Following the £4.27 billion merger between Boots and US healthcare giant Walgreens, and the announcement this week that the No.7 brand will be rolled out across the US, C+D reporter Emma Weinbren asks what will the ramifications will be for Boots.
After another financially difficult year for community pharmacy, Emma Weinbren asks if more pharmacies – multiples and independents alike – should follow Boots in focusing on retail over dispensing and services
Business The latest round of category M clawbacks could force pharmacies to close, with 100-hour pharmacies and independents being particularly vulnerable to the threat, industry experts have forecast.
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Business Celesio UK chief Cormac Tobin (pictured) said he couldn't see any long-term benefits in selling food, claiming Boots was trying to be “a lot of things to a lot of people”, while Lloydspharmacy focused on healthcare.
Business Eight independent pharmacies and Tesco have joined the four largest multiples on a national services pilot aimed at demonstrating the "expanded role" that pharmacists can play within healthcare.
Practice It is crucial that independent contractors start gearing up for paperless prescriptions now, as GPs have been given the authority to set their own go-live date for the EPS, pharmacy trade body Numark has warned.
Practice Jeremy Hunt has thrown down the gauntlet to NHS officials to create the "most modern digital health service in the world" and save £4.4 billion annually by becoming paperless in the next five years.
Public health Pharmacists are forced to hand deliver patient information to GPs because they don’t have secure email, Audit Scotland has highlighted, warning that a lack of information sharing could undermine the drive to reduce health inequalities.