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  • Health & Care Review
    Posted by alkharsanz on 18th August 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and... […]

  • Corticosteroids: rare risk of central serous chorioretinopathy with systemic and local administration
    Posted by alkharsanz on 18th August 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued advice on the risk of central serous chorioretinopathy. This has been associated with systemic use of corticosteroids but recently it has also been reported after local administration of corticosteroids via inhaled, intranasal, epidural, intra-articular, topical dermal and periocular routes. The MHRA is advising healthcare […]

  • CPPE launches New Medicine Service e-course
    Posted by alkharsanz on 18th August 2017 at 10:35 am

    The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched an e-course which will enable learners to gain the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support delivery of the New Medicine Service (NMS) and to ensure they are delivering a patient-centred, high-quality service. The course will give pharmacy professionals the opportunity to learn in live online... […]

  • Promoting flu vaccinations: LPC toolkit launched
    Posted by mabbuttm on 17th August 2017 at 2:08 pm

    PSNC has today launched a toolkit to help LPCs to promote the Flu Vaccination Service. To support LPCs in matching the incredible success of last year’s service, PSNC has once again developed a wide range of resources to help with communications and marketing. There are resources which aim to gain interest from the local media, as... […]

  • Flu vaccination: The benefits of a community pharmacy service (August 2017)
    Posted by mabbuttm on 17th August 2017 at 11:50 am

    This is the third year that NHS England has commissioned a national community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service, meaning all pharmacies in England can offer an NHS vaccine to eligible patients aged 18 or over, subject to meeting certain requirements. Before the launch of the nationally commissioned service, community pharmacies had been offering flu vaccinations... […]

  • Flu Vaccination: Responsive Lines for LPCs (August 2017)
    Posted by mabbuttm on 17th August 2017 at 11:40 am

    PSNC has heard from a few LPCs who are experiencing negativity from local doctors or Local Medical Committees (LMCs) about the recommissioning of the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service. This document provides suggested information for LPCs to use to address common queries and concerns. The document can be used in addition to PSNC Briefing 064/17:... […]

  • Department of Health pregabalin price concessions
    Posted by mabbuttm on 17th August 2017 at 11:30 am

    The Department of Health (DH) has this week announced concession prices for some strengths of pregabalin; £19.95 for 56 capsules (150mg) or 84 capsules (50mg).  Prices for the other strengths are still under discussion. Following the expiry of the final pregabalin patent and NHS England guidance published in July 2017, pregabalin was switched to Category... […]

  • Flu Vaccination Service press release template (August 2017)
    Posted by mabbuttm on 17th August 2017 at 8:39 am

    This PSNC Briefing contains a template press release which provides some suggested text for LPCs to use with local media outlets. The template includes areas where LPCs may wish to include local information (e.g. to give local vaccination rates, or include information about local services), plus quotes from a local community pharmacist and an LPC representative. These... […]

  • Services case study: Medicines optimisation service identifies over £15k of savings in eight weeks
    Posted by alkharsanz on 17th August 2017 at 8:26 am

    Community pharmacists participating in a medicines optimisation service in Bath and North-East Somerset (BANES) have identified £15,421 of annualised savings in just eight weeks. Currently 120 medicines optimisation opportunities have been identified by community pharmacies with 69 (£9,396 of savings) so far having been actioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) pharmacists. […]

  • August 2017 Price Concessions/NCSO (update)
    Posted by Mitesh on 16th August 2017 at 3:54 pm

    The Department of Health has granted the following price concessions for August 2017: Drug Pack size Price concession Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £11.05 Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £6.33 Buspirone 10mg tablets 30 £9.00 Dapsone 50mg tablets 28 £44.50 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.52 Exemestane 25mg tablets 30 £63.50 […]