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CMA provisionally accuses Alliance Healthcare of breaking competition law over antibiotic supply

25/07/2019
A drug wholesaler and two drug supply companies have been accused by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) of deliberately keeping the cost of an antibiotic high, in breach of competition law.

Pharmacies incentivised to cut back on sales of sugary drinks

25/07/2019
Community pharmacies have been asked to cut back on the number of sugary drinks they sell as part of the new contract framework for the sector.

Representative body championing black pharmacists in the NHS launches

25/07/2019
An organisation has been set up to promote equality for pharmacists who identify as black.

A&E could refer patients to community pharmacy under new five-year contract

24/07/2019
Patients in A&E could be sent to see a community pharmacist instead of a doctor under a future expansion of the scheme that currently refers patients from NHS 111 and general practice.

‘A blessing and a curse’: the struggle to introduce e-prescribing

24/07/2019
NHS England has set an ambitious target to be paperless by 2024, a major part of which is implementing electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems in hospitals. Although progress is being made, there remain challenges to overcome.

Health prevention green paper aims for 95% uptake of childhood vaccinations and a smoke-free England

24/07/2019
A vaccination strategy will be launched in early 2020 with the aim of achieving at least 95% uptake for childhood vaccinations, along with a continued uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine, the government has announced.

Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 12 June 2019

24/07/2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting included the election of a new chair and vice chair, updates on several consultation responses and the e-cigarette policy, while guest speakers talked about advanced therapies.

English Pharmacy Board meeting: 19–20 June 2019

24/07/2019
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board elected a new chair and vice chair, and heard updates on the publication of the cannabidiol oil guidance document and the Society’s three-tier response to the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’.

Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 3 July 2019

24/07/2019
The latest meeting of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board included updates on mental health and e-cigarette policies, as well as agreeing in principle to a non-members fee for RPS Local events.

NHS launches pharmacy UTI test and treat pilot

23/07/2019
The NHS has launched a pilot test and treat service for patients who suspect they have a urinary tract infection.

Statin treatment associated with reduced risk of glaucoma

23/07/2019
Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.

Barrett’s Mandrake Embrocation (ca. 1885–1907)

23/07/2019
Who says the Victorians didn’t have a sense of humour?

Five years of flat funding presents a challenge for community pharmacy, say pharmacy organisations

22/07/2019
Five years of fixed funding will prove challenging for an “already financially strained sector”, pharmacy organisations have warned after the government published the latest community pharmacy contract on 22 July 2019.

Community pharmacy contract funding frozen at £2.59bn for next five years

22/07/2019
Community pharmacies are set to receive £13bn over the next five years under the latest national contract, with a planned spend of £2.59bn each year.

MHRA has taken action against companies on FMD compliance

22/07/2019
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency has confirmed that it has taken regulatory action against a small number of companies for infringements relating to compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive.

Community pharmacy contract funding frozen at £2.59bn for next five years

22/07/2019
Community pharmacies in England are set to receive £13bn over the next five years under the latest national contract, with a planned spend of £2.59bn each year.

Pharmacists’ medicines recommendations not being actioned by GPs, study finds

22/07/2019
More than half of recommendations from pharmacists advising changes to prescriptions were not actioned by GPs in the practice, a study has found.

Pharmacists told flu vaccine deliveries will be delayed

19/07/2019
Flu vaccine suppliers have told pharmacies that some deliveries of the standard quadrivalent flu vaccine will be delayed until November 2019.

Fewer than half of GPs will be able to receive patient flu data from pharmacy this autumn

19/07/2019
Four in ten GP practices are expected to be able to receive updates on patients who have their flu vaccination at pharmacies this autumn, NHS Digital has said.

No new cases of HIV among people in Wales taking PrEP

19/07/2019
None of the more than 1,000 people in Wales who have received pre-exposure prophylaxis since it became routinely available have developed HIV while receiving the drugs.

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