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Barcode database errors could see wrong medicines dispensed to patients, warns pharmacy negotiator

Pharmacists have been asked to “remain vigilant” when dispensing certain packs of medicines after a discrepancy was found between barcodes on the packs and corresponding data stored in an NHS Business Services Authority database.

CQC registers first standalone medical cannabis clinic

The Sapphire Medical Clinic has become the first dedicated medical cannabis clinic in the UK to be registered by the Care Quality Commission. 

Give all pharmacists access to NHS-funded mental health support, RPS says

All pharmacists should be able to access NHS-funded mental health support, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

Skill-mix more important for quality of community pharmacy services than staffing levels, study finds

Skill-mix in community pharmacy has a bigger influence on the quality of services a pharmacy provides than overall staffing numbers, a study has found.

Nadia Bukhari appointed as FIP global lead for gender equity and diversity

Nadia Bukhari, a former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board, has been appointed as a global lead for gender equity and diversity with the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Pharmacists to 'proof check' GPhC registration assessment questions after errors found in exam

The General Pharmaceutical Council has introduced “a blind proof check” of its exam questions after three errors were found in the regulator’s June 2019 registration assessment.

No-deal Brexit likely to increase cost of new medicines, Scottish government says

The Scottish government has said it is “likely that the cost of new medicines in the UK will increase” under a no-deal Brexit.

Medicines recall drug alert issued for potentially contaminated ranitidine products

Pharmacists are being advised to stop supplying some ranitidine products after it was revealed that they may be contaminated with the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine.

A third of community pharmacies cannot order supplies of EpiPen, despite distributor saying they are in stock

More than 30% of community pharmacies say they cannot order supplies of EpiPen auto-injectors as they are “out of stock”, despite the device’s sole distributor Alliance Healthcare saying they are available.

Little progress made to develop incentives for new antibiotics, vaccines and diagnostics, AMR review concludes

Little progress has been made to transform research or develop incentives for new antibiotics, vaccines and diagnostics, a review of progress on antimicrobial resistance has concluded.

Pharmacists can digitally transfer patient flu vaccination data to GPs in two-week pilot

Pharmacists in Leeds will be able to send updates to GPs on patients who have their flu vaccination in pharmacies from 14 October 2019, as part of a two-week pilot.

Pharmacists' use of summary care record is 'disappointing', says senior NHS England official

A senior NHS England official has described pharmacists’ use of the summary care record as “quite disappointing”.

Pharmacy teams may not spot sepsis under new consultation scheme, warns pharmacy negotiator

There is a “significant risk” that pharmacy teams will fail to spot sepsis in patients presenting under the new community pharmacist consultation scheme due to begin at the end of October 2019, a pharmacy negotiator has said.

Diabetes care pilot examines greater links between secondary care and community pharmacy

A new pilot scheme will assess whether greater community pharmacy involvement in diabetes care helps improve the overall health of patients.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic people receive poorer diabetes treatment, study finds

Black, Asian and minority ethnic people receive poorer diabetes treatment compared to white people, research from the University of Surrey has revealed.

Safety committee recommends limiting use of high-strength estradiol creams for postmenopausal women

The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee has recommended limiting use of high-strength creams containing 100 microgram/gram of estradiol to a single treatment period of up to four weeks.

Post-foundation hospital pharmacists need mentors, survey finds

Mentoring is “crucial” to the development of advanced practice pharmacists, according to the results of a survey of hospital pharmacists in Scotland.

Pharmacist consultation service risks putting 'massive pressure' on urgent care if too few pharmacies sign up

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service needs at least 4,000 pharmacies to register by its go-live date of 29 October 2019 or referrals will “revert back” to general practice, a senior NHS England official has warned.

Competition and Markets Authority accepts £8m from drug firm accused of price fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted an offer of £8m to be paid to the NHS by a drug manufacturer as part of an agreement following allegations of anticompetitive behaviour and the supply of a prescription drug.

Researchers to design pharmacist-led intervention for patients using long-term opioids

A five-year research programme has been launched to develop and test a pharmacist-led intervention for patients taking regular opioids for long-term pain.