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NHS restricts routine prescription of a further seven items in primary care

28/06/2019
The NHS England board has approved guidance that will restrict the prescription of seven more items that are currently available in primary care.

NHS restricts routine prescription of a further seven OTC items

28/06/2019
The NHS England board has approved guidance that will restrict the prescription of seven more items that are currently available over the counter.

Boots to close 200 stores

27/06/2019
Boots is to close 200 stores during the next 18 months, its US parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance has announced.

Express ferry service for medicines to be introduced as government ramps up no-deal Brexit planning

27/06/2019
The government has announced it will introduce an express freight service for urgent medicines that are in short supply, as part of plans to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Boots prescription pick-up lockers launch in three UK stores

27/06/2019
Patients collecting prescriptions ordered online from Boots can now do so using a locker system installed in three of its UK stores.

Welsh community pharmacy has increased share of flu vaccinations in every year

27/06/2019
Welsh community pharmacies have delivered an increasing proportion of Wales’s flu vaccines each year since 2012, according to data published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

More than a quarter of sexual health clinics closed to new PrEP trial places

27/06/2019
More than a quarter of the sexual health clinics involved in NHS England’s PrEP Impact Trial are currently closed to new recruits, despite a promised expansion, a health minister has revealed.

Prednisolone reduces hand osteoarthritis pain

27/06/2019
Patients with hand osteoarthritis experienced improvements in pain and function with low-dose prednisolone treatment, according to a study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology.

John Nuttall to retire as chief executive of Well Pharmacy

26/06/2019
Well Pharmacy has announced that its chief executive, John Nuttall, will retire from the company in autumn 2019 after 17 years at the helm.

NHS pays twice the price for generic medicines that manufacturers charge, finds report

26/06/2019
The NHS is paying double the initial cost to wholesalers for Category M generic drugs, according to a report commissioned by the British Generic Manufacturers Association, the trade body representing generics manufacturers.

Pharmacist prescribers guidance will have 'positive impact' but clarity is needed, says RPS

26/06/2019
Guidance for pharmacist independent prescribers produced by the General Pharmaceutical Council will have a “positive impact” on the profession, pharmacy organisations have said.

Medical cannabis should not face usual regulatory checks, says former health minister

26/06/2019
Medical cannabis products should not be subject to the usual regulatory checks before patients can use them, as cannabis is “the oldest medicine of all”, Sir Norman Lamb has said.

Health Education England publishes recommendations for education and training of pharmacy workforce

25/06/2019
Health Education England has published a review of current education and training provisions for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, together with recommendations for how those provisions should be reformed to meet the demands of the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’.

Emergency antibiotic supplies from pharmacies double in a year

25/06/2019
The number of emergency antibiotics supplied to patients by community pharmacies without a prescription has almost doubled in one year, data from the NHS Business Services Authority show.

Anticholinergic medicines associated with increased risk of dementia, UK study finds

25/06/2019
Using strong anticholinergic medication every day for three years or more is associated with a nearly 50% increased risk of dementia in those aged 55 years and over, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found.

Emergency antibiotic supplies double despite concern over AMR

25/06/2019
As the number of antibiotics supplied through the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service increases, concerns are growing over its impact on antimicrobial resistance.

Most patients with hospital discharge delays blame medicines wait

24/06/2019
Nearly three in four patients who were delayed on discharge from hospital said it was because they had to wait for medicines, a Care Quality Commission survey has found.

RPS opens consultation on draft designated prescribing practitioner framework

24/06/2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking members for their views on a draft competency framework for designated prescribing practitioners.

Boots to scrap plastic bags from its stores

24/06/2019
Boots has announced it is scrapping plastic carrier bags from its stores and will instead use brown paper bags as standard.

Dame Sally Davies to be first UK special envoy on AMR

24/06/2019
England’s outgoing chief medical officer has been appointed as the UK’s first special envoy on antimicrobial resistance.

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