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How many GPhC exam candidates nullified their June 2022 attempt?

Fewer than one percent of candidates who sat the June registration assessment requested to have their attempt nullified following a controversial exam that saw many complain of delays and chaotic examination conditions, C+D can reveal.

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Pharmacists must contact patients on recalled mexiletine hydrochloride batches

Pharmacists must “immediately contact all patients” dispensed certain batches of mexiletine hydrochloride hard capsules following risks of overdose and underdose, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said.

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MHRA vows to investigate after media probe exposes ‘fake’ online pharmacies

The UK’s medicines watchdog has promised to “take appropriate action” following a media investigation that reportedly uncovered “dozens” of illegal websites posing as online pharmacies selling prescription medication.

Medicines Businesses

GPhC and PSNI announce 80% pass rate for chaotic June registration exam

Eight in 10 of the 2,697 trainee pharmacists who sat June's registration exam have scored a passing mark, with 2,174 new pharmacists set to join the register, the GPhC and PSNI have announced.

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Routine inspections: GPhC selects 800 pharmacies for ‘proportionate approach’ trial

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is carrying out checks at 800 randomly selected pharmacies as it trials a new “proportionate approach” to its routine inspections.

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Which registration exam protest demands has the GPhC granted?

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has ultimately decided to grant two of the four main asks put forward by a delegation of pharmacist trainees who protested over June’s chaotic registration assessment.

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£850,000 worth of illegal medicines seized in major drugs bust

The UK’s medicines watchdog has confiscated over 285,000 illegally traded medicines and arrested two people as part of a global crackdown on counterfeit drugs.

Crime Medicines

Over £70m in fines for pharma giants in price surge probe

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has fined pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Flynn £63 million and £6.7m respectively after it decided they unfairly hiked the price of phenytoin sodium capsules.

Businesses Money

GPhC grants one registration exam protest demand, is considering others

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has granted one of several requests put forward by trainees who sat June’s chaotic registration assessment, and is still considering whether it will grant the rest.

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Hub and spoke could pose long-term competition risks, watchdog warns

The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) should “proactively monitor” how its proposed hub-and-spoke dispensing models impact the community pharmacy sector – or risk long-term threats to competition, the UK’s competition watchdog has warned.

General Regulation Businesses

GPhC to start anonymising fitness-to-practise case papers from October

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will start anonymising registrants’ data in case papers, to minimise unconscious bias during its fitness-to-practise (FtP) decision-making process, it has said. 

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GPhC exam protest: Council will discuss trainees’ requests ‘this week’

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will discuss the three requests put forward by trainee pharmacists who protested over the handling of the registration assessment with its council “this week”, it has told C+D.

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