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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.

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What sector employers are doing to tackle rising violence against pharmacy staff

The CCA, AIMp and the NPA* are taking measures to ensure greater protection for pharmacists and pharmacy staff facing increased levels of violence at work, they have told C+D.

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Healthcare provider told to meet pharmacy standards after missed medicine deliveries

Healthcare at Home, which delivers specialist medicines and provides nursing staff to administer them, has been told to improve after it failed to deliver medicines in time to thousands of patients, causing “a number of incidents where harm had occurred”.

Businesses Products

GPhC approves multi-year, flat rate pharmacist and pharmacy technician fees

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will set pharmacy professionals’ registration fees for multiple years rather than reviewing them annually, it has announced after approving changes to its fees policy.

People GPhC

GPhC announces pass rate of 82% for July registration exam

The GPhC has announced a pass rate of 81.6% for its second online registration assessment, which candidates sat across three sittings on July 27, 28 and 29.

Pre-reg Registration exam
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DH considering making both COVID and flu jabs mandatory for NHS staff

An upcoming consultation on whether to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all health and social care staff will also consider extending the requirement to flu vaccinations, the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has told C+D. 

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NPA urges competition watchdog to ‘look into’ hub-and-spoke dispensing

The NPA has called on the government’s competition watchdog to “look into” the hub-and-spoke dispensing model, to make sure it can exist without “undermining choice in the medicines supply chain and disadvantaging independent pharmacies”.

Regulatory bodies General Regulation

MHRA to pharmacies: Stop supplying specific batch of metformin oral solution

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has asked pharmacies to “immediately” stop the supply of a specific batch of metformin oral solution, after a nitrosamine impurity was identified.

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