NHS England has set an ambitious target to be paperless by 2024, a major part of which is implementing electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems in hospitals. Although progress is being made, there remain challenges to overcome.
Despite lagging behind their distance-selling counterparts in online dispensing, the digital revolution in community pharmacy may still be led by the top four high street pharmacy chains.
From controversial marketing campaigns to fears that its vast dispensing facilities will quash high street pharmacy businesses, Pharmacy2U’s rise has not gone unnoticed.
Pharmacists must be given full access to patient records to enable them to expand their role in the health service and provide better patient care.
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There have been calls to loosen regulations around medical cannabis to increase access for those who need it, but the government must resist and view cannabis with the same scrutiny as any other new medicine.
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The inevitable Amazonification of community pharmacy offers community pharmacy businesses an opportunity to grow, but do online pharmacies put patients’ health and the sector’s very existence at risk? Two pharmacy experts weigh in.
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Aspergillus-related disease is rare, but results in high mortality rates. The limited treatment options and emerging antifungal drug resistance mean that accurate diagnosis and management is paramount.
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Selecting appropriate antifungal therapies and performing ongoing reviews of these therapies can help support antifungal stewardship efforts and help reduce antifungal resistance.
How to understand and interpret clinical dataSubscription
This resource, part of the acute pain learning series, has been developed to help pharmacists understand the quality of evidence from clinical data to inform the advice they give to patients.
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Community pharmacies in England are set to receive £13bn over the next five years under the latest national contract, with a planned spend of £2.59bn each year.
Category M reimbursement prices are to increase by £15m a month from August 2019, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced following discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care.
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union has signed its first voluntary recognition agreement with Boots
The General Pharmaceutical Council has seen a 15% year-on-year increase in the number of complaints it has received about pharmacists on the register.
Online pharmacy Pharmacy2U has said it will start to deliver the new medicine service in the coming months, estimating that it could provide up to 3,000 telephone appointments each month.
The General Pharmaceutical Council has said it is likely to move forward with proposals requiring pharmacy schools to offer integrated programmes of “study and practical experience”.