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NHS BSA approaches 53 pharmacies with high value of out-of-pocket claims

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has contacted 53 contractors who have reported “very high values” of out-of-pocket (OOP) expense claims compared to other pharmacies, it has said.

Money Businesses

GPhC may issue further regulatory guidance if hub-and-spoke law changes

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will consider whether “additional guidance is required” should the law change so that the hub-and-spoke model can be rolled out across all pharmacies, the regulator's CEO Duncan Rudkin has said.

GPhC Contracts

GPhC chair on proposals to scrap 2-years' experience rule for prescribing

There isn't a convincing argument for maintaining the “arbitrary” rule that a pharmacist needs two years of experience to start training to become an independent prescriber, the GPhC's outgoing chair Nigel Clarke has said.

GPhC Services

GPhC: Enforcement action ‘not enough’ for pharmacies supplying inappropriate codeine linctus

“Just taking enforcement action” against pharmacies that supply unusually high quantities of codeine linctus is "not enough”, a General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) director has warned.

GPhC General Regulation

The highest and 'deeply concerning' July registration exam pass rates by university

Candidates studying in certain pharmacy schools “performed significantly less well than others” at the July 2021 exam sittings, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said.

GPhC Pharmacy schools

GPhC urges pharmacy workers to get COVID jab even if not required to by law

The regulator has called on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to get vaccinated against COVID-19, following the health secretary's decision to make getting jabbed mandatory for staff working in Care Quality Commission- (CQC) registered businesses.  

Businesses GPhC

Pharmacists may have to supply sodium valproate in original pack

The MHRA is planning to consult on introducing a legal requirement for pharmacists to supply sodium valproate in its original pack in a bid to support its safe use, the DH said.

Regulatory bodies Politics

Pharmacist struck off for stealing more than £8k in cash from employer

A Halifax pharmacist has been removed from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register for stealing more than £8,000 over a three-year period from his long-time employer. 

GPhC Regulatory bodies

The pros and cons: Is online pharmacy a threat to patient safety or a way to free up branch capacity?

Distance-selling pharmacies or a pharmacy's own “digital offering” could free up time within branches, but adequate safety measures must be in place to protect patients using online services, sector leaders have said. 

Digital GPhC

GPhC council approves strategy on equality, diversity and inclusion

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has approved its new strategy to foster equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), the final version of which will be published “in the next few weeks”.

GPhC Regulatory bodies

Revalidation: Only reflective account needed until end of February 2022

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are due to submit their revalidation records from December 2021 only need to file a reflective account until February 2022, the GPhC has said.

GPhC Education

PSNI hails socially distanced pre-reg exam as a success with 91% pass rate

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has recorded a 91.2% pass rate for its June paper-based registration exam, it has announced.

Education Pre-reg
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