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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 2011

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  • Andrew Lansley

    Lansley: commissioners must value pharmacy

    24 FEB 2011 13:00

    Pharmacy services, including local enhanced services, should be maintained and developed by NHS organisations, Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, said this week.

  • Scrutiny around MUR fraud to rise

    24 FEB 2011 12:33

    Pharmacists are likely to face greater scrutiny for fraudulent activity around medicines use reviews (MURs) following the launch of an enhanced intelligence and information unit by the NHS Counter Fraud Service. The unit, which will conduct data analysis on prescriptions, trends and previous cases of fraud, will be introduced on 1 April 2011.

  • Penalties for “never events”

    24 FEB 2011 12:28

    NHS commissioners will now be able to withhold payment for services where “never events” occur, the Department of Health has said as it today (24 February 2011) announced that the list of events has increased to 25.

  • Skin prick (James King-Holmes/SPL)

    High street food allergy testing criticised by NICE

    24 FEB 2011 12:22

    Food allergy test kits available on the high street and online came in for criticism from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence yesterday (23 February 2011). Tests such as the Vega test, kinesiology and hair analysis are not recommended by NICE because there is little evidence for their effectiveness.

  • Sample certificate

    RPS reveals new founder certificate for members

    24 FEB 2011 12:10

    The design of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s certificate for founding members has been revealed this week.

  • Government plans will exclude “the local chemist”

    24 FEB 2011 11:59

    Government plans for restructuring the NHS will exclude community pharmacy, Shadow Secretary of State for Health John Healey has warned.

  • Map of evidence

    RPS creates map of practice and innovation evidence

    24 FEB 2011 11:50

    A database of evidence that is intended to amplify and mobilise pharmacy knowledge is being created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The database, or “Map of evidence”, will collate existing evidence and details of ongoing initiatives and allow sharing and demonstration of good practice and innovation.

  • Devon LPC audit suggests medicines supply problems are worsening

    24 FEB 2011 11:02

    Medicines supply problems are getting worse, research from Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee suggests.

  • First prescription service to be rolled out shortly

    24 FEB 2011 10:55

    A new medicines service that will see pharmacists in England paid for providing medicines support to patients with long-term conditions  will be rolled out this year, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has predicted.

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