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March 2025 hearing set for former Lloydspharmacy staff redundancy row

Former Sainsbury’s workers claiming enhanced redundancy from the Lloydspharmacy estate will have their case heard in March 2025, despite a possible victory offering “no realistic hope” of full compensation.

Lloydspharmacy Supermarkets

Covert surveillance: GPhC may abandon ‘never used’ spying powers

The pharmacy regulator will host a workshop to discuss whether it should keep its rights to surveil pharmacies, according to its latest council papers.

GPhC Legal

GPhC to 'assess' pharmacy technician minimum training levels

The pharmacy regulator has revealed that it will consider whether new standards for trainee and registered pharmacy technicians are needed in the sector’s “changing landscape”.

GPhC Education

Co-codamol tablets recalled over two-year expiry date error

A batch of the painkillers has been recalled as a “precautionary measure” after the wrong expiry date was printed on packaging, the medicines watchdog has announced.  

Medicines Regulatory bodies

Jhoots superintendent slapped with responsible pharmacist warning

Jhoots Pharmacy’s superintendent has been issued a warning by the GPhC after the pharmacy regulator's inspectors found two of the chain’s pharmacies had been dispensing POMs without a responsible pharmacist (RP) present.

Premises Legal

‘Ashamed’ pharmacy technician struck off for stealing oxycodone

A pharmacy technician has been removed from the register after stealing controlled drugs “for her own personal benefit” and making false entries onto official records, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said. 

GPhC Money

Saline solution products recalled over bacterial contamination fears

Several batches of saline solution-based healthcare products have been recalled due to an investigation into their “potential” microbiological contamination.

Eye care Regulatory bodies

'Trustworthy' locum warned over repeated unauthorised records access

A locum pharmacist improperly accessed three patients’ medical records over 30 times across six years, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed.

GPhC People

‘No published assessment’ on pharmacist drug substitution, DH reveals

The DH has revealed that the pharmacy minister relied on an “internal” assessment when dismissing proposals to allow pharmacists to substitute medicines that are in short supply.

General Regulation Politics

UPDATED: Pharmacy technicians to supply medicines under PGDs

Pharmacy technicians will be able to supply medicines via PGDs and “potentially” administer vaccinations and provide consultations under Pharmacy First, the government has announced. 

Services People

FtP delays: PSA slams PSNI over failure to meet three regulatory standards

The regulator’s regulator has slammed the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for “registration errors”, taking “too long” to complete fitness-to-practise (FtP) cases and an “inability” to provide “accurate information”. 

Regulatory bodies People

GPhC: Pharmacists need ‘clear routes’ of referral for gender dysphoria patients

GPhC chief Duncan Rudkin has called for easy access to “support and care” for children with gender incongruence or dysphoria.

GPhC Children
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