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Community pharmacists must be recognised for their invaluable work, which we need during the COVID-19 pandemic more than ever before, says A&E doctor Logan McCallan
22/04/2020 3 Views
Shielded and self-isolating Boots pharmacists have joined the NHS 111 triage service
Boots pharmacists who are shielding or self-isolating due to COVID-19 are providing pharmacy advice to patients through the NHS 111 triage service, the multiple has said.
22/04/2020 4 News
The GPhC received 380 complaints in March
There was a “significant rise” in the number of fitness to practise concerns it received in March, according to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
22/04/2020 8 News
Nice has published rapid guidelines for the care of patients with suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19
21/04/2020 0 CPD
A man had to call the police to his rescue after breaking into a Lancashire pharmacy and becoming stuck inside after ingesting “a large quantity of drugs”.
21/04/2020 8 News
What can you recommend to patients suffering skin irritation as a result of frequent handwashing?
21/04/2020 0 CPD
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed on concessionary prices for the following 20 items for April 2020 prescriptions.
21/04/2020 0 News
The AIMp campaign hopes to show politicians why they “need to back, support and cherish the sector”
A campaign to recognise the contribution community pharmacy has made during the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched by the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp).
21/04/2020 6 News
Pre-regs must remember to apply the advice they are giving to patients to themselves
Although this is a pressurised period for pre-registration pharmacists, the postponement of the assessment is an opportunity for personal development
21/04/2020 0 Features
The four largest multiples have told C+D they have redeployed clinically trained and support staff who usually work in other parts of the company to help frontline pharmacy teams.
21/04/2020 5 News
Contractors have a legal obligation to take steps to ensure the health and safety of employees as best they can during the COVID-19 outbreak, says solicitor Rachel Warren
20/04/2020 2 Views
Pharmacies in England can apply for permission to close temporarily or make a change to their opening hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PSNC has said.
20/04/2020 6 News
Pharmacy staff can get tested by driving to one of the DH’s regional drive-through testing sites
Community pharmacy professionals in England who are self-isolating with symptoms of COVID-19 can now get swab tested thanks to increased testing capacity, the DH has said.
20/04/2020 12 News
The new service follows on from a trail in Boots stores last year
Boots is trialling an online pharmacy video consultation service to support patients who are self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
20/04/2020 9 News
Pharmacists will not face regulatory action for the actions of volunteers
While the GPhC and RPS will not deem pharmacies responsible for the actions of NHS volunteers delivering medicines, the law may hold them accountable, legal experts have warned.
17/04/2020 16 News
Community pharmacies could face legal claims arising from the actions of altruistic NHS Volunteer Responders delivering their medicines, says lawyer Andrea James
17/04/2020 6 Views
The new service is designed to ensure the "safe delivery of medication to people who cannot collect it themselves”.
A volunteer-led medicines delivery service has been launched in Northern Ireland to assist pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the DH has said.
17/04/2020 0 News
Nice has published rapid guidelines for the care of patients with suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19
16/04/2020 0 CPD
Mohammed Faisal Din says he has struggled to source Clenil inhalers
One pharmacy in Manchester has been dispensing sertraline at a “massive loss” since the outbreak of COVID-19
16/04/2020 16 Features
Patients can use NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, to ease COVID-19 symptoms
Patients can use ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat the symptoms of COVID-19, an MHRA advisory body and Nice have said.
16/04/2020 1 News
C+D spoke to Dr Amira Guirguis about the impact of COVID-19 on those using misusing drugs and other substances
16/04/2020 0 CPD
The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed on concessionary prices for the following 11 items for April 2020 prescriptions.
15/04/2020 4 News
Pharmacies are contracutally required to ensure that the most vulnerable patients receive their medicines
Pharmacy professionals who use NHS COVID-19 volunteers “in good faith” will not face regulatory action for the helpers' actions, the GPhC and RPS have said.
15/04/2020 5 News
Boots has temporarily closed 60 pharmacies seeing reduced footfall amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as the locations patients visit has “changed fundamentally in the last few weeks”.
15/04/2020 10 News
Prospective employers must clarify whether positions are paid or unpaid
Undergraduate pharmacy students wishing to work for a pharmacy during the pandemic should start their roles after completing their final assessments, industry bodies have said.
15/04/2020 5 News
Checking patient prescription exemption claims is an unnecessary burden on pharmacy teams in England during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Mike Hewitson
15/04/2020 4 Views
Jackie Doyle-Price: Pharmacy teams are “high street heroes”. Picture credit: UK Parliament
Former health minister Jackie Doyle-Price has warned that pharmacies are “at breaking point” and that the pressure on them is “immense” in a blog for a national newspaper.
14/04/2020 5 News
RPS: Reports of verbal and physical abuse from the public are hugely concerning
Pharmacy teams in England and Wales should “have reassurance” that they are covered by protective laws against violent attacks, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said.
14/04/2020 8 News
Deferring the June and September pharmacy pre-registration exams was the only viable option for candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Khalid Khan
14/04/2020 2 Views
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
13/04/2020 1 News
PSNC: the service will ensure shielded patients "continue to receive the medicines they need, safely"
English pharmacies are now contractually required to help “shielded” patients receive their prescriptions during the pandemic, with extra funding secured, the PSNC has announced.
11/04/2020 13 News
Some pharmacies report that patient demand for medicines has tripled
Pharmacies across England are questioning their future after seeing a surge of demand from panicked patients following the COVID-19 outbreak
09/04/2020 3 Features
NPA: Some pharmacies have reported an increase of 300% for home deliveries
Community pharmacy saw a 25% increase in dispensing volume between February and March and a 300% increase in home deliveries, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has said.
09/04/2020 1 News
A mock summary patient record. Picture credit: NHS Digital
NHS Digital has added a “vulnerability flag” to the summary care record (SCR), alerting pharmacies to which patients are on the list of “shielded” individuals.
09/04/2020 6 News
NHS England: Pharmacies that are open on those days can claim the money on the MYS portal
English contractors will be able to claim £1,500 for the three hours they are required to open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, NHS England has said.
09/04/2020 26 News
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recalled Emerade 300mcg pens due to “a higher risk of activation failure than was previously understood".
09/04/2020 1 News
Advice for patients on improving your immune system in the face of the pandemic
09/04/2020 0 CPD
There will be a second wave of unprecedented demand on community pharmacies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Avicenna chair Salim Jetha.
08/04/2020 2 Features
Emergency measures set to give pharmacists the power to supply certain controlled drugs to patients without a script could be exploited, a government advisory group has warned.
08/04/2020 7 News
NHS England: Trained volunteers will offer psychological support over the phone or via text
Pharmacy teams in England will be able to access a free mental health hotline during the pandemic, NHS England has announced.
08/04/2020 3 News
PDA: The resources given to pharmacies in England to fight COVID-19 are “woefully inadequate”
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) is calling on NHS England to match the support given to Scottish pharmacies to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
08/04/2020 0 News
Pharmacies in England are required to be open from 2pm to 5pm on 10 April 2020 and 13 April 2020
Pharmacies in England must open to the public for a few hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday – a decision that has been met with disappointment by the sector.
07/04/2020 60 News
What are the concerns with using antihypertensives in patients who have been affected with COVID-19?
07/04/2020 0 CPD
Having NHS volunteers deliver medicines is not straightforward, so legal expert David Reissner suggests a statement for them to sign to ensure things run as smoothly as possible
07/04/2020 1 Views
Additional costs of opening during the Easter bank holiday will be met "in full"
Pharmacies in Scotland will receive “an initial package” of £5.5 million to help them cover the costs of COVID-19, health secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.
07/04/2020 4 News
Simon Dukes: Lack of clarity on delivery service is "extremely unhelpful"
NHS England’s use of volunteers to deliver medicines to patients could be exploited by “fraudsters”, the PSNC has warned.
07/04/2020 4 News
NHS England’s plan for well-meaning volunteers to deliver medicines for pharmacies puts patients’ lives at risk, says Mike Hewitson
07/04/2020 14 Views
Locums say the increase in rates reflects an increased workload
A minority of locum pharmacists have increased their hourly rates following the COVID-19 outbreak, sparking controversy across the sector
06/04/2020 8 Features
Jo Churchill: “I have been listening to your concerns about capacity in community pharmacy”
Pharmacy minster Jo Churchill has written an open letter to the sector commending its “outstanding response to patients” during COVID-19.
06/04/2020 17 News
The GPhC said it recognises the “important role” of locum pharmacists in the fight against COVID-19
Locums should not to try to profit from the COVID-19 outbreak by colluding to “inflate their hourly rate”, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) chief executive has told C+D.
06/04/2020 99 News
RPS Wales: Being abusive towards pharmacy staff is “totally unacceptable behaviour”
Welsh pharmacists are reporting an increase in abusive behaviour from patients as they deal with the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, RPS Wales has said.
06/04/2020 0 News
The measures will increase access to controlled drugs amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Priti Patel said
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.
03/04/2020 12 News
With staff numbers depleted and the ability to run services drastically reduced, juggling salary costs is a pressing challenge for many contractors
03/04/2020 0 CPD
Walgreens Boots Alliance said the future impact of COVID-19 on the business is "uncertain"
Boots’ parent company has attributed a 2.5% drop in its adjusted gross profit to “lower retail sales and margin” in its UK pharmacies.
03/04/2020 1 News
PPE guidance: wear mask if "unable to maintain two metres social distance”
Pharmacy teams should wear fluid-resistant surgical masks if social distancing cannot be maintained, according to new guidance applicable across the UK.
03/04/2020 8 News
The government must take action to ensure community pharmacies survive the COVID-19 pandemic, says contractor Stuart Gale
03/04/2020 5 Views
Pharmacists say it's difficult to receive “an emergency delivery" of PPE within 72 hours
Pharmacists in England are reporting difficulties sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE) through the national supply disruption response (NSDR) line.
02/04/2020 6 News
C+D spoke to Dr Mahendra Patel about his experience working in a community pharmacy during the COVID-19 outbreak
02/04/2020 1 CPD
Pharmacists are war-weary from handling the impact of COVID-19 but their efforts may finally earn them recognition, says Laura Buckley
02/04/2020 6 Views
Pharmacy2U and Echo saw a jump in EPS nominations last week
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen electronic prescription service (EPS) nominations increase “significantly” for distance-selling pharmacies Pharmacy2U and Echo.
02/04/2020 9 News