk of developing schizophrenia and depression, a report by academics from the University of Bristol published on 20 June claims. It says smoking raises the risk of developing schizophrenia by between 53 per cent and 127 per cent and the risk of developing depression by from 54 per cent to 132 per cent.

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NPA denounces ‘unaffordable’ health centre pharmacy rent

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-denounces-unaffordable-health-centre-pharmacy-rent/)

Description: The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has raised its concerns over rising cost of rent for its members. The association highlighted that pharmacy spending is shrinking, and therefore, the NHS Property Services must ensure viability of health centre pharmacies. In May, the NPA wrote to NHS Property Services to voice its concerns over the rising cost of rent after some of its members reported demands for a three-fold increase in rent.

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Omicron : Less likely to cause long Covid

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/omicron-less-likely-to-cause-long-covid/)

Description: The Omicron variant of coronavirus is less likely to cause long Covid than previous variants, according to the first peer-reviewed study of its kind from the UK. Researchers at King’s College London, using data from nearly 100,000 people who logged their Covid symptoms via an app, found the odds of developing long Covid after infection were 20 per cent to 50 per cent lower during the Omicron wave in the UK compared to Delta. The figure varied depending on the patient’s age and the timing of their last vaccination.

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Abemaciclib : NICE recommends for early breast cancer

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-abemaciclib-for-early-breast-cancer/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended abemaciclib also called Verzenios, made by Eli Lilly, for people with hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, node-positive early breast cancer at high risk of recurrence who have had surgery to remove their tumour. The clinical trial result showed that people having abemaciclib with hormone therapy had a more than 30 per cent better chance of their cancer not coming back following surgery compared with people having hormone therapy alone.

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Catriona Sinclair:New vice-chair for Scottish Pharmacy Board

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/catriona-sinclair-is-new-vice-chair-for-scottish-pharmacy-board/)

Description: Catriona Sinclair, a community pharmacist in the Highlands with over thirty years’ experience, has been elected vice-chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)’s Scottish Pharmacy Board. As the incoming vice-chair, she will sit on the RPS’s assembly which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Society.

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PCCA Limited recalls batches of Ketamine oral solutions

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pcca-limited-recalls-batches-of-ketamine-oral-solutions/)

Description: PCCA Limited has issued a recall for its Ketamine 50mg/5ml and 100mg/5ml oral solutions after a small number of bottles have been observed to contain crystalline material. The company said it is recalling impacted batches from patients, pharmacies and hospitals as a precautionary measure.

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MHRA joins international partnerships set global standards

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mhra-joins-international-partnerships-that-set-global-standards/)

Description: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been accepted as a full member of three international work-sharing partnerships. Through these partnerships the agency said it will play vital international role in making sure medicines and medical devices are regulated safely and efficiently worldwide,

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IP training :Concerns over HEE’s ‘no funding’ decision

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/concerns-over-hees-no-funding-decision-for-ip-training/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has raised concern over the Health Education England (HEE)’s decision on cutting funding to independent prescribing training. The HEE has reportedly decided that no funding will be available to back-fill trainees undertaking the pharmacist independent prescribing (PIP) qualification, or for the supervision of trainees by DPPs and DMPs.

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Walgreens:New clinical trial business to use patients data

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/walgreens-to-use-pharmacy-patients-data-for-new-clinical-trial-business/)

Description: Walgreens Boots Alliance has announced the launch of its new clinical trials business that aims to use patient data from its pharmacies to help drive up recruitment in studies conducted by drugmakers. With patient recruitment and enrollment remain key challenges in clinical trials, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said it can proactively match diverse patient populations to trials across a range of disease areas based on race, gender, socioeconomic status and location with its patient reach and access to an extensive foundation of pharmacy and patient-authorised clinical data.

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PDA:Mandatory training for those who wish to sign fit notes

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-seeks-mandatory-training-for-those-who-wish-to-sign-fit-notes/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has called for a mandatory training for those who wish to sign fit notes. The union said it will be seeking urgent clarification around the rollout of guidance and timescales of when this will be available to PDA members working in primary care and hospitals, who will be at the forefront of the implementation.

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3 Types Of Medications Used In Dental Care

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/3-types-of-medications-used-in-dental-care/)

Description: Many are well informed about different diseases that involve oral cavities. Fortunately, several medications assist in treating these diseases. Dentists or dental professionals prescribe drugs for dental care, depending on the issue. Specific medications are offered to prevent or treat infection, reduce anxiety, minimize pain and inflammation, treat bacterial infections, teeth cleaning or whitening, and many others. Overall, this article will get you acquainted with some types of medications dental professionals use in caring for their patient’s teeth. If you want to know them, then read them on.

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PSNC shares heatwave advice for community pharmacies

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-shares-heatwave-advice-for-community-pharmacies/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has shared materials to help community pharmacy in communicating relevant advice to people during this heatwave. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a heat-health alert for the next few days. It has also published a beat the heat poster, along with its heatwave guidance, which could be used in pharmacies to raise awareness.

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NHS set to roll out two superbugs busting drugs

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-set-to-roll-out-two-superbugs-busting-drugs/)

Description: The NHS has signed the first-of-its-kind subscription deal for two antimicrobial drugs – cefiderocol and ceftazidime–avibactam, manufactured by Shionogi and Pfizer respectively – that will help around 1700 patients per year with severe bacterial infections. Under this deal, pharmaceutical firms will receive a fixed yearly fee – capped at a level that represents value to taxpayers – in order to incentivise funding for innovation that can generate a pipeline of new antibiotics for NHS patients.

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Community pharmacies funded:make cancer hospital referrals

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacies-could-be-funded-to-spot-signs-of-cancer-and-make-hospital-referrals/)

Description: Community pharmacies in England could soon be allowed to make cancer referrals to hospitals under new plans to improve early detection of the disease. An NHS pilot scheme, which starts later this year as a pilot in an undisclosed number of places of England, will see community pharmacy staff spotting signs of cancer in people who might not have noticed symptoms.

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RPS:Survey aimed at increasing member participation

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-opens-survey-aimed-at-increasing-member-participation-and-communications/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has opened a survey which asks its members how they would want to take part in and learn about decisions made by the RPS. The RPS said the survey was a core part of the independent review of member participation and communications led by communications consultancy Luther Pendragon.

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Pharmacist struck off for illegally supplying pom medicine

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/solihull-pharmacist-struck-off-for-illegally-supplying-a-prescription-only-medicine-to-the-caribbean/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has removed a pharmacist from its register who black-marketed ‘zolpidem’ along with another pharmacist between 2015 and 2016. Dean Zainool Dookhan, a pharmacist first registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain on 18 October 2004 and whose registration was later transferred to the General Pharmaceutical Council under registration number 2059808, was jailed last year for exporting 20,000 packets of zolpidem to the Caribbean.

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Climate change:Pharmacy teams urged to sign up

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-teams-urged-to-sign-up-to-bold-action-on-climate-change/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Pharmacy Declares are inviting pharmacy teams from around the world to sign up and commit to taking “bold action” on climate change as mentioned in a climate change charter which was published on Monday (June 13). The charter asks pharmacy teams to commit to understanding how human health and the systems which underpin it are “reliant on the state of our natural environment” and actively explore ways to make pharmacy practice and medicine use more sustainable.

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Sanofi and GSK:Next-gen Covid booster against main variants

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sanofi-and-gsks-next-gen-covid-booster-jab-has-potential-against-main-variants/)

Description: French drugmaker Sanofi said on Monday (June 13) an upgraded version of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate it is developing with GSK showed potential in two trials to protect against the virus’s main variants of concern, including the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 strains, when used as a booster shot. While the two companies’ first experimental Covid shot is undergoing review by the European Medicines Agency, Sanofi and GSK have continued work on a vaccine that is moulded on the now-supplanted Beta variant, hoping still that it will confer broad protection against future viral mutations.

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Pharmacy engagement in ICSs will be vital

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-engagement-in-icss-will-be-vital/)

Description: Community pharmacy should be involved in key decisions in neighbourhoods and systems to help reduce workload and increase patient access, a roundtable organised by the National Pharmacy Association to discuss a recent review on primary care integration has concluded. The NPA said it would be sending the recently published report on the roundtable to local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) and other local pharmacy leaders as a tool to help them engage with Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) which will become statutory bodies from July 1.

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Tips On How To Choose Quality Supplements For You

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/useful-tips-on-how-to-choose-quality-supplements-for-you/)

Description: When it comes to supplements, more and more people are starting to become interested in them. This is because supplements have a lot of benefits that can improve a person’s health in many ways. However, with the increasing popularity of supplements also comes an increase in the number of low-quality and ineffective supplements on the market. Because of this, it is important for people who are interested in taking supplements to know how to choose quality ones that will be beneficial to their health. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to do just that.

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Omicron subvariants spread:Risk of Covid deaths rising-ECDC

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/eu-disease-prevention-agency-sees-risk-of-covid-deaths-rising-as-omicron-subvariants-spread/)

Description: Two new subvariants of Omicron — BA.4 and BA.5 — are spreading much faster than other corovanirus variants in Europe, which could lead to more hospitalisations and deaths as they become dominant, the EU’s disease prevention agency said on Monday (June 13). Most EU countries have so far detected low rates of the two subgroups. But in countries where the proportion has risen – such as Portugal, where BA.5 accounted for 87 per cent of cases by May 30 — there have been surges in overall cases, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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icosapent ethyl:Heart attacks,strokes with raised blood fats

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-new-treatment-to-prevent-heart-attacks-strokes-in-people-with-raised-blood-fats/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended icosapent ethyl also called Vazkepa manufactured by Amarin for adults who have cardiovascular disease with controlled LDL-C levels taking a statin. It’s final draft guidance is expected to be available on the July 20.

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How Technology Can Improve the Health Sector in Today’s Age

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-technology-can-improve-the-health-sector-in-todays-age/)

Description: Are you looking for ways technology can improve the health sector? Technology has revolutionized every industry imaginable, so it’s no surprise that it has also made its mark on the health sector. In this blog post, we will discuss how technology is helping to improve healthcare for everyone. From telemedicine to mobile apps, technology makes it easier than ever for people to get the care they need. Keep reading to learn more.

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Tag: Benefits-of-technology-in-healthcare,pharmacy-business,importance-of-technology-in-healthcare,technology-in-health-sector,Impact-of-technology-in-healthcare

Fit notes are an unsuitable service to be provided:DHSC

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fit-notes-are-an-unsuitable-service-to-be-provided-over-the-counter-says-dhsc/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care has clarified that community pharmacists will not be among those allowed to issue sick notes, calling the service unsuitable to be provided over the counter. In response to a question from Pharmacy Business, a spokesperson for the department said that the policy change was “aimed at pharmacists working within general practices or hospital settings”, adding: “The intention is that ‘where’ the fit note is issued will remain the same but ‘who’ issues it will change.

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Tag: DHSC-news,Fit-note-Universal-Credit,pharmacy-business,Backdated-fit-note-Universal-Credit,community-pharmacists,Med3,Pharmacy-News-2022,latest-pharmacy-news-uk

Hub and spoke dispensing must benefit patient care

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hub-and-spoke-must-benefit-patient-care/)

Description: While responding to the consultation on hub and spoke dispensing, trade unions for pharmacists have emphasised that the patient safety and care must be the priority in hub and spoke dispensing. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has welcomed the opportunity provided by a change in legislation to enable community pharmacies to make use of hub and spoke dispensing but reaffirmed that patient care must be at the heart of future changes.

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GSK:Elusive vaccine for common respiratory virus

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-closer-to-cracking-elusive-vaccine-for-common-respiratory-virus/)

Description: Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline aims to get its respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine to regulators for review later this year, after interim data showed the vaccine was effective in a keenly-watched late-stage study involving older adults. RSV is a leading cause of pneumonia in toddlers and the elderly, but the complex molecular structure of the virus and safety concerns have stymied efforts to develop a vaccine since the virus was first discovered in 1956.

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Monkeypox infection:UKHSA advises self-isolation for people

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/ukhsa-advises-self-isolation-for-people-with-monkeypox-infection/)

Description: The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has advised self-isolation for people diagnosed with monkeypox to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Household members are at the highest risk of becoming infected from a case within their house. The new guidance advises people with monkeypox infection to take steps to try and limit transmission within the household.

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Atorvastatin named most dispensed drug in England in 2021/22

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/atorvastatin-named-most-dispensed-drug-in-england-in-2021-22/)

Description: Atorvastatin was the most dispensed drug in England in 2021/22 with 53.4 million items, revealed the annual Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) published by NHS Business Services Authority. According to the official statistics, Apixaban (an anticoagulant) was the drug with the highest cost of £401 million.

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Age to buy cigarettes should rise annually

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/age-to-buy-cigarettes-should-rise-annually/)

Description: The age at which people can buy tobacco in England should rise by one each year until it becomes a “smoke-free” society, a government-commissioned review recommended on Thursday (June 9). The minimum age today is 18. But the review by Javed Khan, former head of children’s charity Barnardo’s, advised raising it annually until eventually no one can buy tobacco products.

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Tag: Legal-age-to-buy-cigarettes-UK-2022,pharmacy-business,Legal-age-to-smoke-vape-in-UK,Legal-age-to-smoke-cigarettes-in-UK,smoking-laws-uk-2022,Smoking-law-UK

RPS teams up with Marie Curie charity for community pharmacy

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-teams-up-with-a-charity-to-develop-new-standards-in-end-of-life-care-for-community-pharmacy/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has launched a partnership with the charity Marie Curie to develop professional standards in end of life care for community pharmacy. Available for pharmacy teams across the UK, the standards will provide a free, evidence-based framework to help community pharmacies self-assess and continuously improve their end of life and bereavement care for patients and carers.

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Tag: RPS-news,pharmacy-business,community-pharmacy,Royal-Pharmaceutical-Society-guidelines,pharmacy-teams-uk,pharmacy-updates-uk,Pharmacy-News-2022,Marie-Curie-charity

Violence against pharmacists forcing them to work elsewhere

Posted by 11 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rise-in-violence-against-pharmacists-is-forcing-them-to-look-for-work-elsewhere/)

Description: Violent and abusive behaviour against pharmacists is impacting on recruitment and retention of staff in the sector, according to the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA). The trade union for pharmacists told BBC Breakfast TV on Wednesday (May 8) that its members have continuously raised workplace safety concerns due to an alarming rise in the incidents of abuse and violence against pharmacy staff. The PDA union has been calling for adequate risk assessments and preventative safety measures to be put in place in pharmacies whist adopting a zero-tolerance approach to violence and abuse.

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Tag: Violence-in-pharmacy,pharmacy-business,violence-against-pharmacists-uk,community-pharmacy,PDA-violence,pharmacy-updates-uk,Pharmacy-News-2022

TECHNOLOGY: Pharmacists working from home

Posted by 12 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/technology-pharmacists-working-from-home/)

Description: One evening whilst I was watching TV, my phone pinged with an all too familiar WhatsApp alert with a message preview saying “Can you help”. I recognised the name as one of our Titan pharmacy customers who was clearly in a state of panic. I replied offering my assistance and asked him what was up. What followed over the next 24 hours was an interesting case study of how innovative technology can genuinely solve real challenges in pharmacies. Mr P (let’s call him that) had booked a locum to cover in his dispensary on the next day so he could focus on his vaccination service. The problem – his locum had just called to cancel his booking (no reason given) and now he had no cover. Meanwhile, he was fully booked with back to back appointments and could not cancel them. He had phoned round his usual network of pharmacists and no one was available at short notice.

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Tag: Technology-used-in-pharmacy,pharmacy-business,New-technology-in-pharmacy,Digital-technology-in-pharmacy,Importance-of-technology-in-pharmacy,Technology-in-retail-pharmacy

Innovative Medicines Fund : £340m NHS fund

Posted by 13 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/govt-fast-tracks-life-saving-medicines-with-new-340m-nhs-fund/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched a new Innovative Medicines Fund on Tuesday (June 7) under which £340 million has been made available to purchase potentially life-saving drugs early. This will allow NHS patients in England to have early access to potentially life-saving and cutting-edge treatments.

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Monkeypox :Health agency confirms community spread in UK

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/health-agency-confirms-community-spread-of-monkeypox-in-england/)

Description: Monkeypox appears to be spreading from person to person in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Wednesday (June 1). The usually mild viral disease, which is endemic in west and central Africa, is understood to spread through close contact. Until early May, cases rarely cropped up outside Africa and were typically linked to travel to there.

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Tag: community-spread-UK,pharmacy-business,Monkeypox-uk,UKHSA-news,monkeypox-symptoms,monkeypox-cases-uk,pharmacy-updates-uk,Pharmacy-News-2022

RPS publishes new guidance for prescribing practice

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-publishes-new-guidance-for-prescribing-practice/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published a new professional guidance for prescribing practice on Monday (June 6) which it says will be “for the benefit of all independent prescribers across the UK”. Based on collaboration with multi-professional stakeholders, the document is a guidance tool for prescribers wanting to expand their prescribing scope of practice.

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Tag: RPS-news,pharmacy-business,professional-guidance-for-prescribing-practice,Good-prescribing-practice,GP-prescribing-guidelines,Safe-prescribing-guidelines

Monkeypox designated a notifiable disease

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/monkeypox-designated-a-notifiable-disease/)

Description: The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that monkeypox is to be listed as a notifiable disease in law from Wednesday (June 8). The new legislation means all doctors in England are required to notify their local council or local Health Protection Team (HPT) if they suspect a patient has monkeypox. Laboratories must also notify the UKHSA if the monkeypox virus is identified in a laboratory sample.

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Novartis drug combo shows promise in childhood brain cancer - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/novartis-drug-combo-shows-promise-in-childhood-brain-cancer/)

Description: An oral drug combination by Novartis showed promise in treating a subgroup of patients suffering from a common childhood brain cancer in a trial. In the mid-stage trial, 47 per cent of the patients that were given the two drugs Tafinlar and Mekinist saw their tumours shrink, far above a rate of 11 per cent in a comparative group of participants on standard chemotherapy, the drugmaker said on Monday, June 6.

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Tag: Novartis-drug-list,pharmacy-business,child-brain-cancer-treatment,Brain-Tumor-clinical-trials,Brain-tumour-clinical-trials-UK,drugs-tafinlar-and-mekinist-immunotherapy

Family friendly rights in workplace UK : Law

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/law-family-friendly-rights-in-workplace/)

Description: The government has previously committed to introducing several new family-friendly rights following numerous consultations over the last few years. These include: neonatal leave and pay; carer’s leave; and extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents.

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5 Guidelines To Keep Your Respiratory System Healthy

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/keep-your-respiratory-system-healthy-with-these-valuable-guidelines/)

Description: It is common knowledge that human happiness and well-being are dependent on good health. According to The American Lung Association (ALA) though, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and women as well. Unfortunately, it seems we often overlook the importance of our lungs. We tend to forget that they are nature’s natural defensive system designed to keep dirt and germs out. However, there are several crucial things you can do to lower your lung disease risk. Here are some valuable guidelines for keeping your lungs in good shape.

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11 things to consider before buying a pharmacy

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/11-things-to-do-before-buying-a-pharmacy/)

Description: We have been specialising in community pharmacy sector for over 30 years and have helped many pharmacists acquire their first pharmacy. We have seen several of those first-time buyers transition into multiple pharmacy owners under our specialist guidance and support through the years. Acquiring the first pharmacy can be a challenge to most pharmacists especially when they do not have the necessary skill in reading the numbers presented in terms of the target pharmacy’s performance and how to interpret these in order to arrive at a valuation for the purpose of submitting an offer.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,Steps-to-buying-a-pharmacy,Should-i-buy-a-pharmacy,Buy-a-pharmacy-business,How-much-to-buy-a-pharmacy-UK,Buy-independent-pharmacy

Best practice award RPS: Pharmacist from NHS Tayside

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-scotland-presents-best-practice-award-to-a-pharmacist-from-nhs-tayside/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) presented the best practice award to a pharmacist from NHS Tayside at an event on May 29 which celebrated pharmacy practice across Scotland. The Glasgow event, organised by RPS, brought together pharmacists from across the country to present their own best-practice examples.

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Tag: Best-practice-award,pharmacy-business,NHS-Tayside,Alex-Matos,Royal-Pharmaceutical-Society-Awards,pharmacy-updates-uk,Pharmacy-News-2022,Community-pharmacy

Eczema in children : Don’t underestimate it

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/skincare-cpd-dont-underestimate-eczema/)

Description: Eczema (atopic dermatitis), which affects up to 20 per cent of children, is one of the most common conditions pharmacists encounter, but don’t underestimate eczema. Generalised eczema may compromise health-related quality of life (HRQoL) more than several other chronic diseases, including asthma, epilepsy and diabetes. Despite the impact on HRQoL, underuse of moisturisers and topical corticosteroids often leaves childhood eczema poorly controlled. UK researchers recently reported that several factors contribute to the underuse of moisturisers and topical corticosteroids in children with eczema. For instance, most of the 30 parents and carers interviewed felt that they had received little information about eczema.

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Tag: Pharmacy-Academy,pharmacy-business,community-pharmacy-teams,Toddler-eczema-treatment-uk,How-to-cure-eczema-permanently,eczema-in-children-treatment,Eczema-treatment

Pfizer to exit GSK joint venture after demerger

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pfizer-to-exit-gsk-joint-venture-after-demerger/)

Description: US drugs giant Pfizer will exit its consumer healthcare joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline after the unit is spun off next month, the British drugmaker said Wednesday (June 1). GSK will list the healthcare division on the London stock market on July 18 as it looks to concentrate on the pharmaceutical business, it said in a statement.

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Queen's Birthday Honours list:Andrew Evans and Marc Donovan

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/queens-birthday-honours-list-welsh-cpho-andrew-evans-and-boots-marc-donovan-appointed-obe/)

Description: The chief pharmaceutical officer (CPhO) for Wales and chief pharmacists at Boots and the Ministry of Defence are among a total of 1,134 people who received an award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list to mark her Platinum Jubilee. All three pharmacists were appointed officers of the Order of the British Empire or OBE.

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Pete Kelly : Accord managing director is new chair at BGMA

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/accords-pete-kelly-is-new-chair-at-bgma/)

Description: The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) has voted Pete Kelly, managing director of Accord UK, to become its new chair. He replaces Peter Ballard, who has completed his second tenure as the association’s chair and will now serve a further year as vice-chair. Pete leads the UK operations of Accord, one of the largest generic and biosimilar manufacturers in Europe. In the UK, the company currently supplies a fifth of all generic medicines.

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DHSC adds one pump daily dose conversion to Oestrogel SSPs

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-adds-one-pump-daily-dose-conversion-to-oestrogel-ssps/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has suggested Estradiol patch as an alternative for patients who use 1 pump of Oestrogel daily. DHSC has updated Annex A of SSP022 and SSP023 for Oestrogel Pump-Pack 0.06 per cent gel to include a dose conversion to a specific alternative Estradiol patch. Previously, only dose conversions for patients using 2 to 4 pumps daily were included in Annex A of SSP022 and SSP023.

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Community pharmacy delivers nearly 5m flu jabs in 2021-22

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-delivers-nearly-5m-flu-jabs-in-2021-22/)

Description: Community pharmacy teams in England have broken all previous records by a distance and delivered nearly five million flu jabs in the past season. They have administered over 2.08 million more flu vaccinations under the national programme during 2021-22 than the previous year, which is a a 75 increase, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has reported.

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Monkeypox :People infected can isolate at home

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/people-infected-with-monkeypox-can-isolate-at-home-says-health-security-agency/)

Description: People infected with monkeypox can isolate at home if they remain well enough, whilst following measures to limit close contact with others, the UK’s health security agency (UKHSA) said on Monday (May 30), part of guidance designed to curb the country’s rise in cases of the viral illness. More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in May, outside of Africa where the virus is endemic. The usually mild illness spreads through close contact and can cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions.

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NPA raises more than £11,000 for mental health charity

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-raises-more-than-11000-for-mental-health-charity/)

Description: As part of its centenary celebrations, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has raised more than eleven thousand pounds for mental health charity Mind. A total of £11,583 was raised for Mind and the Association continues to encourage members to support the charity.

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Tag: mental-health-charity,pharmacy-business,NPA-news,Mental-health-charities-UK,Mental-health-UK-NHS,Mental-health-UK-statistics,Why-is-mental-health-increasing-UK

Teva UK launches generic version of Apixaban

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/teva-uk-launches-generic-version-of-apixaban/)

Description: Recently launched generic version of Apixaban by Teva UK is said to bring savings to the NHS drug bill while making sure patients get the medicine they need. The generic apixaban is available for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in adult patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), with one or more risk factors, such as prior stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE in adults.

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Tag: Teva-UK,generic-version-of-Apixaban,pharmacy-business,Apixaban-generic-price,Apixaban-price,Apixaban-Eliquis,Apixaban-generic,Apixaban-tablets

GSK to buy Affinivax for up to $3.3 bln in vaccines push

Posted by 9 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-to-buy-affinivax-for-up-to-3-3-bln-in-vaccines-push/)

Description: GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday (May 31) snapped up US biopharmaceutical firm Affinivax for up to $3.3 billion, expanding further into vaccines before the demerger of its consumer health care arm. The London-listed company has agreed to pay $2.1 billion upfront and up to $1.2 billion in potential development milestones for Affinivax.

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Tag: gsk-acquisition,pharmacy-business,Affinivax-news,GSK-news,gsk-affinivax,Affinivax-pneumococcal-vaccine,24-valent-pneumococcal-vaccine,pharmacy-updates-uk

Hub and spoke dispensing : Many unknown unknowns

Posted by 9 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/many-unknown-unknowns-with-hub-and-spoke/)

Description: Two weeks prior to the closing of the hub and spoke consultation, issues around patient safety, costs and competition as well as practicalities such as what to do with uncollected medicines were discussed in a webinar on hub and spoke dispensing on Wednesday (May 26). The webinar was organised by Sigma Pharmaceuticals in association with the National Pharmacy Association (NPA). NPA director of corporate affairs Gareth Jones chaired the event and was joined by Sigma’s Hatul Shah and Raj Haria as well as NPA vice chair Nick Kaye and NPA head of advice and support services Jasmine Shah.

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Fuller ‘blueprint’ backs community pharmacy

Posted by 9 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fuller-blueprint-backs-community-pharmacy/)

Description: NHS England and NHS Improvement published on May 26 the findings of the Fuller ‘stocktake’ — setting out how primary care can work with partners across health and care to best meet the needs of their local communities. Dr Claire Fuller’s report lays emphasis on the essential role of primary care and the potential of integrated neighbourhood teams in reducing the burden of ill health and tackling health inequities.

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Monkeypox presents moderate risk to public health

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/monkeypox-presents-moderate-risk-to-public-health/)

Description: The World Health Organization said on Sunday (May 29) that monkey pox constitutes a “moderate risk” to overall public health at global level after cases were reported in countries where the disease is not typically found. “The public health risk could become high if this virus exploits the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to groups at higher risk of severe disease such as young children and immunosuppressed persons,” WHO said.

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Cardiometabolic clinic:LTHT setup with Boehringer Ingelheim

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/leeds-teaching-hospital-partners-with-boehringer-ingelheim-to-set-up-innovative-cardiometabolic-clinic/)

Description: In partnership with the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) has recently established an innovative cardiometabolic clinic. The clinic focuses on reducing cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes who have recently been discharged from LTHT following a heart attack. It is delivered jointly by the cardiology department at Leeds General Infirmary and the diabetes services at the Trust.

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Tag: innovative-cardiometabolic-clinic,pharmacy-business,Boehringer-Ingelheim,Leeds-Teaching-Hospitals-Trust,Cardiometabolic-health,Type-2-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-disease

Injectable immunotherapy treatment for rare breast cancer

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-new-injectable-immunotherapy-treatment-for-rare-triple-negative-breast-cancer/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended pembrolizumab in combination with chemotherapy (paclitaxel or nab-paclitaxel) which is said to benefit people with triple negative breast cancer. Clinical trial evidence shows that, compared with paclitaxel, pembrolizumab combination increases how long people have before their cancer gets worse and how long they live.

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Tag: Breast-cancer-immunotherapy-drugs,pharmacy-business,Immunotherapy-for-breast-cancer-UK,immunotherapy-for-breast-cancer-triple-negative,Good-news-for-triple-negative-breast-cancer

Pickfords Pharmacy:3 independent pharmacy businesses rebrand

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/three-chains-rebrand-as-pickfords-pharmacy/)

Description: A group of 21 community pharmacies in the Midlands and Yorkshire will have a new name – Pickfords Pharmacy. The group has been created by combining three independent pharmacy businesses which traded as Mr Pickford’s, McGills Pharmacy and D&R Sharp. All pharmacies in the new group will be rebranded over the coming months, with a series of launch events planned by local teams.

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Roche AccuChek Insulin pumps: warning over insulin leakage

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/safety-warning-over-insulin-leakage-from-roche-accu-chek-insight-insulin-pumps/)

Description: Following concerns raised about cracked cartridges and insulin leaks, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a national patient safety alert for the NovoRapid PumpCart prefilled insulin cartridge and the Roche Accu-Chek Insight Insulin pump system. The regulator have asked patients to check the pre-filled glass insulin cartridge for cracks before use. It advised against using the cartridge if it has been dropped even if no cracks are visible and urged to closely follow the updated handling instructions in the pump user manual when changing pre-filled glass insulin cartridges.

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Faricimab as treatment option for 2 forms of sight loss:Nice

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-faricimab-as-treatment-option-for-two-forms-of-sight-loss/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended faricimab as treatment option for adults with wet age-related macular degeneration or diabetic macular oedema. Thousands of people in England could benefit from the recommendation of a new drug that helps to treat two leading causes of sight loss and visual impairment.

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Abdul Basit bags RPS Harrison Memorial Medal

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/professor-abdul-basit-bags-rps-harrison-memorial-medal/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has awarded Professor Abdul Basit with the RPS Harrison Memorial Medal for an outstanding contribution to advancing pharmaceutical science. Professor Basit graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy from the University of Bath, and received his PhD from The School of Pharmacy, University of London.

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Independent Prescribers: Workforce strategy harness skills

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/workforce-strategy-must-harness-skills-of-independent-prescribers-in-clinical-care/)

Description: The fusion of the unique in-depth understanding of medicines by pharmacists together with the competence to prescribe offers will improve access to care and increase capacity in the health system, said the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Director for England Ravi Sharma to Parliament at the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s inquiry on workforce on Monday (May 23).

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PDA:2 year post qualification eligibility criteria IP course

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-urges-regulator-to-keep-two-year-post-qualification-eligibility-criteria-for-ip-course/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) says the pharmacy regulator should maintain a two-year post qualification eligibility criteria, in addition to the qualitative measures being introduced which would be in the best interest of patient safety, before a pharmacist is allowed to commence an IP course. The association was responding to an announcement by the GPhC’s move to scrap the two year requirement for Independent Prescribing (IP) course.

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Aneet Kapoor :How Review Steering Group proposals will help

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/getting-the-best-from-your-lpcs-and-psnc-how-the-review-steering-groups-proposals-will-help/)

Description: When I was asked by fellow independent contractors to join the Review Steering Group (RSG) back in late 2020, I said yes, because I wanted, fundamentally, to look for some ways to improve both LPCs and PSNC. Through my experiences with Greater Manchester LPC I had seen the sorts of changes that LPCs could make and the positive impact that those had on local engagement and in allowing us to do more to support contractors: I wanted to help share what we had learned with the rest of the country. I was pretty sure that the national negotiator could make some positive changes as well. It took longer than I had hoped. And it was a lot harder than I had imagined – not least because of the extent of some of the divisions within our sector – but after 15 months of hard work, I’m pleased with where we have got to, and I believe the 37 changes being proposed will help all contractors.

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NPA meets HRT tsar to address drug shortages

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-meets-hrt-tsar-to-address-drug-shortages/)

Description: In a recent meeting with the head of the government’s HRT Taskforce, Madelaine McTernan, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) board members gave a gist on the ongoing medicines supply issues in community pharmacy. The meeting, which explored possible solutions to end the nationwide shortage of some Hormone Replacement Therapies, took place on Friday (May 20).

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Amanda Doyle:NHS England director primary and community care

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/amanda-doyle-appointed-as-nhs-england-director-of-primary-and-community-care/)

Description: Dr Amanda Doyle has been appointed as NHS England as director of primary and community care. Prior to her new role, Amanda had joined NHS England and NHS Improvement as North West Regional Director on 2 August 2021 and previously she was the Chief Clinical Officer for West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Blackpool CCG and Fylde and Wyre CCG.

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Covid-19 : 1 in 8 patients developed heart inflammation

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/one-in-eight-patients-developed-heart-inflammation-after-hospitalisation-with-covid-19/)

Description: One in eight people who were hospitalised with Covid-19 between May 2020 and March 2021 were later diagnosed with myocarditis, according to major new research into the clinical long-term effects of coronavirus. The largest study of its kind to date was led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC), and followed for one year, in real time, 159 patients after they were hospitalised with Covid-19.

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Tag: pharmacy-business,Heart-attack-after-Covid-recovery,Heart-problems-after-COVID,Heart-palpitations-after-COVID,Heart-problems-after-COVID,COVID-and-heart-palpitations

Monkeypox : UK records 37 more cases , taking total to 57

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-monitoring-cases-of-monkeypox-as-scotland-confirms-first-case-of-viral-infection/)

Description: A total of 37 more cases of monkeypox have been detected in England and Scotland, public health officials said on Monday, taking the total to 57. Thirty-six confirmed cases were found in England, and one north of the border, the UK Health Security Agency and Public Health Scotland said.

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Numark TV campaign to promote repeat prescription service

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/numark-launches-tv-campaign-to-promote-its-repeat-prescription-service/)

Description: Numark is set to launch a large-scale broadcast campaign to promote its Hey Pharmacist repeat prescription service on May 22. The new campaign introduces, ‘Repeat prescriptions. Made simple,’ with a set of three TV adverts that feature three different heightened-reality scenarios. In each advert, the hero discovers they have forgotten to order their repeat prescription at a less than ideal time but thanks to Hey Pharmacist, a few taps later their problems are solved.

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SSP allow pharmacists to offer appropriate alternatives-HRT

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hrt-supply-issue-more-ssps-issued-to-allow-pharmacists-to-offer-appropriate-alternatives/)

Description: To curb the supply issue of HRT medicine, the government has taken a further action by issuing SSPs for Oestrogel, Ovestin cream, Lenzetto transdermal spray and Sandrena gel sachets – with appropriate alternatives. The move aims to allow community pharmacists to supply specified alternatives to the prescribed HRT products without needing to seek authorisation from the clinician who has prescribed the medicine.

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Special Achievement Award:HRA Pharma Hana pill wins award

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hra-pharmas-hana-pill-wins-top-award/)

Description: HRA Pharma’s progestogen-only contraceptive pill, Hana, has won the ‘Special Achievement Award’ at the Nicolas Hall awards. The awards took place on May 5, 2022 in Athens. HRA’s Marketing Director for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Kate Evans, was in attendance to represent the Hana team and accept the award.

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Smallpox vaccine as monkeypox cases spread in Europe

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/britain-offers-smallpox-shot-as-monkeypox-cases-spread-in-europe/)

Description: A smattering of monkeypox cases in Britain has prompted authorities to offer a smallpox vaccine to some healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed, as a handful more cases were confirmed in parts of Europe. Monkeypox is a usually mild viral illness, characterised by symptoms of fever as well as a distinctive bumpy rash.

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Covid boosters for over-65s: Vaccine advisers

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/vaccine-advisers-eye-autumn-covid-boosters-for-over-65s/)

Description: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on Thursday (May 19) said that an anticipated autumn Covid booster campaign would be aimed at people aged over 65, care home residents, frontline health and social care workers and all adults in a clinical risk group. The UK is offering a spring booster to the over-75s, care home residents and immunosuppressed people, and ministers have spoken openly of plans for a further booster campaign in the autumn.

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Hertility increases market share with acquisition of Grip

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hertility-increases-market-share-in-women-health-space-with-acquisition-of-grip/)

Description: Women’s health company Hertility has acquired the Netherlands-based fertility and hormone testing company Grip, increasing their market share in the women’s health space and positioning them for rapid international expansion. Hertility said the acquisition will expand its own dataset and help them reach their goal of drastically cutting down the time to diagnosis of female health conditions.

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eMAR:Invatech Health sold eMAR medication system to PCS

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/invatech-health-sells-its-care-homes-electronic-medication-administration-system-to-pcs/)

Description: Health technology pioneer Invatech Health has sold its care homes electronic medication administration record (eMAR) system Atlas to care home management specialists Person Centred Software (PCS). Following the transition of Atlas to new ownership, Bristol-based Invatech Health will concentrate solely on further growth of Titan, its cutting-edge software for pharmacy management.

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Pharmacy representation reform voting window open May 27

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/vote-yes-for-pharmacy-representation-reform-npa-tells-members-as-voting-window-opens-on-may-27/)

Description: The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) is asking independents to vote ‘yes’ to reform of pharmacy representation in England as a three-week voting period opens on Friday, May 27. The NPA is also calling on PSNC to complete unfinished business and present ‘the compelling case for change’ that the Review Steering Group was unable to deliver.

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Breast cancer: Innovative technology to check-NICE

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-innovative-technology-to-show-if-breast-cancer-has-spread/)

Description: The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has recommended that surgeons working in hospitals with limited or no access to a radiopharmacy department could now use Magtrace and Sentimag as an option to locate sentinel lymph nodes in people with breast cancer. The recommendation in draft NICE medical technology guidance could see a change in NHS standard care for the first time in years. The technology could also mitigate the reliance on radioactive isotope tracers shipped in from outside Great Britain.

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Tag: breast-cancer-treatment,pharmacy-business,new-technology-for-breast-cancer-treatment,magtrace-and-sentimag-magnetic-localization-system,pharmacy-news-uk

Parastou Donyai : RPS new chief scientist

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-appoints-parastou-donyai-as-chief-scientist/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has appointed Professor Parastou Donyai as chief scientist. She will take up the role in June. Parastou is a pharmacist with a PhD in pharmacy. She also has a postgraduate diploma in Psychological Research Methods as well as a degree in Psychology. She is currently a professor of Social & Cognitive Pharmacy at the University of Reading and her research examines the psychology of medication use, discontinuation and decision-making processes.

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BBC show puts spotlight on community pharmacy

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/bbc-show-puts-spotlight-on-community-pharmacy/)

Description: The One Show on BBC One has put community pharmacy in the limelight, showcasing the sector’s vital work during the pandemic to a primetime TV audience. The five minute segment, aired on May 10, featured Sutton pharmacist Reena Barai and a reception at St. James’s Palace for around 200 pharmacists, including Barai, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 4. “It was great to be part of such a positive story,” Barai, who is a board member of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), said.

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society museum reopens in London

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-museum-reopens-in-london/)

Description: From the informative to the fascinating, the collection of exhibits that make up the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) museum collection reopened at the Society’s London headquarters on Monday (May 16). The museum, which has been closed to the public for two years, boasts one of the largest collections of historical pharmacy exhibits in the country.

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NHS prescription charges frozen for first time in 12 years

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-prescription-charges-frozen-for-first-time-in-12-years/)

Description: The government has announced a freeze to the NHS prescription charges, first time in 12 years, to help people ease with the cost of living and ensure prescription medication remains accessible. Charges for prescriptions will remain at £9.35 for a single charge or £30.25 for a 3-month prescription prepayment certificate (PPC), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said, adding that the measure will help save £17 million.

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Chickenpox vaccine sales up by over 400 percent at Superdrug

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/chickenpox-vaccine-sales-up-by-over-400-per-cent-at-superdrug/)

Description: Superdrug has reported more than 400 per cent spike in sale of the chickenpox vaccines in the UK. To protect children against the disease during chickenpox season, nearly nine out of 10 patients (87 per cent) have taken their wards under the age of five for vaccination in the last eight weeks.

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Battle for Boots: Issa brothers vs Mukesh Ambani

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/battle-for-boots-uk-issa-brothers-vs-mukesh-ambani/)

Description: Britain’s billionaire Issa brothers and Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani are preparing to face off in the final battle for Boots UK ownership, according to Bloomberg. In the first round, Issa brothers have submitted the highest offer, the people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.

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Durvalumab can improve life span of lung cancer patients

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/durvalumab-can-improve-life-span-of-lung-cancer-patients/)

Description: The drug, ‘durvalumab’, can double the overall time someone can survive with an aggressive form of lung cancer from two-and-a-half to five years. It has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS has sealed a deal with manufacturer AstraZeneca to begin rolling it out. The new treatment will be offered to more than 550 patients a year with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have already undergone both chemotherapy and radiotherapy concurrently.

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Covid +ve pharmacists Scotland won't attend work 5 days

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/covid-positive-community-pharmacy-staff-in-scotland-will-not-attend-work-for-five-days/)

Description: The community pharmacy staff in Scotland will not be required to work for a minimum of five full days if they test positive for Covid-19. The Scottish health secretary Humza Yousaf has clarified that health and social care employees, including community pharmacists, will have to follow the guidance on managing staff with symptoms of a respiratory infection, or a positive Covid-19 test.

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RPS :7.99% votes for its English Pharmacy Board election

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-registers-an-underwhelming-7-9-per-cent-votes-for-its-english-pharmacy-board-election-this-year/)

Description: The voter turnout in England for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board election dropped to 7.9 per cent this year. Out of a total of 19,512 eligible individuals, only 1,534 decided to vote.

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Nutritional |Dietary supplementation is here to stay

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/spotlight-dietary-supplementation-is-here-to-stay/)

Description: Community pharmacists are readily accessible healthcare providers and medicine experts in the community setting and their counsel is often sought by patients and consumers on a number of subjects including the use of dietary supplements. Their role in the sale of and advice regarding natural health and drug alternatives has never been more relevant. The recent National Health Service (NHS) Interim People Plan calls for the NHS to put all staff front and centre of the way it operates and identifies pharmacists as a critical part of multidisciplinary teams, providing care across a wide range of increasingly complex patient needs.

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GPhC : Scrap 2 year register requirement prescribing course

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-to-scrap-two-year-on-register-requirement-for-independent-prescribing-course/)

Description: Pharmacists with ‘relevant experience in a pharmacy setting’ can enroll for accredited independent prescribing course, as the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has decided to scrap the requirement of spending at least two years on the register and having previous experience in a specified clinical or therapeutic area before enrolling for the course.

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GPhC Council allows continuation of remote hearings

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-council-allows-continuation-of-remote-hearings/)

Description: The pharmacy regulator can hold hearings and meetings either remotely or in-person in future as the Council of the GPhC has agreed to a change in its rules. The rules are expected to come into force on 1 October 2022. Until the rules and new policy and guidance come into force, the GPhC will continue to only hold remote hearings with the consent of the person concerned and/or their legal representative.

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PDA:Omission of Employment Rights Bill from Queen’s Speech

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-disappointed-at-omission-of-employment-rights-bill-from-queens-speech/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has expressed disappointment at the omission, once again, of the promised Employment Rights Bill omitted from the Queen’s Speech earlier this week. The Bill is pledged to strengthen day one employment rights and increase the productivity of businesses.

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Toby Anderson : McKesson UK CEO steps down

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mckesson-uks-ceo-toby-anderson-steps-down-with-immediate-effect/)

Description: McKesson UK’s CEO Toby Anderson has stepped down from the role with immediate effect after over three years with the company. Toby joined McKesson UK as CEO in September 2018 moving from health & beauty retailer A.S. Watson Group, where he spent 12 years in various roles. As CEO Asia and Eastern Europe, Toby was responsible for a rapidly growing business with more than 3,300 stores – including 1,500 pharmacies. Prior to that Toby spent 11 years in a number of senior roles with J. Sainsbury, the second largest grocery retailer in the UK, his last role being Head of Online.

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Ian Adamson : Maxwellia appoints s Strategic Advisor

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/maxwellia-appoints-ian-adamson-as-strategic-advisor/)

Description: Maxwellia has appointed Ian Adamson as strategic advisor to shape the next phase of pharmacy medicine launches – a process which involves identifying and converting suitable prescription only medicines into versions people can choose to buy under the supervision of a pharmacist.

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NHS catch up plan shrinks long waiting list for diagnosis

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-catch-up-plan-shrinks-long-waiting-list-for-diagnosis/)

Description: The NHS catch up plan to bring down the number of waiters in the diagnostic list has helped in witnessing a drop of 6,500 people waiting more than two years for elective treatment between February and March. While those waiting more than 78 weeks – a year and a half – dropped by 5,700 over the same period.

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DE Group:Independent pharma wholesaler into administration

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-independent-pharmaceutical-wholesaler-de-group-goes-into-administration/)

Description: DE Group, one of the UK’s leading independent pharmaceutical wholesalers, has gone into administration. Pharmacy Business has learnt that the group was put into administration on Monday (May 9), putting hundreds of jobs at risk and stoking fears of a “sudden shock” to pharmaceutical supply chain.

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RPS call on members to complete DH’s hub and spoke survey

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-call-on-members-to-complete-dhs-hub-and-spoke-survey/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called its member to to express their views and fill out the Department of Health and Social Care’s hub and spoke survey on the proposed model of dispensing. The Society has urged its members to fill out the survey before May 20.

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Pfizer to pay Biohaven $11.6 bln to tap migraine market

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pfizer-to-pay-biohaven-11-6-bln-to-tap-migraine-market/)

Description: Pfizer said on Tuesday it will pay $11.6 billion to buy Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, making a big bet on its ability to boost sales of the top-selling pill in a new class of migraine drugs. The boards of both companies have approved the deal, they said. Biohaven shares jumped 70 per cent to $141.31, while Pfizer was up slightly at $48.83.

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RPS hires Luther Pendragon to review member participation

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-hires-communications-agency-luther-pendragon-to-review-member-participation/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has appointed communications agency to lead a review into how it can develop and strengthen member participation. “We’ve appointed communications consultancy Luther Pendragon to carry out an independent review of the participation of members and of our communications concerning decisions we take on behalf of the profession through our Governance boards,” the Society said in a statement on Tuesday (May 10).

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Prostate cancer : Symptoms, Diagnosis,Treatment Pathways

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/spotlight-understanding-prostate-cancer/)

Description: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United Kingdom, affecting nearly 50,000 men yearly. Combined with the challenges faced across healthcare during COVID-19, new figures show that prostate cancer accounts for a third of cancers not treated due to the pandemic, with 14,000 ‘missing patients’ believed to have not undergone treatment since April 2020. It is more urgent than ever that men are encouraged to get checked, as any set-backs in diagnosis can reduce the pathways available, in turn affecting health outcomes.

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Digestive system: Managing your health in easy steps

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/spotlight-managing-digestive-health/)

Description: Maintaining a healthy digestive system is a vital component of a customer’s overall health. Gut health affects how food is processed and digested, in turn affecting how and what vitamins and minerals are absorbed from the food that is ingested. It also impacts immune system efficiencies which can lead to allergies and autoimmune conditions.

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Boots branch closes temporarily as ‘no pharmacist available’

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-branch-closes-temporarily-as-no-pharmacist-available/)

Description: A Boots UK branch store in Hinckley town centre closed ‘until further notice’ as there was ‘no pharmacist available’ to work on Monday (May 9). A local news report said: “The sign on the door reads: “Unfortunately, we are unable to open until further notice. We are working hard to get this rectified.

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Monkeypox infection : England reports rare case

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/england-reports-case-of-rare-monkeypox-infection/)

Description: A person in England has been diagnosed with a rare viral monkeypox infection thought to be linked to travel to West Africa, health authorities said at the weekend (May 7). The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said in a statement the case, in a person who had recently traveled to Nigeria, was being treated at an expert respiratory infectious disease unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.

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Covid-19 vaccine makers shift focus to boosters

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharma-trends-covid-vaccine-makers-shift-focus-to-boosters/)

Description: Covid-19 vaccine makers are shifting gears and planning for a smaller, more competitive booster shot market after delivering as many doses as fast as they could over the last 18 months. Executives at the biggest Covid vaccine makers including Pfizer and Moderna said they believe most people who wanted to get vaccinated against Covid have already done so – more than five billion people worldwide.

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HRT supply issue:Regulators,manufacturers,pharmacies meet

Posted by 7 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/regulators-manufacturers-pharmacies-meet-to-resolve-hrt-supply-issue/)

Description: Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid and Madelaine McTernan, head of the HRT supply taskforce, continue to take urgent action to resolve the shortage of HRT medicines by meeting the drug manufacturers and representatives from community pharmacies on Thursday (May 5). In the meeting, manufacturers outlined the steps they’re taking to boost supply, and pharmacists shared their experiences on the frontline, as well as sharing their thoughts on wider solutions including improved communications.

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RPS: Prescription rules need to be changed urgently

Posted by 11 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-prescription-rules-need-to-be-changed-urgently/)

Description: Cutting the red tape that blocks pharmacists to alter the HRT prescription could ‘quickly fix’ the problem of women unable to access their HRT medicines, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) told Daily Mail. RPS has suggested that allowing pharmacists to prescribe alternative HRT treatment amid nationwide shortage of HRT medicine could help the women who are struggling to access these medicines.

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Baricitinib found effective to treat Covid patients

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/arthritis-drug-baricitinib-found-effective-to-treat-covid-patients/)

Description: The NHS on Thursday (May 5) said it has rolled out the arthritis drug baricitinib for seriously ill Covid patients. The Recovery trial, conducted by the NHS and University of Oxford, found that 13 per cent fewer severely ill patients died of Covid when treated with the drug compared to existing treatment options.

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GPhC: Mode of consultation by pharmacy professionals

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-seeks-views-on-mode-of-consultation-by-pharmacy-professionals/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has called for comments and views on the recently launched consultation on selecting the appropriate mode of consultation when assessing a person’s needs by pharmacy professionals including pharmacist prescribers. The guidance note sets out what the pharmacy professional or prescriber, in agreement with the patient, needs to consider when selecting the mode of consultation – such as face-to-face; video-link, video-chat, or other online platforms; telephone and online questionnaires – best suited to gaining the information needed to deliver safe and effective pharmacy care.

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Prince Charles praises pharmacy sector dedication

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/prince-charles-praises-pharmacys-dedication-and-professionalism-during-covid-19-pandemic/)

Description: Prince Charles has praised the “dedication and professionalism of pharmacy staff” at an event held in London to celebrate the work of community pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic. Two hundred pharmacists, pharmacy staff and other health service representatives were invited to attend a special reception hosted by His Royal Highness at St James’s Palace on Wednesday night (May 4).

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DHSC:Proposals to amend pharmacy governance

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-publishes-proposals-to-amend-pharmacy-governance-current-legislation-on-dispensing-errors/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published plans to amend current pharmacy legislation on dispensing errors and clarify how registered pharmacies are governed. The Department’s response to a public consultation on rebalancing medicines legislation and pharmacy regulation programme first proposed in summer 2018 was delayed due to Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Pfizer Accupro :MHRA issues medicines recall for

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mhra-issues-medicines-recall-for-pfizers-accurpro/)

Description: Pfizer has recalled all stocks of Accupro — including 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 40mg film-coated tablets — as a precautionary measure due to the identification of a nitrosamine above the acceptable limit.

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HRT shortage:MP lashes out at profiteering online pharmacies

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hrt-shortage-get-your-act-together-this-is-just-exploitation-mp-lashes-out-at-profiteering-online-pharmacies/)

Description: Carolyn Harris, Labour MP for Swansea East and co-chair of the Menopause Taskforce, has raised concerns over overcharging of HRT medicines by some online pharmacies, The Telegraph reports. Carolyn, according to the newspaper, has claimed that some HRT products are being sold online for up to “three times as much as they’re worth”. She has also accused the companies of “profiteering” from HRT shortage.

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Tips on correct SSPs endorsement for 3 HRT products: PSNC

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-provides-tips-to-pharmacists-on-correct-ssps-endorsement-for-three-hrt-products/)

Description: To help the pharmacists understand the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for three Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) products that was recently announced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)’s, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has shared top tips on the correct SSP endorsement and submission requirements.

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CityDoc and NPA forge alliance to help pharmacies

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/citydoc-and-npa-forge-alliance-to-help-pharmacies/)

Description: Private healthcare provider CityDoc has partnered with the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in its bid to widen a “nationwide network of vaccine clinics” to increase footfall to community pharmacies that come onboard. The company says NPA member pharmacies that join the network will have their own dedicated page on the CityDoc website, while benefiting from having online marketing done on their behalf via an extensive Google AdWords campaign and local listings optimisation — all paid for by CityDoc.

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Retinoblastoma :NHS rolled out test to treat babies

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-england-to-roll-out-test-to-treat-babies-with-retinoblastoma/)

Description: NHS England is set to roll out a new test this week that will help doctors to spot a rare form of eye cancer in babies in the womb. The NHS test developed at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, identifies the risk of developing retinoblastoma in babies that can be monitored and treated sooner – increasing the chance of saving their eyesight and potentially their lives.

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Catriona Sinclair:Pharmacy Experiences in Madrid Roundtable

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scottish-pharmacist-invited-to-share-pharmacy-experiences-in-madrid-roundtable/)

Description: A leading pharmacist and member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Scottish Pharmacy Board has been chosen to share her experiences of working in a community pharmacy in Scotland. Catriona Sinclair FRPharmS will speak at a roundtable entitled ‘International Experiences in Professional Pharmaceutical Health Services’ in Madrid on Thursday (May 5).

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NPA:Action plan for pharmacists to help people with obesity

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-roundtable-recommends-action-plan-for-pharmacists-to-help-people-with-obesity/)

Description: A roundtable organised by National Pharmacists Association (NPA) discussed how an enhanced role of community pharmacies could help people with obesity. Seven action points were recommended by the delegates at the virtual event which took place on March 31, in collaboration with Novo Nordisk.

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Environmental impact of prescribing: Education needed

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/more-education-needed-to-curb-the-environmental-impact-of-prescribing/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges co-hosted the NHS Education for Scotland annual virtual conference to discuss the environmental impact of prescribing. One of the conclusions drawn from the conference on Thursday (April 28) stressed on environmentally sustainable prescribing should be embedded in undergraduate and postgraduate health care education.

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DHSC:SSPs for 3 HRT products to ensure continued access

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-issues-ssps-for-three-hrt-products-to-ensure-continued-access/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) on three HRT medicines to limit dispensing supply to three months. To ensure women across the UK will be able to more reliably access HRT products SSPs has been issued on the supply of Oestrogel, Ovestin cream and Premique Low Dose. DHSC stated, “Women who have a prescription for more than three months but are only able to access three months’ supply will not have to pay an additional prescription charge.”

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NHS sets new record of three million cancer checks in 12 month

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-sets-new-record-of-three-million-cancer-checks-in-12-month/)

Description: NHS cancer check has set a new record, despite pressures on hospitals due to Covid-19, the number of people being treated for the cancer remained higher than before the pandemic, revealed NHS. Over the last 12 months almost three million people were referred for cancer checks which is up by over a tenth on the 2.4 million people referred before the pandemic.

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PDA awareness factsheet:How to deal with stress at workplace

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pdas-new-awareness-factsheet-advises-pharmacists-on-how-to-deal-with-stress-at-workplace/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) is playing a vital role in helping pharmacists who are dealing with stress at the workplace. It launched its new awareness factsheet ‘It’s Time to Address Stress’ last week. The factsheet looks at the causes and symptoms of stress in the workplace and provides advice on ways pharmacists can access support and improve working conditions.

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CMA secures supply and price commitment for 6 cancer drugs

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cma-secures-supply-and-price-commitment-for-six-cancer-drugs/)

Description: Aspen has committed not to charge more for its six generic cancer drugs for the next 10 years in the UK, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA also clarified that “although these commitments were offered while the UK was a part of the European Union” they remain “legally binding”.

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Wales rolls out pharmacy prescribing service

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/wales-rolls-out-pharmacy-prescribing-service/)

Description: Wales has begun the rolled-out of a community pharmacy prescribing service as part of reforms agreed by the Welsh health minister last December. Eluned Morgan approved wide-ranging changes following re-negotiation of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework with Community Pharmacy Wales, the representative body for community pharmacies in Wales.

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Injection to treat high bp could replace daily pills

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/injection-to-treat-high-blood-pressure-could-replace-daily-pills/)

Description: A daily medication for high blood pressure could be replaced by an injection twice a year, if Queen Mary University and Barts Health NHS Trust succeed in their trail to investigate if an injection-based drug – Zilebesiran – could inhibit the production of a protein called angiotensinogen (AGT). Scientists are to trial a world-first drug to treat high blood pressure that can be given by injection twice a year.

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Paroxetine 40mg tab: Crescent Pharma recalls specific batch

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/crescent-pharma-recalls-specific-batch-of-paroxetine-40mg-tablets-as-precautionary-measure/)

Description: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised healthcare professionals to stop supplying a specific batch of Paroxetine 40mg Film Coated Tablets immediately. Crescent Pharma Limited is recalling a specific batch of Paroxetine 40mg Film Coated Tablets as a precautionary measure due to out of specification results for dissolution during routine stability testing.

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PDA:pharmacy schools to communicate in-person exams

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-urges-pharmacy-schools-to-communicate-process-of-in-person-exams-in-advance/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has raised the issue faced by the pharmacy students on returning to in-person assessments while urging the universities to take an empathetic approach in transition of online to in-person exams. It was highlighted by the association that many student members were apprehensive about the return to in-person assessments. This is due to their continuing worry of Covid-19 transmissions and anxiety caused by changing exam formats and procedures.

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GSK:Profit surge ahead of consumer health spin-off in July

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-posts-surging-profit-ahead-of-consumer-health-spin-off-in-july/)

Description: British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline beat first-quarter sales and earnings forecasts on Wednesday (April 27), helped by demand for its Covid-19 therapy and shingles vaccine, as the company moves towards the July separation of its consumer health business. Profit after tax jumped 68 percent to £1.8 billion ($2.3 billion, 2.1 billion euros) compared with the start of 2021.

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Maxwellia plans to switch products from POM to P medicine

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/continuing-its-self-care-push-maxwellia-reveals-plans-to-to-switch-more-products-from-pom-to-p/)

Description: Maxwellia has revealed its plans to switch some of its medicines in the self-care category from prescription-only-medicine (POM) to a pharmacy (P) medicine. After authorising the switch of Maxwellia’s two brands of desogestrel contraceptive pills, Lovima and Hana, MHRA has opened a public consultation on reclassification of Aquiette (overactive bladder treatment) 2.5mg tablets manufactured by the company to be made available from pharmacies.

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Covid jabs for 5 and 6 year old kids: NHS

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-to-invite-families-with-five-and-six-year-old-kids-for-covid-jabs-this-week/)

Description: In continuation of the NHS Covid vaccine programme, Covid jabs for five and six-year olds will be available at the local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours. Following the recent JCVI guidance that recommended all children between 5 and 11 would benefit from a non-urgent offer of the COVID vaccine, the NHS will send invitations to one million families with five and six-year-olds this week.

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HubRx key appointments to launch UK first automated pharmacy

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hubrx-make-key-appointments-as-it-prepares-to-launch-uks-first-automated-pharmacy/)

Description: Ahead of the launch of UK’s first state-of-the-art automated hub for independent community pharmacists, HubRx has announced the appointment of Karl Wooldridge as operations director and Matthew Tollefson as chief financial officer. Karl brings more than 14 years of sector experience to his new role with HubRx. Having begun his career as an independent community pharmacist, Karl has gone on to hold key roles within pharmacy automation, including managing Phoenix Medical Supplies’ offsite dispensing service.

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Aquiette 2.5mg tablet:Reclassification as pharmacy medicine

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mhra-is-considering-reclassification-of-aquiette-2-5mg-tablets-as-pharmacy-medicine/)

Description: The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is considering the reclassification of Aquiette 2.5mg tablets contains oxybutynin hydrochloride that is used to treat women with milder symptoms of overactive bladder from Prescription-Only-Medicine (POM) to Pharmacy (P) medicine. The agency is encouraging pharmacists, GPs and other health care professionals, the public and women to take part in the reclassification consultation to make a treatment for overactive bladder available for women without the need for a prescription.

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RPS welcomes Sajid Javid’s move to appoint HRT tsar

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-welcomes-sajid-javids-move-to-appoint-hrt-tsar/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has welcomed the Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s plan to appoint Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) tsar to tackle the medicine shortages. On Sunday (April 24) Sajid Javid told the Mail that he planned to tackle the problem (shortage of HRT medicine) by appointing a new HRT tsar with the role modelled on that of Kate Bingham, who successfully led the government’s Covid vaccine taskforce.

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Study : Britons repose high-level trust in pharmacists

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/britons-repose-high-level-trust-in-pharmacists-new-study-reveals/)

Description: A new study has revealed that public trust in services provided by local pharmacies ranks highest in the UK, although confidence in the NHS has nosedived following the pandemic. The 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer report published on Wednesday (April 21) found that around 78 per cent of respondents trust their local pharmacies, the highest for any provider cited in the survey.

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Community pharmacies Issues:Supply chain and staff shortage

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/supply-chain-issues-and-staff-shortage-increasing-pressure-on-community-pharmacies/)

Description: Majority of the pharmacies are facing aggression from patients due to the medicine supply chain issue, a PSNC survey has revealed. The Pharmacy Pressures Survey by the trade body has seen nearly 83 per cent of pharmacies reporting a significant increase in medicine supply issues in the past year, leading to extra work and additional stress for staff.

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Vitamin D supplementation helps in healthy weight loss

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-study-reveals-vitamin-d-supplementation-helps-in-healthy-weight-loss/)

Description: A diet supplemented with vitamin D can help support healthy weight loss and reduce fat percentage, a new clinical study revealed. A trial was conducted over a three-month period with 125 overweight and obese Southeastern European Caucasians with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency. Participants were prescribed vitamin D3 3000 IU/d oral spray supplementation, or a placebo, alongside a calorie-restricted diet programme of 600 kcal less than the total energy expenditure of each individual.

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NICE recommends Tepotinib for advanced lung cancer

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-tepotinib-for-advanced-lung-cancer/)

Description: ‘Tepotinib’ has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to patients with a specific gene mutation of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The new potentially life-extending drug is available from Thursday (14 April). It has been recommended for routine use across the NHS in England through Project Orbis, a programme to review and approve promising cancer drugs helping patients access treatments faster.

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Jhoots secures £8m funding to invest in digital innovation

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/jhoots-secures-8m-funding-to-invest-in-digital-innovation/)

Description: Jhoots Group, a West Midlands based independent community pharmacy chain, has unveiled plans to expand its digital services after securing a funding worth £8.23m from HSBC bank.

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3 yr contract signed between NES and Pharmaceutical Press

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-education-for-scotland-sign-three-year-contract-with-pharmaceutical-press/)

Description: A three-year contract has been signed between NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Pharmaceutical Press, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) knowledge business, to continue the supply of trusted medicines information though MedicinesComplete, to healthcare professionals in Scotland.

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Prince Charles hosts reception for 200 community pharmacists

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-prince-charles-hosts-a-reception-for-200-community-pharmacists-at-st-james-palace-in-may/)

Description: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is to host a reception at St James’s Palace in early May to celebrate exemplary work of community pharmacist during the Coronavirus pandemic. Up to 200 community pharmacists have been invited by Prince Charles to the event organised to “celebrate community pharmacists”, which commences at 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 4 at the London residence of the Prince of Wales.

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GSK faces strike over ‘derisory’ pay offer

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-faces-strike-over-derisory-pay-offer/)

Description: Hundreds of workers at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline are set to strike over a “derisory” pay offer way below the level of British inflation, a union said on Wednesday (April 20). Unite general secretary Sharon Graham accused GSK of “colossal corporate greed” over an effective pay cut in real terms as Britain experiences its highest inflation in 30 years.

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RPS seeks views on ‘future of pharmacy practice’

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-seeks-views-on-future-of-pharmacy-practice/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has been on the lookout for innovative ideas and suggestions that could transform the future of pharmacy practice in England over the next decade. The society’s new project with the King’s Fund to transform the future of pharmacy practice in England is at a consultation phase, seeking views and opinions of pharmacy teams from all areas of practice including primary, secondary, social and community care to ensure that the system gets the best out of pharmacy and the public receives seamless, joined-up care.

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Pfizer ’s Covid pills demand lags around the world

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/analysis-demand-for-pfizers-covid-pills-lags-around-the-world/)

Description: Global demand for Pfizer’s oral Covid-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid has been unexpectedly low due to complicated eligibility requirements, reduced testing, and potential for drug interactions, according to a media report.

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2nd Global Covid-19 Summit slated for May 12

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/second-global-covid-19-summit-slated-for-may-12/)

Description: A second Global Covid-19 Summit will be held virtually next month for countries to discuss efforts to end the pandemic and prepare for future health threats, according to a joint statement on Monday (April18). “The emergence and spread of new variants, like Omicron, have reinforced the need for a strategy aimed at controlling Covid-19 worldwide,” the White House said in a news release with the Group of Seven and Group of 20 nations.

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Womb Cancer | Excess weight doubles risk : Researchers

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/excess-weight-almost-doubles-risk-of-womb-cancer-researchers-from-university-of-bristol-find/)

Description: New research shows that lifelong excess weight almost doubles a woman’s risk of developing womb cancer. The findings of the study were published in ‘BMC Medicine’. The study from the University of Bristol is one of the first to find that for every fiver extra BMI units, a woman’s risk of womb (endometrial) cancer is almost doubled (an increase of 88 per cent).

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Mark Burdon : PSNC North-East and Cumbria rep resigns

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-north-east-and-cumbria-regional-representative-mark-burdon-resigns/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)’s North-East and Cumbria regional representative, Mark Burdon, has resigned from his role. The Committee has invited all eligible independent contractors to fulfil the post. The new regional representative will be asked to hold the position until the end of the current term for all Regional Representatives which is now March 31, 2023.

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Morningside Pharma donates 60000 packs medicines to Ukraine

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/morningside-pharmaceuticals-donates-60000-packs-of-essential-medicines-to-ukraine/)

Description: Loughborough-based generic and branded pharmaceutical manufacturer Morningside Pharmaceuticals has donated almost 60,000 packs of essential medicines to communities impacted by the war in Ukraine.

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BlueIron : Lanes Health acquires distribution rights

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/lanes-health-acquires-distribution-rights-for-blueiron/)

Description: With a trusted army of loyal fans on social media, the Nordic liquid iron supplement, BlueIron, is set for a refreshed look and big ambitions under a new distribution agreement. Lanes Health, the family-owned business known for its passion and expertise in manufacturing and supplying natural and herbal remedies, has acquired the distribution rights for the Finnish brand.

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Omicron : WHO tracks two new sub-variants

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/who-tracks-two-new-omicron-sub-variants/)

Description: The World Health Organization says it is tracking a few dozen cases of two new sub-variants of the highly transmissible Omicron strain of the coronavirus to assess whether they are more infectious or dangerous. It has added BA.4 and BA.5, sister variants of the original BA.1 Omicron variant, to its list for monitoring. It is already tracking BA.1 and BA.2 – now globally dominant – as well as BA.1.1 and BA.3.

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ABPI welcomes NICE’s guidance on value of new antibiotics

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/abpi-welcomes-nices-guidance-on-value-of-new-antibiotics/)

Description: The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has welcomed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s leadership in introducing a new approach to the evaluation of antibiotics. On Tuesday (12 April), NICE published a draft guidance to tackle antimicrobial resistance under which two new antimicrobial drugs – cefiderocol and ceftazidime–avibactam – became the first to be made available as part of the UK’s innovative subscription-style payment model.

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Valneva : UK approves easy-to-store Covid shot

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-approves-valnevas-easy-to-store-covid-shot/)

Description: Britain has approved a new coronavirus vaccine by the Austrian-French drugmaker Valneva. “An approval has been granted after the Valneva Covid-19 vaccine was found to meet the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards,” the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said in a statement on Thursday (April 14), adding: “It is also the first, whole-virus inactivated Covid-19 vaccine to gain regulatory approval in the UK.”

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Melatonin: Superdrug Jet Lag Tablets For Travel Portfolio

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/superdrug-adds-jet-lag-tablets-in-its-travel-portfolio/)

Description: Superdrug Online Doctors has made travelling easy ahead of Easter by introducing jet lag ‘melatonin’ tablets into its travel services portfolio to help those taking long haul flights.

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Sierra Oncology-GSK buys US cancer firm for $1.9 bn

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-buys-us-cancer-firm-for-1-9-bn/)

Description: GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday (April 13) said it had agreed to buy US group Sierra Oncology, a specialist in medicines for rare forms of cancer, for $1.9 billion. The purchase, worth the equivalent of £1.6 billion, aims to support the development of new medicines alongside Sierra’s bone marrow cancer treatment Momelotinib.

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Pharmacist struck off GPhC register after stealing money

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nottingham-pharmacist-struck-off-gphc-register-after-stealing-over-500k-to-pay-off-gambling-debt/)

Description: A Nottingham-based pharmacist has been struck off the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register for bringing “the profession into to disrepute” by stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds in a bid to settle his gambling debt. Peter Sameh Saad (33) spun a web of lies and duped a friend out of more than half a million pounds to fund his addiction and pretended he had “serious if not terminal” testicular cancer.

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PDA :RP compliance is mandatory, not optional

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rp-compliance-is-mandatory-not-optional-pda/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has advised its member to check their understanding of what activities can legitimately take place when no RP is signed in at the pharmacy or the absence provisions are used. The advisory to its member was followed after noticing a considerable talk on social media about compliance with the Responsible Pharmacist (RP) regulations which also included unauthorised activity occurring when no RP is signed in.

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2 new medications to fight superbugs soon available NHS

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/two-new-medications-to-fight-superbugs-could-soon-be-available-for-nhs-patients-in-england/)

Description: Two new medications which fight drug-resistant superbugs could soon become available to NHS patients in England after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said they offered value for money. NICE said Cefiderocol and ceftazidime–avibactam will be the first antimicrobial drugs to be made available as part of a subscription-style payment model that incentivises research and development of antimicrobials by testing new approaches to evaluating and paying for them.

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Class 2 recall for Olopatadine eye drops : MHRA

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/class-2-recall-for-olopatadine-eye-drops/)

Description: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a class 2 medicines recall notice for Olopatadine USV 1mg/ml eye drops. Specific batches of this product are being recalled by USV UK Limited as a precautionary measure due to the identification of out of specification results for impurities during routine stability testing.

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Walgreens could lose billions on Boots sale

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/walgreens-could-lose-billions-on-boots-sale/)

Description: Walgreens Boots Alliance, the American owner of Boots UK, could risk losing billions after a private equity firm interested in buying its UK high street pharmacy chain valued the retailer at a steep discount, The Telegraph reported on Monday (April 11). “Buyout funds CVC and Bain indicated that they were willing to pay just £4bn for the business,” the newspaper said, adding that “the consortium bowed out of the running” in March.

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NHS Confederation calls for revamp of ‘living with Covid’ plan - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-confederation-calls-for-revamp-of-living-with-covid-plan/)

Description: The NHS Confederation has urged the government to reconsider its ‘living with Covid’ plan and introduce mitigating actions that will help avoid further critical incidents being declared at the NHS front-line.

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Senedd committee: Focus on supporting patients to wait well

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/focus-on-supporting-patients-to-wait-well-senedd-committee-recommends/)

Description: The Health and Social Care Committee of the Welsh Parliament have published a report with several recommendations to address the rising issue of waiting time for diagnosis and therapy in Wales. Since Covid-19 pandemic Wales has witnessed a significant increase in the NHS waiting lists for diagnostic and therapy appointments and surgical treatment. The report noted that the equivalent of around one in five of the Welsh population is on an NHS waiting list, and around 37 per cent of people waiting to start treatment have been waiting over 9 months.

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PDA raises concern over calls for ‘locum blacklist’

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-raises-concern-over-calls-for-locum-blacklist/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has raised concerns over “a prominent pharmacist’s call to create a sector ‘blacklist’ for locums regarding disputes over rates.” A few contractors took it to the Twitter to share screenshots of the messages by locums demanding more pay, which led to the call for ‘blacklisting’ those locums.

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GPhC consults on equality guidance for pharmacies

Posted by 11 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-consults-on-equality-guidance-for-pharmacies/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a new draft ‘Equality Guidance’ for pharmacies to tackle discrimination and make sure that everyone can access safe and effective person-centred pharmacy care.

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Aurelius completes acquisition of McKesson UK

Posted by 12 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/aurelius-completes-acquisition-of-mckesson-uk/)

Description: European asset management group Aurelius has completed the acquisition of McKesson UK, marking the company’s fifth completed transaction in a year. McKesson UK is the parent company of a number of healthcare businesses including LloydsPharmacy, John Bell & Croyden and AAH Pharmaceuticals.

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Pharmacy contractors to receive advance payments next week

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fp34c-submissions-pharmacy-contractors-to-receive-advance-payments-next-week/)

Description: More than 10,000 pharmacy contractors those have declared their March FP34C submission figures through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 5 April will receive earlier advance payments on Monday 11 April, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) announced. Around 10,700 pharmacy contractors have made their submissions through MYS portal. They will receive their advance payments some 20 days earlier than the normal payment timetable.

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EU agree on formula for N Ireland medicine supplies

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/eu-lawmakers-agree-on-formula-for-n-ireland-medicine-supplies/)

Description: The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a proposal from Brussels to ensure the continued supply of medicines from Britain to Northern Ireland – an issue that had dogged the bloc since London left it. “Great news from the @Europarl_EN today with the overwhelmingly positive vote to ensure the continued supply of medicines to Northern Ireland,” tweeted Maros Sefcovic, European Commission vice president who had been leading discussions with London.

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CCA calls for evidence-based approach to proposed changes

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hub-and-spoke-dispensing-cca-calls-for-evidence-based-approach-to-proposed-changes/)

Description: The Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) has called for an evidence-based approach to hub and spoke dispensing proposals, stating that it is vital to back the changes based on robust data and lived experience of pharmacy businesses. Community pharmacy contractors need to to respond to a Department of Health and Social Care initiated consultation on the hub-and-spoke dispensing models by June 8.

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ABPI calls for equal access treatments for cancer patients

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/abpi-calls-for-fast-and-equal-access-to-latest-treatments-for-all-cancer-patients/)

Description: The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has supported the Department of Health and Social Care’s recommendation to ‘aggressively expedite and roll out new medicines’ that have gone through trials. The ABPI welcomes government report on cancer services in England and the opportunity it provides to refocus how the pharmaceutical industry, NHS and government can improve the lives of cancer patients.

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E-pharmacy: Tracing its trend - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/e-pharmacy-tracing-its-trend/)

Description: E-pharmacy, a digital platform also known as internet pharmacy or online pharmacy, has emerged as an escape route to longstanding queues at pharmacy stores across almost all regions of the world, especially during the Covid-19 health crisis realm. They have long been recognised to act promptly in public health response, like ensuring an effective medicine supply system, resolving and monitoring drug shortage issues, educating about the proper use of PPE, promoting remote pharmacy services, and conducting drug evaluation and active surveillance.

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Paxlovid antiviral treatment for non-hospitalised patients

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-issues-advisory-on-paxlovid-antiviral-treatment-for-non-hospitalised-patients/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has issued an advisory information to community pharmacy contractors about Paxlovid antiviral treatment for non-hospitalised patients. “Patients will be assessed to see if they meet the criteria for inclusion and will need careful checking to see if Paxlovid therapy is safe due to the significant number of drug interactions. Assessment and prescribing are provided via dedicated services with dispensing and supply arranged by the central supply service or via participating community pharmacies,” said the PDA.

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Community pharmacy administers ‘an incredible’ 4.8 million NHS flu vaccines during the 2021-22 season - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacy-administers-an-incredible-4-8-million-nhs-flu-vaccines-during-the-2021-22-season/)

Description: Community pharmacy teams have administered almost 4.8 million flu vaccinations under the NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2021-22, which is 73 per cent more more than the 2.8 million vaccines administered last season.

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First New Treatment ‘Romosozumab’ For Osteoporosis:NICE

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-first-new-treatment-romosozumab-for-osteoporosis/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended first new treatment – ‘romosozumab’ for osteoporosis for over a decade. Thousands of people in England and Wales with severe osteoporosis who are at high risk of fracture are set to benefit from a new treatment – romosozumab – after NICE published the final draft guidance.

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DHSC:Prescription Charge Waiver For Covid-19 Antivirals

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-extends-prescription-charge-waiver-for-covid-19-antivirals/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has extended prescription charge waiver for Covid-19 antivirals till March 31, 2023. Covid-19 patients who are eligible to receive antiviral treatments for the infection via Covid Medicines Delivery Units (CMDUs) will be supplied these medicines for free.

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Flash Glucose Monitors For All Type 1 Diabetes Patients:NHS

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-introduces-flash-glucose-monitors-for-all-type-1-diabetes-patients/)

Description: Type 1 diabetes patients can monitor their glucose with the newly introduced flash glucose monitors by the NHS. The wearable gadgets with the size of a £2 coin, have a sensor that easily sits on the arm, allowing patients to check their glucose levels with a one-second scan. Eligible patients are currently able to access the monitors on prescription from their local GP or diabetes team, helping them to better manage their blood sugar levels.

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Emergency provisions for pharmacy contractors end

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/emergency-provisions-for-pharmacy-contractors-end/)

Description: The NHS England and Improvement has announced the emergency provisions introduced during pandemic to provide flexible opening hours for pharmacy contractors end today. The flexibilities were enacted in March 2020 when changes to the Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) Directions 2020 were made following a declaration of emergency at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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NICE: Interventional Procedure Guide On Use Of Liposuction

Posted by 9 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-issues-interventional-procedures-guidance-on-use-of-liposuction/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s independent committee has called for more research to ensure liposuction for treatment of chronic lipoedema is safe and effective enough for use on the NHS. Lipoedema is more prevalent in women and very rarely affects men. It is characterised by an abnormal, usually symmetrical, accumulation of fat in the legs, hips, buttocks, and occasionally arms. It is a separate condition to obesity and lymphoedema.

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PSNC: All FP34C submissions through MYS only

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-all-fp34c-submissions-through-mys-only/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has urged pharmacy contractors to use Manage Your Service (MYS) portal only for all monthly FP34C submissions.

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Community Pharmacy: Know How Technology Can Reduce Pressure

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/opinion-know-how-technology-can-reduce-pressure-on-community-pharmacy/)

Description: It’s no secret that as pharmacists we are navigating a new and more demanding healthcare landscape. Our role has changed significantly since the start of the 21st century due to increased expectations from the public, advances in science and technology and changing workforce pressures. The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for England has placed a higher focus on clinical service. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in significant acceleration in changing how we work day-to-day and the public perception of our role.

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New NHS ‘planned care’ hospitals to tackle Covid-19 backlogs - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-nhs-planned-care-hospitals-to-tackle-covid-19-backlogs/)

Description: NHS moves a step ahead towards its efforts to address covid-19 backlogs by opening a new ‘planned care’ hospital in Berkshire dedicated to non-emergency treatment. Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, part of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, will focus on cutting waits for routine care with staff prioritising patients who have been waiting longest, including for orthopaedic and ophthalmology services.

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UK study to test Pfizer Covid pill in hospitalised patients

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-study-to-test-pfizers-covid-pill-in-hospitalised-patients/)

Description: Pfizer’s oral Covid-19 therapy will be evaluated as a potential treatment for patients hospitalised with the illness in a major British trial, scientists said on Monday, as cases rise in some parts of the world. The world’s largest randomised study of potential medicines for Covid-19, dubbed the RECOVERY trial, will assess Paxlovid across hospitals in Britain, which has already approved the drug for early-stage treatment.

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Recall report of blood pressure drugs ‘misleading’

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/recall-report-of-blood-pressure-drugs-misleading/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has confirmed that the recall of blood pressure drugs amlodipine and olmesartan by the Food and Drug Administration is only for the US market and will not have any impact in the UK. MHRA also clarified that the manufacturer of these drugs, Macleod Pharmaceuticals, does not supply amlodipine medicines in the UK.

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EYE CARE: Seeing solutions for dry eyes - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/eye-care-seeing-solutions-for-dry-eyes/)

Description: Dry eye disease, also known as dry eye syndrome, occurs when the eye stops producing enough tears, the tears that are made are of poor quality or the tears evaporate faster than they should. This causes dryness and irritation of the surface of the eye and results in inflammation, discomfort, and damage.[i] Symptoms include dry, red, itchy or tired eyes, blurred vision and foreign body sensation. From over-the-counter eye drops and heated eye masks, to eyelid-cleansing wipes, there are a multitude of options that can be offered to sufferers to provide relief.

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VIEWPOINT: It’s already here - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/viewpoint-its-already-here/)

Description: WAGMI or ‘we are all gonna make it’ is an established abbreviation in the crypto world, and pharmacists can learn from it. To all the dreamers, the visionaries, the go-getters, the futurists – we need you all. In the past few months, since the rebranding of Facebook into Meta, the word ‘Metaverse’ has become exponentially popular and there is a huge opportunity for pharmacists to get involved.

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Data Monetization :ePharmacy profitability through eCommerce

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/helping-epharmacies-improve-profitability-through-ecommerce-data-monetization/)

Description: It’s 2022 and data is everything, isn’t it? Advertising, decision-making, you name it, data is behind it. What if an ePharmacy could use its own data as an asset? If you knew that sooner or later, you’ll be able to turn your data into a revenue stream, wouldn’t that be something? And this is exactly what Convert Group does. Convert Group offers the complete eCommerce SaaS ecosystem that helps ePharmacists and brands grow sales, streamline collaboration, and seize data monetization opportunities.

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NICE:Vimzin for routine NHS use in MPS 4A patients

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-vimzin-for-routine-nhs-use-in-mps-4a-patients/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended elosulfase alfa for routine use in the NHS for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis type 4A (also known as MPS 4A and Morquio A syndrome).

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Superdrug unveils its new fertility test service

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/superdrug-unveils-its-new-fertility-test-service/)

Description: Superdrug has unveiled its new fertility test service to help women to easily access information about their own fertility and enables them to take greater control of their reproductive health. The service comprises a Superdrug online doctor consultation and personalised fertility test recommendations to help women make more informed decisions about the options available to them.

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Licensing deals struck for cheaper Pfizer Covid pill

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/licencing-deals-struck-for-cheaper-pfizer-covid-pill/)

Description: Thirty-five generic drug manufacturers will make a more affordable version of Pfizer’s anti-Covid pill for the world’s poorer nations, in licensing deals announced Thursday (17) by a UN-backed organisation. The global Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) signed agreements with three dozen manufacturers to produce the oral Covid-19 treatment nirmatrelvir for supply in 95 low- and middle-income countries.

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Expansion of NHS Health Checks in community pharmacies: NHS

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-study-recommends-expansion-of-nhs-health-checks-in-community-pharmacies/)

Description: More pharmacies should do NHS Health Checks to improve access, a new study that focuses on ways to improve the lives of people living with obesity, recommends. The report, Levelling Up Obesity Care, by pharma giant Novo Nordisk follows a series of roundtables with patient advocates, healthcare professionals and academics to generate understanding on the future of obesity care in England.

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Gisela Abbam succeeds Nigel Clarke as chair of GPhC

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gisela-abbam-succeeds-nigel-clarke-as-chair-of-gphc/)

Description: Gisela Abbam today (March 14) officially succeeded Nigel Clarke as new chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). She was appointed in mid-Feruary. The council paid tribute to its outgoing chair for his major contribution to pharmacy regulation and his focus on patient safety for the past eight years on the role.

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Pharmacy Advice Audit :Pharmacy Contractors To Participate

Posted by 10 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-encourages-pharmacy-contractors-to-participate-in-pharmacy-advice-audit/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) is encouraging community pharmacy contractors and their teams to take part in the negotiator’s latest Pharmacy Advice Audit.

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NIR health minister condemns attack on Belfast pharmacist

Posted by 12 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/northern-irelands-health-minister-condemns-attack-on-belfast-pharmacist/)

Description: Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann has condemned the act of violence experienced by pharmacy teams, stating such acts “will not be tolerated.” His statement follows an ugly incident that took place on Saturday (March 5) at the Teagues Pharmacy, Antrim Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Government decided to scale back free flu jabs in England

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacists-slam-governments-decision-to-scale-back-free-flu-jabs-in-england/)

Description: Community pharmacists in England have slammed the government’s latest decision to reduce the number of people who get a free winter flu jab in the 2022-23 flu season, as concerns related to Covid-19 still exist.

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PDA :More than half of pharmacists looking to change roles

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/more-than-half-of-pharmacists-looking-to-change-roles-pda-survey-reveals/)

Description: More than half of pharmacists working in England are considering changing their roles over the next 12-18 months because of work-related issues, a recent survey by The Pharmacists’ Defence Association revealed.

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£260m to boost healthcare research and manufacturing : Govt

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/government-allocates-260m-to-boost-healthcare-research-and-manufacturing/)

Description: The government on Wednesday (March 2) announced an investment of £260 million to support research, development and manufacturing of new drugs, devices and diagnostics. Of the total funding, up to £200m has been allocated for research to better access NHS data through Trusted Research Environments and digital clinical trial services, enabling availability of crucial data with the highest levels of privacy.

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Scottish Government :Community Pharmacy Ventilation Funding

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scottish-government-announces-community-pharmacy-ventilation-funding/)

Description: The Scottish government has announced funding to help community pharmacy contractors purchase air extraction equipment for their premises. The funding will be available to pharmacies that have fitted or committed to fit air extraction equipment on or after 1 April 2020.

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Hepatitis C : UKHSA reports 35 per cent fall in deaths

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/ukhsa-reports-35-per-cent-fall-in-deaths-from-hepatitis-c/)

Description: Deaths caused by hepatitis C has declined by 35 per cent in England between 2015 and 2020, latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) revealed. It showed that estimated prevalence of chronic hepatitis C in England has continued to fall to around 81,000 in 2020 from 129,000 in 2015, showing a considerable progress has been made towards eliminating the virus as a public health problem by 2030 in England.

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HEE invites contractors to discuss training of pharmacists

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hee-invites-community-pharmacy-contractors-to-discuss-training-of-pharmacists/)

Description: Health Education England (HEE) has invited community pharmacy contractors to a meeting to discuss training of pharmacists to become Independent Prescribers (IP). Earlier, HEE together with NHS England and NHS Improvement has supported a first phase of IP training for community pharmacists from January to March 2022, and is now working to secure a further rounded of funded training from Autumn 2022.

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RPS set to cut two senior leadership jobs

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-set-to-cut-two-senior-leadership-roles/)

Description: Working towards its five-year strategy, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has put some plan in place to change its existing structure at the executive level, which could potentially render some senior positions redundant.

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NICE recommends tucatinib for advanced breast cancer

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-tucatinib-for-advanced-breast-cancer/)

Description: NICE has recommended use of tucatinib as an option to treat HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread in people who have already tried 2 or more anti-HER2 treatments. The move is set to benefit around 400 people with advanced breast cancer.

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Bharti Patel joins Alitam executive board

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/former-avicenna-executive-director-bharti-patel-joins-alitam-executive-board/)

Description: Alitam Group, the 100-plus pharmacy store consolidation, has appointed Bharti Patel, the former group executive director of Avicenna to its executive board. Patel, who was part of the leadership team at Avicenna until late 2021, brings with her a wealth of experience covering pharmaceuticals, multiple retail and independent pharmacy, homecare and NHS primary and secondary care.

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Novavax full approval of Covid vaccine later this year

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/novavax-expects-to-apply-for-full-approval-of-covid-vaccine-later-this-year/)

Description: American biotechnology company Novavax said on Monday (February 28) it would pursue full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine in the second half of this year and forecast total revenue of between $4 billion and $5 billion for 2022.

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England scraps mandatory Covid shot for health staff

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/england-scraps-mandatory-covid-shots-for-health-staff/)

Description: Health and social care workers in England, including those working in community pharmacy, will no longer have to have a Covid jab as a condition of employment from later this month, the government said on Tuesday (March 1).

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Top Medication Management Tips For Seniors

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/here-are-the-top-medication-management-tips-for-seniors/)

Description: There are several aspects that must be taken into account. There are instances where two different kinds of medicines lead to side effects, hence you must see how you are managing your medication. Let us have a look at some of the best methods to ascertain proper medication management: LEARN ABOUT MOST COMMON MEDICATION MISTAKES This is one of the first things that one should know about simply because when you know what can lead to mistakes, you do not make mistakes. Some of the mistakes that most patients make may be in the form of taking too much medication, mixing up home remedies with prescribed drugs, and non-adherence to medical requirements. Evidence suggests that such mistakes lead to the ineffectiveness of medication, side effects, and overdose.

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PQS Deadline Extended Ease Pressure On Community Pharmacies

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pqs-deadline-extended-to-ease-pressure-on-community-pharmacies/)

Description: To ease pressure on community pharmacies, the deadline to meet the requirements of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme will be extended, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) announced today (December 15). This follows an agreement reached between the negotiator and the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

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England To Reopen Temporary Field Hospitals For Inpatients

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/england-to-reopen-temporary-field-hospitals-to-contain-possible-overspill-of-inpatients-due-to-surge-in-coronavirus-cases/)

Description: England is set to reopen temporary field hospitals to contain a possible overspill of inpatients due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the national health service said Thursday. Fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, daily cases have ballooned, standing at more than 183,000 on Wednesday. NHS England said it would start building the structures in the grounds of eight hospitals in cities including London, Bristol and Leeds from this week, with each designed to house around 100 extra patients.

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High Dexamethasone Dose Test For Severely Ill Covid Patients

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scientists-to-test-high-dexamethasone-doses-in-severely-ill-covid-19-patients/)

Description: British scientists said on Thursday (December 30) they would be studying whether higher doses of a cheap and widely used steroid called dexamethasone could work better for patients with severe Covid-19 compared to the standard low doses. Last year, the same scientists conducting the large trial, dubbed RECOVERY, showed that dexamethasone was able to save the lives of Covid-19 patients in what was called a “major breakthrough” in the coronavirus pandemic.

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3 Pharmacists Recognized In Queen’s New Year Honours List

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-pharmacists-patel-aziz-and-williams-recognised-in-the-queens-new-year-honours-list/)

Description: Three leading pharmacists — professor Mahendra Patel, Asif Aziz and Ade Williams — have been recognised in Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s honours list. Professor Patel, an academic pharmacist from West Yorkshire, was awarded an OBE for his “services to pharmacy.” He told Pharmacy Business: “I am truly honoured and deeply humbled by this highly prestigious award that I have always believed was more deserving for others.

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Diet And Nutrition : No Better Place Than Pharmacy

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/diet-nutrition-no-better-place-than-pharmacy/)

Description: As part of community service in our pharmacies we provide advice, help and support on the importance of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. This has been especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic as many of our customers are understandably even more concerned about their immune health and how they can help boost their immunity during this time in order to protect themselves as far as possible. We help them understand the relevance of good nutrition, the importance doing exercise (where possible), and how they can take steps to reduce risk over these worrying times.

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DNA Testing Importance – Why You Should Get One

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dna-testing-why-you-should-get-one/)

Description: With so much hype about DNA testing, people are more than interested in buying a home dna test kit and finding out about their ancestry. The truth about DNA testing is that they reveal more than one’s ancestral background. Primarily, DNA testing was used to detect criminals or prove the innocence of someone awaiting capital punishment. Today, things have changed, and DNA-related things are no more revolving around criminal justice alone.

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Blood Test: Importance and What They Tell About Your Health

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/blood-tests-their-importance-and-what-they-tell-you-about-your-health/)

Description: Regular blood testing is a crucial element in making sure you are healthy. Consecutive blood tests allow you to keep track of how your body changes over time while helping you make informed decisions regarding your health.

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How To Relieve Muscle Pain After Exercise

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-to-relieve-muscle-pain-after-exercise/)

Description: After a tough workout, you’re bound to experience some muscle pain, since your muscles are working harder than they usually do. Here are six ways that will help relieve the soreness and ache in your muscles after a workout routine: 1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER 2. ADD SOME HEAT 3. GET A MASSAGE 4. KEEP MOVING 5. EAT WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISING 6. POST WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTATION If you’re trying to relieve muscle pain after exercise, then you should follow these tips. The faster your body can recover from tough workouts and other physical activity, the sooner you’ll be able to get back out there and stay active.

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PM Boris Johnson warns of hospital risk for unvaccinated

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pm-johnson-warns-of-hospital-risk-for-unvaccinated/)

Description: Around 90 percent of coronavirus patients in intensive care units have not had a booster jab, prime minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (December 29) — defending his decision not to tighten virus curbs in England. Speaking at a vaccination centre, Johnson urged people to get “vital” booster jabs, saying “the overwhelming majority” of those currently going into intensive care in our hospitals have not had the booster jab.

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Study indicates baby teeth may lead to spotting mental disorders in children - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/study-indicates-baby-teeth-may-lead-to-spotting-mental-disorders/)

Description: Baby teeth could one day lead to the development of a much-needed tool for identifying children who are at risk for psychological problems, a study by the University of Bristol has concluded. The research has been published in the ‘JAMA Network Open’ — a monthly journal published by the American Medical Association.

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No New Covid Curbs For England In 2021 - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/no-new-covid-curbs-for-england-in-2021/)

Description: England won’t have any new Covid-19 restrictions before the end of 2021, health secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday (December 27) whilst the government awaits more evidence on whether the NHS can cope with high infection rates in the new year. “There will be no further measures before the new year,” Javid told reporters, adding: “When we get into the new year, of course we will see then whether we do need to take any further measures.” He said that the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus now accounted for around 90 per cent of cases across England and urged people to celebrate New Year cautiously.

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Community Pharmacy:How Pandemic Changed Patient Perceptions

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pandemic-has-positively-changed-patient-perceptions-about-clinical-services-offered-by-community-pharmacy/)

Description: Sixty-seven per cent of UK independent pharmacists say the pandemic has positively changed how patients view the clinical services offered by community pharmacy. The research — carried out with an independent panel of more than 100 community pharmacists — revealed that 35 per cent of them had increased their clinical services to fulfil patient demand during the pandemic.

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Alcohol Consumption During Pandemic Led Liver Disease: Study

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/us-study-finds-consuming-alcohol-during-pandemic-has-led-to-more-liver-disease-deaths/)

Description: Researchers have projected the rates of liver disease and associated deaths due to increased alcohol consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research has been published in the ‘Hepatology Journal’. A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital used data from a national survey of US adults on their drinking habits that found that excessive drinking (such as binge drinking) increased by 21 per cent during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ketamine Therapy Can Reduce Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/ketamine-therapy-can-reduce-depression-suicidal-thoughts/)

Description: Ketamine therapy has a swift short-term effect on reducing symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts, a recent study has revealed. The research has been published in the ‘British Journal of Psychiatry Open’.

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5 Ways To Easily Improve Your Dental Practice

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/top-ways-to-easily-improve-your-dental-practice/)

Description: Running a dental practice is no small feat! You have to ensure that both your customers are happy and your staff members too. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day admin and operational needs that you forget what is at the core of a successful dentist practice. How you manage your dental practice will leave lasting impressions on staff and patients, so it is important to always be trying to further yourself and improve how your practice runs.

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Workplace Injuries : Top Five Common Types

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/5-common-types-of-workplace-injuries/)

Description: Workplace accidents and injuries can happen anytime, regardless of which industry or the type of work environment you’re into. Most often, it’s the workplace conditions and the danger of your task that creates these risks. However, certain workplace injuries in certain workplaces are much more serious than others.

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‘Open conversation is key to resolving race and ethnicity challenge’

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-session-summary-open-conversation-is-key-to-resolving-race-and-ethnicity-challenge/)

Description: The issues related to race and ethnicity are common across the sectors, but the problem is not unsolvable, said panelists in a discussion on Race, Identity and Belonging In The Workplace, held during the Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on Thursday (December 9). Creating safe and comfortable spaces and allowing authentic conversations is a precursor to resolving this big challenge, said Zaheer Ahmad MBE, global head of Inclusion and Diversity at GSK Consumer Healthcare.

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RPS Thanks To Pharmacy Colleagues For Their Work

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-thanks-pharmacy-colleagues-for-working-through-extremely-busy-period/)

Description: In an open letter to pharmacy colleagues, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) praised the work being done by them over this “extremely busy period.” Expressing gratitude towards pharmacists RPS said “Patients rely on you and we are so?proud of the work you are doing.”

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NPA :Creating New Roles On Community Pharmacy Services

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-calls-on-nhs-bodies-to-consider-impact-of-creating-new-roles-on-community-pharmacy-services/)

Description: National Pharmacy Association (NPA) urged the NHS England to make local impact assessment a key requirement prior to any recruitment into Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), to help tackle workforce crisis.

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Shilpa Shah: 'Show me the light’ | Pharmacy Business

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/show-me-the-light/)

Description: I have always been passionate about Community Pharmacy and am proud of the way that the sector navigated itself through Covid-19 and is currently navigating itself through all the changes in the NHS landscape. When I started my role in Sep 2019 as the CEO of Kent LPC, I used to say that community pharmacy has changed more in the last five years than the 15 before that, however, I now believe community pharmacy has changed more in the last two years than the 20 before. The year 2019 saw the start of the five-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework which set out how community pharmacy would support delivery of the NHS long term plan. What PSNC (or any of us) when negotiating this deal had not envisaged was the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Pharmacist Supervision : The Divided World Of It

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/the-divided-world-of-pharmacist-supervision/)

Description: -Pharmacist supervision has been the subject of debate for as long as I can remember. Strikingly, no one is sure what supervision requires. The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 say it is a criminal offence to sell or supply Pharmacy medicines or Prescription Only Medicines unless a pharmacist makes the sale or supply or, if the transaction is carried out by a non-pharmacist, that person acts under the supervision of a pharmacist.

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NHS Chief Thanks To Staff For Extraordinary Team Effort

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-chief-thanks-staff-for-extraordinary-team-effort-in-face-of-omicron/)

Description: The new NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard acknowledged and thanked health service staff and volunteers for their “extraordinary team effort” while the country fights Omicron. Pritchard, who took up the post in July, praised the efforts of doctors, nurses, therapists, porters and other staff who have worked hard to recover services impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Pharmacy RSG Aims To Put Proposals To Vote Before Easter'22

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-review-steering-group-aims-to-put-proposals-to-vote-before-easter-2022/)

Description: After engaging with contractors and stakeholders of NHS Community Pharmacy, the pharmacy review steering group (RSG) is planning to put proposals to contractors’ vote before Easter 2022. The group, made up of representatives from the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, Company Chemists’ Association and independent community pharmacy, was formed in late 2020 to explore the future of community pharmacy network support.

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RPS: Measures To Protect Pharmacy Teams Against Omicron

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-calls-for-measures-to-protect-pharmacy-teams-against-omicron/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for adoption of protection and control measures to safeguard pharmacy teams against Omicron. This follows an updated guidance on infection protection and control issued by the UK Health Security Agency, which reinforces the actions needed to prevent transmission of Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses.

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Regulatory Changes Including National Enhanced Service

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/regulatory-changes-including-the-national-enhanced-service-come-into-effect/)

Description: Amendments?to the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 along with introduction of a new type of pharmaceutical service come into effect from Tuesday (December 21) and from January 1, 2022. PSNC will be consulted on the new type of enhanced service – the National Enhanced Service (NES), where NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) commissions an enhanced service with a service specification that sets standard conditions nationally.

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Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine For Under 12s Approved

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-regulator-approves-new-formulation-of-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-for-under-12s/)

Description: UK regulator has approved a new age-appropriate formulation of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in children aged 5 to 11 years old. The new paediatric formulation of Covid vaccine meets the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced on Wednesday (December 22). Dr June Raine, MHRA chief executive said that parents and carers can be reassured that this approval has been given after robust review of safety data. These data showed a favourable safety profile for use in 5-11-year olds compared with that seen in other age groups, the regulator said.

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UK Orders Millions More Antivirals To Help Fight Omicron

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-orders-millions-more-antivirals-to-help-fight-omicron/)

Description: With growing concerns over the spread of Omicron variant, the UK has signed two contracts with drug majors Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co to buy 4.25 million courses of antivirals for the NHS patients. The move is aimed at reducing hospitalisations and easing pressures on the NHS.

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PSNC Submits Evidence To Inquiry Committee On Future Of GP

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-submits-evidence-to-parliamentary-inquiry-on-future-of-gp/)

Description: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has submitted its evidence to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee’s recent inquiry into ‘The future of General Practice’. The committee, chaired by former health secretary Jeremey Hunt MP, had launched an inquiry to explore the future of NHS GP over the next five years. PSNC’s evidence focused on what community pharmacy is currently doing to support GPs, and what more can be done in the future.

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New Medicine Service quarterly data reporting paused

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-medicine-service-quarterly-data-reporting-paused/)

Description: Considering the challenges being faced by pharmacies and involvement of their workforce in the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme, the requirement to report New Medicine Service (NMS) data for Quarters 3 and 4 of 2021/22 has been paused. This follows an agreement reached between the NHS England and NHS Improvement and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

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Revalidation For Pharmacists Until June 1, 2022

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/revalidation-pharmacists-need-to-file-only-reflective-account-until-june-1-2022/)

Description: Pharmacy professionals due to submit their revalidation records on or before May 31, 2022 only need to present a reflective account until June 1, 2022, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said. GPhC has extended the deadline, considering the continuation of pressures related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant, that pharmacy professionals are facing this winter.

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Tess Player:Putting Humanity At The Heart Of Everyday Health

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/big-interview-putting-humanity-at-the-heart-of-everyday-health/)

Description: Covid-19 has accelerated a culture change for community pharmacists. Throughout the pandemic, they have been the first line of advice, treatment and referral for common illnesses, and they have Successfully prevented countless unnecessary visits to A&E. The commitment of the profession to patient care has been widely recognised by both the government and the public. Despite immense pressure, pharmacy teams have risen to the challenges posed by a Global pandemic.

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Commencement Of Weight Management Campaign Delayed

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/commencement-of-weight-management-campaign-delayed/)

Description: The commencement of the weight management campaign has been postponed from the scheduled date of January 4, 2022 due to delay in the delivery of the campaign resource packs, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) stated.

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NHS E&I Appoints First Pharmacy Technician Advisor

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhsei-appoints-first-pharmacy-technician-advisor-to-chief-pharmaceutical-officers-team/)

Description: In a first, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has appointed a pharmacy technician to the chief pharmaceutical officer’s team. Liz Fidler, president at the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK), will join the team in March 2022 in the newly created post of senior professional advisor: pharmacy technician practice NHSE&I.

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NICE Recommends PrEP For People At High Risk Of HIV

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-prep-for-people-at-high-risk-of-hiv/)

Description: In its first, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to treat people at the highest risk of catching HIV. The announcement comes along with a consultation on draft guideline by NICE on reducing sexually transmitted infections. NICE’s recommendation is backed up by the government’s HIV Action Plan to hit zero new transmissions of HIV by 2030. The pill prevents HIV by stopping the virus from crossing into the healthy cells and replicating.

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RPS To Lease Two Floors Of Its London Headquarters

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-to-lease-two-floors-of-its-london-headquarters/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has decided to lease two floors of its east London headquarters to Ingeus, a business with services in employment, health, justice and youth. RPS will retain three floors of the building, including its museum and library on the ground floor, as well as the two upper floors which will be used for events, collaborative working and team meetings. The decision follows an announcement in April that the the Society was re-evaluating whether it needed to hold on to its current office space as homeworking was becoming the norm due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Society also wanted to maximise value from its property and generate additional revenue which could “be reinvested into further developing our valued products and services”.

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PDA Union Reaches Pay Agreement With Boots For Members

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-union-reaches-pay-agreement-with-boots-for-members/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) Union has reached a deal for its members working at Boots, covering 6,000 pharmacists employed by the British retailer and pharmacy chain. As per the agreement, union members working at the multiple will receive a 2 per cent pay rise effective from November 1, 2021, the two entities said in a joint statement.

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E-Learning Modules To Help Pharmacy Professionals : RPS

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-secures-contract-to-produce-e-learning-modules-to-help-build-pharmacy-professionals-research-skills/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has secured a contract with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to deliver a suite of e-learning modules to help pharmacy professionals “become more research active”. The new online resources — due to be launched next summer — are aimed at pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who may not have followed an academic career path or have had little or no experience of research delivery. The e-learning package will allow them to gain new skills so they feel more confident to engage with research and research opportunities.

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Price Concessions Second December 2021- Pharmacy Business

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/second-december-price-concessions/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has granted further price concessions for the month of December 2021. A price concession only applies for the month in which it is granted. No additional prescription endorsement are required as the new price is automatically applied by the NHS BSA to all items submitted for payment in the same month for which a price concession is granted.

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European Commission Proposal Supply Of Medicines In NI

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/european-commission-proposal-guarantees-stable-supply-of-medicines-in-northern-ireland/)

Description: The European Commission is prepared to rewrite European Union law on medicines to ensure stable supply of generic and life-saving medicines in Northern Ireland. In a press statement issued on Friday (Dec 17), the commission said it put forward a package of measures to ensure the continued long-term supply of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

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Ethnic Diversity In Workplace Improvement -Pharmacy Business

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-session-summary-improving-ethnic-diversity-in-workplace-is-a-never-ending-journey/)

Description: The journey on building inclusive teams and increasing ethnic diversity and representation at all levels is never ending, said Sanjay Bhandari, chair at Kick It Out. “I think you can set the direction but it’s quite difficult to set the destination with these things,” Bhandari, who is part of the government-sponsored Parker review into the ethnic diversity of UK boards said during a panel discussion on Inclusive Leadership held as part of the Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on Thursday (December 9).

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Disability Pay Gap Reporting - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-session-summary-after-gender-pay-gap-need-push-for-disability-pay-gap-reporting/)

Description: With the UK government mandating a gender pay gap reporting by corporates and there is a lot of push for ethnicity pay gap report, there is a need for a similar push for having disability pay gap records, said Jay Muthu, director of Organization and People Capability at Entain Group. “I think we need to kind of lobby the government to make that happen, but unfortunately a lot of disability organisations are still fighting for the basic rights,” Muthu said during a panel discussion on Disability Inclusion In The Workplace held during the Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on Thursday (December 9).

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Gender Diversity:Crucial For Businesses Growth & Performance

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-session-summary-gender-diversity-is-crucial-for-businesses-growth-and-performance/)

Description: The strength of any organisation lies in its people. This being a common norm in the world of business, several of them are taking healthy initiatives and opening discussions around gender diversity and equality. Panelists during a session on Empowering Women In the Workplace held during the Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on Thursday (December 9), agreed that having gender diversity in business, not just benefits women, but the whole organisation. “It drives engagement, diversity of thinking and ultimately performance,” said Ifti Khan, pharmacy superintendent at Well Pharmacy, in the session moderated by the conference chair and BBC presenter Clive Myrie.

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Community Pharmacy Wales and Welsh Govt Agreement on CPCF

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacy-wales-and-welsh-government-ink-pact-on-community-pharmacy-contractual-framework/)

Description: Community Pharmacy Wales and the Welsh government have entered an agreement on Thursday (December 16), enabling all pharmacies to deliver provision of contraception, treatment for common minor ailments, and access to repeat medicines in an emergency. Expansion of clinical community pharmacy service will be supported with an increased funding of £20 million a year by April 2024 from the current level of £11.4m. The two bodies have been negotiating the terms of agreement, which also includes plans to roll out a Wales-wide pharmacy prescribing service, allowing trained pharmacists to treat an extended range of conditions that currently require GP visits.

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Trust Must To Tackle Mental Health Issues At Workplace

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-session-summary-building-environment-of-trust-and-comfort-is-must-to-tackle-mental-health-issues-at-workplace/)

Description: Mental health has become a major concern worldwide and across all sectors, including pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry. The penetration of the issue exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic, due to mental fatigue, anxiety and most importantly the social distancing. Therefore, building an environment of trust and comfort is utmost essential to understand and tackle mental health challenges, said panelists in a discussion on Mental Health And Wellbeing In The Workplace, held during the Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on Thursday (December 9).

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61% Candidates Pass Common Registration Test For Pharmacists

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-61-per-cent-candidates-pass-first-four-country-common-registration-test-for-pharmacists/)

Description: Just over 60 per cent candidates have passed the first four-country common registration assessment for pharmacists, held jointly by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Out of a total of 959 candidates who sat the assessment in four countries on 16 November, 584 candidates have passed — recording an overall pass rate of 60.9 per cent. The registration assessment is one of the ways trainee pharmacists can demonstrate that they understand how to apply knowledge appropriately and in a timely way, to make professional judgements in pharmacy practice.

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GSK, Sanofi Delay Covid-19 Booster Candidate Data Until 2022

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-sanofi-delay-data-on-covid-19-vaccine-booster-candidate-until-2022/)

Description: GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi said on Wednesday (December 15) they expect data from late-stage clinical trials of its booster dose of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the first quarter, instead of this year, another delay for the potential shot. The news came as two companies said preliminary data from trials showed the single-dose booster provided strong immune responses. They added that they need more time to test the booster on more people who have not been infected by the virus before they can submit data to regulators.

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Hospital admissions could hit new high : Chris Whitty

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hospital-admissions-could-hit-new-high-with-omicron-chris-whitty/)

Description: Daily hospital admissions in Britain could soon hit a new high because the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading so fast, piling pressure on a health service struggling with staff sickness, England’s chief medical officer said on Thursday (December 16). Britain recorded on Wednesday its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic at 78,610. Omicron is so transmissible that even if it proves to be milder than other variants, it could still cause a surge in hospital admissions, Chris Whitty told lawmakers.

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PSNC: Enable Original Pack Dispensing By Pharmacists

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-supports-changes-in-directives-to-enable-original-pack-dispensing-by-pharmacists/)

Description: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has expressed its support for alterations in the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 to enable original pack dispensing (OPD) and supply of medicines containing sodium valproate by pharmacists. PSNC’s support for changes was in response to the consultation on OPD, initiated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The consultation had proposed regulatory changes to allow pharmacists to dispense (up to 10 per cent) more or less than the prescribed quantity of a given medicine in the manufacturer’s original packs.

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70% Community Pharmacies Waiting For Govt Nod Start Booster

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/70-per-cent-of-community-pharmacies-still-waiting-for-government-nod-to-start-covid-booster-jab/)

Description: Nearly 70 per cent of community pharmacies in England that offered to participate in the Covid-19 booster programme are still waiting for approval or have been refused, ministers admitted on Monday (December 13). The Liberal Democrats’ health spokesperson, Daisy Cooper, exposed the low approval rate and long delays through a written parliamentary question to the health secretary as to “how many community pharmacies were providing Covid-19 vaccinations as of 3 December 2021.”

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Two From NHSBSA Win Inspiring Leaders Awards

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/two-from-nhsbsa-win-inspiring-leaders-awards/)

Description: Both head of customer operations Dan Britton and chief executive Michael Brodie at the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have won the Inspiring Leaders Award, which recognises leaders for their humanity and courage. The coveted award, organised by Inspiring Workplaces, recognised their contribution during the pandemic. Under Brodie’s leadership, who joined the organisation as chief executive in September 2019, NHSBSA started over 50 new services to support the wider NHS. He also led Public Health England (PHE) through its transition to the new UK Health Security Agency.

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Helping Smokers To Quit Smoking - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/helping-smokers-quit/)

Description: Smoking is the most significant cause of preventable deaths in England, and the health risks associated with smoking well documented. This not only puts a heavy burden on the healthcare system but also has a substantial social impact. Its link to health inequalities is more evident because it is more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable in our society, with low educational attainment and poor socioeconomic status. Even as smoking rates progressively reduced, these patients remained the most difficult to reach with cessation services.

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Digital Transformation In Pharmacy :Technology

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/technology-digital-transformation-in-pharmacy/)

Description: Throughout the past decade, digital transformation has been at the forefront of the agenda for the NHS which has been accelerated by the abundance of digitally enabled ways of working during the pandemic. While the last year has unquestionably heralded the spring shoots of transformation, there is so much to be done to build upon this and accelerate further. For example, do both pharmacists and patients comprehend the value of digital to drive change at a fundamental level? The issue is not simply ensuring that the temporary fixes inspired by the pandemic successfully transition to standard practice, but also rapidly building on that foundation to enable the greatest value from digitisation within pharmacy.

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Pharmacy Business - Importance of Gut Health

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/feature-looking-after-the-patients-gut/)

Description: When it comes to digestive health issues and complaints the frequency of pharmacy visits is high, and a number of digestive health concerns can be attributed to constipation. So, how can pharmacy teams respond and spot patterns when patients come in regularly with the same complaints? Looking beyond just the symptoms is key in understanding contributing factors; further questions can be asked around diet and lifestyle that may lead to constipation and digestive health issues. Constipation can often be misconstrued, particularly in older people, and exploring lifestyle and diet with a patient could be key to helping and spotting patterns when patients come in regularly to pharmacy with the same complaint.

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Wholesaler Alliance Healthcare wins Covid award

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/wholesaler-alliance-healthcare-wins-covid-award/)

Description: Alliance Healthcare UK has won a ‘special achievement’ award for its work during the Covid-19 pandemic at the Logistics UK Awards 2021. The pharmaceutical wholesaler and it’s subsidiary, Alloga UK — a specialist provider of supply chain solutions for healthcare manufacturers — received the ‘Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Response to Covid’ at an event held in central London on Thursday, December 9, 2021 — beating off stiff competition from a number of high profile challengers.

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Otrivine : World First Air Purifying ‘Air Bubble’

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/otrivine-targets-cop26-with-worlds-first-air-purifying-air-bubble/)

Description: Otrivine brings the world’s first air-purifying “Air Bubble” to Glasgow in a bid to raise awareness of the devastating effect of air pollution on children’s health. Air pollution is considered the world’s largest environmental health threat, with 93 per cent of children breathing polluted air every day according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Joint Pain Relief With Voltarol - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/effectively-managing-your-patients-joint-pain-this-self-care-week/)

Description: GSK is helping pharmacists to tap into Self Care Week this November, and remind patients how they can adopt a more proactive approach in looking after their health. This includes treating ailments, such as joint pain, over the counter to take pressure off GPs where possible. Joint pain complaints take up a significant amount of general practice resource with 57 per cent of pain presentations reported relating to joint pain[1], as well as 23 per cent of sufferers feeling as though their pain impacts their quality of life[2].

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RPS, Royal College of GPs publish recommendations to maximise potential of minor ailment referrals

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-royal-college-of-gps-publish-recommendations-to-maximise-potential-of-minor-ailment-referrals/)

Description: Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England and the Royal College of General Practitioners have published recommendations for the roll-out and success of the GP Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (GP CPCS). These recommendations follow a workshop with stakeholders from pharmacy, general practice and representative bodies, examining ways to maximise the potential of the service and meet growing demand on the health service.

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NICE recommends first long-acting injectable treatment for HIV-1 infection

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-first-long-acting-injectable-treatment-for-hiv-1-infection/)

Description: In its first, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended the use of long-acting injectable treatment for HIV-1 infection in adults, making around 13,000 people eligible for treatment with cabotegravir with rilpivirine in England. The new treatment aims to keep the number of virus particles in the blood so low that it cannot be detected or transmitted between people.

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Health secretary urges people to book booster shots as Omicron cases grow across country

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/health-secretary-urges-people-to-book-booster-shots-as-omicron-cases-grow-across-country/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid urged people to book a Covid-19 booster shot on Wednesday (December 1) as he said there were 22 confirmed cases of the Omicron virus variant in the country. Javid said the government believed a booster campaign would help protect against severe disease from Omicron, even if it turns out that vaccines are not as effective against the variant as previous strains of the disease.

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Numan deploys Titan software to drive efficiency

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/health-clinic-numan-deploys-titan-software-to-drive-efficiency/)

Description: To increase efficiency savings, digital men’s health provider Numan has joined forces with Invatech Health to deploy the health tech company’s cutting-edge software Titan. Launched in early 2019, Numan provides medication for 175,000 patients via its Cardiff-based fulfilment operation. A team of its clinicians create personalised treatment plans for the most common male health concerns.

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UK study finds mRNA Covid-19 vaccines provide biggest booster impact

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-study-finds-mrna-covid-19-vaccines-provide-biggest-booster-impact/)

Description: Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that use mRNA technology provide the biggest boost to antibody levels when given 10-12 weeks after the second dose, a new study has found. The “COV-Boost” study was cited by UK officials when they announced that Pfizer and Moderna were preferred for use in the country’s booster campaign, but the data has only been made publicly available now.

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UK Covid-19 prevalence up due to Delta not Omicron

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-covid-19-prevalence-up-due-to-delta-not-omicron/)

Description: The prevalence of Covid–19 infections in England rose to around one in 60 people in the week ending November 27, the Office for National Statistics said today (December 03), led higher by the dominant Delta variant rather than the newly identified Omicron. The prevalence was up from one in 65 reported the previous week, the ONS said, adding that 99 per cent of all coronavirus infections which were sequenced were genetically compatible with the Delta variant.

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Trade union Usdaw seeks assurances for members after Boots owner reportedly considers sale of pharmacy chain

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/trade-union-usdaw-seeks-assurances-for-members-after-boots-owner-reportedly-considers-sale-of-pharmacy-chain/)

Description: Usdaw, one of the major trade unions in the UK, has sought assurances for its members working in Boots, following reports that the parent company of the iconic health and beauty retailer and pharmacy chain is considering putting the business on sale next year.

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Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry to be renamed in honour of Cipla boss Yusuf Hamied

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cambridges-department-of-chemistry-to-be-renamed-in-honour-of-cipla-boss-yusuf-hamied/)

Description: The University of Cambridge has renamed the Department of Chemistry in honour of Dr Yusuf Hamied, following a “generous benefaction” from his foundation. The department will be known as the ‘Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry’ until 2050. Currently the non-executive chairman of Cipla, a global pharmaceutical company, Dr Hamied’s major achievements include pioneering the supply of HIV/AIDS medicines to developing countries at a low cost, saving countless lives.

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Retrospective concessionary price for Isocarboxazid 10mg tablets

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/retrospective-concessionary-price-for-isocarboxazid-10mg-tablets/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care have retrospectively granted a concessionary price for Isocarboxazid 10mg tablets for the months of May and June 2021. While the reimbursement price had previously been £217.75, a concessionary price of £249.10 has now been granted.

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ABPI promotes new approach for individual data on payments

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/abpi-promotes-new-approach-for-individual-data-on-payments/)

Description: The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) today released a new guidance to pharmaceutical companies using Disclosure UK which it said will boost transparency in the relationships between healthcare professionals, other relevant decision-makers and the industry. The guidance encourages companies to use ‘Legitimate Interests’ as their lawful basis for processing individual’s data, in order to increase the number of named healthcare professionals and other individuals on Disclosure UK, the database showing the payments and benefits in kind made by the pharmaceutical industry to doctors, nurses and other health professionals and organizations.

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GPhC to convene new group on post-registration education and training

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-to-convene-new-group-on-post-registration-education-and-training/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) today decided to convene a new group, involving all the key stakeholders, focused on assurance of practice post-registration. The decision in today’s (9 December) council meeting follows the recommendation of a working group chaired by council member and pharmacist Aamer Safdar on the role of the regulator in post-registration education and training.

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Calls for more pharmacies to help with coronavirus booster jab rollout

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/calls-for-more-pharmacies-to-help-with-coronavirus-booster-jab-rollout/)

Description: Calls have been made for more pharmacies to help with the rollout of the county’s coronavirus booster jabs. Around 25 pharmacies in Kent and Medway have been distributing vaccines to thousands of patients. This represents just seven per cent of the 320 pharmacies in the county. The call comes despite staff shortages and growing workload pressures, such as carrying out non-essential tasks, which include patient satisfaction surveys.

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PSNC expects negotiations with government for CPCF 2022-23 to begin soon

Posted by 7 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-expects-negotiations-with-government-for-cpcf-2022-23-to-begin-soon/)

Description: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee expects the next round of negotiations to set the arrangements for the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) in 2022/23 – Year 4 of the five-year CPCF deal, to begin soon. The negotiator held a meeting on November 24 and 25 to discuss the burning issues affecting the sector and to plan for upcoming negotiations with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

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RPS calls for urgent action to ensure pharmacy workforce wellbeing

Posted by 9 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-calls-for-urgent-action-to-ensure-pharmacy-workforce-wellbeing/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for urgent action to ensure wellbeing of pharmacists after the publication of its annual workforce survey. The survey, conducted in partnership with the charity Pharmacist Support, revealed that 89 per cent of respondents were at high risk of burnout, showing ongoing high levels of workplace stress.

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Increased cooperation among countries needed to regulate online pharmacies, says FIP report

Posted by 10 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/increased-cooperation-among-countries-needed-to-regulate-online-pharmacies-says-fip-report/)

Description: Increased cooperation between countries is needed to ensure better regulation of online pharmacies, said authors of a new report – ‘Online pharmacy operations and distribution of medicines’, published by the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP) Community Pharmacy Section. The report presents findings of a global survey of pharmacy organisations covering various aspects, such as type of medicines supplied by these pharmacies in different countries, how the authenticity of online pharmacies can be verified, and the usage of e-prescriptions and shared patient health records.

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British researchers start recruiting for clinical trial to test novel antiviral Covid-19 treatments

Posted by 12 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/british-researchers-start-recruiting-for-clinical-trial-to-test-novel-antiviral-covid-19-treatments/)

Description: Researchers from the University of Oxford today (December 8) started recruiting for a clinical trial to test novel antiviral Covid-19 treatments for early use in the illness by people in the community and those who are at higher risk of complications. Partnering with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), colleagues in several UK universities, and the NHS UK-wide, the Platform Adaptive trial of NOvel antiviRals for eArly treatMent of Covid-19 In the Community (PANORAMIC), is a national priority trial, and will be open to participants from across the UK.

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Boots’ parent company weighs potential sale of Britain’s largest pharmacy chain

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-parent-company-weighs-potential-sale-of-britains-largest-pharmacy-chain/)

Description: The parent company of Boots, Britain’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain, is reportedly considering putting its UK pharmacies up for sale next year for an estimated £10 billion. Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA), the US health group that owns a stake in Boots UK since 2012, is lining up Goldman Sachs to explore a potential sale next year, as reported by Sky News.

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Alliance Healthcare UK appoints Marie Evans as new managing director

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/alliance-healthcare-uk-appoints-marie-evans-as-new-managing-director/)

Description: Alliance Healthcare, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical wholesaler, announced today (December 7) the appointment of Marie Evans as its new managing director. Evans, who is the current commercial and category director of the firm, will report to Juan Guerra, Alliance Healthcare’s senior vice president and managing director of International Wholesale.

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GPhC mulls differentiated fees to cover cost of regulating online pharmacies

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-considering-to-introduce-differentiated-fees-to-cover-cost-of-regulating-online-pharmacies/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is mulling over introducing “differentiated fees options to cover the increased regulation needed for online pharmacies.” In papers published by the regulator ahead of its meeting on Thursday (December 9), it noted that with increase in number of online and distance-selling pharmacies, the regulation has become “potentially more complex and resource intensive.”

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New data shows GSK-Vir drug works against all Omicron mutation

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-data-shows-gsk-vir-drug-works-against-all-omicron-mutation/)

Description: British drugmaker GSK said on Tuesday (December 7) its antibody-based Covid-19 therapy with US partner Vir Biotechnology is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, citing new data from early-stage studies. The data, yet to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, shows that the companies’ treatment, sotrovimab, is effective against all 37 identified mutations to date in the spike protein, GSK said in a statement.

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Nothing to see here: LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nothing-to-see-here-lgbtq-inclusion-in-the-workplace/)

Description: Later this week I will be speaking at the Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on a panel exploring LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. I came out as a gay man at 15 and have been out (openly gay) at work ever since. I’ve never knowingly suffered homophobia at work, and I know how lucky that makes me. Too many LGBTQ+ people’s experience of work is not as positive as mine. Addressing microaggressions When reflecting for the upcoming panel, I realised that, even for people who were not subjected to some of the awful examples I’ve heard about, working life can be exhausting.

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NHS England boss gets her Covid booster dose in Brixton community pharmacy; urges people to take their top-up jab

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-england-boss-gets-her-covid-booster-dose-in-brixton-community-pharmacy-urges-people-to-take-their-top-up-jab/)

Description: NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard joined over 17 million people in England by taking her Covid-19 booster dose on Monday (December 6) whilst encouraging people to take their top-up jab. The NHS boss got a dose in each arm as she also received her flu vaccine from pharmacist Bhaveen Patel at the Junction Pharmacy in Brixton. Pritchard later posted a video on Twitter, thanking the team in the south London community pharmacy.

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PSNC urges government to support pharmacies in Covid-19 booster programme

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-urges-government-to-support-pharmacies-in-covid-19-booster-programme/)

Description: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has asked the government and the NHS to give more support to all community pharmacies as they gear up for “an extremely challenging winter period.” During talks with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) last week, PSNC highlighted that contractors are already under pressure because of workforce crisis, capacity issues and escalated staffing costs.

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England has community transmission of Omicron variant: Sajid Javid

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/england-has-community-transmission-of-omicron-variant-sajid-javid/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday (December 6) there is now community transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across regions of England but it is too early to say if this will “knock us off our road to recovery”.

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Next pandemic could be more lethal than Covid-19, warns Oxford vaccine creator

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/next-pandemic-could-be-more-lethal-than-covid-19-warns-oxford-vaccine-creator/)

Description: Future pandemics could be even more lethal than Covid–19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world must ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine said. “The truth is, the next one could be worse. It could be more contagious, or more lethal, or both,” Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert said in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture, the BBC reported. “This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods.”

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Data shows drop in HIV diagnoses; RPS seeks availability of PrEP tablets at community pharmacies

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/data-shows-drop-in-hiv-diagnoses-rps-seeks-availability-of-prep-tablets-at-community-pharmacies/)

Description: While the latest report by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed a 33 per cent drop in total number of new HIV diagnoses in England in 2020, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has called on the government to make the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) tablets available at community pharmacies across Great Britain. PrEP is available free through sexual health clinics and offers almost full protection from HIV when taken as recommended prior to sex or injecting drugs. RPS president Professor Claire Anderson said: “There is a clear opportunity to drive down rates of HIV infection by expanding provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to community pharmacies and GP practices as part of the government’s HIV Action Plan.”

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Boots makes revised pay offer to pharmacists; PDA ask members to respond

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-makes-revised-pay-offer-to-pharmacists-pda-ask-members-to-respond/)

Description: After a series of internal pay negotiations and conciliation meetings, Boots has made a revised pay offer to its pharmacists. With the new development, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has urged its members at Boots to “urgently respond to the Boots pay negotiations update survey on the current pay offer.”

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Contractors advised to review LFD kits stock, place orders to meet high demand during festive time

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/contractors-advised-to-review-lfd-kits-stock-place-orders-to-meet-high-demand-during-festive-time/)

Description: With a potential increase in social events during the festive season and the government’s updated recommendation in the wake of new Covid-19 variant Omicron, pharmacy contractors are expected to face robust demand for Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits.

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NHSBSA develops tech to tackle potential over-prescription of short course steroid

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhsbsa-develops-tech-to-tackle-potential-over-prescription-of-short-course-steroid/)

Description: NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) and partners have devised a system to identify patients who are being prescribed prednisolone due to health risk attached with the medication. Prednisolone is a short course steroid, which can be crucial in treating respiratory illnesses.

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Randox Amends Terms After CMA Raises Concerns

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pcr-test-provider-randox-amends-terms-after-competition-watchdog-raises-concerns/)

Description: Following concerns raised by the competition watchdog, UK PCR testing provider Randox has improved its terms on cancellations, refunds and liability. The development is part of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) ongoing engagement in the PCR tests sector. The CMA has also sent letters to 25 PCR providers, warning them to review their terms and conditions or risk facing enforcement action. It currently has formal investigations open into two PCR providers, Expert Medicals and Dante Labs.

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PM Johnson Received His Covid-19 Jab In Vaccination Centre

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/ive-boosted-my-immunity-says-pm-johnson-as-he-receives-his-covid-19-jab-in-vaccination-centre/)

Description: Prime minister Boris Johnson received his Covid-19 booster shot on Thursday (December 2) and urged others to follow suit to help the country fend off the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Wearing a mask, Johnson briefly chatted to staff and others queuing for their shots at the vaccination centre in central London, asking them if they were there to receive a booster dose and thanking them for attending.

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UK Deals For 114 Million More Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-inks-deals-for-114-million-more-covid-19-vaccine-doses/)

Description: Even as the UK agrees deals for 14 million additional vaccine doses from Moderna and Pfizer, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has renewed its calls for community pharmacies in England to play an increased role in delivering booster jabs for Covid-19. “Pharmacists and pharmacy teams across the health service in England have been crucial to the success of the flu and Covids-19 vaccination programmes from the outset,” said Thorrun Govind, chair of the RPS in England, who has been making a case on national television for an increased role of the profession.

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Alliance Healthcare Pledges Net Zero Carbon Footprint 2030

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/alliance-healthcare-pledges-to-achieve-net-zero-carbon-footprint-by-2030/)

Description: Alliance Healthcare, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical wholesaler, has pledged to support the global efforts to cut carbon emissions, as set out at the recent UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. The company’s pledge is in line with its aim to create “healthier futures and the business”, on which it has been working on for years. It aims to become the most sustainable independent full-line pharmaceutical wholesaler in the UK by 2030, ensuring to remain the sustainable partner of choice for its customers and manufacturers.

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Community Pharmacy Workforce Crisis High Level Discussion

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/high-level-discussion-takes-place-on-community-pharmacy-workforce-crisis/)

Description: Shortage of pharmacists remains a big challenge for community pharmacies as the chief executives of the national community pharmacy bodies met with senior NHS England and NHS Improvement officials to discuss the precarious situation in October-end. In the last few months, several pharmacy contractors have reported increased staff shortages that caused difficulties in maintaining services, leading to temporary closures in some instances.

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GSK Covid-19 Drug Is Effective Against Omicron

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsks-covid-19-drug-is-effective-against-omicron/)

Description: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) says initial tests of the antibody-based Covid-19 therapy it is developing with US partner Vir suggest the drug is effective against the Omicron variant. A GSK statement on Thursday (December 2) said that lab tests and a study on hamsters have demonstrated the sotrovimab antibody cocktail to work against viruses that were bio-engineered to carry a number of hallmark mutations of the new variant. The tests are continuing to confirm the results against all of the Omicron mutations, with an update expected by the end of the year, it added.

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DHSC Grants Final November Price Concessions

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-grants-final-november-price-concessions/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has granted final price concessions to further items for the month of November 2021. A price concession only applies for the month in which it is granted. No additional prescription endorsement are required as the new price is automatically applied by the NHS BSA to all items submitted for payment in the same month for which a price concession is granted.

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Kate Bingham Expects Vaccine Impact To Be Known In A Week

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/kate-bingham-expects-omicron-vaccine-impact-to-be-known-in-a-week/)

Description: Kate Bingham, the former head of the UK’s Covid-19 Vaccine Taskforce who secured millions of doses for the country, said scientists should know within a week whether existing shots are effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Bingham, a venture capitalist who backed multiple vaccines at the start of the pandemic to secure early access for Britain, said she currently expected that the leading shots would still show efficacy. “The question is do they have the same level of efficacy?” she said on Wednesday.

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Moderna Boss Warns Against Omicron Jab Struggle

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/moderna-boss-warns-against-omicron-jab-struggle/)

Description: Existing Covid-19 inoculations will struggle against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the head of vaccine manufacturer Moderna warned on Tuesday (November 30), as countries ramp up vaccination programmes and impose further restrictions in an effort to curb growing concern. First reported to the World Health Organization in South Africa less than a week ago, the new strain has rapidly spread from Africa to the Pacific, and from Europe to North America as dozens of countries have announced travel restrictions.

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Face Masks Again Mandatory In England

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/face-masks-again-mandatory-in-england/)

Description: New mask mandates and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant came into England today, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson eyes an expanded booster programme to help increase protection against Covid-19. From Tuesday morning (November 30), face masks are compulsory on transport and in shops, banks and hair salons.

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Oxford:No Evidence Vaccines Won’t Protect Against Omicron

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/oxford-university-says-no-evidence-yet-vaccines-wont-protect-against-severe-disease-from-omicron/)

Description: The University of Oxford on Tuesday said there was no evidence that vaccines would not prevent severe disease from Omicron, but that it was ready to rapidly develop an updated version of its vaccine developed with AstraZeneca if necessary. Earlier on Tuesday, the head of drugmaker Moderna said that Covid-19 shots were unlikely to be as effective against the variant, jolting global markets.

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No indication Of Omicron Wave Yet: UK Health Chief

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/no-indication-of-omicron-wave-yet-uk-heath-chief/)

Description: There is no sign of a surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Britain so far, the chief of the UK Health Security Agency said on Tuesday, adding that there was no rise in the proportion of tests with a quirk that distinguishes it from Delta. Jenny Harries said there were five confirmed Omicron cases in England and 10 “highly likely” cases, but that was not a sign of an increase in “S-gene target failure” in PCR tests in Britain, which is a feature of Omicron.

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Hypovase 500mg Tablets Face Supply Disruption

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hypovase-500mg-tablets-face-supply-disruption/)

Description: Hypovase (prazosin) 500 microgram tablets, manufactured by drug major Pfizer, will remain out of stock until mid-January 2022 due to a manufacturing issue. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued a supply disruption alert for the medicine that is used to treat heart-related troubles. Pfizer, the sole supplier of prazosin 500mg tablets in the UK, is out of stock from late November 2021, and had discontinued the Hypovase® (prazosin) 1mg tablets in May 2021.

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Precautions To Protect Public Against New Covid variant :RPS

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/precautions-must-be-stepped-up-to-protect-public-against-new-covid-variant-says-rps/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has cautioned that measures to protect people against Covid-19 must be stepped up in the wake of discovery of the new variant, B.1.1.529. It has urged members of the public to practice ‘hands, face, space and ventilation’ protection measures which have become less used in the last few months. RPS director of pharmacy Robbie Turner said that though it was too early to conclude about the transmissibility or resistance of the new variant to current vaccines, quick action should be taken to protect the public.

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UK To Offer Covid-19 Booster Shot To All Adults

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-to-offer-covid-19-booster-shot-to-all-adults/)

Description: Britain will offer a Covid-19 booster shot to all adults and could halve the dose interval for booster jabs from six to three months in a bid to accelerate its vaccination programme amid concern over the new Omicron coronavirus variant, as number of new cases found in the country rise. The move, backed by a scientific advisory body and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, comes as ministers scramble to react swiftly to the new variant, which was first detected in South Africa. Prime minister Boris Johnson has responded to the emergence of Omicron by making mask-wearing compulsory in shops and on public transport in England. Until now, only adults in the UK aged 40 and above were eligible for a booster dose six months after their last.

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Make Prophylaxis Available Through Community Pharmacy: RPS

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/widen-access-and-make-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-available-through-community-pharmacy-rps/)

Description: Ahead of World AIDS Day this Wednesday, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has urged the government to widen access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by making it available through community pharmacies. It argues that such a move could drive down rates of HIV infection across Great Britain. Currently, the medicine — which offers almost total protection from HIV when taken as recommended prior to sex or injecting drugs — is available free of charge only through sexual health clinics.

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Morning Deep Red Light Improves Declining Eyesight: Study

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/study-finds-morning-exposure-to-deep-red-light-improves-naturally-declining-eyesight/)

Description: A pioneering study by UCL researchers has found that just three minutes of exposure to deep red light once a week, when delivered in the morning, can significantly improve declining eyesight. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study builds on the team’s previous work, which showed daily three-minute exposure to longwave deep red light ‘switched on’ energy-producing mitochondria cells in the human retina, helping boost naturally declining vision. For this latest study, scientists wanted to establish what effect a single three-minute exposure would have, while also using much lower energy levels than their previous studies.

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Omicron :UK Scientist Backs Vaccines Against it

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-scientist-backs-vaccines-against-omicron/)

Description: The British scientist who led the research underpinning AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine said at the weekend that a new jab could be developed against the emerging Omicron variant “very rapidly” if needed. Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, also said existing vaccines should work against the new strain, but that would only become apparent after more research in the coming weeks. “It’s extremely unlikely that a reboot of a pandemic in a vaccinated population like we saw last year (with the Delta variant) is going to happen,” he told BBC radio. But if required, “The processes of how one goes about developing a new vaccine are increasingly well-oiled, so if it’s needed that is something that could be moved very rapidly.”

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GSK Consumer Healthcare 3 yr Support Program To Pharmacists

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-consumer-healthcare-solidifies-commitment-to-pharmacists-with-3-year-support-programme/)

Description: GSK Consumer Healthcare has recently unveiled a three-year programme to support the pharmacy profession with additional practical resources, mental health provisions and proposed policy changes as part of its new report Standing with Pharmacists in the Age of Self-Care. The new report summarises findings from a roundtable hosted by GSK Consumer Healthcare in collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) earlier this year, which convened the pharmacy community, policy experts, and industry leaders to discuss the critical role of pharmacy in the age of self-care following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sajid Javid Vouches Support For “Pharmacy First” Model

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sajid-javid-vouches-support-for-pharmacy-first-model-of-care/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid vouches support for a “pharmacy first” model of care for minor illnesses, to help clear the backlog of NHS care arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at the National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) centenary dinner in central London on Wednesday (November 24), Javid said he wanted to “go further” than existing services like the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, to make it “quicker and easier” for people to access primary care.

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DHSC Response On Drug Reimbursement Leads 2nd Consultation

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhscs-response-on-pharmacy-drug-reimbursement-leads-to-second-consultation/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) response to the 2019 consultation on community pharmacy drug reimbursement reform has paved the way for the second phase of consultation with the pharmacy negotiator.

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Essential Pharma Sells Oral Liquid Portfolio To Rosemont

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/essential-pharma-sells-oral-liquid-portfolio-to-rosemont-acquires-niche-products/)

Description: An international specialty pharmaceutical group, Essential Pharma has announced the completion of two transactions with fellow UK-based Rosemont Pharmaceuticals. The company completed the divestment of its oral liquid portfolio to Rosemont, and acquired a series of attractive, niche products with “geographic expansion potential.” Commenting on the announcement, Essential Pharma chief executive Steen Vangsgaard said: “The Rosemont products bring additional niche products into our portfolio with international expansion potential.

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DHSC Issues SSP For Salazopyrin EN-Tabs Due To Shortage

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-issues-ssp-for-salazopyrin-en-tabs-due-to-shortage/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) for Salazopyrin EN-Tabs 500 mg due to ongoing shortage of the medicine. With SSP014 in place from today (November 26), for every prescription one Sulfasalazine 500mg gastro-resistant (GR) tablet will be supplied. This SSP will expire on December 20, 2021, and PSNC will update contractors in case of any change.

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Type 1 Diabetes Patients Benefit From Using Flash Monitors

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/type-1-diabetes-patients-benefit-from-using-flash-monitors/)

Description: Nearly half of Type 1 diabetes patients in the NHS England are benefiting from the use of flash monitors that allow them to check their glucose levels more easily and regularly. The wearable gadget, linked with a phone app, has a sensor that attaches to the back of the arm, allowing patients to check their glucose with a simple one-second scan. Eligible patients can access the monitors on prescription from their local GP or diabetes team.

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Hub And Spoke Model: Experts Weighed In at Sigma Webinar

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/feature-industry-experts-weigh-in-hub-and-spoke-model-at-sigma-webinar/)

Description: With the government gearing up and pushing community pharmacies in England to adopt the hub and spoke dispensing model, stakeholders of the sector and industry leaders analyse the pros and cons related to the new concept. The model rose to prominence in 2015 in community pharmacy and the medicine supply chain in the UK, and has undergone a few consultations and reviews at the professional and governmental level since then. From a broader perspective, the industry agrees that the model will bring in efficiency to the system, much needed amid community pharmacy’s flat funding settlement in England, at the same time highlighting some real challenges.

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NICE Guidelines To Treat Depression In Adults

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-develops-menu-of-options-to-treat-depression-in-adults/)

Description: An independent committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed a menu of options to treat depression in adults. The first guideline to identify, treat and manage depression has been created after looking at the evidence of treatment on various aspects of depression. The guideline allows patients to select the best suited cure for them through a shared decision-making process between them and their healthcare practitioner. Patients with less severe depression can choose a first-line treatment option from the menu, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exercise, counselling or psychotherapy.

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Workforce Issues, Staff Retention-A Big Concern For LPCs

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/workforce-issues-staff-retention-remain-a-big-concern-for-lpcs/)

Description: Workforce issues, staff retention and capacity continues to be a big concern for the Local Pharmaceutical Committee as it discussed the topics at a recent meeting with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). The meeting, attended by delegates from 66 LPCs, focused on the current challenges faced by community pharmacies as well as the planning for the next year. Around 64 per cent of delegates said workforce was the top challenge faced by pharmacy contractors, and suggested reducing the migration of pharmacists to Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

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RPS Informs Workforce Crisis In Pharmacy To Welsh Parliament

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-highlights-workforce-crisis-in-pharmacy-to-welsh-parliament/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has informed the Welsh Parliament about the workforce crisis in the pharmacy sector and the need to prioritise staff well-being and training requirements to help Covid recovery plans. Providing evidence to the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into waiting times, the RPS director in Wales Elen Jones emphasised that the pandemic brought the pharmacy workforce under immense pressure. She emphasised on “the need for workforce planning that allows pharmacists enough time to learn, teach and embed new skills,” which would help in maintaining a motivated and sustainable workforce.

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Coughs can spread Covid-19 beyond 2 metres: Cambridge study

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/coughs-can-spread-covid-19-beyond-two-metres-cambridge-study/)

Description: A new study has shown that Covid-19 can spread between unmasked people at a distance of more than two metres even outdoors. A team of engineers from the University of Cambridge used computer modelling to quantify how droplets spread when people cough. They found that the two-metre rule was arbitrary and that social distancing alone was not enough to stop the spread of the virus. The team also found that individual coughs vary widely, and that the ‘safe’ distance could have been set at anywhere between one to three or more metres.

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Boehringer Ingelheim ’s Uday Bose is elected chair of EMG

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boehringer-ingelheims-uday-bose-is-elected-chair-of-european-medicines-group/)

Description: Boehringer Ingelheim’s UK & Ireland managing director Uday Bose has been elected chair of the European Medicines Group (EMG). Established in 2001, the EMG is a voice for UK operations of continental European headquartered research-based pharmaceutical companies and seeks to promote a dialogue between the UK Government, the NHS and wider stakeholders. “I am delighted to share the news that I have been elected chair,” Bose wrote in a LinkedIn post, adding: “I look forward to working with the EMG to help support the ambition set out in the Life Sciences Vision for the UK to be a world leader in life sciences.”

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First-Timers Buy Paydens Pharmacy In Peterborough

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/first-timers-buy-paydens-pharmacy-in-peterborough/)

Description: A married couple who are investing in a pharmacy for the first time have bought Paydens branch in Peterborough for an undisclosed price. A standard hour community pharmacy with a substantial home delivery service, West Town Pharmacy is located on the outskirts of the city centre and sits on a predominantly residential street, within half a mile of three GP surgeries. The pharmacy has been operating from a sizeable premises with a large, open plan sales area and has excellent potential to improve its over-the-counter sales, in addition to its strong travel vaccine customer base.

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NHSX,NHS Digital And HEE To Merge With NHS England

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhsx-nhs-digital-and-health-education-england-to-merge-with-nhs-england-under-workforce-and-technology-reforms/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced on Monday (November 22) that it would integrate NHS Digital, NHSX and Health Education England into NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) as part of major workforce planning and technology reforms. The merger is part of the government’s long-term strategy for the recruitment, training and retention of healthcare staff coupled with a digital transformation of working practices. The overhaul is based on recommendations made by NHS Digital chair Laura Wade-Gery who led a government-commissioned review to improve patient care, centralise the NHS workforce and accelerate digital delivery.

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RPS:Pharmacy Regulator To Remove 2 Year Wait For Pharmacists

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-urges-pharmacy-regulator-to-remove-two-year-wait-for-pharmacists-before-they-can-train-to-become-independent-prescribers/)

Description: To help transform care for patients, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is calling on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to remove the two-year post-qualification wait for pharmacists before they are allowed to start their independent prescriber training. RPS proposes that entry to training should be based on whether pharmacists can evidence the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to undertake the training, and not the length of time a pharmacist has been on the register.

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GSK And Arrowhead To Develop drug For Fatty Liver Disease

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-ties-up-with-arrowhead-to-develop-drug-candidate-for-fatty-liver-disease/)

Description: Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals on Monday (November 22) entered a drug development deal with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) under which the British drugmaker will develop and market Arrowhead’s potential treatment for patients with fatty liver disease NASH. Under the pact, Arrowhead said it would get an upfront payment of $120 million and is eligible for additional milestone payments including up to $190 million at first commercial sale of the product, and up to $590 million in sales-related milestone payments.

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Prince Of Wales To Open New AstraZeneca Research Centre

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/prince-of-wales-to-open-new-astrazeneca-research-centre/)

Description: Prince Charles formally opened a new 1 billion pound AstraZeneca research and development (R&D) facility in Cambridge on Tuesday (November 23), as the company aims to fuel the growth of its drug pipeline. AstraZeneca has supplied two billion doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, and is also looking to bring a preventative antibody cocktail against Covid-19 to market. Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth and heir to the throne, saw an exhibit on the pandemic and a demonstration of how augmented reality headsets can help with lab work, before hearing about the company’s net-zero targets.

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UK To Probe ‘Systematic Bias’ In Medical Devices Tech

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-calls-for-action-on-racial-bias-in-medical-devices/)

Description: Britain called on Sunday (November 21) for international action on the issue of medical devices such as oximeters that work better on people with lighter skin, saying the disparities may have cost lives of ethnic minority patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Health secretary Sajid Javid said he had commissioned a review of the issue after learning that oximeters, which measure blood oxygen levels and are key to assessing Covid patients, give less accurate readings for patients with darker skin. “This is systemic across the world. This is about a racial bias in some medical instruments. It’s unintentional but it exists and oximeters are a really good example of that,” Javid said during an interview with the BBC.

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NHS Poaching Forces Pharmacies To Close, Cut Working Hours

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-poaching-forces-pharmacies-to-close-cut-working-hours/)

Description: Staff shortage has begun to bite the community pharmacy sector with several high street pharmacies closing doors due to workforce crisis triggered by the NHS poaching. More than 200 pharmacies closed last year and several are reducing their hours, posing a significant risk to patients’ access to care, medicines and advice. Many in the industry have raised concerns related to workforce crisis and warned that plans for community pharmacies to help ease pressure on GP surgeries could also take a hit.

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UKHSA: Pharmacies To Complete Evaluation Of LFD Test Kits

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/health-security-agency-to-approach-pharmacies-to-complete-evaluation-of-lfd-test-kits/)

Description: To complete the evaluations of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will approach pharmacies and send 15 combined kits to pharmacies in December. The combined kits will contain a standard LFD pack, one PCR test along with comprehensive instructions. For the evaluation, a part of meeting Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) obligations, UKSHA needs “dual swabbing through the community pharmacy Covid-19 lateral flow device distribution service.”

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Drug To Treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy Available On NHS

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-drug-to-treat-spinal-muscular-atrophy-will-be-available-on-nhs/)

Description: Around 1,500 people in England with the rare genetic disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are set to benefit from a new treatment following a commercial deal struck between the NHS England and NHS Improvement and the company Roche. They entered a managed access agreement (MAA) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a draft guidance for the drug on Friday (November 19). The life-changing drug Risdiplam will be made available on the NHS to treat hundreds of SMA patients a year, NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said. Risdiplam is the first non-injectable treatment for SMA, a rare and often fatal genetic disease that can cause paralysis, muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.

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Indian Pharma Companies To Supply Oral Covid Drugs Globally

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/indian-pharma-companies-gearing-up-to-grab-opportunities-in-global-supply-of-oral-covid-19-drugs/)

Description: Indian pharmaceutical companies are gearing up to become global suppliers of repurposed Covid-19 drugs. With the launch of new innovative Covid-19 oral drugs, Indian companies are again expected to grab opportunities in the global supply of oral Covid-19 drugs, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. As several countries witness increasing cases of Covid-19 despite vaccination, they have started booking supply orders for innovative Covid-19 treatments like antibody cocktails, monoclonal antibodies and the latest addition such Merck’s the oral Covid-19 drug ‘molnupiravir’.

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Booster Shots To Be Added To Covid-19 Travel Pass

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/booster-shots-to-be-added-to-covid-19-travel-pass/)

Description: The government announced today (November 19) that it would add booster shots to the Covid–19 pass for outbound international travel, though it added they would not be added to the domestic pass at this time. The Department of Health and Social Care said travellers who have had a booster or a third dose would be able to demonstrate their vaccine status through the NHS Covid Pass from today. The addition will enable those who have had their booster or third dose to travel to countries including Israel, Croatia and Austria who have already introduced a time limit for the Covid-19 vaccine to be valid for quarantine free travel.

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DHSC Issues SSP For Lipitor 20mg Tablets Due To Shortage

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-issues-ssp-for-lipitor-20mg-tablets-due-to-substantial-shortage/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) for Lipitor 20mg chewable tablets due to ongoing shortage of the medicine. With SSP013 in place from Thursday (November 18), for every prescription one Atorvastatin 20mg tablet will be supplied. This SSP expires on January 12, 2022, and any change will be communicated by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

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PSNC Discusses Challenges With Minister Maria Caulfield

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-discusses-sectors-challenges-with-new-pharmacy-minister-maria-caulfield/)

Description: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) this week held an introductory meeting with new pharmacy minister Maria Caulfield and discussed “the ongoing challenges facing the sector” as well as future opportunities for English pharmacies. The minister asked PSNC to convey her thanks to all pharmacies for the work done by the sector through the Covid-19 pandemic. She said patients, including her constituents, had really appreciated the sector through this time.

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RPS :'A Long Way To Go To Achieve Gender Equity” In Pharmacy

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-president-says-still-a-very-long-way-to-go-to-achieve-gender-equity-in-pharmacy/)

Description: There is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in pharmacy in both academia and profession, Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Claire Anderson said while addressing a webinar on ‘Driving equality for women in pharmacy’ today (November 19). Sharing her personal experience, Anderson, who earlier worked as an academic, said: “I was the first ever female professor in the School of Pharmacy at Nottingham when I was appointed as professor in 2003, and at that point, only 11 per cent of professors in my university were female.”

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Price Concessions Announced November 2021

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/november-2021-price-concessions-announced/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has granted the following price concessions for November 2021. Contractors can find information on the price concessions and learn about the process involved on PSNC’s website. A price concession only applies for the month in which it is granted. No additional prescription endorsement are required as the new price is automatically applied by the NHSBSA to all items submitted for payment in the same month for which a price concession is granted.

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Contractors Benefit From Real Time Exemption Checking

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/majority-of-contractors-benefit-from-real-time-exemption-checking/)

Description: Majority of community pharmacies are benefiting from the use of real time exemption checking (RTEC), as per an update by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). RTEC allows community pharmacy teams to check digitally if their patients are eligible for free NHS prescriptions because they hold a specific exemption. The service not only saves staff time but also reduces the use of paper, risk of infection transmission and pharmacies environmental impact.

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England Pharmacies Next Clinical Audit Focus On Valproate

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacies-in-england-to-complete-next-clinical-audit-with-focus-on-valproate/)

Description: Community pharmacies in England will have to go through a clinical audit focusing on valproate, following an agreement reached between the PSNC and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I). The audit, a part of NHS contractual requirements, aims to reduce the potential harm caused by taking valproate during pregnancy. The 2021/22 audit will be based on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) audit, allowing contractors to close the cycle by re-auditing their practice.

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AstraZeneca to seek commercial price for preventive antibody cocktail - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/astrazeneca-to-seek-commercial-price-for-preventive-antibody-cocktail/)

Description: AstraZeneca said its antibody cocktail against Covid-19 would – unlike its vaccine – be priced commercially as it negotiates supply contracts with governments around the globe. “We are looking at a commercial pricing strategy. That is part of our negotiations with governments,” Iskra Reic, Astra’s executive vice president for vaccines and immune therapies, said in a media call on Thursday.

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Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on December 9, 2021

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mark-your-calendar-for-pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-on-december-9/)

Description: Asian Media Group will hold the inaugural Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference on Thursday December 9 — a ground-breaking event exploring and showcasing diversity and inclusion in the pharmaceutical industry.

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RPS To Divest From Fossil Fuels By End Of 2022

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels-by-end-of-2022/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is set to cease all its remaining financial investments in fossil fuels latest by the end of 2022. The decision taken today (November 17) at the RPS Assemble, is part of the organisation’s “continued drive to become an environmentally responsible organisation.” Calling it a significant move, RPS president Claire Anderson said: “RPS will divest from fossil fuels as soon as possible.

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Pharmacist Workforce Crisis Affecting Patients Health & Care

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/patients-risk-access-to-care-medicines-due-to-pharmacist-workforce-crisis/)

Description: The ongoing pharmacist workforce crisis has posed a significant risk to patients’ access to care, medicines and advice — particularly affecting the elderly and vulnerable living in areas with health inequalities.

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Pharmacist Workforce Crisis Affecting Patients Health & Care

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/patients-risk-access-to-care-medicines-due-to-pharmacist-workforce-crisis/)

Description: The ongoing pharmacist workforce crisis has posed a significant risk to patients’ access to care, medicines and advice — particularly affecting the elderly and vulnerable living in areas with health inequalities. Many from the sector have raised concerns about this issue with the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) recently acknowledging the shortage of pharmacists or pharmacy technicians in the country to meet the needs of patients and the NHS.

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6,000 Plus Pharmacies Benefit From Advance Payment System

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/over-6000-pharmacies-benefit-from-new-earlier-advance-payment-system/)

Description: More than 6,000 pharmacy contractors who declared their October 2021 FP34C submission figures by November 5, will have received earlier advance payments on November 11. The contractors had submitted their claims through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal. All contractors who received payments under the system would have got a letter from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) regarding these payments, PSNC stated.

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NHS Style Guide For Pharmacy :Things To Know

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-style-guide-do-not-use-chemist-as-users-more-likely-to-look-for-the-word-pharmacy/)

Description: In its latest style guide for digital health writing, the NHS advises bloggers and writers to avoid using the word ‘chemist’ when referring to a ‘pharmacy’ as users are more likely to look for the latter. Likewise, the content guide titled ‘A to Z of NHS health writing’ encourages writers to use ‘ethnic minorities’ rather than the more commonly used abbreviated forms such as ‘BAME’ or ‘BME’.

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GPhC Launches Consultation On Remote Hearings

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-launches-consultation-on-remote-hearings/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a consultation on whether people agree or disagree that its hearings should continue to be held remotely when it is fair and practical to do so. The 12-week consultation — which ends on February 8 — seeks views on a proposed permanent change to the GPhC’s procedural rules which will allow it to conduct hearings and meetings by teleconference or videolink.

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Shortage Of Fluoxetine 10mg Tablets To Continue Till Feb 11

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/shortage-of-fluoxetine-10mg-tablets-to-continue-till-february-11/)

Description: Considering the shortage of Fluoxetine 10mg tablets, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has extended the serious shortage protocol (SSP) for the medicine to February 11, 2022. Earlier the SSP for Fluoxetine 10mg tablets was set to expire on November 12. Extension of the transition period will enable use of No Cheaper Stock Obtainable (NCSO) endorsement and use of EPS tokens to claim for supplies made in accordance with SSPs.

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Covid Boosters To Be Offered To Over 40s-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/covid-boosters-to-be-offered-to-over-40s/)

Description: Britain’s booster programme for Covid-19 vaccinations is set to be expanded following advice from scientists. The government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said today (November 15) that all healthy adults aged 40-49 should be offered a booster, six months after their second dose.

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Irish Trade Union Accepts PDA’s Proposal

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/irish-trade-union-accepts-pdas-proposal-to-involve-pharmacists-in-future-pharmacy-policy/)

Description: Irish trade union, ICTU, has accepted the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s (PDA) proposal that states decision making by the government about pharmacy policy and service design should involve non-employer pharmacists represented by their trade union. The move would provide a more comprehensive, integrated point of view.

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Johnson & Johnson Plans To Spin Off Consumer Health Arm

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/johnson-johnson-plans-to-spin-off-consumer-health-arm/)

Description: US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson on Friday (November 12) announced plans to break up into two listed companies, separating its consumer health arm that sells Band-Aids and Tylenol from its pharmaceutical division. Johnson & Johnson said in a statement it will create “two global leaders that are better positioned to deliver improved health outcomes for patients and consumers through innovation.” It plans to complete the separation in 18-24 months, creating two publicly traded companies. CEO Alex Gorsky said the decision was made following a “comprehensive review.”

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DHSC:Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Medicine In Original Pack

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-seeks-views-on-allowing-pharmacists-to-dispense-medicines-in-original-packs/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has commenced a consultation on allowing pharmacists to dispense prescription medicines in original packaging. The consultation, closing on December 13, 2021, proposes changes to the Human Medicines Regulations (HMRs). It would allow pharmacists to dispense more or less than the 10 per cent of the prescribed quantity in original packs, except where this would affect the patient’s clinical treatment. The change would not apply to controlled drugs.

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Adrenaline Auto-Injectors Could Available In Public Places

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/adrenaline-auto-injectors-could-become-available-in-public-places/)

Description: Release of a landmark report by the government’s independent advisory body — the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) — has paved the way for life-saving adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) to become available in public places. However, its implementation is possible only after a public consultation and a legislative change. The report launched on Thursday (November 11) outlines recommendations “for the safe and effective use of AAIs, including quicker treatment, to help save lives.” An AAI is used as an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is taking forward the recommendations of the report.

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GPhC: No Need To Change Current Pharmacy Standards

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphcs-current-standards-are-adequate-to-regulate-new-services-by-pharmacies/)

Description: There is no need for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to change its standards to better regulate pharmacies as the current framework is adequate to cover all forms of services being provided by pharmacies, says Claire Bryce Smith, GPhC director for insight, intelligence and inspections. Speaking at the Sigma webinar held last week Smith said: “We are very much aware that pharmacies are delivering more clinical services and will be (doing) increasingly so as part of pharmacy contracts.

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DHSC Response To 2016 Hub And Spoke Consultation

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhscs-response-to-2016-hub-and-spoke-consultation-paves-way-for-a-new-discussion/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published its response to the 2016 hub and spoke consultation which has paved the way for a new discussion following engagement with community pharmacies and other stakeholders this year. The response showed that many respondents supported use of hub and spoke dispensing models in independent pharmacies, but expressed concerns about some practicalities related to it.

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PM Johnson : He’s Wary Of Covid Storm Clouds Over Europe

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pm-johnson-says-hes-wary-of-covid-storm-clouds-over-europe-in-a-visit-to-sidcup-pharmacy/)

Description: Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he is cautious about rising cases of Covid in Europe, warning of gathering “storm clouds” of a new wave of coronavirus infections. He made the statement during a visit today (November 12) to a vaccination centre at a community pharmacy in Sidcup, London while encouraging people to come forward for Covid-19 boosters. The UK has had much higher rates of Covid-19 than the rest of Western Europe since the summer when Johnson scrapped coronavirus restrictions in England. However, rates in Britain are now coming down just as they are rising sharply in countries such as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Parts of Eastern Europe have also seen a sharp rise in cases.

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NHS : Scarce Staffing And Demand Pushes To “Tipping Point”

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scarce-staffing-increased-demand-pushes-nhs-to-a-tipping-point/)

Description: Lack of staffing and increased demand from patients is mounting unsustainable pressure on the NHS, putting patient safety and care at risk, a new poll of NHS leaders by the NHS Confederation revealed. NHS leaders in England warned that the service has reached a “tipping point” with nearly 88 per cent saying “the demands on their organisation are unsustainable.” The survey, published ahead of the monthly performance figures for the NHS England, covered leaders across hospitals, ambulance services, mental health providers, community services, primary care and integrated care systems.

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NHS Faces Busiest Ever Month In October-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-faces-busiest-ever-month-in-october-powis-wants-pharmacies-to-share-minor-illness-burden/)

Description: Community pharmacy may have to share workload as NHS emergency service – 999 – has faced the busiest ever month in October with staff attending to a record 1,012,143 calls, data released today (November 11) has revealed. Of the total, 82,000 were life threatening call-outs, an increase from 61,561 in October 2019. Besides, major A&Es treated over 1.4 million people during October and the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme delivered more than 7.5 million jabs, including more than 5.9 million top-up jabs.

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GPhC Strategy To Achieve Diversity And Inclusion Goals

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-releases-strategy-to-achieve-diversity-and-inclusion-goals/)

Description: The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published a new strategy pledging to deliver equality, improve diversity and foster inclusion in all aspects of its work. The strategy was updated after a public consultation held between April and July. It’s key themes are: To make regulatory decisions that are demonstrably fair, lawful, and free from discrimination and bias. To use our standards to proactively help tackle discrimination and to make sure everyone can access person-centred care, fostering equality of health outcomes. To lead by example and demonstrate best practice within our organisation, holding ourselves to the same high standards we expect of others. GPhC chair Nigel Clarke said having a strategy is vital as the pandemic has exposed “the scope and scale of inequities in society, in healthcare outcomes and in pharmacy.”

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GPhC Urges Pharmacy Staff To Take Covid Jab

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gphc-urges-pharmacy-staff-to-take-covid-jab-as-government-keeps-them-out-of-mandatory-ambit/)

Description: In a recent announcement the government has mandated frontline NHS staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19, keeping people working in community pharmacies out of this purview. In its response to the announcement, General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has urged “pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to get Covid-19 and flu vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, unless they are medically exempt.”

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PSNC: Contractors Use Emergency Provisions To Avoid Closures

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-advises-contractors-to-use-emergency-provisions-to-avoid-closures/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has advised pharmacy contractors to use emergency provisions to avoid and reduce temporary closures amid shortage of pharmacists and other staff. The provision was introduced at the start of the pandemic to enables flexible provision of pharmaceutical services by pharmacies. It has been extended several times, currently until January 31, 2022.

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PGD,National Protocol To Support Flu Jabs Of Frontline Staff

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/patient-group-direction-and-national-protocol-for-pharmacy-contractors-is-out-to-support-flu-jabs-of-frontline-staff/)

Description: NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued the patient group direction (PGD) and national protocol for community pharmacy contractors to support flu vaccination of the frontline primary care staff. This follows the announcement pertaining to eligibility of frontline primary care staff for NHS flu vaccinations this season. With the release of protocol, vaccination of these staff can now be commenced as part of the service.

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AIMP Celebrates Members Achievements During Pandemic

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/aimp-celebrates-members-achievements-during-pandemic-at-first-annual-ball/)

Description: The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) celebrated achievements of its members during the pandemic at its first annual ‘ball and award’ ceremony held last week in London. To highlight the important role played by pharmacy teams, the association representing community pharmacy businesses with multiple branches, introduced two award categories – for patient safety and social care.

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SMC Accepts Ponvory To Treat Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scottish-medicines-consortium-smc-accepts-ponvory-to-treat-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis/)

Description: The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced that the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved Ponvory (ponesimod) for treating adults with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) within NHS Scotland. Ponesimod offers an additional treatment choice for the ailment, which affects over 15,000 people in Scotland. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in which immune cells attack myelin, causing inflammation. The common symptoms of this disease include fatigue, balance and walking problems, numbness or tingling, dizziness and vertigo.

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‘Greening’ In The MPharm Curriculum- Pharmacy Business

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/university-of-huddersfield-working-on-greening-the-mpharm-curriculum/)

Description: The Department of Pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield is working to include environmental sustainability principles into the pharmacy degree curriculum to support the cause. It has also urged other pharmacy educators to follow suit after the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) issued a declaration of climate and ecological emergency, last month.

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Pharmacies Receiving Materials For Winter Vaccines Campaign

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacies-to-start-receiving-materials-for-the-winter-vaccines-campaign-from-today/)

Description: Community pharmacy contractors will start receiving materials for the winter vaccines campaign via Royal Mail from today (November 8). It is the second mandated health campaign for 2021/22 in which contractors must participate as part of their NHS contractual requirements, after the NHS England and NHS Improvement and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) reached an agreement. The campaign pack, to be arrived in pharmacies, includes a briefing sheet; four A4 posters; one Q&A leaflet; and one A6 shelf wobbler along with social media and digital resources.

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UK Health Services Commit To Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-health-services-commit-to-net-zero-carbon-emissions/)

Description: All four UK health services have committed to net zero carbon emissions, health secretary Sajid Javid announced today (November 9). Lauding the commitment, Javid said: “As a health community, we cannot simply sit on the sidelines – we must respond to climate change through urgent action, with global collaboration at its core.” Health systems in the UK have already started work on being greener.

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Pharmacists Confidence Diminishes Due To Financial Pressure

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacists-confidence-diminishes-due-to-mounting-financial-pressure-lloyds-banks-survey-reveals/)

Description: Growing financial pressures has dented pharmacists’ confidence, despite an anticipated increase in profits in the current year, latest Lloyds Bank Healthcare Confidence Index revealed on Tuesday (November 9). Though short-term confidence among pharmacists increased for the fifth consecutive year, ticking up from 27 to 29, the sector’s long-term belief fell from -34 to -42. Martyn Kendrick, UK head of healthcare banking services at Lloyds Bank, said: “While pharmacists’ confidence has declined somewhat, their short-term outlook has improved for another year, painting a picture of a sector that has begun to bounce back.” He added that “pharmacists have performed an invaluable service during the lockdown, confirming their place at the heart of our communities.”

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AAH Solus Distributor For NHS Scotland Vaccine Programme

Posted by 30 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mckessons-aah-becomes-solus-distributor-for-nhs-scotland-vaccine-programme/)

Description: McKesson UK’s wholesale arm AAH has been appointed as solus provider of storage and distribution services for seasonal influenza vaccines and other products by NHS Scotland. The company started distributing these items to community pharmacies spread across 14 regional Health Boards in mainland Scotland and the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland from October 1, 2021. Four different types of flu vaccine from Seqirus and Sanfoi Aventis are available to order via AAH along with associated consumables. In Scotland, the Vaccine Transformation Programme (VTP) is working with NHS Boards, Primary Care and others as necessary to develop and test proposals for future delivery of vaccination programmes.

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RPS Says Informed Choice Better Than Compulsory Vaccination

Posted by 5 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/covid-jab-to-be-mandatory-for-frontline-nhs-staff-in-england-rps-says-informed-choice-better-than-compulsory-vaccination/)

Description: Expressing its concerns over the Government’s decision to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for health workers in England, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said an “informed choice” is better than compulsory vaccination. Health secretary Sajid Javid said today (Nov 9) that health workers in England will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by April 1, 2021, making it a mandatory condition of employment for those on the frontline of the NHS.

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Appeal Launched To Reopen Cumbria Pharmacy

Posted by 6 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/appeal-launched-to-reopen-long-disused-cumbria-pharmacy-to-fix-waiting-times/)

Description: An appeal has been launched to reopen a long disused pharmacy at Carlisle in North West England to reduce waiting times. Liberal Democrats in Stanwix are calling for the reopening of a pharmacy on Scotland Road. They say that there is demand which is not being met and that the shop’s closure has resulted in long queues outside the Edentown pharmacy. Brian Wernham, a prospective Lib Dem candidate to run for councillor, said: “The Eden Street medical practice is unable to cope with demand – there are often long queues.”

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Locums Under ‘No Obligation’ To Assist Contractors:PDA

Posted by 9 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-says-locums-under-no-obligation-to-assist-contractors-with-hmrc-probe/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has advised locums that they are under “no direct obligation” to help contractors gather data for an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation. However, they may choose to assist the large contractors “to help ensure HMRC reach a final decision based on all the relevant facts,” PDA said. The HMRC investigation into the tax status of locums forms part of the extension of the IR35 arrangements into the private sector. The IR35 came into effect from April to ensure that individuals working like employees through their own limited company pay the same income tax as paid by those employed by a company.

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UK To Roll Out Covid-19 Antiviral Drug Trial This Month

Posted by 11 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-to-roll-out-covid-19-antiviral-drug-trial-this-month-health-security-agency/)

Description: Britain will start to roll out Merck’s molnupiravir Covid-19 antiviral pill through a drug trial later this month, Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK Health Security Agency said on Sunday (November 7). Last week Britain became the first country in the world to approve the potentially game-changing Covid–19 antiviral pill, jointly developed by US-based Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics. The government said in October it had secured 480,000 courses of the Merck drug, as well as 250,000 courses of an antiviral pill developed by Pfizer Inc. Asked about the molnupiravir approval, Hopkins told BBC television: “That is great news and it will start to be rolled out through a drug trial in the end of this month/the beginning of December.”

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£15.9m Funding To Train Pharmacists And Pharmacy Technicians

Posted by 12 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-government-announces-15-9m-funding-to-train-pharmacists-and-pharmacy-technicians/)

Description: Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are set to receive up to £15.9 million over the next four years which will help them thrive in multidisciplinary healthcare teams and enable expansion of frontline staff in primary and community care. The funding, which is part of the Pharmacy Integration Programme allocation, will improve registered pharmacy professionals’ skills, through a range of training and development opportunities. The programme is a part of education reform for pharmacy professionals and will allow them to identify career pathways.

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NHS Chief Urges People To Take Covid Jab

Posted by 13 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-chief-urges-people-to-take-covid-jab-an-evergreen-offer/)

Description: With the approaching winter, the NHS chief executive has urged people to come forward to take a Covid-19 jab at nearby pharmacies, clinics, GP practices and other convenient community sites. Since September, more than half a million adults have come forward for a first dose, an average of around 9,000 a day, over the past four-and-a-half months. During this period, nearly 3,000 people aged 80 and over got their first Covid-19 vaccine administered. NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the data were a “timely reminder” that the NHS offer of a vaccine “remains evergreen”.

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Further 18 Products Added To DND List-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/further-18-products-added-to-dnd-list/)

Description: A further 18 new products have been entered the list of ‘Drugs for which Discount is Not Deducted’ (DND) in Part II of the Drug Tariff on 1 November, following applications made by the PSNC. This takes the number of products added to the DND list by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) in the last 18 months to over 400.

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Full CPAF Questionnaire Open For Selected Pharmacies

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/full-cpaf-questionnaire-now-open-for-selected-pharmacies/)

Description: The full version of the Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) questionnaire is now available for selected pharmacies to complete. This follows a screening questionnaire in July, which all community pharmacies in England were asked to complete as part of the CPAF process. Pharmacies may be selected for the full, comprehensive CPAF questionnaire if, for example, they did not complete a screening questionnaire or if there are concerns about the pharmacy relating to patient safety. Some pharmacies may also be selected to validate their screening questionnaire answers.

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Boots Unveils Christmas Campaign With Jenna Coleman

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-unveils-christmas-campaign-with-jenna-coleman/)

Description: Boots on Thursday unveiled its Christmas campaign for 2021, ‘Bags of Joy’, with a festive film featuring BAFTA nominated actor Jenna Coleman. Coleman stars as modern heroine Joy in the uplifting film, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, with a magical bag that delivers the perfect gifts to her friends and family at every opportunity. Boots said the magical bag of joy represents the 1000s of gifts available at Boots, including beauty, fragrance, homeware, electrical beauty and stocking fillers, with something for everyone this year.

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Freight Service To Tackle Disruptions In Medicines Supply

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-freight-service-launched-to-tackle-disruptions-in-medicines-supply/)

Description: The government has announced the launch of a new international service to transport medicines and medical products to the country rapidly when a supplier’s own logistical arrangements are disrupted. The International Express Freight Service (IEFS) will facilitate fast-tracking of medicines and medical goods which are at risk of shortage to ensure patients can continue to access the treatments they need.

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NICE Forxiga To Treat Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-forxiga-to-treat-chronic-kidney-disease/)

Description: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) today issued a draft guidance recommending dapagliflozin, sold under the brand name Forxiga among others, as an option for treating certain adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dapagliflozin belongs to a group of medicines called sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. It is the first SGLT2 inhibitor to be recommended through NICE’s technology appraisal process for CKD.

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DHSC Transport Service To Expedite Delivery Of Medicines

Posted by 3 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-launches-transport-service-to-expedite-delivery-of-medicines-facing-shortage/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched a new international transport system to expedite delivery of medicines and medical goods that faces risk of shortage. The International Express Freight Service, the contract for which has been awarded to Kuehne+Nagel International, will ensure rapid movement of medical items when suppliers own logistical arrangements are disrupted.

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McKesson Sells UK Business To Private Equity Firm Aurelius

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mckesson-sells-uk-business-to-private-equity-firm-aurelius-for-477-million/)

Description: McKesson Corporation, parent company of LloydsPharmacy, has entered an agreement to sell its UK businesses to private equity firm Aurelius for £477 million. “The transaction includes the sale of McKesson UK businesses LloydsPharmacy, LloydsDirect (previously Echo by LloydsPharmacy), AAH Pharmaceuticals, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, MASTA and John Bell & Croyden,” McKesson said in a statement.

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Champix Tablets Face Supply disruption-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/champix-tablets-face-supply-disruption-as-mhra-orders-recall/)

Description: Supply of all Champix products, used for smoking cessation, will remain out of stock until further notice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The announcement follows a medicine recall order initiated by the MHRA for “all strengths of Champix® tablets” on October 14, 2021 at pharmacy and wholesaler level.

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New Information Standard To Reduce Medical Errors

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-information-standard-is-out-to-reduce-medical-errors-improve-patient-safety/)

Description: A new Information Standard has been published to support improved medication and sharing of allergy information across healthcare services in England. The move will standardise medication message content and help reduce medicines related errors and improve patient safety. It will also allow efficient sharing of medicine information between NHS and social care organisations, including hospitals, GP practices, residential care homes, mental health trusts, and community pharmacies.

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DHSC Grants Final October Price Concessions

Posted by 6 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-grants-final-october-price-concessions-2/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has granted final price concessions to further items for the month of October 2021. This is the fourth list of price concessions for the month. Contractors can find information on the first two batches of price concessions here, and learn about the process involved on PSNC’s website. A price concession only applies for the month in which it is granted. No additional prescription endorsement are required as the new price is automatically applied by the NHS BSA to all items submitted for payment in the same month for which a price concession is granted.

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RPS, FIP express solidarity to tackle climate crisis

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-fip-send-letter-to-world-leaders-showing-solidarity-and-commitment-to-tacking-climate-crisis/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has joined the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in writing a letter to world leaders who have gathered in Glasgow to attend the COP26 summit, expressing pharmacy’s commitment to tacking the climate crisis. The letter signed by RPS and FIP officials has been sent to heads of state and national delegations. It outlines initiatives the profession can deliver as part of its contribution to the climate change crisis.

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Scotland :Accurate Blood Test For Type 1 Diabetes Patients

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/scotland-introduces-more-accurate-blood-test-for-type-1-diabetes-patients/)

Description: Scotland has become the world’s first country to introduce a simple blood test for Type 1 diabetes patients, enabling them to stop taking insulin by improving the accuracy of diagnosis. The routine C-peptide test, introduced today (November 1), will allow doctors to know how much insulin someone with diabetes is making themselves. The roll-out of test follows a two-year pilot study in NHS Lothian led by diabetes and endocrinology consultant Professor Mark Strachan.

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BetterYou Pledges Support for Antarctic Quest 21 Expedition

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/natural-health-firm-betteryou-pledges-support-for-antarctic-quest-21-expedition/)

Description: To support environmental cause, natural health pioneer BetterYou has pledged its allegiance to Antarctic Quest 21 – an expedition to undertake essential exploration activities. Under the expedition, a team of eight military and ex-military men and women will travel the untrodden regions of the Antarctic Peninsula on the 100th Anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s last Antarctic expedition. The team will gather data for research of climate change, meteorology, geology and glaciology to enable study on recent and future environmental changes.

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UK Guidance To Bring Flexibility In Booster Programme

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-alters-guidance-to-bring-flexibility-in-booster-programme-for-most-vulnerable/)

Description: Covid-19 booster jab can now be administered sooner than six months after the second dose to certain vulnerable people as guideline in the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Green Book has been updated. With the change in the guidance, care home residents who have been given their second vaccine dose at different times will be able to be jabbed in the same session, as long as it has been at least five months since their last dose. It may also help with other vulnerable groups, such as housebound patients to have their flu and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time.

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AstraZeneca Transfer Global Rights For Eklira And Duaklir

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/astrazeneca-to-transfer-global-rights-for-eklira-and-duaklir-to-covis-pharma/)

Description: AstraZeneca said today (November 1) it will transfer global rights for respiratory medicines Eklira and Duaklir to Covis Pharma Group for about £198 million, as the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker looks to offload its older portfolio of medicines. The London-listed company also said that under the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, Covis will also cover certain ongoing development costs related to the medicines.

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NICE Myalgic Encephalomyelitis guidance Methods

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-guidance-lists-better-diagnosis-and-management-methods/)

Description: NICE has published its updated guidance for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) – a chronic fatigue syndrome, covering every aspect of it in children, young people and adults. The guideline covers its effect right from its identification, assessment before and after diagnosis to its management, monitoring and review. There are more than 250,000 people in England and Wales with ME/CFS condition, with about 2.4 times as many women affected as men.

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Novo Nordisk launches recycling for injection pens

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/novo-nordisk-launches-recycling-for-injection-pens-with-community-pharmacies-playing-key-role/)

Description: Novo Nordisk has launched PenCycle, a recycling initiative for pre-filled injection pens, designed to address the challenge of recycling injection pen devices. A first-of-its-kind scheme in the UK, covering FlexPen® and FlexTouch® used to dispense insulin and other medications, will have community pharmacies playing a key role. Users can return their devices to local participating community pharmacies or through pre-paid Royal Mail boxes or use an ‘at home’ collection pilot service for growth hormone pens.

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England set to light up e-cigs on prescription for smokers

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/in-a-world-first-england-is-set-to-light-up-e-cigs-on-prescription-for-smokers-role-of-community-pharmacy-yet-to-be-known/)

Description: England could soon become the world’s first country to prescribe e-cigarettes as a medical product to help people stop smoking tobacco products but it is not yet clear what role community pharmacy will play in it. With health and social care secretary Sajid Javid welcoming the latest step towards licensing process for manufacturers, e-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS. Javid said: “This country continues to be a global leader on healthcare, whether it’s our Covid-19 vaccine rollout saving lives or our innovative public health measures reducing people’s risk of serious illness.

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PDA : To Ensure Adequate Ventilation In Workplaces

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pda-urges-pharmacy-employers-to-ensure-adequate-ventilation-in-workplaces/)

Description: The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) urged all pharmacy employers to ensure adequate ventilation in workplaces by sharing HSE (Health and Safety Executive) guidance on the topic. Some pharmacists have expressed concern about working in poorly ventilated workplaces, highlighting many consultation rooms are without any ventilation, PDA said. Reminding employers about their legal duty to maintain safe workplaces especially during the pandemic PDA said: “Employees and locums should not work in unsafe environments.”

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RPS Urges Pharmacy Teams To Reduce Environmental Impact

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-urges-pharmacy-teams-to-reduce-environmental-impact-of-medicines/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called on industry, pharmacy teams and governments across Great Britain to implement change to reduce the environmental impact of medicines. To meet this aim, RPS has created a series of policies ahead of COP26 UN Climate Change Conference beginning on October 31. It noted that medicines are the most widely deployed healthcare intervention and are responsible for 25 per cent of the NHS’s carbon emissions, making pharmacists and pharmacy teams a key player in combat against climate change.

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Pharmacist Patel Role In new Treatment Trial for Covid-19

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacist-patel-plays-leading-role-in-new-treatment-trial-for-covid-19/)

Description: Community pharmacy is at the heart of one of the most ambitious clinical trials ever undertaken by the UK’s primary care network, says senior academic pharmacist Professor Mahendra Patel. The PANORAMIC trial has been designed to rapidly evaluate several antiviral treatments over time that could help people at high risk of Covid-19 recover sooner, prevent the need for hospital admission and so ease the burden on the NHS. The Platform Adaptive trial of NOvel antiviRals for eArly treatMent of Covid-19 In the Community (PANORAMIC) is a national priority trial led by Oxford University’s Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit.

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Public Expectations For Pharmacies Are On The Rise

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/public-expectations-for-what-pharmacies-can-deliver-are-on-the-rise-but-awareness-of-nhs-services-still-limited-new-npa-figures-show/)

Description: A third of the public (32 per cent) is unaware that pharmacies offer flu jabs while four in ten (39 per cent) don’t know pharmacies have consultation areas from which a range of NHS services are provided, a survey carried out for the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has revealed. Results of the online survey conducted in October have been released ahead of the NPA’s annual ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ public awareness campaign, which runs from 1-8 November. Only half the adult population (48 per cent) know you can get advice on managing your weight at pharmacies, but 66 per cent know that blood pressure monitoring is offered in some pharmacies.

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Lowest Number of Pharmacies In Last 6 Yrs-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/over-450-community-pharmacies-closed-last-year-leaving-number-of-active-contractors-lowest-in-six-years/)

Description: Closure of more than 450 community pharmacies during 2020-21 has dragged the total number of active contractors in England to the lowest level since 2015-16, latest data published by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) revealed. In 2020-21, there were 11,600 active community pharmacies and 112 active appliance contractors in England, NHSBSA stated. It said: “236 new pharmacies opened during 2020-21, while 451 closed. This is the lowest number of active contractors since 2015-16.”

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Autumn Budget Dampens Pharmacy Spirit - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/autumn-budget-dampens-pharmacy-spirit-as-sunak-overlooks-underfunded-and-underutilised-sector/)

Description: Announcing the autumn budget on Wednesday chancellor Rishi Sunak once again overlooked community pharmacy even as he pledged an extra £5.9bn for the NHS on top of the £12bn a year announced in September. The chancellor of the exchequer used a stronger forecast for the UK’s post-lockdown economic recovery despite a sharp rise in inflation that could approach 5 per cent next year. Community pharmacy insiders say the rising costs will badly hit the sector’s precarious finances, leaving many pharmacies on the brink.

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Community Pharmacy Delivers 3M Flu Jabs In Eight Weeks

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacy-delivers-record-breaking-3-million-flu-jabs-in-eight-weeks/)

Description: Smashing all previous records, community pharmacies in England have administered over three million flu vaccinations in just eight weeks since the start of the service in September. Going by rate at which community pharmacy has delivered this vital public health service so far, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) reckons this season pharmacies could be on track to breach the four million annual flu vaccinations mark. The previous best for the sector was in 2020/21 when it administered 2.76 million vaccines under the national Flu Vaccination Service from 1 September 2020 to 31 March 2021.

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Govt, GPs should inform patients about how to use pharmacies

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/government-gps-should-inform-patients-about-how-to-use-pharmacies-says-mp/)

Description: The government and general practices have to shoulder the responsibility of educating and informing people about how to effectively use healthcare services provided by pharmacies, a Conservative MP said in the Parliament. Participating in a debate on GP appointment availability in the parliament on Tuesday (October 26), Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness Simon Fell told MPs: “Pharmacies and (NHS) 111 are fantastic resources, but we must make it clear to people why, under what circumstances and how they need to use those routes.”

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GSK Lifts Outlook After Drug Sales Help It Beat Forecasts

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-lifts-outlook-after-drug-sales-help-it-beat-forecasts/)

Description: GlaxoSmithKline delivered better-than-expected third-quarter results and raised its annual profit outlook, lifting its shares on Wednesday (October 27) after strong sales of key drugs and cost cutting ahead of a planned split next year. GSK now expects 2021 adjusted earnings per share to decline by between 2 per cent and 4 per cent at constant exchange rates, excluding any boost from its Covid-19 offerings. It had previously expected profit to fall by mid-to-high single digit percentages.

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GSK Names Johns Hopkins Professor In Its Board

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/gsk-names-johns-hopkins-professor-in-its-board-ahead-of-consumer-unit-spinoff/)

Description: GlaxoSmithKline named a genetics professor in its board, as the company refocuses on its pharmaceuticals business following a planned separation of the consumer healthcare division next year, while looking to appease investors. The London-listed British conglomerate said Harry Dietz, who teaches genetic medicine at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, would join GSK as a non-executive director, beginning January 2022.

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DHSC Grants Final October Price Concessions

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-grants-final-october-price-concessions/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has granted price concessions to further items for the month of October 2021. This is the third list of price concessions for the month. Contractors can find information on the first two batches of price concessions here, and learn about the process involved on PSNC’s website.

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MPs Report Slams Failure Of Covid Tracing-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mps-report-slams-failure-of-covid-tracing/)

Description: The government largely wasted a mammoth £37 billion on a test and trace programme that failed to control the spread of Covid-19 last year, a report by lawmakers said on Wednesday (October 27). The government and its inexperienced head for the programme, Dido Harding, displayed “gung-ho confidence”, the chair of the House of Commons public accounts committee said.

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Glenmark Launches Tablet To Control Type-2 Diabetes In India

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/glenmark-launches-tablet-to-control-type-2-diabetes-in-india-which-costs-just-0-16/)

Description: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has launched a fixed-dose combination drug for the management of type 2 diabetes patients in India which costs just £0.16 per tablet. According to a statement issued by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited, the company has launched a fixed-dose combination (FDC) of its novel, patent-protected, globally-researched Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter Inhibitor (SGLT2i) – Remogliflozin Etabonate and another widely used DPP4 inhibitor (Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 inhibitor) – Vildagliptin, with Metformin (first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes).

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UK South Asians Five Times More Prone To Diabetes

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-south-asians-five-times-more-prone-to-diabetes/)

Description: Type 2 diabetes is up to five times more predominant in South Asian populations living in the UK as compared with their white European counterparts, health experts have said. Managing diabetes is now a global issue mainly because those seen at higher risk of the disease are people of South Asian origin who comprise nearly a quarter of the world’s population, said Dr Andrew Willis from the Centre for Ethnic Health Research during a webinar organised by the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk on Tuesday (October 26).

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Ipsen Pledges Ambitious Climate Change Action

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/ipsen-pledges-ambitious-climate-change-action/)

Description: French pharmaceutical company Ipsen has pledged to play its part in securing global net-zero emissions, ahead of the COP26 conference in Glasgow next month. In a statement issued today (October 27), Ipsen said it’s proud to have joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign — an urgent call to action from global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders to commit to set ambitious science-based emissions reduction targets. Ipsen is committed to science-based greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions reductions and pledges to halve — by 2030 — GHG emissions of Ipsen’s facilities and fleet as well as all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain.

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Tips To Alleviate Symptoms Of Severe Common Cold

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-chair-shares-top-tips-to-alleviate-symptoms-of-a-severe-common-cold-doing-the-rounds/)

Description: A cold branded the ‘super cold’, or ‘worst cold ever’, is expected to sweep across the country this winter – and, for some people, it is already here, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Symptoms of the ‘super cold’ may include a raised temperature, muscle aches and headaches on top of the usually runny nose, sneezing and coughing, and so it is important to know how to medicate. Thorrun Govind, community pharmacist and chair of the RPS in England, explains why this cold is more virulent this year.

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Community Pharmacies Can Help Reduce NHS Backlog

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacies-can-help-reduce-nhs-backlog-says-cca/)

Description: Skills and expertise of community pharmacies should be utilised to clear the NHS backlog as they can alleviate pressures within primary care systems, the Company Chemists Association (CCA) said in a statement. Pharmacists can help free up GP capacity through the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) and increasing capacity for complex patients and beds through a Discharge Medications Service, it said.

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Maxwellia Lovima Availability - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/maxwellias-lovima-to-be-available-in-pharmacies-from-end-of-july/)

Description: -Maxwellia’s Lovima, a daily progestogen-only pill, will be available over-the-counter in pharmacies from the end of July after regulators allowed women in the UK to purchase contraceptive pills “without prescription”. The company has priced the pills at around £10 per month. There will be two pack sizes: one-month (28 pills) and for greater compliance, a larger three-month (84 pills) pack.

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Ethnic Disparity In Clinical Trials Hamper Health Strategies

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/ethnic-disparity-in-clinical-trials-hampers-health-strategies-says-globaldata/)

Description: GlobalData says,ethnic disparity in clinical trials can leave excluded patients vulnerable as there will be limited risk-benefit assessment in these subgroups.

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Contractors To Participate In Winter Vaccines Campaign 2021

Posted by 14 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/contractors-to-participate-in-winter-vaccines-campaign/)

Description: Contractors will be asked to participate in a winter vaccines campaign as the second mandated health campaign for 2021/22, after the NHS England and NHS Improvement and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) reached an agreement. The contractors must undertake the health campaign “as part of their NHS contractual requirements,” the negotiator said in an update. The move is a part of a national campaign, commenced on Friday (October 22), which seeks to encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones from Covid-19 and flu.

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Well Pharmacy Launches Mobile Health Clinics

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/well-pharmacy-launches-mobile-health-clinics-to-combat-health-inequalities/)

Description: Well Pharmacy, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, launched two mobile health clinics today (October 25) to make healthcare services more accessible and reduce inequalities. The specially equipped clinic is designed with two consultation rooms and a bespoke awning. Two pharmacists will be available in each van, aiming to protect up to 200 flu virus patients every day and offer more services, such as blood pressure checks.

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2021 Is The Year Of The Pharmacist - Pharmacy Business UK

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/view-from-the-house-2021-is-the-year-of-the-pharmacist/)

Description: It has been a hard fifteen months, but I suspect we will look back on 2021 as the Year of the Pharmacist. I suspect however, for some pharmacists who have been working 16-hour days and struggling to balance the books while keeping their staff safe and serving their patients, it may not feel that way. The truth is, this awful crisis has allowed pharmacies-who have sometimes been overlooked by the healthcare establishment as fulfilling a vital but limited function – to establish themselves as truly part of the NHS family with much more to offer than just dispensing medicines. Pharmacies have become the visible face of the NHS during Covid. While most GPs closed their doors, pharmacies stayed open and helped their patients with so much more than just dispensing – providing advice on minor ailments and long term conditions, and becoming a crucial pressure valve to keep patients from overwhelming GPs and A&E departments.

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Covid-19, Flu Jabs Need Not Be Mandatory For Staff

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/covid-19-flu-jabs-need-not-be-mandatory-for-health-and-care-staff-says-rps/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) reaffirmed its view that Covid-19 and flu vaccinations for health and care staff should not be made mandatory. In its response to the government consultation on mandatory vaccination for health and care staff in England, RPS said: “We actively and strongly encourage all pharmacists to take advantage of the Covid-19 programme and to get vaccinated unless there is a medical reason why they are unable to.” However, it opposed making the jab a mandatory condition, saying, “informed and educated choices about health interventions are more beneficial long-term than enforcing them.”

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Derby Pharmacy To Reopen After Hundreds Sign Petition

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/derby-pharmacy-to-reopen-after-hundreds-sign-petition/)

Description: -A pharmacy in Derby is to reopen a year after its closure sparked more than 600 worried residents to sign a petition demanding it stayed open. An old LloydsPharmacy store on Main Drive in Chaddesden is to be the new home for Vision Pharmacy which currently has a branch at nearby Nottingham Road. Vision Pharmacy, which has been based in Chaddesden for nine years, is to move to Main Drive from the beginning of December.

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6000 Boots Pharmacists Reject Company Offer 2% Pay Increase

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-6000-boots-pharmacists-reject-company-offer-of-two-per-cent-increase-in-pay/)

Description: A total of 6,000 pharmacists employed by Boots UK have rejected the company’s offer of a two per cent pay rise, according to the union representing them. The Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA) said pharmacists’ pay at Boots has reduced in real terms although shareholders of the parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance have continued to receive record levels of dividends. The PDA Union, which represents Boots UK’s 6,000 store-based pharmacists, says pharmacists in Boots have seen the purchasing power of their income diminish over the last eight years, due to a series of sub-inflation increases, concluding in a pay freeze last year.

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Covid-19 Lockdown Is Not On The Cards: PM- Pharmacy Business

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/covid-19-lockdown-is-not-on-the-cards-pm/)

Description: Prime minister Boris Johnson said on Friday a new Covid-19 lockdown is not on the cards, as advisers warned that acting early with lighter measures to cut rising case numbers would reduce the need for tougher restrictions later. Johnson‘s government has said there is no need yet to introduce a “Plan B” involving mask mandates, work-from-home orders and vaccine passports, though such measures could be introduced if more people do not come forward for Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots.

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NPA Re-think on Pharmacy Representation Vote Scheduled

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fearful-of-disenfranchising-independent-contractors-npa-calls-for-re-think-on-pharmacy-representation-vote-scheduled-for-early-next-year/)

Description: Fearful of disenfranchising the entire independent community pharmacy sector, the National Pharmacy Organisation (NPA) has called for a re-think on pharmacy representation vote, now scheduled to take place early next year. The steering group responsible for the review of pharmacy representation in England had proposed to initiate a voting process later this year for the reform of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and Local Pharmaceutical Committees.

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Pharmacy Business September Issue 254

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/digital/issue254/)

Description: Check Pharmacy Business digital issue of october 2021. You will get here all latest pharmacy news, updates and community pharmacy news.If you don't have time , get this digital october issue and read all pharmacy news at once.

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Solgar Earth Source | Boosting Everyday Energy

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boosting-everyday-energy/)

Description: Solgar® is delighted to announce the launch of its newest innovation Solgar®Earth Source® Koji Iron 27mg. The new supplement is designed to support consumers’ everyday energy levels and uses an innovative koji fermentation process to transform mineral iron into an iron-rich fermented food which is high in bioavailability, easy to absorb and gentle on the stomach. Available now in a 30-capsule bottle (Trade Price £6.50 – RRP £13.99/€14.50), each capsule will provide 27mg of naturally sourced koji food fermented iron. The convenient one-a-day formulation offers a number of health benefits including: Supporting energy and reducing tiredness and fatigue Contributing to the formation of haemoglobin and red blood cells Supporting cognition Supporting immune defences

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Ed Davey visits Day Lewis Pharmacy In South London

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/lib-dem-leader-ed-davey-visits-day-lewis-pharmacy-in-south-london/)

Description: Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, this week visited a Day Lewis branch in south London to hear first hand from the pharmacy staff about the vital services they offer their local community. He extended his thanks to all those working in community pharmacies for their ongoing efforts to support local communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. Rupa Patel, the executive director of Day Lewis Pharmacy, later said that the Lib Dem leader showed great interest in community pharmacy and was hugely impressed by the various services it provided.

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Robin Swann Praises Community Pharmacy At NPA Event

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/robin-swann-praises-community-pharmacy-at-npa-event/)

Description: Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann has thanked community pharmacy for its “unwavering” response to the coronavirus pandemic and dedication to helping people. Swann, who was the chief guest at a dinner event to mark the centenary of the National Pharmacy Association, praised “the tremendous dedication of community pharmacy to public service in Northern Ireland” over the past 100 years.

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Subvariant Of Coronavirus Delta Strain : UK Govt

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/uk-monitoring-subvariant-of-coronavirus-delta-strain-govt/)

Description: The government on Tuesday (October 19) said it was monitoring a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which has been seen in a growing number of cases. Prime minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the government was keeping a “close eye” on the AY.4.2 variant but said there was no evidence it spreads more easily. “As you would expect, we are monitoring it closely and won’t hesitate to take action if necessary,” he told reporters. Overall infection rates in Britain remain stubbornly high, despite high rates of vaccination, and on Monday nearly 50,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded.

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Self Care Plan With Community Pharmacy In Central

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/healthcare-sector-calls-for-self-care-plan-with-community-pharmacy-in-central-role/)

Description: The government needs to develop a national self care strategy, with community pharmacy playing a central role, to steer people away from unnecessary GP and hospital visits, say leading healthcare and industry bodies. The strategy will not only ease the pressure on the NHS which is still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, but also improve quality of life of the people along with longevity.

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Locum App Services Available For Numark Members

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/locum-apps-services-now-available-for-numark-members/)

Description: The Locum App’s staff booking and scheduling services will now be available to more than 4,000 Numark member pharmacies across the UK. The Locum App is an award-winning platform that aims to change the way pharmacies book locums, replacing the outdated agency model and its high fees, with a fully integrated, streamlined, and more cost-effective platform.

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DHSC Publishes Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Guidance

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-publishes-pharmaceutical-needs-assessment-guidance/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance on pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs). PNAs, a crucial part of the market entry system, supports commissioning decisions based on patient needs.

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NHS is on the edge due to growing winter pressures

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-is-on-the-edge-due-to-growing-winter-pressures/)

Description: The National Health Service is close to the edge of being overwhelmed in many parts of Britain and pressure is only going to increase as winter approaches, the head of a healthcare system body said today (October 20).

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DHSC October Price Concessions Second Update 2021

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-adds-further-items-to-october-price-concessions/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care has granted price concessions to more items for the month of October 2021. Contractors can find information on the first batch of price concessions here, and learn about the process involved on PSNC’s website.

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Valneva Covid vaccine will compete with AstraZeneca and J&J

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/valnevas-covid-19-vaccine-will-compete-with-astrazeneca-and-jj-says-globaldata/)

Description: The newly launched Covid-19 vaccine by the French pharmaceutical company Valneva will compete with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in the European market, says London-headquartered data analytics and consulting firm, GlobalData. The new entrant has shown superior neutralising antibody levels and an equal seroconversion rate and protection against Sars-CoV-2, compared to AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria.

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NHS Delivers Over 3 M Covid Booster Jabs In One Month

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-delivers-over-3-million-covid-booster-jabs-in-just-one-month/)

Description: Community pharmacies across England have played a big part as more than three million vulnerable people in the UK received the Covid-19 booster jabs in four weeks under the NHS booster programme launched on September 16. The programme was initiated just two days after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated its advice on booster dose.

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New £15m Fund To Improve Mental Wellbeing In Scotland

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-15m-fund-launched-to-improve-mental-wellbeing-in-scotland/)

Description: A new Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has been set up with an allocation of £15 million to support mental health and well-being in communities across Scotland. By supporting community-based initiatives in Scotland, the fund will help tackle the impact of social isolation, loneliness and the mental health inequalities made worse by the pandemic.

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Lower Vaccine Take-Up Fuels Covid Case Rise In Children

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/lower-vaccine-take-up-fuel-covid-case-rise-in-children/)

Description: The spread of Covid-19 among children in England is fuelling a recent rise in cases nationally and causing concern among some scientists that vaccines are being rolled out in schools too slowly, risking the welfare of children and adults alike.

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Vaccines Minister Throup Gets Flu Jab-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 21 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/vaccines-minister-throup-gets-flu-jab-at-draycott-community-pharmacy/)

Description: Vaccines minister Maggie Throup had her seasonal flu vaccine administered at a community pharmacy on Friday (October 15). “Today I’ve played my part by getting my flu vaccine,” Throup said, after getting get her flu jab at the Wilsons Pharmacy, in Draycott, Derby who are members of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).

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Independent Community Pharmacies Don’t Have Time To Expand

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/half-of-independent-community-pharmacies-dont-have-time-to-expand-clinical-services/)

Description: Lack of time is preventing almost half of all independent community pharmacies from extending clinical services, new research commissioned by hub and spoke specialists HubRx has found. The independent research comes as community pharmacies have seen a renewed interest from patients for more than dispensing prescriptions, with 90 per cent now offering Covid-19 services such as rapid testing kits.

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Wolverhampton Lab Suspended|Pharmacy News-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/wolverhampton-lab-suspended-after-incorrect-covid-19-test-results/)

Description: A Covid-19 testing laboratory, Wolverhampton in central England has been suspended over concern that it has been incorrectly giving negative PCR test results to people who are infected, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said today (Oct 15). NHS Test and Trace launched an investigation into a lab in Wolverhampton after reports of people getting negative PCR test results after testing positive on rapid lateral flow devices (LFDs).

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NPA Pleased Doctors Will Get CPCS Incentive

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-pleased-doctors-will-get-cpcs-incentive/)

Description: The National Pharmacy Association says it’s pleased that GPs are being incentivised to engage with the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), which is convenient for patients, frees up GP appointments and makes good use of community pharmacists’ skills to handle minor illnesses. Health secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new £250 million winter access fund for general practice to increase capacity and encourage GPs to provide more face-to-face consultations.

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Pharmacist Independent Prescribers Need Right Support

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacist-independent-prescribers-need-right-support-to-provide-right-services-says-rps-president/)

Description: Professor Claire Anderson, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, says pharmacists who have trained as prescribers will need the right support from the NHS to provide patients with the right services. She wrote in her ‘Letter to the Editor’ of The Times that despite being qualified, some of them are “unable to provide care that is free to patients because the NHS does not yet fund the service in their area.”

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First October Price Concessions Announced-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/first-october-price-concessions-announced/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced that the Department of Health and Social Care has granted the following price concessions for October 2021. Contractors can find further information on price concessions and about the process involved on PSNC’s website.

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England’s Covid prevalence rises to highest level: ONS

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/englands-covid-19-prevalence-rises-to-highest-level-since-january-ons/)

Description: The prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England increased to around one in 60 people in the week ending Oct 9, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday, reaching its highest level since January.

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New Covid Vaccine Centre In Leicester With Patels Chemist

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-covid-19-vaccination-centre-opens-in-leicester-with-patels-chemist/)

Description: Patels Chemist, part of the Morningside Pharmacy group, has started high-volume NHS Covid-19 vaccination facility at the Jalaram Community Centre in Leicester today (October 12). The new vaccination site, having an administering capacity of up to 3,000 vaccinations a week, will serve the local community in Leicester, especially in the Westcotes area.

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Sajid Javid Announces £250 M Winter Access Fund For GPs

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sajid-javid-wants-all-doctors-to-make-cpcs-referrals-announces-250-million-winter-access-fund-for-gps/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid wants all general practitioners in England to make full use of the GP CPCS referrals for minor illnesses “so our brilliant community pharmacists can do more in terms of prescribing”. A total of 800 practices have already signed up to provide the service, according to NHS England. The rest are being encouraged to sign up by December 1.

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Govt botched initial Covid response: MPs’ probe

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/govt-botched-initial-covid-response-mps-probe/)

Description: A parliamentary report published today (October 12) said that the government’s delay in locking down society when Covid-19 hit last year had cost lives and was “one of the most important public health failures” in the country’s history. In a damning assessment, a cross-party group of MPs found that official pandemic planning was too focused on influenza and had failed to learn the lessons from prior outbreaks of SARS, MERS and Ebola.

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Pregnant Women Should Be Offered Covid-19 Jabs

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/women-at-all-stages-of-pregnancy-should-be-offered-covid-19-jabs-study/)

Description: All women at all stages of pregnancy should be offered Covid-19 vaccination because there is an increased risk of poorer outcomes for newborns and symptomatic women with Covid-19, a new study has recommended. In the peer-reviewed study published on Sunday (Oct 10) in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, investigators looked at the records of more than 2,400 women who delivered at a hospital in Israel during the same time period to analyse how Covid-19 could affect obstetric outcomes depending on the symptom status “at or near term”.

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Sajid Javid Gets Flu Jab In London Pharmacy

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sajid-javid-gets-flu-jab-in-london-pharmacy/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid had his seasonal influenza vaccine administered at a community pharmacy in London today (Oct 12). “I’ve done my bit by getting my flu vaccine,” Javid said, after receiving his vaccine at Keencare Pharmacy, part of the Green Light Pharmacy group and a National Pharmacy Association (NPA) member. The health secretary called upon those eligible to “come forward for both their flu and Covid-19 booster vaccines” to protect themselves and their loved ones “in the months ahead”.

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Wockhardt UK Stops Production Of Diazepam RecTubes®2.5mg

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/wockhardt-uk-stops-production-of-diazepam-rectubes2-5mg-due-to-manufacturing-issues/)

Description: Wockhardt UK, one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the UK, has discontinued production of Diazepam RecTubes® 2.5mg Rectal Solution “due to manufacturing issues”. The available stocks of the medicine are expected to be exhausted by March 2022, the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) stated in a supply disruption alert.

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DHSC guidance for contractors to access extra flu vaccines

Posted by 27 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/dhsc-publishes-guidance-for-contractors-to-access-extra-flu-vaccines/)

Description: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance for community pharmacy contractors to access supplies of flu vaccines procured centrally by the government. After the success of the seasonal flu immunisation programme last year, which resulted in a record uptake of flu vaccines, the DHSC aims to “achieve even higher vaccine uptake rates compared to last year,” it said, in guidance published last week.

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RPS Signs Charter For Climate Action - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-signs-charter-for-climate-action-calls-it-a-vital-collaboration/)

Description: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has signed a charter designed to guide effective and high-quality climate action by professional bodies in the UK. The charter launched today (October 7) has been developed by the professional associations’ research Network of which the RPS is a long-standing member.

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Pharmacy M&A Jump 26 percent As Sector Booms During Pandemic

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-ma-deals-jump-26-per-cent-last-year-as-sector-booms-during-pandemic/)

Description: The number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in the UK pharmacy has risen 26 per cent to 408 in the last year from 325 in the corresponding period, a report by UHY Hacker Young revealed. The national accountancy group stated that pharmacies were one of few sectors to benefit from increased customer demand during the pandemic, as one of the few designated “essential retailers” remained open throughout lockdown.

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Merck Seeks 1st US Regulator Authorization for Covid Tablet

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/merck-seeks-first-us-regulators-authorisation-for-covid-19-tablet/)

Description: Pharmaceutical company Merck said today (October 11) it has applied for US emergency use authorisation for its tablet to treat mild-to-moderate patients of Covid–19, putting it on course to become the first oral antiviral medication for the disease.

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Phoenix New Dispensing Solution – Golden Tote

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/phoenix-acquaints-numark-members-with-new-dispensing-solution-golden-tote/)

Description: PHOENIX Medical Supplies Limited hosted visitors at its headquarter in Runcorn, Cheshire last week to better acquaint them with the Numark’s latest dispensing solution – Golden Tote.

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Well Pharmacy Sponsor Pharmacy Business Conference in Dec

Posted by 28 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/well-pharmacy-to-headline-sponsor-the-inaugural-pharmacy-business-diversity-conference-in-december/)

Description: The UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain Well Pharmacy will be the headline sponsor of the inaugural Pharmacy Business Diversity Conference in December. The newly created conference will provide the pharmaceutical industry with an opportunity to showcase, explore and highlight the importance of workplace diversity and inclusion.

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AstraZeneca News to treat Covid-19 | Pharmacy Business

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/astrazeneca-drug-cocktail-succeeds-in-late-stage-study-to-treat-covid-19/)

Description: British pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca on Monday revealed more positive results from a trial of a treatment for Covid-19 symptoms. The drug, made from a combination of two antibodies, achieved a “statistically significant reduction in severe Covid-19 or death” in non-hospitalised patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms, AstraZeneca said in a statement.

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Boots Report: New Era Of Digital Healthcare Services

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/boots-report-points-to-a-new-era-of-digital-healthcare-services/)

Description: The largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain in the UK, Boots, has launched a new report that reveals increasing popularity of digital healthcare services amongst patients. The ‘Boots Digital Healthcare Trends Report 2021’ finds that 88 per cent of patients who used digital healthcare services during the pandemic plan to continue to use them in the future.

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Covid Testing UK :Charges Could Be Introduced Next Year

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/charges-could-be-introduced-for-rapid-covid-testing-from-next-year/)

Description: The UK is reportedly aiming early next year to be ready to start charging for some previously free Covid–19 tests, a step one described as driven by the Treasury’s desire to rein in spending. The government and health officials have said that rapid testing, via easy-to-use lateral flow tests, is crucial for tracking the spread of Covid–19, with regular testing of those without symptoms identifying around a quarter of all cases.

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Mental Health Traits Not Linked To Allergies

Posted by 29 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/allergies-not-linked-to-mental-health-traits/)

Description: Allergic diseases such as asthma, atopic dermatitis and hay fever do not cause the onset of mental health conditions or vice versa, according to the findings of a new University of Bristol-led study. The results of the study were published on Tuesday (October 6) in the journal ‘Clinical and Experimental Allergy’.

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AmerisourceBergen Distributes Covid Vaccines Worldwide

Posted by 13 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/alliance-healthcare-owner-amerisourcebergen-supports-covid-19-vaccines-distribution-worldwide)

Description: American pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, which owns Alliance Healthcare, has supported the distribution of more than 75 million Covid-19 vaccines across 30-plus countries through its network of global businesses. Since December 2020, Innomar Strategies and World Courier, both a part of AmerisourceBergen, have worked with various government agencies and supply chain partners to deliver vaccines across the world.

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Nik Kotecha in Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders List

Posted by 14 hours ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/morningside-pharmaceuticals-nik-kotecha-named-in-top-50-most-ambitious-business-leaders-list/)

Description: Dr Nik Kotecha, chairman of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, has been named in the LDC’s Top 50 Ambitious Business Leaders for 2021 list. The list, which is supported by The Times, recognises and celebrates inspiring leaders from among the UK’s most successful and fast-growing businesses. Now in its fourth year, the 2021 programme was said to have received 600 nominations from across a diverse range of sectors.

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Updacitinib To Treat Moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-recommends-updacitinib-to-treat-moderate-rheumatoid-arthritis/)

Description: NICE has recommended a combination of updacitinib and methotrexate as an option to treat moderate active rheumatoid arthritis in adults, who responded inadequately to two or more conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). This would allow around 18,500 people in England to have access to a new treatment.

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Hospitals May Struggle Despite Lower Covid Deaths In UK

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hospitals-could-struggle-this-winter-despite-lower-covid-deaths/)

Description: Hospitals may struggle to cope if there is a significant surge of Covid-19 in England this winter even if broad vaccination means that deaths do not approach the same levels as last year, said one of Britain’s top epidemiologists.

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South Asians Least Likely To Recognize Cancer Symptoms

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/south-asians-least-likely-to-recognise-cancer-symptoms/)

Description: People from South Asian communities are less likely to recognise cancer symptoms which could prevent them from seeking lifesaving help from their GPs, new research has found. An NHS analysis showed the awareness of a range of potential cancer symptoms was in each case lower among South Asians than for the general public.

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Only Submit Reflective Revalidation Until February 2022

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/revalidation-pharmacists-need-to-file-only-reflective-account-until-february-2022/)

Description: Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians due to submit their revalidation records from December 2021 only need to present a reflective account until February 2022, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said. The regulator said it has decided to extend the changes to its revalidation requirements made in March 2020 “in recognition of the continuing pressures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic that pharmacy professionals are likely to face this winter”.

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Sickle Cell Treatment:NHS Announces With Norvartis

Posted by 1 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nhs-announces-new-treatment-for-sickle-cell-seals-deal-with-novartis/)

Description: For the first time in two decades, a new therapy with life-saving benefits will be made available on the NHS to treat patients with sickle cell disease. This follows NICE’s recommendation to use a new drug – Crizanlizumab, sold under the brand name Adakveo by Novartis – to treat the disease in people aged 16 or over.

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Contractors Can Now Claim Aspiration Payment

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/contractors-can-now-claim-aspiration-payment-for-pqs-2021-22/)

Description: Community pharmacy contractors can now claim an Aspiration payment for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2021-22 through Manage Your Service (MYS) portal on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

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Pandemic induced poor mental health is “invisible killer”

Posted by 2 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mental-health-pandemic-induced-poor-mental-health-is-invisible-killer/)

Description: The coronavirus pandemic has not just impacted people’ physical health but also their mental wellbeing, health secretary Sajid Javid said in his address at the Global Mental Health Summit 2021 on Tuesday (September 5). Calling poor mental health an “invisible killer” Javid said: “Around 1 in 5 adults in Britain experienced some form of depression in the first 3 months of this year. That’s over double the figure before we started our fight against Covid-19.”

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Technology :Taking a good look in the mirror

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/technology-taking-a-good-look-in-the-mirror/)

Description: Spring 2021 has been a time of reflection for many of us. Passing the milestone of the anniversary of the first national lockdown provided a poignant moment to look back on our experience of this difficult time and to look with hope to the prospect of brighter times ahead. Reflection, according to Confucius, was the noblest of the three methods of acquiring wisdom, with imitation (the easiest) and experience (the bitterest) making up the remaining two. At Hub & Spoke Innovations, we have been keen to embrace the opportunity to reflect and learn all we can from our customers in pharmacy as we fast-approach our 100th installation.

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Well Pharmacy to offer Covid-19 booster vaccines at 60 sites

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/well-pharmacy-to-offer-covid-19-booster-vaccines-at-60-sites/)

Description: The UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain Well Pharmacy has announced that 60 community pharmacy sites across England to administer Covid-19 booster vaccines. These sites, selected by NHS England, will offer Covid-19 booster vaccine with the NHS flu jab to eligible patients. The announcement comes after a research by Well Pharmacy suggested that 90 per cent of people aged 50 and above intend to have the booster dose when offered.

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Janssen Study To Show Long-Term Safety Profile For Stelara

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/janssen-presents-study-to-show-long-term-safety-profile-for-stelara/)

Description: The latest analysis presented by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson demonstrated long-term safety profile for ustekinumab drug, sold under the brand name Stelara® in older patients. The new analysis that pooled safety data from 13 clinical studies across approved indications, was presented at United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW).

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signatureRx secure private e-prescriptions-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/signaturerxs-secure-private-e-prescriptions/)

Description: signatureRx has announced that its fraud-proof, paperless e-prescriptions are being accepted by pharmacies across the United Kingdom, ensuring the safe, speedy and seamless provision of vital medication to thousands of patients nation-wide. signatureRx’s e-prescriptions remove the need for ink-singed prescriptions, instead using an advanced electronic signature, which is heavily encrypted to ensure security, to verify scripts. This allows for streamlined and paperless prescription fulfilment.

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FREE Video CPD-Measuring Body Temperature in Young Children

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/new-free-video-cpd-measuring-body-temperature-in-young-children/)

Description: The Pharmacy Academy has launched a free video CPD module which outlines the latest NICE guidance on how to take an accurate temperature reading of a young child. Presented by Grace Thomas, MSc, PGCE, Independent Prescriber, DipM, RM, RGN, this CPD module will help you to better understand the national guidance on which thermometers are suitable for measuring body temperature in infants and young children.

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RESCUE®’s Biggest New Launch : A Unique Wellbeing Collection

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rescues-biggest-new-launch-yet-a-unique-wellbeing-collection/)

Description: RESCUE®, the UK’s No 1 category leading and consumer favourite, is launching a brand new natural wellbeing collection, offering a uniquely effective holistic approach in the sleep and stress categories. The innovative new collection is set to revolutionise the wellbeing category, answering to a considerable unmet consumer demand for natural support in preparing for sleep, balancing mood and focusing the mind.

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Mark Koziol elected chief of EPhEU - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 4 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pdas-mark-koziol-elected-chief-of-european-pharmacists-body/)

Description: Mark Koziol, chairman of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association, has been elected secretary general of the Employed Community Pharmacists of the European Union (EPhEU). He was confirmed as the next chief of the federation which unites community pharmacist trade unions across Europe at its 10th annual congress which was held in hybrid form with some delegates meeting in person in Vienna, while others, including the UK delegation, joining virtually.

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Pharmacy Business Awards 2021 - Home Page

Posted by 5 days ago (https://pharmacybusinessawards.co.uk/)

Description: The Pharmacy Business Awards is the biggest awards dinner in the profession with the ‘who’s who’ of the pharmaceutical world attending. The awards celebrate the very best of the pharmacy profession and each year we recognise some outstanding community pharmacists who are at the very cutting edge of the profession. All strands of the pharmacy profession will be present at the dinner, from community pharmacists, major manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to pharmacy chains and pharmacy politicians.

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Why Independent Community Pharmacy Need Hub and Spoke

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/hub-and-spoke-why-independents-need-it-now/)

Description: Independent community pharmacy owners and staff have been under relentless pressure for the last 18 months. With prescription volumes strong, despite the growth of online pharmacies it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of things that need to be done. If your staff are anything like mine, they have been incredible, but we do not want to burn them out either.

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Sajid Javid Lauds Community Pharmacy - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sajid-javid-lauds-community-pharmacy-for-doing-an-amazing-job-over-the-entire-pandemic/)

Description: Health secretary Sajid Javid has acknowledged and appreciated the hard work done by community pharmacies in serving people during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Community pharmacies have done an absolutely amazing job over the entire pandemic right from day one,” he said, on the sidelines of a roundtable held at the Department of Health and Social Care in central London on September 28.

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Community Pharmacies To Join NHS Contraception Management

Posted by 5 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacies-in-seven-pcns-selected-to-join-nhs-contraception-management-service-pilot/)

Description: A number of community pharmacies in England have been chosen to offer contraceptive pill checks as part of a pilot scheme from NHS England. The tier 1 pilot aims to test a “model for community pharmacy teams to continue the supply and management” of NHS patients taking oral contraception. It is hoped that the service will create more capacity in primary care and sexual health clinics and improve access for patients but it is not a replacement for local authority commissioned services.

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"Meaningful Investment" For The UK’s Life Science Vision

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/abpi-calls-for-meaningful-investment-in-uk-life-sciences/)

Description: In its submission to the Treasury ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) says it is essential for the government to deliver “meaningful investment” for the UK’s Life Science Vision. Richard Torbett, chief executive of the ABPI, has written to the UK’s chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, making a case for investing in the life sciences sector while stressing on the contribution it has made to global public health during the pandemic.

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Community Pharmacies Free Up 8.5 M Appointments In GP

Posted by 7 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/referring-patients-to-the-community-pharmacies-can-free-up-8-5-million-appointments-in-gp-says-cca/)

Description: In response to the Treasury’s Autumn Budget Review, the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) says an additional annual funding of £656 million for community pharmacies would enable provision of more services, freeing up 8.5 million appointments in General Practice (GP). The additional investment would be used across more than 11,000 community pharmacy locations in England to provide more clinical services such as hypertension screening, Discharge Medication Service and administer NHS vaccinations.

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Free Flu Jabs To Pharmacy Teams-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/victory-for-commonsense-sector-hails-nhs-decision-to-provide-free-flu-jabs-to-pharmacy-teams/)

Description: Community pharmacy teams are all set to receive free flu jabs in the 2021/22 season after the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) announced securing additional funding for this provision.

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Flexible Provision of Pharmaceutical Services Extended

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/flexible-provision-of-pharmaceutical-services-extended-until-january-31/)

Description: The declaration of an emergency requiring the flexible provision of pharmaceutical services has been extended until January 31, 2022, PSNC said in an update. The provision was introduced to help maintain pharmacy services during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Wholesaler CST Pharma secures £26m funding from HSBC UK

Posted by 8 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/wholesaler-cst-pharma-secures-26m-funding-from-hsbc-uk/)

Description: Walsall-headquartered pharmaceutical wholesaler, CST Pharma has secured a £26 million Asset Based Lending Facility from HSBC UK to drive its expansion plan. In the last three years, the firm has grown by forming partnerships with Acre Pharmacy, and acquiring Spanish wholesaler Saima SL. The funding, advised by Shoosmiths and Gordon Brothers, will enable the group to purchase additional stock, allowing the group to expand its team with 25 more hires, and up to 10 more planned for the coming month.

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Sudafed Tablet- Uses, Dosage, Precaution, Side Effects

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/sudafed-sinus-pressure-pain/)

Description: What is sinus pressure and pain and how you get relief using sudafed sinus pain relief.Here you find all information about Sudafed Sinus Pressure & Pain tablet.

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UK's Fuel Crisis Concern Over Continuance Of Health Services

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fuel-shortage-raises-concerns-over-continuance-of-health-services-medicine-deliveries/)

Description: As the country struggles to match fuel supply with demand, serious concerns have been raised about the continuation of health related services and medicine deliveries across the UK.

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Michael Tibbs Becomes First To Get Covid Booster Jab

Posted by 10 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/veteran-michael-tibbs-becomes-one-of-the-first-to-get-covid-booster-jab/)

Description: After making history as the oldest person to receive the Pfizer jab in the UK on December 8, 2020, Michael Tibbs got his booster shot this week in Sussex. Tibbs received Covid booster vaccination at Midhurst Pharmacy ahead of his 100th birthday in November. The 99-year-old Second World War submarine lieutenant had received his first jab at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital.

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Technology Innovation in Pharmacy Boost Income|Pharmacy News

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-installing-technology-at-pharmacy-is-best-way-to-enhance-income-service/)

Description: Using innovation and technology is the best way for pharmacies to boost income and ensure efficiency in services, said tech-savvy independent prescriber and community pharmacy contractor Amish Patel. Patel has invested heavily in technological refurbishment at his pharmacy and installed the first dispensing robot of its type in the UK.

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Role of Technology in Pharmacy During Pandemic

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-technology-helped-in-pharmacy-operations-during-pandemic/)

Description: Technology has proven to be very helpful in managing pharmacy operations during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Ali Sparkes owner and director of Happiness & Technology at The Health Dispensary in South Wales. “When Covid hit that really sharpened the senses. And I guess, we are in reasonably fortunate position as the things that we have done over the years certainly made Covid a bit more manageable,” she said, in an interview segment during the second session of the 6th annual Pharmacy Business Conference held online on Thursday, September 23.

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PSNC Latest News | PSNC News UK- Pharmacy Business

Posted by 11 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/psnc-monitoring-medicine-supply-amid-reported-disruptions-no-issue-yet/)

Description: The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee says it is constantly monitoring the medicines supply situation amid reports of disruption caused by shortages of HGV drivers, impact of Covid-19 and shortage of fuel across the UK. The pharmacy negotiator, however, noted “there currently appears to be no issue with supply of medicines into the country.“ “We have not been seeing some of the early medicines supply warning signals at a national level – such as a rising number of concession prices.”

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3 Steps Of Your Journey To The Cloud - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/technology-your-journey-to-the-cloud/)

Description: Over the past 12 months, the acceleration in digital transformation that has taken place throughout the NHS has challenged perceptions and addressed many legacy technology constraints. The use of the cloud, for example, allowing for anytime, anywhere access to shared patient records has been essential in supporting Covid-19 vaccination clinics and pharmacy operations. Digitization of services is now a priority and is transforming the way services are developed and implemented. The NHS now has a ‘Cloud First’ strategy – which means digital services should transfer to the cloud (hosted in the UK) ‘unless there is a clear reason not to do so’. The goal is evident – public cloud services not only change the pace with which new services can be deployed and ensure they can be quickly scaled up in line with demand, they also offer the availability and accessibility essential for the federated delivery of healthcare and community services that underpin NHS strategy.

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Men's Mental Health and Covid - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/mens-health-men-covid-19-and-pharmacy/)

Description: Mental health is important for both men and women but men talks a little about men's health grooming. Men need to focus better mental health in a Covid world. Getting men through the door of any health service, even one situated on their high street, is not easy. Does the opening up after lockdown give you a chance to improve that? More than any other health outlet, pharmacists are uniquely placed to get health messages to men. Easier to access than GPs. More convenient opening hours. Addressing men effectively could make a big difference to both men’s health and your bottom line. Stress the aspects of your services that might appeal to men: free, confidential, anonymous (no need even to give your name) and no need to make appointment. If there is a private space available, make that clear.

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Community Pharmacy to Integrate its Model of NHS

Posted by 12 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-time-is-now-for-community-pharmacy-to-integrate-model-of-nhs-representation/)

Description: Now is the best time for community pharmacy to integrate its model of NHS representation and support to ensure better outcomes for contractors, said James Wood, director of Contractor & LPC Support, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). It is important for the sector to adapt to the new landscape and address challenges such as workforce, digital data, integration of pharmacy services, and medicines optimisation, he said during the first session of the sixth annual Pharmacy Business Conference held online on Tuesday, September 21. Under the new system, every part of England will be covered by integrated care systems (ICSs) from April 2022. ICSs have been created to bring about big changes in how health and care services in England are planned, paid for and delivered. They are a key part of the direction of travel for the NHS as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Role of Community Pharmacy in Healthcare | Pharmacy Business

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/community-pharmacy-to-play-key-role-in-evolving-healthcare-sector/)

Description: Community pharmacy will play a key role in the UK’s evolving health and social care landscape with the introduction of integrated care systems (ICS), Anne Joshua, head of Pharmacy Integration, NHS England and NHS Improvement said. “Clinical leadership is fundamental, across the whole of the ICS right through that multidisciplinary team, and community pharmacy professionals have a keyvrole to play in this,” she said during the first session of the sixth annual Pharmacy Business Conference held online on Tuesday, September 21. In 2022, ICSs are expected to put in place a system to enable a collective model of responsibility and decision-making between system partners.

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Community Pharmacy Services UK | Pharmacy Business

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-community-pharmacy-service-during-pandemic-demonstrates-integration-says-nhs-top-gp/)

Description: By ensuring delivery of key healthcare services and participating in the country’s largest vaccination drive during the tough times of the Covid-19 pandemic, community pharmacy has demonstrated integration in the sector, said Dr Nikki Kanani, medical director of primary care for NHS England. “Not only have you (community pharmacy) delivered on this program, you’ve made sure that our most diverse communities have had access to the vaccine, at a time when demands of pharmacy and the health system are incredibly significant. That’s exactly what integration means… in the context of pharmacy,” she said in her keynote address in the first session of the sixth annual Pharmacy Business Conference held online on Tuesday, September 21.

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Tips On Innovation In Community Pharmacies-Pharmacy Business

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-faheem-ahmed-shares-tips-on-innovation-in-community-pharmacies/)

Description: To stay afloat and remain relevant in a fast-changing world, community pharmacy will need to constantly innovate, observed innovative pharmacist Faheem Ahmed. Speaking in the final session of the sixth annual Pharmacy Business Conference which was held online over two evenings on Sept 21 and 23, he said “innovation” — one of the two themes of the conference alongside integration — to him was about looking at the processes and thinking, “What can I do to move forward, to offer value to my customers?” Ahmed said his Oxfordshire-based pharmacy, Ahmeys, offers a complete package to the patient. “We not only diagnose, manage and treat disease, we make a difference to people’s lives.”

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Importance of Pharmacies During Covid-19- Pharmacy Business

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-pharmacies-were-a-lifeline-to-local-communities-during-covid-19/)

Description: Pharmacies around the world have served as a lifeline to their local communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said Dr Catherine Duggan, the chief executive officer at International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). “Community pharmacists have been a shining beacon on our high streets,” she said, in her keynote speech at the second session of the sixth annual Pharmacy Business Conference held online on Thursday, September 23. She added: “You didn’t even think about that when you were stepping up into that space, you just thought it was right, what was right for the public that you serve.” Innovations can be small and still be great, but pharmacies have proven this during the pandemic by demonstrating their ability to innovate healthcare solutions, Dr Duggan said, praising the sector. “Not only did they find their way to safe supply chain to their existing medicines, but also for a source of advice in a changing world.”

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Community pharmacy integration | Pharmacy Business

Posted by 13 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pb-conference-community-pharmacy-integration-is-vital-for-gps-to-ensure-continuous-service/)

Description: Integration of community pharmacy into local health system and primary care network is vital to alleviate workload pressure on general practice and provide an uninterrupted service to patients, said Newham GP Farzana Hussain. Looking at the appointments this year, there is a 30 per cent rise in demand from patients, and GPs are struggling to match up, she added. In this scenario, “I think that our community pharmacists are such an asset to us,” to meet that growing demand, said Hussain, who is clinical director of Newham Central 1 Primary Care Network and a senior partner at the Project Surgery in Plaistow. Citing her experience of collaboration with the neighboring Rohpharm pharmacy, she said, “We are a natural pairing.”

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Caulfield confirmed as new pharmacy minister - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/caulfield-confirmed-as-new-pharmacy-minister/)

Description: Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has been appointed as minister in charge of the pharmacy portfolio following a cabinet reshuffle. Her appointment came just days after Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care on September 16 following a cabinet reshuffle by prime minister Boris Johnson. At the time it appeared like a ‘like for like’ replacement for Jo Churchill who was moved to Defra. The Department of Health and Social Care told Pharmacy Business on Friday (September 24) that the ministerial responsibilities “were still being finalised” after the previous week’s cabinet reshuffle and confirmed that Maria Caufield has taken over from Jo Churchill as the minister responsible for pharmacy.

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England’s Covid R Value dips, epidemic could be shrinking

Posted by 15 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/englands-covid-reproduction-number-dips-epidemic-could-be-shrinking/)

Description: England’s Covid-19 weekly reproduction “R” number was estimated to have fallen to between 0.8 and 1.0, the government said on Friday, amid hopes that the epidemic could finally be shrinking in the country. An R number between 0.8 and 1.0 means that for every 10 people infected, they will on average infect between 8 and 10 other people. Last week the R number was estimated between 0.9 and 1.1.

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3 Tips To Include Wellness Into Your Life -Pharmacy Business

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/how-to-bring-wellness-into-your-life/)

Description: Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of decades, you’ve probably heard the term wellness plenty, but you may never have encountered a satisfactory definition for it. Wellness encompasses every form of health. It’s about your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It implies something that you are actively pursuing, positive actions that strive for improvement as opposed to simply trying to avoid disease. You can bring wellness into your life with some of the steps

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6 Key Tips To Find A Good Therapist - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/finding-the-right-therapist-nearby-what-and-when-to-look-for/)

Description: It isn’t the hardest thing to find the right physiotherapist to treat you, but like many other professions, especially in health, physiotherapy has a number of different areas of expertise that are governed by strict and high standards of service. Physiotherapists have to be well educated and officially registered in order to practice. Identifying which therapist is able to provide the treatment for your specific needs and requires more than just picking up a phone book, or selecting the first site that pops up on google. Here’s a list of what to look for when selecting a therapist as well as when to look for one. WHAT TO LOOK FOR CHECK THEIR QUALIFICATIONS As is the case with any healthcare practitioner, it is important that your physiotherapist is fully qualified and accredited. It is required by law that they complete a degree at an approved educational institution, and are registered with the Physiotherapy Board. The board is responsible for keeping professional standards up to where they need to be, and for making sure that the Code of Practice is upheld. KNOW THE RELEVANT AREA OF EXPERTISE Physiotherapy covers a wide range of issues, and as such you need to find a physiotherapist with the relevant qualification to treat your particular problem. Make sure to specify what you need and ask them what they specialize in.

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Covid Cost Payments to Contractors | Pharmacy Business

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/all-contractors-including-outliers-to-receive-covid-cost-payments-in-october/)

Description: All contractors in England, including those identified as “outliers”, will receive a payment for their submitted Covid-19 related costs in early October, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said. This follows finalisation of arrangements for payment of contractors’ Covid cost claims by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). PSNC said in an update that more than 9,900 contractors have submitted claims for their Covid-19 related costs over the summer, which amounted to more than double the?£120 million offered initially by the government. Last week, PSNC outgoing chief executive Simon Dukes had assured all contractors will receive a payment at the start of October with almost 95 per cent of them receiving their claims in full.

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RPS, Pharmacist Support launch ‘wellbeing survey’

Posted by 16 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-pharmacist-support-launch-wellbeing-survey/)

Description: Royal Pharmaceutical Society, in partnership with the charity Pharmacist Support, has launched third annual ‘Workforce Wellbeing’ survey to promote mental health and wellbeing of pharmacists. The survey, open to all pharmacists including students, is focussed on exploring the prevention of poor mental health and wellbeing at work. Claire Anderson, RPS President, said the survey is crucial to understand the health and wellbeing challenges faced by everyone in the sector. He added: “We need you to fill out the survey to help make a difference and ensure everyone feels safe, happy and healthy in the workplace. It is equally crucial that employers listen and act on these needs and make the environment an enjoyable place to be.”

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Smokers encouraged to quit and join ‘Stoptober’ campaign

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/smokers-encouraged-to-quit-and-join-stoptober-campaign/)

Description: Smokers across England are being encouraged to take part in ‘Stoptober’, the nation’s biggest quitting campaign. Marking its 10 year anniversary, the campaign will launch a mass quit attempt on October 1, calling on smokers to join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt since the movement started in 2012. Smoking in England remains the leading cause of premature death, with almost 75,000 preventable deaths a year. A recent survey of 2,000 current smokers revealed that nearly 45 per cent of the lot have been smoking more since the first lockdown due to boredom and as the pandemic made them more anxious.

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Wellbeing campaign for pharmacy teams returns

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/actnow-the-wellbeing-campaign-for-pharmacy-teams-is-back/)

Description: Following the success of their first wellbeing campaign ACTNow, launched to support pharmacy teams during the pandemic, the charity Pharmacist Support is going to run it again this year. The 2021 campaign will be launched on World Pharmacists Day (September 25), and will run for five weeks till October 29. Each week the campaign will focus on one of the well-established five ways of wellbeing – Be Active, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Connect. Pharmacist Support chief executive Danielle Hunt said: “Acting on campaign feedback, this year we’ve taken a more targeted approach, running three separate campaigns at relevant times of the year for each group in our pharmacy family (students, trainees and pharmacists),” The programme aims to provide tools to support pharmacy teams to prioritise mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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UK Government pledges to reduce overprescribing medicines

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/government-pledges-to-reduce-overprescribing-of-medicines-in-healthcare-centres/)

Description: The UK government has decided to take action against unnecessary and overprescribing of medicines in primary healthcare centres. The decision follows a government-commissioned review led by Dr Keith Ridge, the chief pharmaceutical officer for England. The review found that 10 per cent of the volume of prescription items dispensed through primary care are either inappropriate for that patients’ circumstances, or could be better served with alternative treatments. Around 6.5 per cent of total hospital admissions are caused by the adverse effects of medicines, it said.

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Cross-sector group launches website to promote careers in community pharmacy

Posted by 17 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cross-sector-group-launches-website-to-promote-careers-in-community-pharmacy/)

Description: The Community Pharmacy Workforce Development Group (CPWDG), a cross-sector working group hosted by the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), has launched a website to guide students and promote careers in community pharmacy. The website offers information and resources for students, parents and teachers about the wide range of career opportunities in community pharmacy. It has a compilation of video case studies and blogs to allow visitors to hear directly from young professionals already working in the field. Marc Donovan, chair of the CPWDG said: “Community pharmacy offers a range of exciting and fast paced career opportunities, on the front line of health care.

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RPS welcomes e-prescribing plan in Wales - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-welcomes-e-prescribing-plan-in-wales/)

Description: Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales welcomed the Welsh government’s announcement to plan a national electronic prescribing programme, building a robust digital platform to bring together primary, community and secondary care. Plans for this programme will be made and implemented over the next three to five years. It will also include setting up a medicines data repository to support clinical and prescribing decisions. The announcement follows the findings of an independent review of options for electronic prescribing arrangements in Wales. The review recognised the need to modernise medicines management and administration across the NHS.

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FIP says interoperability is key to optimise digital transformation in health sector

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/fip-says-interoperability-is-key-to-optimise-digital-transformation-in-health-sector/)

Description: Digital transformation of healthcare may allow more inclusive, equitable and ethical use of resources, but the full potential of this evolution cannot be achieved without interoperability, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) said in a new policy statement. Interoperability must be a prerequisite for any digital technology development, including usage of internationally recognised standards, terminology and taxonomy, the federation stated on September 21. Jacqueline Surugue, chair, FIP Technology Forum, said: “We expect the impact of digital advances, such as predictive and personalised medicine, facial recognition, natural language processing and augmented reality, to gain even greater significance. We must be prepared to tackle the challenges to usher pharmacy into its digitally supported future.”

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Pharmacy Business September Issue 253

Posted by 18 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/digital/issue253/)

Description: The voice of community pharmacy|Pharamcy Digital Magazine|September Edition desc- A monthly magazine for independent and community pharmacists, Pharmacy Business was first published in 1998. Covering all major aspects of the pharmacy industry with breaking news, analysis and expert commentary. Subscribe to pharmacy business free digital magazine september edition. Get updated with all recent pharmacy news,latest updates, innovation, events, training, spotlights at one place.

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CPPE launches a 12-month programme for new pharmacists

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cppe-launches-a-12-month-programme-for-new-pharmacists/)

Description: The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched a programme for pharmacists which will acts as a first step in their professional development journey and support their springboard towards independent prescribing training. The 12-month programme is open to pharmacists and locums who completed pre-registration training in the 2020-21 and are working in independent or community pharmacies. Applicants must be on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s register as a pharmacist. To know more, check the news

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Pharmacy Teams Invited To Participate in Oral Health Study

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pharmacy-teams-invited-to-participate-in-oral-health-study/)

Description: A study launched to understand the key aspects of oral health care from the perspective of community pharmacies has invited pharmacy teams to participate in the process. Researchers from University of Leeds are keen to obtain the views from medicines counter assistants, who are often the first point of contact for patients. The survey includes questions about oral health conditions that pharmacy team members come across in their daily role.

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Pharmacists Disappointment on Bonus Payment |UK News

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/jo-churchills-response-on-bonus-for-pharmacists-disappoints-many/)

Description: The outgoing pharmacy minister Jo Churchill’s statement in the Westminster Parliament last week dashed hopes of many pharmacists in England. In response to a question on the government’s plans to provide bonus to pharmacists, Churchill said that the government “has provided a comprehensive package of support for community pharmacies during the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to the general support provided to all businesses. This has included the ability to claim for extra costs.” The question, raised by Taiwo Owetami MP, a registered pharmacist-turned politician, drew comparison with the bonus payment provided to pharmacists by the Welsh,Scottish and Northern Irish governments. Criticising the Churchill’s response, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) said the decision not only keeps England out of league with the other nations but also reflects a mindset which does not distinguish between “pharmacies” and “pharmacists”.

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Over a million to be invited for Covid booster jabs this week

Posted by 19 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/over-a-million-to-be-invited-for-covid-booster-jabs-this-week/)

Description: As the NHS commences Covid booster vaccination programme this week one and a half million people will be sent invitations to book a place. Texts and letters will be sent this week for people to arrange a top-up through the National Booking Service. People who have had their second vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for the booster jab. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the Covid vaccination programme, said: “As we head into winter we should not drop our guard so I would urge everyone to come forward and get a booster vaccination when then they are invited.

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RPS supports Covid-19 vaccination programme for under 16s

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/rps-supports-covid-19-vaccination-programme-for-under-16s/)

Description: Royal Pharmaceutical Society has expressed its support for the government’s Covid-19 vaccination programme for under 16s that began today, and sought advice on further dosage. Children in the age bracket of 12 and 15 years will be offered a single shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine following the government’s acceptance of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) recommendation. The programme will cover around three million children in this age group. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will further advice on any second doses after analysing more data.

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Free sign language training for pharmacists-Pharmacy News

Posted by 20 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/free-sign-language-training-for-pharmacists/)

Description: New Directions Pharmacy, one of the leading pharmacy agencies in the UK, is organising a series of free sign language webinars for pharmacists to help overcome barriers to communication. The online programme, which will be held over the next two months, is free of charge to anyone working within the pharmacy sector. Its ‘Introduction to Basic Sign Language’ course will offer participants three levels of bespoke training across three sessions via Microsoft Teams on September 21, October 6 and October 21.

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NICE, PHE recommend ‘mental wellbeing’ training at work

Posted by 22 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/nice-phe-recommend-mental-wellbeing-training-at-work/)

Description: NICE and Public Health England have jointly released a guideline on Mental Wellbeing at Work, recommending mental health training for pharmacy managers and employers. The guideline has been prepared by an independent committee, comprising of mental health experts, employers, professionals from across the NHS, local authority members, and lay members. It covers creation of right environment at work to support mental wellbeing through a culture of participation, equality, safety and fairness based on open communication.

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Maggie Throup appointed as new pharmacy minister

Posted by 23 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/breaking-cant-wait-to-get-stuck-into-my-new-role-says-new-pharmacy-minister-maggie-throup/)

Description: Maggie Throup, the Conservative Party MP for Erewash, is the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. She was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care on Thursday (September 16) following a cabinet reshuffle by prime minister Boris Johnson which saw her predecessor Jo Churchill moved to Defra. The new pharmacy minister tweeted that she can’t wait to get stuck into her new portfolio, rolling out the Covid vaccine booster programme and supporting prime minister Johnson and health secretary Sajid Javid “to deliver lasting reforms to health and social care.”

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Cigarette maker Philip Morris clinches £1bn takeover of inhaler maker Vectura; RPS, health organisations ‘deeply concerned’

Posted by 24 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/cigarette-maker-philip-morris-clinches-1bn-takeover-of-inhaler-maker-vectura/)

Description: US cigarette firm Philip Morris International (PMI) on Thursday clinched a controversial takeover of British breathing inhaler manufacturer Vectura, despite fierce opposition from health campaigners and medical groups. The Marlboro-maker agreed in July to pay £1.0 billion as part of a broader push into healthcare. PMI on Thursday (September 16) said it had since won the necessary support from investors and secured regulatory approvals. Check out to read more.

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PM Johnson reveals Covid management plan for autumn and winter - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 25 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/pm-johnson-reveals-covid-management-plan-for-autumn-and-winter/)

Description: The prime minister Boris Johnson today (September 14) revealed the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter, which includes offering booster jabs to millions. He outlined a Plan A – promoting vaccines and continuing testing and isolation rules, and Plan B – to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed. To read entire news, check the website.

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NPA favours extension of parallel trade in post Brexit regime - Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business

Posted by 26 days ago (https://www.pharmacy.biz/npa-favours-extension-of-parallel-trade-in-post-brexit-regime/)

Description: During a government consultation on the UK’s future exhaustion of intellectual property rights regime, the National Pharmacy Association highlighted several benefits of parallel trade. In its written response to the consultation that ended on August 31, the NPA asked that any model that would be applied in the future continues to deliver the benefits of the current system. It noted that parallel trade helped in ensuring supply to patients during medicines shortage and in reducing the price the NHS pays for a range of medicines. For details read the entire article.

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Is Pharmacy a good career choice ?

Posted by 27 days ago (http://www.pharmacy.biz/is-pharmacy-a-good-career-choice-in-2020/)

Description: Pharmacy is still considered a good career choice. If you like to serve people it is an ideal career. If you have the correct academic requirements and of course a license to practice, you are likely to find work earning a good salary even if you have little or no previous work experience. A career in pharmacy is probably still a good bet, a little like a good sportbet.

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