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Pharmacists' use of summary care record is 'disappointing', says senior NHS England official

A senior NHS England official has described pharmacists’ use of the summary care record as “quite disappointing”.

Pharmacy teams may not spot sepsis under new consultation scheme, warns pharmacy negotiator

There is a “significant risk” that pharmacy teams will fail to spot sepsis in patients presenting under the new community pharmacist consultation scheme due to begin at the end of October 2019, a pharmacy negotiator has said.

Diabetes care pilot examines greater links between secondary care and community pharmacy

A new pilot scheme will assess whether greater community pharmacy involvement in diabetes care helps improve the overall health of patients.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic people receive poorer diabetes treatment, study finds

Black, Asian and minority ethnic people receive poorer diabetes treatment compared to white people, research from the University of Surrey has revealed.

Safety committee recommends limiting use of high-strength estradiol creams for postmenopausal women

The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee has recommended limiting use of high-strength creams containing 100 microgram/gram of estradiol to a single treatment period of up to four weeks.

Post-foundation hospital pharmacists need mentors, survey finds

Mentoring is “crucial” to the development of advanced practice pharmacists, according to the results of a survey of hospital pharmacists in Scotland.

Pharmacist consultation service risks putting 'massive pressure' on urgent care if too few pharmacies sign up

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service needs at least 4,000 pharmacies to register by its go-live date of 29 October 2019 or referrals will “revert back” to general practice, a senior NHS England official has warned.

Competition and Markets Authority accepts £8m from drug firm accused of price fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted an offer of £8m to be paid to the NHS by a drug manufacturer as part of an agreement following allegations of anticompetitive behaviour and the supply of a prescription drug.

Researchers to design pharmacist-led intervention for patients using long-term opioids

A five-year research programme has been launched to develop and test a pharmacist-led intervention for patients taking regular opioids for long-term pain.

RPS publishes wider gender pay gap for 2019

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has reported a median hourly gender pay gap of 13.1% as of April 2019 — a 0.5% increase on its April 2018 median hourly pay gap.

Triple-therapy inhaler improves lung function in adults with asthma

Combining three therapies into one inhaler improves lung function and reduces exacerbations in adults with uncontrolled asthma, researchers have concluded in a paper published in The Lancet.

Chemotherapy more effective than second targeted hormone therapy in resistant prostate cancer

Men with advanced prostate cancer who stop responding to targeted hormone therapy but are then treated with modern chemotherapy have better survival rates than those given a second targeted treatment, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

RPS in Scotland reiterates need for access to patient records

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has reiterated the need for pharmacist access to digital patient records.

National Association of Women Pharmacists to become part of Pharmacists’ Defence Association

The National Association of Women Pharmacists is set to continue as a semi-autonomous network within the Pharmacists’ Defence Association.

Welsh government proposes introducing pharmaceutical needs assessments from April 2020

Health boards in Wales may be required to conduct pharmaceutical needs assessments from 1 April 2020.

Government issues first serious shortage protocols to combat shortages of fluoxetine

The government has issued the first serious shortage protocols to combat shortages of the antidepressant fluoxetine.

Government issues first serious shortage protocol to combat shortages of fluoxetine

The government has issued the first serious shortage protocol to combat shortages of the antidepressant fluoxetine.

Pharmacy minister defends freezing funding for community pharmacy as meeting pharmacy negotiator's terms

The pharmacy minister has defended the decision to freeze funding for community pharmacies over the next five years by saying it provides the level of certainty that pharmacy negotiators wanted.

EMA tells drug manufacturers to test for probable carcinogen

The European Medicines Agency has told drug manufacturers to test all medicines that contain chemically synthesised active substances for the presence of nitrosamines.

NHS England incentivises pharmacists to nominate PCN lead for community pharmacies

Community pharmacists working in a primary care network will have to nominate a lead pharmacist by 31 March 2020 to access a portion of funding under the updated pharmacy quality scheme.