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Emergency measures have been proposed to give pharmacists the power to supply certain controlled drugs to patients without a prescription during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Boots’ parent company has attributed a 2.5% drop in its adjusted gross profit to “lower retail sales and margin” in its UK pharmacies.
Pharmacy teams should wear fluid-resistant surgical masks if social distancing cannot be maintained, according to new guidance applicable across the UK.
The government must take action to ensure community pharmacies survive the COVID-19 pandemic, says contractor Stuart Gale
Pharmacists in England are reporting difficulties sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE) through the national supply disruption response (NSDR) line.
C+D spoke to Dr Mahendra Patel about his experience working in a community pharmacy during the COVID-19 outbreak
Pharmacists are war-weary from handling the impact of COVID-19 but their efforts may finally earn them recognition, says Laura Buckley
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen electronic prescription service (EPS) nominations increase “significantly” for distance-selling pharmacies Pharmacy2U and Echo.
The NPA, RPS, AIMp and CCA have welcomed the government’s £300 million funding advancement, but said it isn’t enough to keep pharmacies afloat during the pandemic.
Pharmadoctor has enabled pharmacists delivering its private clinical services to complete patient consultations remotely using WhatsApp, FaceTime or Skype, due to COVID-19.
Deprescribing medicines is an important aspect of palliative care that has scope for pharmacist involvement, says GP Toni Hazell
As COVID-19 sees pharmacy teams overwhelmed with demand, C+D launches a campaign for the prescription charge in England to be dropped during the pandemic.
The government should suspend the NHS prescription charge for medicines to help pharmacy teams care for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, says Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran
In a letter to health minister Matt Hancock, C+D editor Beth Kennedy makes the case for England’s prescription charge to be put on hold during the COVID-19 crisis
Community pharmacies in England will receive £300 million in “advance funding” over the next two months to alleviate cashflow issues caused by COVID-19, the PSNC has announced.
Regulators and pharmacy bodies are calling on pharmacies to consider how social distancing can be achieved at their premises.
It would be an “absurdity” and “abuse of the regulatory system” to report locums to the GPhC for negotiating higher hourly rates, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association has said.
The COVID-19 outbreak has triggered arguments from patients looking to stockpile as well as spontaneous acts of kindness, Xrayser says
Prime minister Boris Johnson has thanked “wonderful pharmacists” for their work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Pharmacy teams in England will be tested for COVID-19 for free if they are showing symptoms, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has announced.
If GPs direct patients towards a particular pharmacy, they will be both breaking their contract and could financially harm pharmacies, says legal expert David Reissner
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following 14 items for March 2020 prescriptions.
Pharmacy teams reveal escalating levels of abuse from patients during the COVID-19 outbreak
Pharmacies and pharmacy bodies have highlighted an increase in abusive and aggressive behaviour by patients since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The government must “ensure” pharmacies receive personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against COVID-19, the PDA has said in a letter yesterday (March 26).
The GPhC has temporarily re-registered over 3,000 former pharmacists and over 2,000 former technicians to bolster frontline efforts responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has asked supermarkets to make sure pharmacy staff can access priority shopping slots for NHS workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the COVID-19 pandemic creating news at breakneck speed, C+D presents all the essential information on the topic to help pharmacists manage the crisis
C+D spoke to Asha Fowells, pharmacist and freelance writer, about ways pharmacy teams can look after their health at home during the COVID-19 outbreak
A £10.5m relief package to help community pharmacies deal with the pressure of the COVID-19 outbreak in Northern Ireland has been announced.
Pharmacies need to prepare to close unexpectedly, "assess the risks of" remote supervision and operate flexible working hours, according to COVID-19 guidelines by pharmacy bodies.
The GPhC and the PSNI have decided to postpone all of this year’s registration assessments following the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following 19 items for March 2020 prescriptions.
Pharmacies profiteering from the COVID-19 outbreak could face serious sanctions for unfair pricing, says solicitor Susan Hunneyball
As the COVID-19 outbreak gets worse, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may be required “to help with service provision”, Health Education England (HEE) has said
Pharmacy teams are under strain during the COVID-19 crisis, so how can they look after their mental health during this time?
Wholesaler AAH has decided to move to a “predominantly once a day delivery service” to protect healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has announced.
Xrayser questions how pharmacists and patients benefit from the GPhC, and asks what the proposed £103 premises fee increase would really pay for
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, 82 products were added to the list on which there is currently a parallel export ban on March 21 – including paracetamol, insulin and omeprazole.
A national community pharmacy medicines delivery service for England is due to start “in the next few days”, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said.
Preparing a list of key phone numbers and limiting the sale of products like paracetamol are some of the ways pharmacy teams can combat the pressure of COVID-19, says Reena Barai
Public Health England (PHE) does not recommend the public wear protective face masks, but pharmacy teams can share their effective use with those who ignore that advice
Pharmacies in England that are “under significant pressure” due to the COVID-19 pandemic can close to the public for up to 2.5 hours a day, including lunch, NHS England has said.
Pharmacies can split “larger packs of paracetamol” and sell smaller quantities to the public, the GPhC has said as pharmacies report struggling to source the OTC analgesic.
Locums could find themselves in a vulnerable position if they are unable to work due to COVID-19, agencies have warned.
Pharmacies have reported difficulty in getting hold of paracetamol in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, although the DH has said there is no shortage of the drug.
Wholesaler body the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) has issued a “plea to pharmacies” to return tote boxes quickly amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Despite the insult of being called a “distributer of medicine”, C+D clinical editor Naimah Callachand says she will overcome her concerns to return to work in a pharmacy
Pharmacies left without a responsible pharmacist or locum cover will not have to shut their doors during the COVID-19 outbreak, pharmacy regulators have said.
The government is “seeking to commission” community pharmacies to supply medicines without a prescription and deliver medicines to vulnerable patients, the PSNC announced today.
Business rate “holidays” have been extended to all retailers to support companies dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.