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News in brief

Matt Hancock

Government-backed national academy to promote social prescribing

23 OCT 2019

An independent national academy will support healthcare professionals in prescribing arts, sport and leisure activities to more patients, the health secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Rose Marie Parr

Pharmacists in devolved nations can follow serious shortage protocols from 31 October 2019

21 OCT 2019

Legislation enabling the use of serious shortage protocols in Scotland will come into effect from 31 October 2019, the Scottish government has said.

Eletronic prescribing

Electronic prescriptions to be introduced nationally from November 2019

19 OCT 2019

Digital-only prescriptions will be introduced across England from November 2019, the pharmacy minister Jo Churchill has announced.

Exporting goods by ship

Ranitidine among drugs added to export ban

18 OCT 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has added our more medicines to list of those that cannot be parallel exported from the UK.

UPS van

UPS one of three companies awarded government contracts for 'express' medicines delivery service

17 OCT 2019

The delivery company UPS is one of three transport firms to be given contracts worth £25m to ensure medicines can be delivered quickly if Brexit goes ahead at the end of October 2019.

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Pharmacist prescribing increases by 55% in one year, says healthcare regulator

16 OCT 2019

Pharmacist prescribing increased by 55% in 2018/2019, according to a Care Quality Commission report which called for greater use of pharmacists in primary care networks.

Revalidation student completing reflective account

Pharmacy regulator opts to keep same three reflective account standards for revalidation

15 OCT 2019

Pharmacists will be asked to choose from the same three standards for their reflective accounts for revalidation next year, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced.

A DFDS ferry at Dover

Government spends £87m on contracts to deliver extra freight capacity for no-deal Brexit

15 OCT 2019

The government has signed contracts with four transport companies worth £87m in total, which it says will help to ensure the continued supply of medicines.

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UK ranked as most resistant to tobacco industry lobbying

14 OCT 2019

The UK is the most resistant country to the tobacco industry’s influence in policy making, a global analysis has revealed.

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Pharmacists to 'proof check' GPhC registration assessment questions after errors found in exam

10 OCT 2019

The General Pharmaceutical Council has introduced “a blind proof check” of its exam questions after three errors were found in the regulator’s June 2019 registration assessment.


Medicines recall drug alert issued for potentially contaminated ranitidine products

9 OCT 2019

Pharmacists are being advised to stop supplying some ranitidine products after it was revealed that they may be contaminated with the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine.

antimicrobial resistance

Little progress made to develop incentives for new antibiotics, vaccines and diagnostics, AMR review concludes

9 OCT 2019

Little progress has been made to transform research or develop incentives for new antibiotics, vaccines and diagnostics, a review of progress on antimicrobial resistance has concluded.

pharmacy computer

Pharmacists can digitally transfer patient flu vaccination data to GPs in two-week pilot

9 OCT 2019

Pharmacists in Leeds will be able to send updates to GPs on patients who have their flu vaccination in pharmacies from 14 October 2019, as part of a two-week pilot.

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Pharmacists' use of summary care record is 'disappointing', says senior NHS England official

9 OCT 2019

A senior NHS England official has described pharmacists’ use of the summary care record as “quite disappointing”.

Mahendra Patel

Diabetes care pilot examines greater links between secondary care and community pharmacy

8 OCT 2019

A new pilot scheme will assess whether greater community pharmacy involvement in diabetes care helps improve the overall health of patients.

Woman applying estradiol cream

Safety committee recommends limiting use of high-strength estradiol creams for postmenopausal women

8 OCT 2019

The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee has recommended limiting use of high-strength creams containing 100 microgram/gram of estradiol to a single treatment period of up to four weeks.


Post-foundation hospital pharmacists need mentors, survey finds

7 OCT 2019

Mentoring is “crucial” to the development of advanced practice pharmacists, according to the results of a survey of hospital pharmacists in Scotland.

The National Association of Women Pharmacists crest

National Association of Women Pharmacists to become part of Pharmacists’ Defence Association

3 OCT 2019

The National Association of Women Pharmacists is set to continue as a semi-autonomous network within the Pharmacists’ Defence Association.

jo churchill

Pharmacy minister defends freezing funding for community pharmacy as meeting pharmacy negotiator's terms

2 OCT 2019

The pharmacy minister has defended the decision to freeze funding for community pharmacies over the next five years by saying it provides the level of certainty that pharmacy negotiators wanted.

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EMA tells drug manufacturers to test for probable carcinogen

2 OCT 2019

The European Medicines Agency has told drug manufacturers to test all medicines that contain chemically synthesised active substances for the presence of nitrosamines.

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