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C+D is holding a Big Debate on hub-and-spoke dispensing on its Community platform on April 29
As the DH looks towards rolling out hub-and-spoke across community pharmacy, C+D looks back at how the sector’s attitude towards the dispensing model has changed over the years
28/04/2021 14 Features
Simon Dukes: PSNC is deeply concerned about the lack of resolution on COVID costs
Negotiations on the 2021/22 pharmacy funding contract in England have begun, but no agreement can be reached without clarity on COVID costs, PSNC has stressed.
28/04/2021 4 News
Richard Bradley: It's been a privilege to have been able to lead pharmacy in Boots over recent years
Former Boots’ pharmacy director Richard Bradley has left the multiple after 23 years in various roles, he has announced on LinkedIn.
28/04/2021 5 News
Nadhim Zahawi speaking at the Cambridge Union last night
The government hopes to have “a steady state” of 500 pharmacy-led COVID vaccination sites in England, the vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.
28/04/2021 1 News
Two pharmacists have worked alongside other healthcare professionals to vaccinate the homeless and undocumented migrants against COVID-19 in central London.
28/04/2021 0 News
ECG's Sophie McCracken demonstrates intramuscular injection technique
From flu vaccines to travel health services, and now COVID vaccinations, injections are becoming part of the daily routine in community pharmacy. Is your technique up to scratch?
28/04/2021 2 CPD
Pharmacy staff should remind patients who have received the COVID-19 vaccine to continue social distancing, says Shilpa Patel
27/04/2021 2 Views
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed on concessionary prices for the following seven items for April 2021 prescriptions.
27/04/2021 0 News
Most community pharmacies in London are yet to receive a GP CPCS referral, with the city “languishing” at the bottom of an NHS GP referrals table, an LPC has claimed.
27/04/2021 7 News
The Welsh government will work with Community Pharmacy Wales on a potential Welsh Pharmacy Collect model, C+D has learned.
27/04/2021 0 News
RPS: The additional revenue will help develop our valued products and services
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is considering leasing some “floor space” at its headquarters in east London and reinvesting the funds into its products and services.
26/04/2021 1 News
Xrayser ponders whether CBD remedies have a place in modern pharmacy
26/04/2021 5 Views
HDA: half of wholesaler members interested in supplying lateral flow devices via Pharmacy Collect
Half of the HDA’s wholesaler members have expressed an interest in supplying lateral flow devices for the Pharmacy Collect service, as the DH looks to scale-up testing.
26/04/2021 0 News
All strengths of Adalat LA prolonged-release tablets were expected to be out of stock until this year
One strength of Bayer’s nifedipine prolonged-release tablets are back in supply in the UK after over a year of many preparations being unavailable, the manufacturer has told C+D.
23/04/2021 0 News
An ICS launched in Somerset officially in December 2020
Somerset LPC tells C+D how it forged bonds with its ICS through years of working with PCNs and CCGs
23/04/2021 0 Features
Supplies of all preparations of the antacid drug continue to face disruption
Ranitidine continues to be out of stock, one year after the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) said some products would be unavailable “until further notice”.
23/04/2021 0 News
The representation of community pharmacy must become more sophisticated, passionate and courageous if it is to influence the government, says Ian Strachan
22/04/2021 5 Views
Nice has published a new rapid guideline, bringing together all existing recommendations for managing COVID-19 in all care settings
22/04/2021 0 CPD
What is the best method to approach pharmacoeconomic calculation questions?
22/04/2021 0 Features
The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) is engaging with the community pharmacy sector as part of preliminary work that will inform its hub-and-spoke consultation.
22/04/2021 4 News
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has never had to use its “covert surveillance” powers since they were authorised in 2018, it has revealed.
21/04/2021 0 News
Nat Mitchell's pharmacy-led hub received approval to administer vaccines in mid-March
One pharmacy in Cumbria explains in a C+D podcast how it refused to give up its mission to create a COVID-19 vaccine service despite four months of delays
21/04/2021 0 Features
Suffolk's senior coroner, Nigel Parsley (Credit: Coroners' Society)
The “extremely sad case” of a patient’s methadone overdose provides pharmacy teams an “opportunity to reflect” on their substance misuse services, a patient safety lead has said.
21/04/2021 12 News
The Sheppards pharmacies are mainly located in south Wales (© 2021 Google, image capture: November 2020)
Avicenna has bought 34 Sheppards Pharmacy branches for an undisclosed sum, retaining all 259 staff, the group has announced.
20/04/2021 3 News
Private electronic prescription company signatureRx has said it manages thousands of prescriptions per month.
20/04/2021 0 News
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed on concessionary prices for the following 13 items for April 2021 prescriptions.
20/04/2021 0 News
Pharmacy2U is “currently not able” to offer rapid lateral flow tests, but it is “working closely” with the NHS to be able to supply them “soon”, it has said on its website.
20/04/2021 5 News
"Over nine in 10 pharmacies" are now distributing lateral flow device test kits across England as part of the Pharmacy Collect service, health secretary Matt Hancock has said.
19/04/2021 0 News
Thea Pharmaceuticals is relaunching its successful Thealoz Duo eye drops TV advert to highlight how the product relieves symptoms of dry eye.
19/04/2021 0 News
Sana Masood, who died of COVID-19 on April 1
A fundraiser started in the name of a pharmacist who died of COVID-19 has raised two thirds of the money needed for a new school in Pakistan in just three days.
19/04/2021 0 News
Work on a five-year pharmacist apprenticeship scheme, which had already been paused two times, is now “on hold” again due to COVID-19, C+D has learned.
19/04/2021 10 News
Community pharmacists could achieve more funding through banding together, like junior doctors did in 2016, but without striking, says Reece Samani
19/04/2021 7 Views
The SNP could introduce a new body to source medicines, a pharmacy contraceptive service and legislative changes to let pharmacists vaccinate if it wins the elections next month.
16/04/2021 1 News
PSNC: The DH has not indicated a change in policy following rapid testing accuracy concerns
The DH is “delighted” at the level of interest from pharmacies in signing up to the new lateral flow device distribution service, it said, as the early sign-up fee expires soon.
16/04/2021 0 News
The Lancet: The number of stillbirths at one London hospital shot up during the pandemic
How has the infant mortality rate been affected by COVID-19 and what can pharmacists advise patients about it?
16/04/2021 1 Features
GPhC: Unreasonable to expect some prov-regs to carry on working in that role if they fail exam
Provisionally registered pharmacists cannot continue to work in this capacity after 9am on April 29 if they learn they did not pass the GPhC exam, the regulator has announced.
15/04/2021 0 News
The profession’s charity has unveiled a number of wellbeing partnerships, including a new counselling service, to mark 180 years supporting pharmacists.
15/04/2021 0 News
NHS professionals visiting adult care homes might need to prove they have had the vaccine
Pharmacists working in care homes in England and those who visit to provide “close personal care” might have to prove they have had their COVID-19 jab under DH proposals.
15/04/2021 4 News
DH: The issues “centred on suppliers’ interpretation of the new customs regimes”
Pharmacies in Northern Ireland have reported issues accessing at least three lines since the post-Brexit border agreement was enforced at the start of the year, C+D can reveal.
15/04/2021 0 News
A yearning for developing more clinical skills led pharmacist Paul Scott-Harris to move from the UK to Canada
15/04/2021 1 Views
Lloydspharmacy is also encouraging its prov-regs to book a day off on April 29
Well is offering a paid day off to its provisionally registered pharmacists who are expecting their GPhC registration exam results on April 29, C+D has learned.
15/04/2021 0 News
UKBPA president Elsy Gomez Campos reveals how she worked her way up in pharmacy after moving to the UK from Cuba in the latest A Coffee With...podcast
14/04/2021 0 Features
There are 325 pharmacy-led COVID vaccination sites across England
NHS England has asked pharmacies in several “priority locations” to register their interest in joining the COVID-19 vaccination service by this Sunday, April 18.
14/04/2021 0 News
Lloydspharmacy, Well and Boots are also offering the Pharmacy Collect service
Lloydspharmacy will introduce a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in-pharmacy test across its pharmacies “in the next few weeks”, it has told C+D.
14/04/2021 0 News
Ali Sparkes with Ray the robot in the Health Dispensary (Credit: Evolve Raybotix)
A pharmacy in south Wales has a new addition to its automated family: a robot that uses ultraviolet rays to deactivate microbes in the air and on surfaces.
13/04/2021 0 News
"Inhaled budesonide is the first widely available, inexpensive drug found to shorten recovery times"
UK pharmacies should maintain stock levels of inhaled budesonide to meet routine use as well as fulfil off-label prescriptions for the treatment of COVID-19, NHSE&I has said.
13/04/2021 6 News
Rishi Bhatia: "Care homes were crying out for PPE"
One contractor ran the equivalent of five marathons over a month to buy PPE for care homes
12/04/2021 0 Features
CPW: Attend the training and access the hardware grant “as soon as possible”
The NHS Wales Video Consulting Service has been rolled out to pharmacies in the country, but less than 140 out of the eligible 713 have completed the training so far.
12/04/2021 2 News
Bricks-and-mortar pharmacies should ensure they respond to patients’ needs, as rumours suggest Pharmacy2U is looking at “strategic options” for the business, a broker has said.
12/04/2021 13 News
The coroner has asked the DH to reconsider the legal status of some opiates
There are “ongoing” FtP cases, the GPhC has said in response to an inquest into the death by “excess consumption of codeine” of a former healthcare professional.
09/04/2021 1 News
Pharmacies are limited to providing four boxes of test kits per transaction
A pharmacy lateral flow device distribution service has been launched in England. C+D unpacks what the Pharmacy Collect service entails.
09/04/2021 3 Features
Data suggests there is a higher risk of extremely rare blood clots following the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
08/04/2021 0 CPD
Recreational drugs can be used enhance performance in a variety of ways. In this module we will consider the use of anabolic steroids and "study drugs" to improve performance
08/04/2021 0 CPD
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHS CFA) is reviewing “some possible threats and vulnerabilities within the pandemic delivery service”, it has told C+D.
08/04/2021 6 News
Some customers may be concerned that getting the vaccine will invalidate their fast during Ramadan – what advice can you give them?
08/04/2021 0 CPD
Cameron Loadman pleaded guilty to damaging property at the Well pharmacy on Winchester Street, Salisbury (Credit: © 2021 Google, image caputure: September 2020)
A man who damaged items and a Perspex COVID screen in a Well pharmacy on two separate occasions last year has pleaded guilty to the offences.
08/04/2021 2 News
The use of the term “clinical pharmacists” risks dividing the profession, says primary care network pharmacist Harry Cotterill
08/04/2021 9 Views
Yasmine Haq has worked in pharmacies since the age of 16
A provisionally registered pharmacist reveals how starting her pharmacy degree two years after she originally planned was the right move for her
07/04/2021 2 Features
Pharmacy teams provided much needed support and advice for patients during the pandemic
From bespoke delivery services to running a food distribution hub from the consultation room, meet the pharmacy teams who became COVID heroes during the pandemic
07/04/2021 0 Features