• PDA to reach out to LloydsPharmacy for better pay hike as pharmacists reject ‘unacceptable’ offer
    by Swati Rana on June 24, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) Union says it will be reaching out to LloydsPharmacy soon over a better deal on salary increase after the majority of its members rejected a three per cent offer made by the company recently. Paul Day, director, PDA Union told Pharmacy Business: “The PDA Union will communicate the response of employed The post PDA to reach out to LloydsPharmacy for better pay hike as pharmacists reject ‘unacceptable’ offer first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • ‘Our independent family-owned pharmacy members are not going to abandon dosette boxes’
    by Swati Rana on June 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP)’s members are not going to abandon the dosettes boxes, the association has announced. Instead, it insisted that this service should be properly funded. The association has emphasised on the importance of the service provided by pharmacists to elderly patients living independently. Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of AIMP, The post ‘Our independent family-owned pharmacy members are not going to abandon dosette boxes’ first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • NHS England sets out preliminary plans for autumn Covid boosters
    by Costanza Pearce on June 24, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    More pharmacies will be able to apply to deliver of autumn Covid booster jabs but the programme, NHS England has said. New NHS England guidance setting out further details on the upcoming programme also said that local commissioners may use vaccination centres to ‘deliver other routine immunisations’. Last month, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation The post NHS England sets out preliminary plans for autumn Covid boosters appeared first on The Pharmacist.

  • Explainer: The origins of ‘chemist’ and ‘pharmacist’ titles
    by Isabel Shaw on June 24, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    A vote by contractors giving the go ahead to changes to the PSNC and LPCs, includes a decision to phase out the use of the phrase ‘chemist’. Here we look at the many different titles that have been used in the past within the profession, starting with their origins in the apotheca. One of the The post Explainer: The origins of ‘chemist’ and ‘pharmacist’ titles appeared first on The Pharmacist.

  • What the ‘yes’ vote to the RSG proposals now means
    by Isabel Shaw on June 24, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Contractors voted for significant changes to PSNC and the LPCs network. What did the proposals include, and what happens next? New names for PSNC, LPCs – and the phasing out of ‘chemist’ The vote will see PSNC change its name to Community Pharmacy England (CPE) and LPCs will be rebranded as Community Pharmacy Local (CPL). The post What the ‘yes’ vote to the RSG proposals now means appeared first on The Pharmacist.

  • MYS portal to be only route for referred back, disallowed items from July
    by Swati Rana on June 24, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    From July 2022, MYS portal (Manage Your Services) will be the only route available for pharmacy contactors to submit all new prescription returns/referred back items and disallowed items, reminded the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). Contractors will be able to view and submit the required information for all these items only through the MYS portal. The post MYS portal to be only route for referred back, disallowed items from July first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • Blister pack services must be funded by NHS, AIMp says
    by Isabel Shaw on June 24, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Pharmacies that put together pill boxes for their patients must be ‘appropriately’ remunerated, the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) has said. The organisation is calling on ICSs and local commissioners to start funding the provision of multi-compartment compliance aids (MCCAs) which they claim is often ‘time-consuming’ for pharmacy teams. This comes after the BBC The post Blister pack services must be funded by NHS, AIMp says appeared first on The Pharmacist.

  • Moderna builds UK’s first mRNA vaccine research and manufacturing centre
    by Rhea Sethi on June 24, 2022 at 10:09 am

    NHS patients will have access to the next generation of mRNA vaccines and treatments following an agreement between the Government and Moderna to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing and research and development centre in the UK.  The new mRNA Innovation and Technology Centre will develop cutting-edge mRNA vaccines for a wide range of respiratory diseases, including

  • How To Boost Your Health And Immunity System
    by Admin on June 24, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Are you worried about your immunity and want to strengthen your immune system? Taking care of your health and the health of your family, children, and parents is never exaggerated and unfounded. The organism must at all times have immunity that will allow it to cope with the greatest challenges. There are things you can’t The post How To Boost Your Health And Immunity System first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • Amazing Skin Care Tips That Will Keep Your Skin Healthy During the Summer
    by Admin on June 24, 2022 at 7:07 am

    The summer sun can be tough on your skin, but following these amazing tips will help keep your skin healthy all season long! Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen religiously, and don’t forget to exfoliate regularly to slough away dead skin cells. If you start to experience any skin problems, consult a The post Amazing Skin Care Tips That Will Keep Your Skin Healthy During the Summer first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • ‘Duty of Candour is not an add-on, it’s a fundamental part of pharmacy profession’
    by Swati Rana on June 23, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has developed two new resources- Keeping patients safe being open and honest and Pharmacy team toolkit – learning from incidents, to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians fulfil the duty of candour – the professional responsibility to be open and honest with patients if/when something goes wrong. The new resources bring The post ‘Duty of Candour is not an add-on, it’s a fundamental part of pharmacy profession’ first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • Boots to offer £42k FTE base salary to newly-qualified pharmacists
    by Swati Rana on June 23, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Boots UK will offer a staring salary of £42,000 per annum to newly qualified pharmacists joining the pharmacy chain. The company also revealed that “in addition, any existing pharmacists in the bargaining unit currently receiving less than £43k.” The newly announced hike in the salary — following an agreement reached between the multiple and and the The post Boots to offer £42k FTE base salary to newly-qualified pharmacists first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • New Account Identifier Document by NHSBSA required for submission of paper prescriptions
    by Swati Rana on June 23, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Pharmacy contractors will no longer need to print and submit a paper copy of their completed FP34C declaration made through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal when submitting their paper prescription bundle to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), said the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). Instead, from August 2022 (for July 2022 prescriptions), NHSBSA will post The post New Account Identifier Document by NHSBSA required for submission of paper prescriptions first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • Polio found in London sewage, but risk of infection considered low
    by PB Staff Writer on June 23, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Polio has been detected in sewage samples in London, the first sign since the 1980s that the virus could be spreading in the UK, but no cases have been found, authorities said. The risk of infection from the disease, which causes paralysis in children in under one per cent of cases, was also low because The post Polio found in London sewage, but risk of infection considered low first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • Besins Healthcare acquires new manufacturing site to boost HRT production capability
    by Swati Rana on June 23, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Besins Healthcare has acquired a pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Drogenbos, Belgium to boost the production of hormonal products including Oestrogel. Currently, the site which is being used as one of two manufacturing sites for their gel products [the other site being in France], is a strategic purchase to allow Besins Healthcare to increase production of The post Besins Healthcare acquires new manufacturing site to boost HRT production capability first appeared on Latest Pharmacy News | Business | Magazine - Pharmacy Business.

  • Prescribing in a time of COVID: A State of the Nation review
    by Oli Hudson on June 23, 2022 at 11:41 am

    As we look back on an unprecedented period in NHS history, what sort of impression did the pandemic leave on prescribing patterns? Wilmington Healthcare’s Oli Hudson lifts the veil on a new State of the Nation report to reveal an NHS transformed by the impact of COVID on services and pathways. Prescribing offers a unique

  • The UK access environment has been transformed – what are the lessons for pharma and other countries?
    by Neil Grubert on June 23, 2022 at 10:42 am

    The United Kingdom has long had the reputation of being “low and slow” for the uptake of new medicines. Questions about its attractiveness to international pharmaceutical companies were reinforced by uncertainty around Brexit. What have the government and the chief negotiator with the pharmaceutical industry done to ensure the United Kingdom remains a high-priority market?

  • Patient pathways: Tracing a collaborative path to high quality care
    by Amanda Barrell on June 23, 2022 at 10:39 am

    "To meet the challenges of COVID-era healthcare, patient pathways – from diagnostics to treatment, monitoring to follow-up – have been transformed"

  • Besins Healthcare acquire hormonal gel manufacturing site
    by Emma Cooper on June 23, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Besins Healthcare Group has acquired a pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Drogenbos, Belgium. The site, previously owned by a large manufacturing group, will become solely dedicated to the production of hormonal products including Besins Healthcare’s Oestrogel® (Estradiol (0.06% w/w)). Ownership of the site will allow Besins Healthcare to increase production of its products, offering greater efficiencies

  • Partnership paves the way for development of first African-owned COVID-19 vaccine
    by Emma Cooper on June 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    One year since the establishment of the mRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub, a collaboration between two of the world’s leading biotech companies – Afrigen Biologics and the Univercells Group – has been announced, intending to pave the way for the development of the first-ever African-owned COVID-19 vaccine. The collaboration will focus on the development of

  • NICE recommends Eli Lilly’s treatment for early-stage breast cancer
    by Emma Cooper on June 20, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued final draft guidance recommending abemaciclib (also called Verzenios) for people with hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, node-positive early breast cancer at high risk of recurrence who have had surgery to remove their tumour. Results from a clinical trial showed that people having abemaciclib with hormone therapy

  • Government appoints first Women’s Health Ambassador
    by Rhea Sethi on June 17, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Dame Lesley Regan has been appointed as the Government’s Women’s Health Ambassador for England to drive system level changes to close the gender health gap. Dame Lesley will support the implementation of the upcoming Women’s Health Strategy for England and be supported by a Deputy Ambassador focused on better understanding the challenges faced in accessing

  • Funding for pharmacies to spot early signs of cancer
    by Rhea Sethi on June 16, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Staff in high street pharmacies will be funded to spot signs of cancer as part of a new drive to catch tumours early when they are easier to treat. Customers will then be sent for scans and other checks under the initiative, which is being trialled by pharmacies as part of radical NHS action that

  • Alder Hey launches digital platform to revolutionise paediatric care
    by Emma Cooper on June 15, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has launched a ground-breaking digital platform that is set to revolutionise the way in which patient care is delivered to children and young people. The hybrid health platform AlderHey@nywhere™ is being championed as a “hospital of the future”, where patient and clinical care is delivered in a hybrid world, both physical

  • Shionogi strikes deal with NHS England for subscription payment model reimbursement of antibiotic  
    by Emma Cooper on June 15, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Shionogi has signed an agreement with NHS England to begin an innovative subscription payment model reimbursement of its antibiotic FETCROJA®▼ (Cefiderocol) in England. In this model, companies are paid a fixed sum for antimicrobials based on a health technology assessment of their value to the NHS, rather than the volumes used.1 The deal follows draft

  • The UK access environment has been transformed – and what are the lessons for Pharma and other countries?
    by Neil Grubert on June 14, 2022 at 8:58 am

    The United Kingdom has long had the reputation of being “low and slow” for the uptake of new medicines. Questions about its attractiveness to international pharmaceutical companies were reinforced by uncertainty around Brexit. What have the government and the chief negotiator with the pharmaceutical industry done to ensure the United Kingdom remains a high-priority market?

  • Almirall and Happify Health launch digital program for psoriasis sufferers
    by Emma Cooper on June 13, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Almirall and Happify Health have partnered on a digital program developed to improve the mental well-being of people with psoriasis through cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, and mindfulness. A 2019 study in Maedica, a Journal of Clinical Medicine, establishes a clear link between skin psychology and quality of life for people with psoriasis.4 It is

  • NICE recommends new treatment to reduce risk of cardiovascular events
    by Emma Cooper on June 10, 2022 at 10:03 am

    The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published final draft guidance which recommends icosapent ethyl (also called Vazkepa and made by Amarin) as treatment for reducing the risk of cardiovascular events in adults who have raised levels of a type of blood fat called triglycerides. It means that around 425,000 people could

  • NICE recommends Astellas’ treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease
    by Emma Cooper on June 9, 2022 at 9:46 am

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Astellas’ EVRENZOTM ▼(roxadustat) for the treatment of adult patients with symptomatic anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD).1-3 It’s believed that over 75,000 people live with anaemia associated with CKD, causing some to experience severe symptoms and struggle with day-to-day activities.1, 5-7 The recommendation

  • Independent review of health and adult social care leadership published
    by Emma Cooper on June 8, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    An independent review of health and adult social care leadership, led by General Sir Gordon Messenger and Dame Linda Pollard, has been published. A statement from the Department of Health and Social Care insists this will be the biggest shake-up in health and social care leadership in a generation and that the Health and Social

  • Innovative Medicines Fund launches to fast-track cutting-edge treatments
    by Emma Cooper on June 7, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Building on the success of the Cancer Drugs Fund, NHS patients in England will now have early access to potentially life-saving and cutting-edge treatments thanks to the Innovative Medicines Fund, which has just launched. Up to £340 million has been made available through the fund, to purchase the most promising medicines and fast-track them to

  • Bachem partners with Eli Lilly on oligonucleotide-based medicines
    by Emma Cooper on June 7, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Swiss pharmaceutical company, Bachem, has partnered with Eli Lilly to further advance the development of oligonucleotide-based medicines. The agreement, which spans the next seven years, will see the two companies expand current oligonucleotide technologies, develop new oligonucleotide processes and contribute to global manufacturing capacity for oligonucleotide-based medicines for patients. As part of the collaboration, Bachem

  • IBSA Group acquires fertility specialists Pharmasure
    by Emma Cooper on June 1, 2022 at 10:20 am

    IBSA Institut Biochimique SA, the multinational pharmaceutical company based in Lugano, has acquired 100% of the share capital of its UK distributor, Pharmasure Ltd, specialists in reproductive health and medicine. The purchase agreement was concluded in early May, and the UK Company’s name will change to IBSA Pharma Ltd. Arturo Licenziati, President and CEO, IBSA

  • NICE recommends treatment for patients with ulcerative colitis  
    by Emma Cooper on June 1, 2022 at 9:35 am

    The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of JYSELECA®▼ (filgotinib) for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) when other treatments have not been successful. This means that filgotinib will now be available for eligible patients across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the

  • Drug Tariff Changes July 2022
    by Greg Bull on May 30, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    Drug Tariff Advance Notice of Changes for July 2022 The image below shows the upcoming changes to various products in

  • NEW Patient Pickup Point!
    by Greg Bull on May 30, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Richard Kay of Pharma Storage Solutions https://pharmacystoragesolutions.co.uk/ has developed a brilliant new idea aimed specifically at Dispensing Doctor practices –

  • Customer Service Survey
    by Greg Bull on May 21, 2022 at 11:39 am

    At Dispensing Doctor Experts we love your feedback and we have had some great responses to our ongoing FREE dispensary

  • Another PA Item Query
    by Greg Bull on May 21, 2022 at 11:31 am

    FAQ Inclisiran, VAT and Profitability Question: Is Inclisiran still a loss for dispensing doctors? Drug tariff is £55 AAH price

  • When is a PA Item NOT a PA Item
    by Greg Bull on May 5, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    We often get asked about whether an item is a Personally Administered item or not. In the case of Nexplanon

  • Welcome On Board MHA Moore and Smalley!
    by Greg Bull on April 29, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Dispensing Doctor Experts is proud to announce a Strategic Partnership with MHA Moore And Smalley Medical Accountants to promote and

  • Advance Notice Drug Tariff Changes June 2022
    by Greg Bull on April 28, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Every month we publish a list of the upcoming Drug Tariff changes for the following month. This gives you and

  • Meet the IQoro Device!
    by Greg Bull on April 27, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    New medical devices aren’t always listed in the Advance Notice of the Drug Tariff and so this month I am

  • IMPORTANT – Wrong Group Movements
    by Greg Bull on April 13, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    IMPORTANT! Update Are you receiving your Wrong Group Movement information from your CCG [England] or Health Board [Wales]? We have

  • Dispensing Fee Rises April 2022
    by Greg Bull on April 11, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    And so the dispensing fee rises from April 1st 2022 which should help with dispensaries who have had a squeeze

  • Influencing Skills
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on June 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    In this PSNC podcast we explore how to learn and use influencing skills to promote community pharmacy in the changing commissioning environment. Listen to more of our podcasts via our podcast index page or subscribe through iTunes (click here for an iTunes podcast guide).  

  • Change management
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on June 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    As the NHS continues to change, LPCs need to be able to adapt to the changes and support contractors in changing times. This podcast discusses how to manage change both within and outside the LPC. Listen to more of our podcasts via our podcast index page or subscribe through iTunes (click here for an iTunes podcast guide). [...]

  • How to be a mentor
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on May 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Learn more about mentoring, an adaptable skill that can be used within community pharmacy and beyond. Listen to more of our podcasts via our podcast index page or subscribe through iTunes (click here for an iTunes podcast guide).  

  • Negotiation skills
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on November 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Led by negotiation skills trainer Phil Parry this PSNC MyCoach podcast provides tips on how to avoid failure and improve success. Supported by Pfizer Limited. Listen to more of our podcasts via our podcast index page or subscribe through iTunes (click here for an iTunes podcast guide).  

  • Facilitation skills
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on November 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Facilitating an LPC planning meeting  or contractor meeting? This  short PSNC MyCoach podcast will sharpen skills and boost your confidence. Listen to more of our podcasts via our podcast index page or subscribe through iTunes (click here for an iTunes podcast guide).  

  • Chairing meetings
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on November 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    For new LPC chairs or experienced chairs looking for tips and ideas – a PSNC MyCoach podcast on chairing meetings, with training consultant Phil Parry. Listen to more of our podcasts via our podcast index page or subscribe through iTunes (click here for an iTunes podcast guide).  

  • LPCs and market entry applications
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on July 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

    In this PSNC podcast we discuss why LPCs are consulted on market entry applications; what if the applicant is not an existing contractor in the LPC area; what LPCs should and shouldn’t take into account when considering an application; what about distance selling applications; governance and conflicts of interests? Listen to more of our podcasts [...]

  • Leadership
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on July 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    With Rachel Harrison who leads PSNC’s Leadership Academy. Rachel discusses the qualities she has seen in some of the LPC members and officers that single them out as potential leaders. The qualities LPC leaders possess; what make people follow leaders? Key aspects of change management and coaching; the different styles of leadership? What sort of [...]

  • Contract monitoring – CPAF
    by Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on July 1, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Find out about the way the Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) – is there an obligation to complete it? The questions that are asked and how to complete them; how long do pharmacies have to return them – is there flexibility? What happens if a pharmacy doesn’t complete it? When the report has been submitted, [...]