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Inside Pharmacy2U

11/07/2019
From controversial marketing campaigns to fears that its vast dispensing facilities will quash high street pharmacy businesses, Pharmacy2U’s rise has not gone unnoticed.

Vape shops open in two 'smoke-free' hospitals

11/07/2019
E-cigarette shops have opened in two hospitals in the West Midlands after the NHS trust running the hospitals went smoke-free on 5 July 2019.

SGLT2 inhibitor lowers risk of kidney failure in type 2 diabetes

11/07/2019
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.

GPhC set to confirm it will require universities to offer integrated pharmacy programmes

11/07/2019
The General Pharmaceutical Council has said it is likely to move forward with proposals requiring pharmacy schools to offer integrated programmes of “study and practical experience”.

Pharmacist prescribing of controlled drugs increases by 50% in a year

11/07/2019
Pharmacist prescribing of controlled drug items has increased by more than 50% in the year between 2017 and 2018, the Care Quality Commission has found.

Boots's centralised dispensing system aims to fulfil 22 million prescriptions per year

10/07/2019
The UK’s biggest pharmacy chain plans to roll out access to its dispensing support pharmacy to 580 of its stores “over the coming months”, with the aim of it dispensing one in ten of all Boots prescriptions.

RPS policy on type 2 diabetes calls for full integration of pharmacists across NHS systems

10/07/2019
Pharmacists must be fully integrated into the care of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in England across all care settings, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

GP antibiotic prescribing decreases slower in older patients and those without indication, study finds

10/07/2019
Antibiotic prescribing by GPs declined consistently between 2014 and 2017, but the rate of decline was lower in patients over the age of 55 years old, a study published in BMJ Open has found.

NHS partners with Amazon to provide health information through Alexa

10/07/2019
The NHS has partnered with Amazon to its use voice-assisted technology, ‘Alexa’, to provide healthcare information from the NHS website.

NHS trials new payment system to encourage development of new antibiotics

10/07/2019
A subscription-style payment system is to be trialled by the NHS to help encourage the development of new antibiotics, the health secretary has announced.

GPhC given powers to resolve fitness to practise cases without a full hearing

09/07/2019
The General Pharmaceutical Council will be able to conclude fitness to practise cases without a full panel hearing, under new regulation reforms put forward by the government.

Ash Soni to step down as RPS president

09/07/2019
Ash Soni has announced that he will be stepping down as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at the end of his term in July 2019.

Pharmacists advised to check legal status of CBD products before supply or risk indemnity breach

09/07/2019
Pharmacists selling or supplying cannabis-based products for medicinal use or cannabidiol-containing products must check the status of the product or risk not being protected by indemnity insurance, the National Pharmacy Association has warned.

NHS to explore whether community pharmacists can provide naloxone for patients taking prescription opioids

09/07/2019
A team from the University of Stirling has been given NHS funding to explore whether community pharmacies could deliver naloxone to patients taking prescription opioids.

Boys aged 12 and 13 years to be offered HPV vaccine from September 2019, PHE announces

09/07/2019
From September 2019, boys aged 12 and 13 years will be offered the free human papillomavirus vaccine, Public Health England has announced.

Two LPCs to spend up to £75,000 on community pharmacy engagement with PCNs

08/07/2019
It will cost two London-based local pharmacy committees up to £75,000 to ensure that community pharmacy can engage with primary care networks.

Government tenders for £3m contract for Brexit medicines express

08/07/2019
The government has set aside £3m to transport short-life medicines and medical devices in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

RPS joins London Pride parade for first time

08/07/2019
Royal Pharmaceutical Society staff and members marched alongside more than 30,000 people in the Pride in London Parade, held in the capital on 6 July 2019.

EU task force guidance on how to report drugs shortages published

08/07/2019
An EU task force, set up to deal with problems with medicines supply, has published guidance to improve communication about medicines shortages.

Handheld cluster headache device recommended by NICE

08/07/2019
An electronic handheld device that can be used to prevent and treat cluster headaches in some patients has been recommended in draft guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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