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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

‘Powerful and dangerous’ illicit medicines seized in Manchester raids

“Hundreds of thousands of doses” of suspected illegally traded drugs were seized by the UK’s medicines watchdog in Manchester this week.

Crime Products

Ash Soni: Independents ‘not aware of just how financially challenged’ they are

The president of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has warned that many independent pharmacy owners aren’t aware of the extent of the financial challenges they face. 

General Business 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

UPDATED: Competition watchdog probes Pharmacy2U purchase of LloydsDirect

The competition authority is looking into the “assets merger” of Pharmacy2U and LloydsDirect, the UK’s two largest online pharmacies, it has revealed.

Businesses Digital

Jhoots adds 36 ex-Lloydspharmacy branches to its estate

Jhoots Pharmacy has bought 36 former Lloydspharmacy branches using a £17.4 million loan from HSBC, the bank has revealed.

Money Premises

Ombudsman made ‘detailed' probe into just one pharmacy complaint last year

Only one of out almost 500 complaints received by the health ombudsman last year about pharmacies was accepted for “detailed investigation”, it has revealed.

Regulatory bodies Multiples

Patients hospitalised by fake Saxenda and Ozempic pens filled with insulin

Insulin found in fake Ozempic and Saxenda injection pens has led to patients being hospitalised with hypoglycaemic shock, the medicines watchdog has revealed.

Crime Manufacturers

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

Ex-Lloydspharmacy superintendent Victoria Steele lands new role in group

Lloydspharmacy’s former superintendent Victoria Steele has taken up the position of clinical director and chief pharmacist for Lloydspharmacy Healthcare Services, the multiple’s parent company has confirmed.

Lloydspharmacy People
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