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Pharmacy teams reveal why abuse received from patients has soared during the COVID-19 outbreak
Pharmacies should continue to order personal protective equipment (PPE) from their usual wholesalers, the DH has said as it launches a new ordering portal for GPs and care homes.
Waiting longer for medicines has been the most common trigger for abuse from patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, a C+D survey of pharmacy professionals has found.
Community pharmacies in England will receive a further £50 million in “advance funding” in recognition of the “cashflow crisis” they are facing due to COVID-19, PSNC has announced.
The DH and NHSBSA should change their processes around the switching of paper prescriptions during the pandemic, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said.
Nice has published advice to maximise the safety of immunocompromised children and young people during the pandemic
The GPhC has said it was already considering moving the pre-registration exam online before the COVID-19 outbreak, but the pandemic “brought forward” its decision.
C+D spoke to Regan McCahill, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, on how COVID-19 has affected pre-reg students
Lloydspharmacy’s parent company expects a profit decline across its European business this financial year, partly due to “severe social restrictions” in the UK over COVID-19.
Pharmacy teams have adapted well to the added pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many are struggling with the increased demand for their services, a C+D survey has found.
The Care brand from manufacturer Thornton & Ross has released new free personalised visuals for pharmacies to display on screens.
Transitioning as a pharmacist from the community into a primary care network (PCN) role helped Laura Buckley tap into her unused knowledge
NHS England must provide community pharmacy teams with the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need or there will be more deaths, says Graham Phillips
NHS staff in England, including community pharmacy teams, will be given priority access to COVID-19 antibody tests, the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has said.
Pregabalin is available in tablet form for the first time in the UK following its release by manufacturer Neuraxpharm.
A new campaign has been launched by the sector's charity Pharmacist Support to support community pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lloydspharmacy’s parent company has attributed a 239% profit increase to its European business in part to “rationalising store footprint” and “streamlining back office functions”.
Pre-regs who meet the criteria to provisionally join the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register “may operate as responsible pharmacists”, the regulator has said.
Pharmacies are feeling the brunt of patient frustration over medicine shortages and price hikes during the COVID-19 outbreak, says one contractor in the East Midlands.
What adverse reactions should be reported for medicines and devices related to COVID-19 treatment?
COVID-19 related medicines shortages have affected 77% of pharmacy professionals and are the biggest problem businesses have faced since the outbreak, a C+D survey can reveal.
Community pharmacy staff reported shortages across all 30 brands of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medicines included in a C+D survey between October 2019 and March 2020
The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has issued a serious shortage protocol (SSP) for fluoxetine 40mg capsules.
Pharmacies in England will not be required to open on the May 25 bank holiday, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has announced.
The new Scottish minor ailments service, NHS Pharmacy First, is set to launch in July, Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) has announced.
Category M reimbursement prices are set to increase by £15 million in June, the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has announced.
While contracting COVID-19 could spell disaster, we mustn’t forget about the impact of social isolation on the mental wellbeing of shielded elderly patients, says Nadira Callachand
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a recall for unexpired Emerade 500 microgram pens due to an error causing some to fail to activate.
Over a third of pharmacy professionals in England are “somewhat” or “very” confident about the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, an exclusive C+D survey has revealed.
Only a few patients have been asked to shield from COVID-19 by staying home at all times, so it’s important that pharmacists know who these people are, says GP Toni Hazell
Eight health boards in Scotland have already redeployed some of their pharmacy staff to work in the community or would be able to do so if needed, C+D has learned.
Almost half of temporarily registered pharmacy professionals responding to a recent GPhC survey are undecided about going back to work in the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After stopping its medicine use reviews (MURs) at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak so it could focus on dispensing, one pharmacy is still recovering from the financial losses
Well Pharmacy will award a payment to around 6,000 of its employees in recognition of their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple has said.
COVID-19 antibody testing should be a funded service in community pharmacies, carried out by “trusted and accessible” pharmacy teams, AIMp chief executive Leyla Hannbeck has said.
Community pharmacies have been asked to ensure they have enough stock of the recommended adult flu vaccines for the 2020/21 season, as demand is predicted to rise due to COVID-19.
Dr Toni Hazell reveals what advice community pharmacists can give vulnerable patients who are not on the shielded list, such as those aged over 70
A state-backed indemnity scheme covering NHS activities carried out as part of the response to the pandemic does not extend to pharmacies in Scotland.
A Birmingham MP has written a letter to community pharmacies in her constituency thanking them for their “exemplary work” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pharmacy summer placements have been cancelled following the COVID-19 outbreak, but there are some silver linings to the downtime, student Chau Nguyen says
The government has advised members of the public to wear a face covering in “enclosed public spaces”, including pharmacies.
Is now the best time to be easing lockdown measures, ponders NPA chair Andrew Lane
Solicitors acting on behalf of healthcare professionals argue the government may be legally failing in its duty to protect health workers, says David Reissner
Ranitidine film-coated tablets, effervescent tablets and oral solution continue to be unavailable, while the 50mg/2ml injection is expected to be out of stock from the end of May.
Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland could be given prescribing powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020, it has been announced.
Community pharmacy teams in England “will be eligible” for the government’s life assurance scheme, England's chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has said.
Community pharmacies could be the setting for delivering a COVID-19 vaccine in the future, but there are regulatory challenges to overcome first, says Susan Hunneyball
The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has confirmed that arrangements are in place to provide indemnity to community pharmacy teams for COVID-related activity.
A COVID-19 delivery scheme to ensure shielded and self-isolating patients can safely receive medicines has launched in Wales.
Most pharmacies should not be at risk of being unable to dispense medicines after reaching their credit limit with wholesalers, according to the head of a wholesaler body.
Manufacturer Chiesi has announced it is releasing additional batches of Clenil 100mcg into the UK supply chain as demand for inhalers has rocketed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in England could be asked to check medicines for re-use in care homes and hospices in line with a COVID-19 SOP.
Pharmacies have been warned to be on their guard against phone scammers falsely claiming to be from the police and trying to obtain sensitive information.