Practice The main aim of the dispensing support pharmacy, due to dispense medicines to 50 branches this summer, was to free up pharmacists’ time for services, superintendent pharmacist Steve Banks has told C+D
Practice Government should have focused instead on commissioning HIV services in pharmacy, as those selling the kits may not have adequate training to give advice to those who receive a positive result
Practice All community pharmacies in the UK could be allowed to sell the government’s range of vitamin supplements for pregnant women by the end of the year, health minister Daniel Poulter has revealed
Practice Success at the Lib Dem conference has encouraged the RPS and Pharmacy Voice, which are attending the conferences of the three main political parties to engage with politicians and key health charities and associations
Practice Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that the government is investing £1bn in training 2,000 more GPs “makes a national minor ailments scheme or massive programme of community-based pharmacists prescribers look cheap”, said one contractor
Practice The decriminalisation of dispensing errors is a priority for the government, but pharmacists should not expect “overnight changes” to the law, pharmacy minister Earl Howe has told C+D in an exclusive interview.
Business NPA chief Mike Holden has called for community pharmacies to have access to the Treasury’s £2,000 Employment Allowance, which is currently unavailable to businesses that receive more than half their income from the public sector