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Boots owner backtracks on ‘low-performing’ pharmacy review comments

Walgreens Boots Alliance announced on Tuesday (April 2) that it was taking  “immediate action” to address financial results “much weaker than expected”, which includes “decisive…

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Pharmacy bodies: Sustainable funding needed for 5-year degree plan

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) proposed the five-year integrated programme for pharmacy students in a 12-week consultation that ended yesterday (April 3). The Company Chemists’…

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Pharmacies should accept paper, plastic and digital payment exemptions

The NHS Business Standards Authority (BSA) began the process of phasing out plastic exemption cards for prescription prepayment certificates and maternity exemption certificates in favour…

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Lloydspharmacy: Our competitors know bricks-and-mortar is challenging

Community pharmacy is being “attacked” from all angles – with Brexit uncertainty, the Falsified Medicines Directive and “the vagaries of category M”, McKesson UK chief…

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‘Business as usual’ for pharmacy despite car crashing through window

Pete Burrows, director of M&B Healthcare Group – which operates 11 pharmacies across north-west England – told C+D the car crashed into Hawkley Pharmacy on…

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Manufacturers body ‘uncomfortable’ with pharmacists’ shortages powers

The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2019 order – which came into force on February 9 – includes provisions to allow pharmacists to dispense an alternative…

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This week’s FMD deadline not ‘cliff edge’, GPhC reassures pharmacies

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) requires all UK pharmacies to be able to scan barcodes and check tamper-proof devices on medicines packaging at the point…

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Our patients are not stockpiling medicines, contractors tell C+D

Contractors told C+D last month that shortages of a growing range of medicines, including Adalat and naproxen, were costing pharmacies’ precious time and money. Olutayo…

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Pharmacy staff shortages contributing to patient safety incidents

The number of reports citing “work and environment factors” as the main contributor rose by 2% in the three months to December – compared with…

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Referral scheme in 30 pharmacies is alternative to GP pharmacists

Under the GP2Pharmacy pilot – which launched last month and will run until September – patients are triaged by their GP practice and offered one…

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