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Advance contracts needed for pandemic antiviral supply

By Newsteam

Contracts for supply of antivirals by community pharmacies during an influenza pandemic should be agreed and drawn up in advance, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health has recommended in its report on the swine flu pandemic (PDF 370K) published this week (10 March 2010).

“Pharmacists were disappointed that clear protocols developed before the pandemic appeared to be ignored by primary care trusts when the pandemic arrived and suggest a national service specification and standardised fee framework for the basic supply of antivirals is set up ahead of the next pandemic,” the report says.

The group also heard that pharmacy involvement in activities during the pandemic was patchy and recommend that PCTs and pharmacy bodies encourage engagement.

Oral and written evidence was provided by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, the Health Protection Agency and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11001207

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