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Elderly patients criticise Boots fees on BBC, while ITV backtracks

On Tuesday’s (January 21) edition of BBC Two’s Rip Off Britain, presenters Gloria Hunniford and Angela Rippon read letters written to the show complaining about…

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Three mirtazapine strengths among further January price concessions

An initial 23 price concessions for the month were announced on January 15. Drug Strength Form Price Amiloride 5mg tablets (28) £22.38 Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets…

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PDA negotiates 7.6% pay rise for newly qualified Boots pharmacists

The 7.6% pay rise will be followed by a further salary increase of 3.8% in August, the PDA and Boots announced in a joint statement…

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Nice: Perception of pharmacists as dispensers is barrier to potential

Community pharmacists could “play a greater role in health promotion, prevention and recognition of ill health”, the National Institute for health and Care Excellence (Nice)…

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Boots and Lloyds warn of ‘unsustainable’ stores after living wage rise

The government announced in December that the national living wage for over-25-year-olds will rise by 6.2% – from £8.21 to £8.72 – in April. Boots…

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Boris Johnson visits pharmacy to learn about sector’s potential

Mr Johnson visited McParland Pharmacy in Uxbridge in west London for over half an hour last Friday (January 17), the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies…

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ITV faces backlash for ‘outdated’ comments about ‘pretend doctors’

On the show – which aired on Friday (January 17) – journalist Sam Delaney claimed that the government and doctors are “encouraging chemists to intervene…

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PCN strategy criticised for ignoring community pharmacists

In its response to NHS England’s consultation on draft contract service specifications for PCNs – networks of GP surgeries covering around 30,000-50,000 patients – the Royal…

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Ranitidine 150mg tablets among first January price concessions

Drug Strength Form Price Cefalexin 125mg/5ml oral suspension (100ml) £1.95 Cefalexin 250mg/5ml oral suspension (100ml) £2.25 Colecalciferol 1,000 units capsules (30) £10 Desmopressin 200 micrograms…

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Revealed: Government recorded 178 medicine shortages by December

The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) collated the figure from reports it sent to the NHS of shortages in both primary and secondary…

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