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Community pharmacy flu vaccination uptake rises by 61%

The number of flu vaccinations given by community pharmacists in England by November 2019 is 61% higher that what was achieved by November 2018.

Open to abuse: gaps highlighted in controlled drug system

With almost 1,400 reports of controlled drugs being lost, stolen or missing in the past year, there are concerns regarding the increasing sophistication of those trying to subvert the system.

Pharmacists with disabilities should be better supported, RPS survey finds

Some two-thirds of respondents to a Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey on inclusion and diversity said that there were several career barriers in pharmacy, with the biggest being disability.

Pilot programme could help 20,000 patients receive subsidised medical cannabis

A national pilot could give 20,000 patients in the UK access to subsidised medical cannabis by the end of 2021.

Community pharmacy flu vaccination pilots begin in Scotland

Community pharmacies in Scotland have started vaccinating patients against flu for what is thought to be the first time.

Better tools needed to aid antidepressant discontinuation, researchers say

Decision aids could help GPs and patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants, researchers have said.

Include pharmacists in NHS mental health staff support, RPS tells health secretary

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to health secretary Matt Hancock asking him to include pharmacists in the NHS practitioner health programme, which offers mental health and wellbeing support to NHS staff.

‘Peer-to-peer naloxone’ project to give street access to the medicine

A pilot scheme that will provide the overdose reversal medicine, naloxone, to those who need it on the streets could be extended across the UK.

'Painkillers don't exist' campaign launched in area with one of the highest opioid prescribing rates in England

A clinical commissioning group in the north east of England has launched a campaign to tackle opioid addiction after it was found to have one of the highest prescribing rates of opioids in the country.

Effect of antibiotics on colorectal cancer risk varies along the gut

Oral antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, but a reduced risk of rectal cancer, a study in Gut suggests.

RPS Scotland moves into grade A listed building

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has moved to its new home on Melville Street, Edinburgh.

Adrenaline auto-injectors to be imported from Austria to mitigate supply issues

The manufacturers of an adrenaline auto-injector have been given permission to import stock from Austria following a supply issue in the UK.

More than a quarter of funding for pharmacy integration diverted to 'other NHS priorities' in 2018/2019

Exclusive: A Freedom of Information request submitted by The Pharmaceutical Journal has revealed that £11m from the Pharmacy Integration Fund has been diverted to other NHS priorities.

Pharmacists' Defence Association Union negotiates 1.8% pay rise for Boots pharmacists

Boots pharmacists have been given a 1.8% pay increase following negotiations with the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union.

Gino Martini delivers 2019 Todd Lecture

Therapy needs to become more proactive and less “casualty-based” as more people live to an advanced age, Gino Martini, chief sceintist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

‘Universal Pills No 4’ — coloured lithograph published by W. Spooner, c. 1830s

Many caricatures were published during the 1830s ridiculing James Morison’s ‘Universal Pills’, including this example by an unknown artist in which a man has sprouted a carrot for a nose after taking one too many.

LloydsPharmacy parent company reveals 19% fall in quarterly profits

McKesson, the parent company of LloydsPharmacy, has reported an adjusted operating profit of US$43m in the past three months — 19% less than the profit made in the same financial quarter in 2018/2019.

Next set of hospitals to receive government funding for electronic prescribing systems announced

The government has announced the next wave of hospitals that will receive funding to help switch from paper to electronic prescribing systems.

Home Office minister tells committee he has 'open mind' about drug consumption rooms

A Home Office minister has told a parliamentary inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland that he has an “open mind” about the use of drug consumption rooms to tackle addiction.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society 2019 conference sells out: waiting list now open

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s 2019 annual conference is now fully booked, but a waiting list has opened for those still interested in attending.