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Are you ready for Pharmacy First? Deadlines for upfront cash announced

Pharmacies must sign up to deliver the new Pharmacy First service by the end of the year to receive a £2,000 cash injection in time for the service launch in February, the negotiator has announced. 

Funding Services

Pharmacies field calls from 'anxious' patients as ADHD med shortages persist

Pharmacy teams have reacted with dismay as an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) charity has revealed that supply issues for ADHD drugs will continue well into 2024.

Medicines Prescriptions

Most independents don’t think pharmacy negotiator is ‘representative’, says AIMp

The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) has called for Community Pharmacy England (CPE) to “adopt a model of proportionality” for its committee. 

Pharmacy organisations Multiples

UPDATED: Living wage increase will cost pharmacy sector up to £195m, warns CPE

The pharmacy negotiator has said that the increased national living wage is “not sustainable” for the sector without additional funding.

Businesses Money

No plans to expand Pharmacy First conditions ‘at present’, says Leadsom

The government has said that no assessment has been made “so far” into expanding the new common conditions service beyond the initial seven conditions it will cover. 

Services Common Conditions

‘Absolutely not!’: Strong opposition to offering vapes in pharmacies, shows poll

Almost three-quarters of respondents to a C+D snapshot poll have said that they do not think that vapes should be offered in community pharmacies.

Smoking cessation Products

Eye gels recalled due to 'possible microbial contamination', MHRA warns

The UK’s medicines watchdog has recalled some carbomer-containing eye gels amid an “ongoing” investigation into whether they are contaminated with a bacteria, it has revealed.  

Eye care Infection

‘Fake’ pharmacist jailed for four-and-a-half years after student drug death

A man has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after the 2021 death of a Cambridge student from “drug-related” causes.

Crime Medicines

‘Historically significant’: All the reaction to Lloydspharmacy’s high street exit

The deconstruction of the sector giant has provoked strong reactions across the community pharmacy sector.

Lloydspharmacy Businesses

Pharmacy First IT updates: Pharmacists to have greater GP records access

Pharmacists will have greater access to GP records and be able to receive urgent referrals digitally under the new Pharmacy First service launching next year. 

Digital Services

New five-year drugs pricing deal could lead to shortages, warns BGMA

A new five-year voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing will double the cap on branded medicines sales growth to 4%, the government and industry have announced.

Medicines Manufacturers

Electronic prescriptions pilot launched in Wales ahead of January rollout

The first electronic prescription service (EPS) in Wales has been launched, the Welsh government has announced. 

Digital Premises
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