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Many pharmacy professionals say patients have verbally abused them
Pharmacy teams reveal why abuse received from patients has soared during the COVID-19 outbreak
29/05/2020 3 Features
GP surgeries and small care homes can order PPE for free through the DH's new portal
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.
29/05/2020 2 News
Pharmacy professionals said abuse was chiefly due to patients having to wait longer to be seen
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.
29/05/2020 4 News
Simon Dukes: Cash injection "should help to ease some of the immediate cashflow pressures"
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.
28/05/2020 9 News
PSNC: Refund or return scripts with incomplete patient exemption declarations to contractors
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.
28/05/2020 2 News
Nice has published advice to maximise the safety of immunocompromised children and young people during the pandemic
28/05/2020 0 CPD
Mark Voce: GPhC will ensure pre-reg online exam is “as robust as it possibly can be”.
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.
28/05/2020 2 News
C+D spoke to Regan McCahill, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, on how COVID-19 has affected pre-reg students
28/05/2020 2 CPD
McKesson: UK "has had some of the more severe social restrictions applied"
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.
27/05/2020 2 News
Pharmacy teams have coped well with the pandemic, but it has been tough, C+D's survey found
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.
27/05/2020 3 News
The Care brand from manufacturer Thornton & Ross has released new free personalised visuals for pharmacies to display on screens.
27/05/2020 0 News
Transitioning as a pharmacist from the community into a primary care network (PCN) role helped Laura Buckley tap into her unused knowledge
27/05/2020 3 Views
NHS England must provide community pharmacy teams with the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need or there will be more deaths, says Graham Phillips
26/05/2020 8 Views
DH: Blood samples will be analysed by pathology labs in England and results shared with PHE
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.
26/05/2020 4 News
Manufacturer Ziaja has released a moisturising antibacterial gel for daily hand hygiene.
26/05/2020 0 News
Pregabalin is available in tablet form for the first time in the UK following its release by manufacturer Neuraxpharm.
22/05/2020 0 News
A new campaign has been launched by the sector's charity Pharmacist Support to support community pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
22/05/2020 1 News
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”.
22/05/2020 15 News
GPhC: Provisionally registered pharmacists must take the registration exam "at the first opportunity"
Pre-regs who meet the criteria to provisionally join the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register “may operate as responsible pharmacists”, the regulator has said.
22/05/2020 21 News
Ajay Berry says his team handled what felt like "three Christmases" worth of patient demand
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.
21/05/2020 7 Features
What adverse reactions should be reported for medicines and devices related to COVID-19 treatment?
21/05/2020 0 CPD
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.
21/05/2020 6 News
With prescription delivery services stretched during the COVID-19 pandemic, how can pharmacies continue to meet demand while also protecting the health and welfare of drivers?
21/05/2020 3 CPD
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
21/05/2020 0 Features
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed on concessionary prices for the following 63 items for May 2020 prescriptions.
21/05/2020 0 News
Patients can collect a blood sample at home, and send the test off for processing in a laboratory.
Superdrug has launched a COVID-19 antibody blood test, available through its online doctor service.
20/05/2020 8 News
Under the SSP, pharmacists can supply two packs of fluoxetine 20mg capsules instead of fluoxetine 40mg capsules
The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has issued a serious shortage protocol (SSP) for fluoxetine 40mg capsules.
20/05/2020 0 News
Locums should be allowed to negotiate higher hourly rates of pay because of the pressures of COVID-19, says locum Shahir Afser
20/05/2020 65 Views
NHSE has thanked pharmacies for having worked over the previous bank holidays
Pharmacies in England will not be required to open on the May 25 bank holiday, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has announced.
20/05/2020 3 News
The new Scottish minor ailments service, NHS Pharmacy First, is set to launch in July, Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) has announced.
19/05/2020 1 News
PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes said the extra money “is not enough”
Category M reimbursement prices are set to increase by £15 million in June, the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has announced.
19/05/2020 5 News
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
19/05/2020 1 Views
Patients should return their Emerade 500mcg pens once they have an alternative
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.
19/05/2020 2 News
Numerous respondents blamed the government for a lack of PPE and COVID-19 tests
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.
18/05/2020 12 News
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
18/05/2020 6 Views
Four health boards relocated members of their pharmacy teams to help in community pharmacies
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.
18/05/2020 0 News
Over a fifth of respondents to the GPhC survey said they would not be returning to pharmacy
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.
15/05/2020 21 News
Hitesh Tailor owns The Village Pharmacy in Harlington, west London
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
15/05/2020 14 Features
Well praised staff for how they have “continued to serve their communities" during the pandemic
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.
15/05/2020 12 News
Their accessibility means pharmacies are the best place for antibody testing, Ms Hannbeck argues
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.
14/05/2020 28 News
DH, PHE, and NHSE&I: "Concerns about COVID-19 may increase demand for flu vaccination"
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.
14/05/2020 22 News
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
14/05/2020 0 CPD
When should personal protective equipment be worn in the pharmacy?
14/05/2020 0 CPD
Pharmacies in Wales, Northern Ireland and England are covered by the indemnity agreed in the Coronavirus Act 2020
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.
13/05/2020 2 News
In the letter, Ms Kaur Gill said pharmacy teams are “an essential part of the NHS family”
A Birmingham MP has written a letter to community pharmacies in her constituency thanking them for their “exemplary work” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
13/05/2020 1 News
Pharmacy summer placements have been cancelled following the COVID-19 outbreak, but there are some silver linings to the downtime, student Chau Nguyen says
13/05/2020 13 Views
The government is encouraging people to make their own face masks
The government has advised members of the public to wear a face covering in “enclosed public spaces”, including pharmacies.
12/05/2020 14 News
Is now the best time to be easing lockdown measures, ponders NPA chair Andrew Lane
12/05/2020 8 Views
Solicitors acting on behalf of healthcare professionals argue the government may be legally failing in its duty to protect health workers, says David Reissner
12/05/2020 0 Views
Ranitidine is under regulatory investigation for the potential contamination with a carcinogen
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.
12/05/2020 3 News
DH: Prescribing powers could be extended for pharmacists in NI but there are "no plans [to do so] at this stage"
Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland could be given prescribing powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020, it has been announced.
11/05/2020 0 News
Mr Ridge said he has taken “serious steps at the highest level” to ensure pharmacy teams are covered
Community pharmacy teams in England “will be eligible” for the government’s life assurance scheme, England's chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has said.
11/05/2020 6 News
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
11/05/2020 1 Views
The Coronavirus Act 2020 received royal assent on March 25
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.
07/05/2020 2 News
The Pro Delivery Manager software allows pharmacists to track volunteers by GPS
A COVID-19 delivery scheme to ensure shielded and self-isolating patients can safely receive medicines has launched in Wales.
07/05/2020 0 News
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.
07/05/2020 5 Features
New MHRA-approved Clenil 100mcg on the left. Picture credit: Chiesi Limited
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.
07/05/2020 5 News
A registered healthcare professional in the care home should normally carry out the check
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.
06/05/2020 7 News
Police have advised pharmacies to be “aware, alert and vigilant” and to confirm the identity of callers
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.
06/05/2020 7 News

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