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Pharmacy-led COVID-19 jab sites can use some Pfizer vaccines after expiry date

The “post-thaw expiry dates” of some Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines can be extended from 31 to 45 days, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has told pharmacy-led vaccination sites.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Just 10 pharmacies halt their lateral flow test kit distribution service

Only 10 pharmacies in England have decided to stop offering the lateral flow test kit distribution service – also known as Pharmacy Collect – despite mounting pressures, C+D can reveal.

Businesses COVID-19

Which areas in Scotland could start supplying COVID antivirals through pharmacies?

Thirteen pharmacies in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area have been contracted to supply the COVID-19 antiviral molnupiravir, while more pharmacies in Scotland could be commissioned to provide a similar service in the future.

Services COVID-19

New CPCS conditions: scratches and grazes, teething, and sinusitis

The number of Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) referrals from NHS 111 could grow by over a quarter of a million following the addition of three new conditions, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has announced. 

Services Common Conditions

DH extends provision of free PPE for pharmacy teams until end of March 2023

Pharmacy teams will continue to receive free PPE until March 31 2023, after an “overwhelming” majority of respondents to a Department of Health and Social Care (DH) consultation came out in favour of the scheme.

COVID-19 Contracts

Former Lexon UK director disqualified for role in nortriptyline competition law breach

A former director of Lexon UK has been disqualified for his involvement in the wholesaler’s “illegal information sharing” about the antidepressant nortriptyline, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced.

Products Medicines

Pharmacist develops website to cut lengthy Pharmacy Collect processes

A locum pharmacist based in Manchester has created a website that aims to remove “at least half of the work” pharmacy teams must undertake when recording the lateral flow test kits they have distributed.

People Services

Numark pledges to ‘refine’ Hey Pharmacist app following concerns

Numark is committed to “continually refining and improving” its Hey Pharmacist app based on the feedback it receives from its members, it has told C+D, after some pharmacists raised concerns about the app’s current setup.

Businesses Premises

Locations of 44 pharmacies piloting NHS contraception service in England

Forty-four pharmacies in England are now signed up to pilot the NHS Community Pharmacy Contraception Management Service, allowing patients greater access to ongoing oral contraception.

Contract Services

Gove: Lateral flow tests to remain free for ‘as long as we need them’

The government will do “whatever it takes” to ensure free lateral flow tests remain in place for “as long as we need them”, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Michael Gove, has said. 

Politics Politicians

Superdrug trials walk-in health screening service at £139 launch price

Superdrug has launched a health screening service in its 72 nurse-lead health clinics across the UK, with plans to make walk-in appointments available in all clinics in the future.

Multiples Services

Online petition calling for greater RPS transparency hits almost 500 signatures

A former Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board member has launched a petition asking the organisation “to take material steps to be transparent”, showing members and the wider pharmacy profession how it is governed. 

General Regulation Politics
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