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40% of readers have seen evidence of patients stockpiling for Brexit

Fifty one of 128 respondents to the poll – which ran on the C+D website from January 22 to March 18 – said they had…

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Pharmacists not skilled enough for medicine shortage powers, MPs argue

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

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We need ‘right’ contract so pharmacy can ‘do more’, Matt Hancock says

In a pre-recorded video shown at the Sigma conference in Muscat, Oman, on Sunday (February 17), Mr Hancock said he wants to see “community pharmacies doing…

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Brine: Pharmacy must ‘grasp’ GP integration opportunities

Referring to the £4.5 billion GP contract announced in January, Mr Brine said “it’s important that community pharmacy grasps the opportunities afforded”. As part of the…

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NHS England clarifies its ambition for reimbursement ‘efficiencies’

In its long-awaited long-term plan, published on Monday (January 7), NHS England said it aim­­s to “explore further efficiencies” in community pharmacy, by reforming the sector’s…

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Pharmacies to receive patient referrals direct from GPs in NHS pilot

The “pharmacy connection scheme” referred to in NHS England’s long-term plan, published on Monday (January 7), would be set up by clinical commissioning groups for…

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NHS England revives hub-and-spoke agenda in pursuit of long-term plan

In its long-awaited strategy document, published on Monday (January 7), the commissioner said it aims to “explore further efficiencies” in community pharmacy, by reforming the…

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Boots and Lloydspharmacy will both miss next week’s FMD deadline

Boots said it is “continuing [its] journey” to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) – which will require all pharmacies to be able to…

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Rowlands still addressing ‘considerable staff issues’ around FMD

Rowlands is “making [its] best endeavours to be fully compliant” with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) – which will require all pharmacies to scan barcodes on medicines…

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