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PCN pharmacists to have role in diagnostics by 2021/2022, says Keith Ridge

Pharmacists will “undoubtedly contribute” to cardiovascular disease prevention and diagnosis as part of primary care networks by 2021/2022, England’s chief pharmaceutical officer, Keith Ridge, has said.

Drug-related deaths in Scotland hit record level

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland rose to 1,187 in 2018: a figure 27% higher than the previous year, according to data from National Records of Scotland.

HEE told it must train 500 clinical pharmacists in 2019/2020

Health Education England has been tasked with training 500 clinical pharmacists for roles in general practice by the end of 2019/2020, the Department of Health and Social Care has said in its annual mandate.

Majority of patients not asked for consent before being switched to a biosimilar, survey finds

Less than half of patients (47%) were asked for their consent before being switched to an adalimumab biosimilar, according to the preliminary results of a patient survey carried out by the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society.

DHSC to clarify to MPs that medical cannabis licensing will include clinical trials

The Department of Health and Social Care is to write to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee to clarify that the licensing process for medical cannabis will include clinical trials.

Patients must be 'urgently' referred back to mental health specialists if drug shortages hit, SPS warns

Patients who take medication used to treat depression should be “urgently” referred back to a mental health specialist if their supply runs out, the Specialist Pharmacy Service has warned.

It is time to enforce FMD compliance, says European Medicines Verification Organisation

The body that runs the Falsified Medicines Directive says medicines regulators in individual countries should begin enforcing its compliance.

EMA makes recommendations to reduce methotrexate dosing errors

Only doctors with expertise in using methotrexate-containing medicines should be able to prescribe them, the European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee has recommended.

Point-of-care test could help reduce antibiotic use in COPD exacerbations, study finds

Point-of-care testing could help reduce antibiotic use in patients with exacerbations of COPD, study results published in the New England Journal of Medicine show.

Sandra Gidley elected as new president of RPS

Sandra Gidley has been elected as the new president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by the RPS Assembly.

Category M prices to increase by £15m per month from August 2019, announces PSNC

Category M reimbursement prices are to increase by £15m a month from August 2019, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced following discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Union says it will take 'continuous strike action' over pharmacy support workers' pay

Unite the Union has confirmed that pharmacy support workers in NHS Tayside will begin “continuous strike action” on 19 August 2019.

UK trials not needed for medical cannabis licensing process, says Hancock

Medical cannabis will not need to be tested through randomised controlled trials in the UK in order to be licensed, health secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.

Digital notification system helps pharmacists to support patients with mental illness

Some eight out of ten community pharmacists participating in a pilot of a novel notification system said it helped them to support patients with a serious mental illness.

MHRA warns patients about potential failure of Emerade adrenalin auto-injectors

Some Emerade adrenaline auto-injectors may fail to deliver a dose of adrenaline from the syringe owing to a blockage in the needle, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned.

RPS relaunches membership survey

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is relaunching its membership survey. 

Boots and PDA Union sign their first voluntary recognition agreement

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union has signed its first voluntary recognition agreement with Boots

Scottish pharmacists to be paid more for emergency contraception provision following fall in unintended pregnancy rates

Community pharmacists in Scotland will now be reimbursed at an increased rate of £30 per patient for providing emergency hormonal contraception because of the effect the service has had on unintended pregnancies.

GPhC sees 15% rise in concerns raised about registrants in 2018/2019

The General Pharmaceutical Council has seen a 15% year-on-year increase in the number of complaints it has received about pharmacists on the register.

Pharmacy2U could provide up to 3,000 telephone NMS appointments each month

Online pharmacy Pharmacy2U has said it will start to deliver the new medicine service in the coming months, estimating that it could provide up to 3,000 telephone appointments each month.