Five years of fixed funding will prove challenging for an “already financially strained sector”, pharmacy organisations have warned after the government published the latest community pharmacy contract on 22 July 2019.
Community pharmacies are set to receive £13bn over the next five years under the latest national contract, with a planned spend of £2.59bn each year.
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency has confirmed that it has taken regulatory action against a small number of companies for infringements relating to compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive.
More than half of recommendations from pharmacists advising changes to prescriptions were not actioned by GPs in the practice, a study has found.
Flu vaccine suppliers have told pharmacies that some deliveries of the standard quadrivalent flu vaccine will be delayed until November 2019.
Four in ten GP practices are expected to be able to receive updates on patients who have their flu vaccination at pharmacies this autumn, NHS Digital has said.
None of the more than 1,000 people in Wales who have received pre-exposure prophylaxis since it became routinely available have developed HIV while receiving the drugs.
The NHS has launched a pilot test and treat service for patients who suspect they have a urinary tract infection.
Nearly three in four patients who were delayed on discharge from hospital said it was because they had to wait for medicines, a Care Quality Commission survey has found.
Leaving the EU without a deal would likely result in the UK being “unplugged” from the Falsified Medicines Directive, Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, has told a select committee of MPs.
LloydsPharmacy’s parent company, McKesson UK, has bought the online repeat prescription app ‘Echo’ — one of several pharmacy apps now on the NHS Digital app library.
A government advisory committee has excluded pharmacists from the shortage occupation list, despite reported difficulties in recruitment.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists wants the national clinical guideline governing withdrawal from antidepressants changed because it says the timescale is too quick for some patients.
Following national guidance to discard an intravenous infusion set without flushing it is “unlawful”, the former head of safe medication practice at the National Patient Safety Agency has warned.
Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.
Patients who underwent knee replacement who used an app to monitor their analgesic use had better pain control and took fewer opioids post surgery, study results show.
Concerns raised over non-medical alprazolam useSubscription
The benzodiazepine alprazolam is being obtained for non-medical use in the UK, particularly among young people, a survey has found.
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Vitamin D supplementation is not associated with a reduced risk of major cardiovascular events, a meta-analysis suggests.
People who take methadone use fewer illicit opioids when galantamine is added to their therapy, research shows.
Prednisolone reduces hand osteoarthritis pain Subscription
Patients with hand osteoarthritis experienced improvements in pain and function with low-dose prednisolone treatment, according to a study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology.