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Unite the Union Twitter page

Union says it will take 'continuous strike action' over pharmacy support workers' pay

15 JUL 2019

Unite the Union has confirmed that pharmacy support workers in NHS Tayside will begin “continuous strike action” on 19 August 2019.

Matt Hancock, health secretary

UK trials not needed for medical cannabis licensing process, says Hancock

15 JUL 2019

Medical cannabis will not need to be tested through randomised controlled trials in the UK in order to be licensed, health secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.

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MHRA warns patients about potential failure of Emerade adrenalin auto-injectors

12 JUL 2019

Some Emerade adrenaline auto-injectors may fail to deliver a dose of adrenaline from the syringe owing to a blockage in the needle, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has warned.

Rose Marie Parr, Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer

Scottish pharmacists to be paid more for emergency contraception provision following fall in unintended pregnancy rates

12 JUL 2019

Community pharmacists in Scotland will now be reimbursed at an increased rate of £30 per patient for providing emergency hormonal contraception because of the effect the service has had on unintended pregnancies.

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Pharmacist prescribing of controlled drugs increases by 50% in a year

11 JUL 2019

Pharmacist prescribing of controlled drug items has increased by more than 50% in the year between 2017 and 2018, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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NHS to explore whether community pharmacists can provide naloxone for patients taking prescription opioids

9 JUL 2019

A team from the University of Stirling has been given NHS funding to explore whether community pharmacies could deliver naloxone to patients taking prescription opioids.

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Boys aged 12 and 13 years to be offered HPV vaccine from September 2019, PHE announces

9 JUL 2019

From September 2019, boys aged 12 and 13 years will be offered the free human papillomavirus vaccine, Public Health England has announced.

EU pills Brexit concept

Government tenders for £3m contract for Brexit medicines express

8 JUL 2019

The government has set aside £3m to transport short-life medicines and medical devices in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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EU task force guidance on how to report drugs shortages published

8 JUL 2019

An EU task force, set up to deal with problems with medicines supply, has published guidance to improve communication about medicines shortages.

GammaCore device

Handheld cluster headache device recommended by NICE

8 JUL 2019

An electronic handheld device that can be used to prevent and treat cluster headaches in some patients has been recommended in draft guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

CMA homepage

NPA chair who stepped aside during CMA investigation leaves association's board

4 JUL 2019

The former chair of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), who stepped aside during a competition law investigation into a company that lists him as a director, is to leave the NPA board.

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E-cigarette use increases as cigarette smoking falls, report reveals

3 JUL 2019

The proportion of cigarette smokers in England fell from 14.9% in 2017 to 14.4% in 2018, according to annual figures published by NHS Digital.

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Welsh community pharmacy has increased share of flu vaccinations in every year

27 JUN 2019

Welsh community pharmacies have delivered an increasing proportion of Wales’s flu vaccines each year since 2012, according to data published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

HEE report advancing pharmacy

Health Education England publishes recommendations for education and training of pharmacy workforce

25 JUN 2019

Health Education England has published a review of current education and training provisions for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, together with recommendations for how those provisions should be reformed to meet the demands of the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’.

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Boots to scrap plastic bags from its stores

24 JUN 2019

Boots has announced it is scrapping plastic carrier bags from its stores and will instead use brown paper bags as standard.

Dame Sally Davies

Dame Sally Davies to be first UK special envoy on AMR

24 JUN 2019

England’s outgoing chief medical officer has been appointed as the UK’s first special envoy on antimicrobial resistance.

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EU must investigate medicines shortages say hospital pharmacists

24 JUN 2019

European hospital pharmacists are demanding that the EU launches an investigation into medicines shortages.

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Untidy shelves among causes of medicine dispensing errors

21 JUN 2019

“Untidy shelves, replacing split strips of tablets back into open boxes of the wrong strength and self-checking prescriptions,” were among the factors causing almost a quarter of medication errors in independent community pharmacies in Scotland.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO director general

WHO urges countries to adopt antibiotic classification tool to protect against AMR

20 JUN 2019

The World Health Organization is encouraging global adoption of a tool designed to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

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CMA accuses four pharmaceutical companies of breaking competition law on supply of antidepressant

20 JUN 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found four pharmaceutical companies to have broken completion law in relation to supply of nortriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant.

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