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Pharmacy2U accessed summary care records 31 times in a year, NHS Digital data shows

02/08/2019
Industry-leading online pharmacy, Pharmacy2U, has accessed patients’ summary care records just 31 times over the past year, according to NHS Digital data on SCR use in pharmacies across England.

MEP 43 out now

01/08/2019
Guidance on the sale and supply of medicinal cannabis and cannabidiol oils is one of several new additions to the 43rd edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice.

UK not providing 'best practice' level smoking cessation support, says WHO report

01/08/2019
The UK is not among 23 countries providing smoking cessation services at the “best practice” level, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

Stopping statins in older patients increases risk of cardiovascular-related hospital admission

31/07/2019
Statin discontinuation in patients aged 75 years and over is associated with a 33% increased risk of hospital admission for a cardiovascular event, a study published in European Heart Journal has found.

Audit of antibiotics supplied by pharmacy urgent medicine scheme to be carried out by NHS England

31/07/2019
NHS England plans to audit antibiotics supplied by pharmacists under the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service, at the request of Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England.

Patient Access mobile app to be rolled out to 220 pharmacy branches

30/07/2019
Patients will be able to book appointments for community pharmacy services through a smartphone app in 220 Day Lewis pharmacies, following a successful pilot in 60 of the multiple’s branches.

Pharmacy technicians may take on greater role in dispensing under government proposals

30/07/2019
Pharmacy technicians could play a bigger role in the dispensing process in community pharmacy under forthcoming government proposals, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed.

Low vitamin D status in early life linked to future high blood pressure

30/07/2019
Children with persistently low plasma vitamin D levels at birth and in early childhood have an increased risk of elevated systolic blood pressure later in childhood, research has suggested.

Over 25% of hypertensive patients not taking their medicines as directed, research finds

30/07/2019
One in four patients with hypertension are either partially or fully non-adherent to their medication, according to research published in the British Journal of General Practice.

DOACs account for 'notable number' of medication errors

30/07/2019
A “notable number” of medication errors involving direct oral anticoagulants occurred in the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Pharmacy Association’s Medication Safety Officer update for April–June 2019.

Government to change legislation to make 'consolidation' of pharmacies easier

29/07/2019
The government is looking at changing legislation to support community pharmacy contractors who may be considering consolidating pharmacies because it says there are too many pharmacies in operation.

New clinical roles in cardiovascular disease and hepatitis C in community pharmacy contract

29/07/2019
Community pharmacists could be involved in detecting undiagnosed cardiovascular disease under plans laid out in the ‘The Community Pharmacy Contract Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/24’.

PDAU asks Boots to set up pay equality checks

29/07/2019
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union has asked Boots to set up working parties to “equality check” its pay system as part of the first set of terms and conditions negotiations between the union and Boots.

Cannabis-derived medicine for treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy approved by EMA committee

29/07/2019
A European Medicines Agency committee has given a positive opinion for what could be the first plant-derived cannabis-based medicine to be approved in Europe for the treatment of any form of epilepsy.

DHSC to reform Category M reimbursement prices by April 2020

26/07/2019
The government has proposed adjusting Category M drug reimbursement prices to ensure that pharmacy contractors are receiving equitable access to the medicines margin.

Genomics project to see £160m industry investment as part of disease detection programme

26/07/2019
Businesses and charities are expected to invest up to £160m to help support research into the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases as part of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme.

High street multiples take on the digital pharmacy revolution

26/07/2019
Despite lagging behind their distance-selling counterparts in online dispensing, the digital revolution in community pharmacy may still be led by the top four high street pharmacy chains.

GPhC June assessment pass rate falls to lowest level since 2011

26/07/2019
The pass rate for the General Pharmaceutical Council’s June registration assessment has fallen to its lowest level since the regulator began running the exam.

More than 40% of hospital admissions from care homes are avoidable with better preventative care

26/07/2019
Some 79,000 emergency admissions to hospital involving care home residents could be avoided in one year with better preventative primary care, an analysis from NHS England and the Health Foundation has found.

Efficacy of tramadol reduced by concurrent use of some antidepressants

26/07/2019
Taking certain antidepressants reduces the efficacy of the opioid medicine tramadol, according to research published in Pharmacotherapy.

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