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EU must investigate medicines shortages say hospital pharmacists

European hospital pharmacists are demanding that the EU launches an investigation into medicines shortages.

Around 20 million GP appointments could be transferred to community pharmacy, says NHS England primary care boss

More than 20 million GP appointments could be transferred to community pharmacy through the GP Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS) each year, NHS England’s director of primary care strategy has said.

Man who stole RPS president's chain sentenced to 30 months in prison

The man who stole the Royal Pharmaceutical Society president’s chain in November 2018 from its London headquarters has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Untidy shelves among causes of medicine dispensing errors

“Untidy shelves, replacing split strips of tablets back into open boxes of the wrong strength and self-checking prescriptions,” were among the factors causing almost a quarter of medication errors in independent community pharmacies in Scotland.

No-deal Brexit could put UK at greater risk from falsifed medicines, HDA director tells MPs

Leaving the EU without a deal would likely result in the UK being “unplugged” from the Falsified Medicines Directive, Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, has told a select committee of MPs.

LloydsPharmacy’s parent company buys repeat prescription app

LloydsPharmacy’s parent company, McKesson UK, has bought the online repeat prescription app ‘Echo’ — one of several pharmacy apps now on the NHS Digital app library.

Everything you need to know about medical cannabis

Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK on 1 November 2018, but the regulations around its use and supply remain strict. Here is a quick update about how it is being used in the NHS and what benefits it may or may not offer.

Single-click access to patient records for pharmacists officially launched

More than 3,000 community pharmacies in England can now access their patients’ summary care records (SCRs) through a new one-click function.

WHO urges countries to adopt antibiotic classification tool to protect against AMR

The World Health Organization is encouraging global adoption of a tool designed to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

CMA accuses four pharmaceutical companies of breaking competition law on supply of antidepressant

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found four pharmaceutical companies to have broken completion law in relation to supply of nortriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant.

'NHS Long Term Plan' will only succeed with higher investment, think tank warns

Urgent government action is needed to address critical staff shortages and increase the productivity of NHS trusts in order to deliver the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’, the Health Foundation has warned.

Is a complete ban on OTC opioids the solution?

Misuse of over-the-counter opioids often slips under the radar. Some experts say the UK should follow other countries and ban them altogether, but others argue that there is more that pharmacists can do to help tackle this problem.

EpiPen rationing introduced again

A prescription-only process for EpiPen 0.3mg adrenaline autoinjectors has been issued, meaning that patients are limited to a maximum of two per prescription.

Weekly contact with pharmacist improves medicine adherence in people with heart failure

Regular consultations with pharmacists lead to improved medicine adherence in people with chronic heart failure (HF), research results show.

PCNs will be 'required' to involve community pharmacy from April 2020, says NHS England

All primary care networks will be required to collaborate with community pharmacies from April 2020, NHS England has said.

Claire Anderson elected as chair of English Pharmacy Board

Claire Anderson, professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, has been elected to chair the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board.

GPhC to spend up to £100k on recruiting new council members in March 2020

The General Pharmaceutical Council will spend up to £100,000 on increasing the diversity of candidates to take up its council positions from 2020.

Reductions in antibiotics achievable if guidelines on prescribing duration observed, says NICE

Substantial reductions in antibiotic exposure could be achieved by ensuring that the duration of prescriptions fall in line with national guidance, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has said.

Electronic prescribing does not prevent most harmful paediatric prescribing errors, study finds

Electronic prescribing systems in England do not prevent the majority of harmful prescribing errors from occurring in the hospital paediatric setting, study results published in The BMJ show.

PSNC warns AstraZeneca's direct-to-pharmacy distribution model may impact medicines supply chain

The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca’s move to supply its medicines through one wholesaler may decrease resilience in the supply chain, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned.