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General News

October 2012

PCC Market Entry Events
31/10/2012 - The NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 which came into effect on 1 September have changed the basis for applications for new or additional…

EPS Training Options
31/10/2012 - One of the biggest lessons learned from early adopters of EPS Release 2 is the need for staff, including locums, to have adequate and timely training.…

PSNC highlights key risks to commissioning in reformed NHS
31/10/2012 - PSNC has warned the Department of Health (DH) that commissioning bodies in the reformed NHS must learn from the poor commissioning decision-making practices…

New Stop Smoking Campaign for January 2013
29/10/2012 - For the fourth year running, pharmacies can once again offer smokers free NHS Quit Kits in January 2013 – as part of a new Department of Health (DH)…

MHRA writes to wholesaler dealer licence holders to reiterate trade regulations
26/10/2012 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has written to all those holding wholesaler dealer’s licences (WDLs) to remind them…

Government unveils pharmacy finance scheme
23/10/2012 - Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced a scheme that will enable pharmacy contractors to receive earlier payment for prescriptions…

CPPE launches NMS podcast
21/10/2012 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched its latest podcast, Champions of the new medicine service, the second in their…

PSNC agrees methadone payment proposal
15/10/2012 - In response to the strong feedback received from contractors, PSNC has reviewed the methadone payment arrangements that were implemented in July. The review…

Diabetes MUR toolkit launched
13/10/2012 - Devon LPC, working in association with Sanofi Diabetes, Diabetes UK, NPA, PSNC and CPD Easy, have produced a diabetes MUR toolkit which pharmacists…

Astellas Pharma Ltd Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
11/10/2012 - Astellas has announced that with effect from 1 November 2012, all Astellas products will be distributed to pharmacies solely through Alliance Healthcare.Please…

Scheriproct Suppositories - Supply Difficulties (Bayer)
11/10/2012 - Bayer has advised that there are currently supply difficulties of Scheriproct Suppositories. The manufacturer will provide an update when stock is available.The…

Stoptober Orderline now closed
11/10/2012 - Stoptober Orderline closing on October 14thSmokers have been asked to give up smoking for 28 days from 1 October in the first ever mass quit attempt named…

October CPN is Online
10/10/2012 - The October edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Further information on October funding adjustmentsEPS…

NHS Hints & Tips Newsletter
10/10/2012 - Issue 9 of NHS Prescription Services "Hints & Tips" for dispensing contractors is now available. This issue contains articles on:New posters…

Independent report looks at the future of community pharmacy
04/10/2012 - A report looking into the future of community pharmacy and the sustainability of the sector has been published by management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney. ‘The…

NHS BSA publishes report on prescription repricing exercise
04/10/2012 - The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has published a report on the results of the prescription repricing exercise it carried out earlier this…

New Medicine Service (NMS) provided by 83% of community pharmacies
02/10/2012 - Just a year after the launch of the New Medicine Service (NMS), the vast majority of community pharmacies have provided it to their patients.Payment data…

September 2012

EPS R2: Having Problems Nominating?
27/09/2012 - Setting a patient's nominated dispensing contractor requires the patient's NHS number. Where a patient has requested a change to their nomination…

Asthma Leaflet on "How your pharmacist can help"
26/09/2012 - Asthma UK has launched a new leaflet "Understanding Asthma: How your pharmacist can help", which recognises the important role that pharmacists play in…

Annual contract funding adjustment and the interim changes
26/09/2012 - The practice under the new contractual framework has been to settle funding for the financial year in time to make changes to fees, allowances and reimbursement…

Patient benefits from respiratory MURs scheme confirmed
24/09/2012 - An analysis of results from a respiratory MUR project in the south of England has demonstrated significant improvements in patient outcomes, with the interventions…

Have you registered for an Athens Password?
20/09/2012 - For a number of years, all community pharmacists have been eligible to sign-up for NHS Athens accounts to access secure content held on the NHS…

PSNC Responds to Independent IG Review
19/09/2012 - PSNC has provided input into the independent review of Information Governance within the NHS in England, "Information: To Share or Not to Share?". The…

Interim funding arrangements to be introduced from October 2012
13/09/2012 - Pharmacy contractors have today been informed about interim community pharmacy funding changes to be brought in from October 2012.In previous years it…

September CPN is Online
13/09/2012 - The September edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Interim funding arrangements from October 2012To download…

PharmaBase - now PharmOutcomes
13/09/2012 - Health Information Exchange Ltd, which runs the PharmaBase platform, has decided to re-brand the website in order to avoid confusion with other similarly…

Relief for Essential Small Pharmacies
11/09/2012 - PSNC is delighted to announce that contracts for Essential Small Pharmacies will be extended until March 2015 for all pharmacies that continue to meet…

Pharmacists urged to engage with LPNs
11/09/2012 - It is a matter of urgency that pharmacists engage with Local Professional Networks (LPNs), according to the national pharmacy bodies, which today…

Stoptober smokefree campaign launched
11/09/2012 - Smokers are being asked to give up smoking for 28 days from 1 October in the first ever mass quit attempt launched by the Chief Medical Officer last weekend.Stoptober…

33 PCTs to be added to the EPS Authorisation Directions
03/09/2012 - The Department of Health has confirmed that the following 33 PCTs will be listed in the EPS authorisation directions as those able to authorise their primary…

August 2012

Reminder: Submission Changes
31/08/2012 - Following the July Drug Tariff changes, it is advised that pharmacy contractors spend a little extra time checking their bundles before sending them…

EPS: GP-Pharmacy Engagement Checklist Published
20/08/2012 - One of the key lessons from the implementation of EPS Release 2 to date is that good communication between GP practices and pharmacies is essential to…

NPSA Insulin Passport alert deadline is 31 August 2012
17/08/2012 - The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)  issued a Patient Safety Alert, The adult patient’s passport to safer use of insulin, on 1 March…

DH Stop Smoking campaigns
14/08/2012 - A new conversation starter for community pharmacies from NHS SmokefreeNHS Smokefree is launching a new 28-day quit challenge that will encourage smokers…

August CPN is Online
09/08/2012 - The August edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Changes to Control of EntryPSNC to re-examine methadone…

Be Clear on Cancer - Bowel Cancer
09/08/2012 - The Department of Health is launching a repeat of the national bowel cancer awareness campaign on 28 August which will run until the end of September 2012. There…

NMS prompts increase in Yellow Card reports
07/08/2012 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced that there was a 120% increase in Yellow Card reports received from community…

July 2012

PSNC agrees to re-examine Methadone data
31/07/2012 - Following feedback from pharmacy contractors, PSNC agreed at its meeting this week that the PSNC Drug Tariff simplification working group will review whether…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
30/07/2012 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 12, July 2012) has been published and includes articles on:Dabigatran (Pradaxa): risk of serious haemorrhage…

NHS Hints & Tips Newsletter
27/07/2012 - Issue 8 of NHS Prescription Services "Hints & Tips" for dispensing contractors is now available. This issue contains articles on:Changes…

NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 announcement
23/07/2012 - (see below for FAQs)PSNC is delighted to see that the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 have been laid before Parliament and will come into…

PCC guide - Christmas and New Year 2012/13 opening hours
20/07/2012 - NHS Primary Cary Commissioning have published a guidance document regarding opening hours across the Christmas and New Year period for 2012/13. This guide…

BAPW London 2012 Medicines Supply Chain Communications Pack
20/07/2012 - To help mitigate against the disruption and the impact on patients during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the British Association of…

New Contract Workbook module on PharmaBase
16/07/2012 - A new 2012/13 version of the PSNC Contract Workbook is now live on all pharmacy's PharmaBase sites.The module is the new electronic version of the PSNC…

July CPN is Online
13/07/2012 - The July edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Evaluation of NMSChanges to MUR serviceEPS newsTo download…

First Evaluation of EPS: Interim Report Published
12/07/2012 - The UCL School of Pharmacy, the University of Nottingham and the London School of Economics and Political Science have published an interim report on their…

Evaluation of the NMS
08/07/2012 - The Department of Health have commissioned an evaluation of the NMS from Nottingham University’s School of Pharmacy and the UCL School of Pharmacy.…

dm&d Approved as NHS Standard
03/07/2012 - The Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm&d) has today been approved as the NHS standard dictionary for medicines licensed in the UK.  The standard’s…

Reminder: July DT changes
01/07/2012 - As of 1st July 2012 changes have been made to some of the reimbursement rules in the Drug Tariff.  These include the new payment system to reflect…

New MUR requirements start 1st July
01/07/2012 - The final amendments to the MUR service in England agreed by PSNC and NHS Employers apply from today (1st July 2012).In summary, the structure of the MUR…

June 2012

Got a top tip on NMS or a good case study?
29/06/2012 - PSNC is currently collating 'top tips' on NMS - these are suggestions from pharmacists and others on best practice in the provision of the New Medicine…

The 2012 Local Health Profiles published
27/06/2012 - The 2012 Local Health Profiles give a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England in a user-friendly format.They are a valuable tool…

Clinical governance approved particulars deadline approaches
26/06/2012 - Pharmacy contractors are reminded that  the clinical governance approved particulars come into effect on 1st July. The Clinical Governance section…

New guidance to help fight adult malnutrition in the community
21/06/2012 - A new practical guide has been launched to assist community pharmacists and other community healthcare professionals in identifying and managing the 3…

June CPN is Online
13/06/2012 - The June edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Medicine supply problemsESP top tipDrug Tariff FAQsTo download…

Version 10 of the IG Toolkit now online
13/06/2012 - All providers, including pharmacies, need to provide IG assurances to the NHS on an annual basis. The 2012-13 version of the Information Governance Toolkit…

HoL Answers
12/06/2012 - Lord Hunt of Kings Heath:To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that the contribution of community pharmacy is recognised by Clinical…

Distribution of BNFs
07/06/2012 - NICE  has introduced new arrangements for the distribution of hard copies of the BNF and BNFc to community pharmacies and other healthcare…

May 2012

The Heatwave Plan for England 2012
30/05/2012 - The Heatwave Plan for England 2012 and accompanying guidance has now been published and is intended to raise public and professional awareness of the effects…

Microtest receives EPS R2 roll-out approval
24/05/2012 - Microtest Evolution 11 has been granted EPS Release 2 roll-out approval. Microtest joins three other GP systems with this status, EMIS Web, InPractice…

Pharmacy Minister visits 100th Healthy Living Pharmacy to be accredited in England
23/05/2012 - Pharmacy Minister Lord Howe has visited the 100th Healthy Living Pharmacy to be accredited in England.Linda Bracewell, owner and pharmacist from Baxenden…

MHRA Drug Safey Update
23/05/2012 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 10, May 2012) has been published and includes articles on:Fingolimod (Gilenya): new advice for extended early…

Government launch NHS IT Strategy
21/05/2012 - The Department of Health has today published its information strategy – The power of information – which sets a ten-year framework for transforming…

Updated MUR data requirements from July
20/05/2012 - PSNC and NHS Employers have agreed changes to the MUR service data requirements which will be implemented from 1st July 2012. These changes include…

May CPN is Online
18/05/2012 - The May edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Changes to the MUR serviceNew arrangement for Out of Pocket…

Enhancements to PharmaBase
15/05/2012 - Following feedback from users of PharmaBase, enhancements to the NMS module have been made to allow users the option of utilising a ‘short’…

APPG publish report into medicines shortages
15/05/2012 - The All Party Pharmacy Group has today published the report of their inquiry into medicines shortages launched in late 2011.  The inquiry called…

Be Clear on Cancer - Lung cancer
11/05/2012 - The first national lung cancer public awareness campaign in England was launched this week and will run for 8 weeks until the 30 June 2012.  This…

EPS R2 Spine Resilience
10/05/2012 - The EPS national infrastructure ('the spine') is held over two, tier three rated data centres. The Spine servers have live failover capability so if the…

Videos of Community Pharmacy Conference 2012
04/05/2012 - The theme for year's Conference was "Community Pharmacy - fitting into the new healthcare jigsaw" and it was held in Central London on 25th April…

PSNC responds to GMC prescribing errors study
02/05/2012 - Responding to the research Investigating the prevalence and causes of prescribing errors in general practice: The PRACtICe study commissioned by the GMC,…

CPPE’S Inter-professonal Learning Opportunity for Pharmacists and GP trainees
01/05/2012 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is has announced that it is piloting an interprofessional learning workshop for pharmacists and GP…

April 2012

Smartcards, Dispensing Staff and the FFFFF Locum Code
26/04/2012 - The 'EPS Release 2' smartcard model requires that all pharmacy staff will be registered with an organisation identifier that represents the ODS code of…

Survey shows NMS joining up care
25/04/2012 - Evidence from a survey of all Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) has shown how the New Medicine Service (NMS), introduced to community pharmacies last…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
20/04/2012 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 9, April 2012) has been published and includes articles on:Proton pump inhibitors in long-term use: reports…

PSNC responds to criticism of MURs
20/04/2012 - PSNC has responded strongly to criticism of the MUR service and its funding made by the TaxPayers' Alliance.In a press release issued to the national media,…

NHS Hints & Tips Newsletter
19/04/2012 - Issue 7 of NHS Prescription Services "Hints & Tips" for dispensing contractors is now available. This issue contains articles on:Sorting…

Reduced Telephone Service
12/04/2012 - PSNC is temporarily running on a reduced telephone service whilst we await an update to our telephone system. Any contractors who are unable to get through…

Adverse drug reactions: e-learning from CPPE
12/04/2012 - CPPE has launched three new e-learning programmes on adverse drug reactions aimed at increasing awareness of how pharmacy staff can contribute to…

April CPN is Online
12/04/2012 - The April edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Changes to the NMS payment structureClinical Governance…

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) published for 2011
05/04/2012 - The Information Centre for Health and Social Care have published the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) for 2011.The PCA provides details of the number of…

Changes to the NMS payment structure announced
04/04/2012 - PSNC and NHS Employers have today announced that Department of Health Ministers have agreed changes to the New Medicine Service (NMS) payment…

Over 100 Healthy Living Pharmacies now accredited
02/04/2012 - Pathfinder support group exceed 100th Healthy Living Pharmacy targetPharmacy organisations, Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Pathfinder areas and Pharmacies…

New Prescription Charges Effective 1st April
01/04/2012 - From 1st April 2012, the prescription charge will be £7.65 per item. The costs for pre-payment certificates remain the same: £29.10 for…

March 2012

Clinical governance details published
30/03/2012 - The Department of Health has now published the clinical governance approved particulars that are referred to in the Regulations and which specify additional…

Disruption to PSNC Information Services
28/03/2012 - Due to office relocation work, from Thursday 29th March there will be planned interruptions to PSNC's telephone and email Information…

Business Continuity Planning - Fuel Shortages
27/03/2012 - The Department of Health (DH) has advised of the need for contractors to have adequate contingency plans in place during fuel shortages…

March CPN is Online
15/03/2012 - The March edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Community Pharmacy Conference 2012EPS Release 2CCG SurveyPharmaBase…

Government commits to review sanctions for dispensing errors
14/03/2012 - The pharmacy bodies are pleased to hear the commitment of Lord Howe (Tuesday 13 March) to a review of sanctions and penalties in medicines legislation.Responding…

PharmaBase Update published
06/03/2012 - The second issue of PharmaBase Update – a regular publication intended to keep pharmacy contractors and their staff up to date with the development…

GPhC Modernising Pharmacy Regulation Consultation
06/03/2012 - The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a consultation on changes to the way in which pharmacies are regulated called Modernising…

Reminder - claiming the NMS implementation payment
03/03/2012 - The £750 NMS implementation payment can be claimed by pharmacy contractors once they have met certain conditions:that the service has been completed…

IG and Social Media
01/03/2012 - Does your pharmacy blog, tweet or interact with the public on social networking sites such as Facebook? The Department of Health Informatics…

February 2012

2012 Quit Kit update - Orderline now closed
27/02/2012 - 2012 Quit kits - closing date for ordersThe Quit Kit campaign, which was launched at the beginning of the year, will run until the end of March. To ensure…

New GPhC guidance
23/02/2012 - The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have published some new guidance to help pharmacy staff with some areas of practice. Brief descriptions of and…

NHS Choices Website Hits 11m Visitors: Are you registered yet?
16/02/2012 - The NHS Choices Website is now receiving over 11 million visits each month and is the most popular health website in the UK.Pharmacy contractors in…

Deployed EPS R2? View and Share Top Tips
16/02/2012 - NHS Connecting for Health are collecting top tips on all aspects of deploying EPS Release 2. Tips can be submitted by pharmacies and reviewed online at…

February CPN is Online
14/02/2012 - The February edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Community Pharmacy Conference 2012PharmaBase UpdateChanges…

Booking is now open for the Community Pharmacy Conference 2012
14/02/2012 - Date: 25th April 2012Venue: Central London (London Marriott Grosvenor Square)Theme: Community Pharmacy - fitting into the new healthcare jigsawThe Community…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
13/02/2012 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 7, February 2012) has been published and includes articles on:Fingolimod (Gilenya): transient bradycardias…

PSNC gives evidence to MPs on medicines shortages
08/02/2012 - Sue Sharpe, Chief Executive of PSNC gave evidence to the All Party Pharmacy Group Inquiry into Medicines Shortages at the House of Commons this morning…

RPS clinical audit on bowel cancer
03/02/2012 - As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's push on the early detection of cancer in community pharmacy, they want to recruit community pharmacists across…

Essential Small Pharmacies LPS
03/02/2012 - Update - New Medicine Service – Essential Small Pharmacy LPSThe Secretary of State Directions under which Essential Small Pharmacy LPS is established…

Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks Campaign
02/02/2012 - Asthma UK has launched the Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks Campaign. The campaign will be running until early May.This coincides with the launch of the…

PSNC website shortlinks
01/02/2012 - PSNC has developed the following list of 'shortlinks' (shortened versions of website addresses which take you straight to a specific webpage) for contractors…

January 2012

Hospital and community pharmacy collaboration
29/01/2012 - NHS Employers have produced a video about medicines reconciliation which follows the medicines pathway from a patient's point of view, demonstrating that…

PharmaBase Update published
27/01/2012 - PharmaBase Update is a new regular publication intended to keep pharmacy contractors and their staff up to date with the development of PharmaBase.In this…

CPPE e-learning: Safer supply and use of Specials
27/01/2012 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched Safer use and supply of Specials, a new e-learning programme for the pharmacy profession.In…

Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday
27/01/2012 - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are due to be held over the first weekend of June. As part of the celebrations, the government have changed some…

Changes to Part VIIIB Specials Tariff
27/01/2012 - In February’s Drug Tariff the following changes to Part VIIIB will be effective:Minimum Volume changesThe minimum pack size volumes have changed…

MUR guidance published
19/01/2012 - PSNC and NHS Employers have today published detailed official Guidance on MURs for pharmacy contractors, their staff and PCTs.A list of…

January CPN is Online
19/01/2012 - The January edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Special feature - Preparing to deploy EPS Release 2Community…

Be Clear on Cancer - Bowel Cancer Campaign
19/01/2012 - The first NHS national bowel cancer public awareness campaign in England will launch on 30 January 2012 and run for 9 weeks until the end of March.  …

PSNC joins pharmacy bodies in call for decriminalisation in medicines consultation
17/01/2012 - PSNC has submitted a joint response to the MHRA consultation broadly welcoming the consolidation of UK medicines regulations.In the joint response PSNC,…

NHS Hints & Tips newsletter
13/01/2012 - Issue 6 of NHS Prescription Services "Hints & Tips" for dispensing contractors is now available. This issue contains articles on:Arrangements…

Business continuity exempted from 2011/12 IG requirements
12/01/2012 - All NHS providers, including community pharmacies, need to provide information governance assurances to the NHS on an annual basis. This is done through…

Guidance on post-discharge NMS/MUR published
11/01/2012 - New guidance was published today showing how the New Medicine Service (NMS) and post discharge Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) can be used to provide a seamless…

Ferring Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
10/01/2012 - Ferring has announced that with effect from 1 January 2012, Ferring products will be distributed to pharmacies solely through AAH and Phoenix.PSNC…

Online survey on the management of patient adherence
08/01/2012 - Researchers at Keele University have launched an online survey to learn about health care professionals’ (doctors, pharmacists and nurses) approach…

Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours
04/01/2012 - Where a pharmacy would ordinarily be open on a day which is Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or Easter Monday, the hours that it would have been open will,…

Reminder: PCT reporting for Targeted MURs
03/01/2012 - As of the changes to MURs implemented on 1st October 2011, each pharmacy contractor providing MURs must, where requested to do so, provide 'approved…

Deciding when to deploy EPS R2?
03/01/2012 - It is still early days in the national deployment of EPS Release 2 but as the two largest GP system suppliers now have national roll-out authority, the…

December 2011

Christmas Opening Hours: Manufacturers and Wholesalers
22/12/2011 - Find out when manufacturers and wholesalers are open over Christmas and the New Year:Manufacturers opening hours.Wholesaler opening hours. 

REMINDER CIP Error Payment deadline approaching
20/12/2011 - Contractors who have not already done so, urgently need to consider whether they are going to request rechecks of bundles of prescriptions in the period…

CPPE Launches Useful Apps for Pharmacy - A New Guide
19/12/2011 - Apps for smart phones and tablets are the gateway to instant information at your fingertips, with health professionals and patients using this technology…

Understanding the Electronic Prescription Payment Window
19/12/2011 - Pharmacy contractors are required to bundle up dispensed paper prescriptions each month and submit the batch to NHS Prescription Services for payment,…

Unlicensed specials and imports flowchart
14/12/2011 - New resource to help identify what you need to endorse under the new arrangements for unlicensed specials and imports. This flowchart is easy-to-follow…

Pharmacy services could prevent diabetes deaths
14/12/2011 - Up to 24,000 people with diabetes suffer an avoidable death in England each year, according to a report into mortality from the National Diabetes Audit,…

December CPN is Online
12/12/2011 - The December edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Update on changes to clinical governanceNMS launch…

Updated CPCF summary published
11/12/2011 - PSNC has published an updated summary of the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for people who are not familiar with the work of community pharmacy.…

NMS PCT reports in PharmaBase
11/12/2011 - Each pharmacy contractor providing the New Medicine Service (NMS) must, where requested to do so, provide ‘approved information’ to their PCT.…

EPS Release 2 Deployment Checklists
08/12/2011 - NHS Connecting for Health has developed a number of checklists to help pharmacies navigate their way through from preparing for EPS Release 2 to getting…

GPhC registration - urgent reminder
07/12/2011 - The GPhC are concerned that a small but significant minority of pharmacists and technicians are yet to renew their registration. They are urging anyone…

Pfizer announce changes to their discount scheme
05/12/2011 - Pfizer has announced that with effect from 1st January 2012 they will apply a reduced discount rate of 7.5% to their patented product range.  Details…

Changes to the clinical governance requirements in 2011/12
05/12/2011 - On 15th March 2011 NHS Employers and PSNC announced a number of service developments within the pharmacy contract that will deliver improved outcomes for…

No improvement in supply situation for 91 per cent
05/12/2011 - Four manufacturers highlighted as having particular problems 89% of pharmacists surveyed felt medicines supply problems had stayed the same or got worse,…

November 2011

NMS payment structure
28/11/2011 - Concerns have recently been raised with NHS Employers and PSNC about the payment structure that supports the recently introduced New Medicine Service. …

General Pharmaceutical Services in England, 2001-02 to 2010-11
28/11/2011 - The Information Centre has published the General Pharmaceutical Services in England. The publication contains information about services provided…

PSNC responds to NHS Operating Framework 2012/13
26/11/2011 - The Operating Framework for the NHS in England for 2012/13 was published on 24th November 2011. The document outlines how the NHS will develop over the…

LPC Conference 2011
23/11/2011 - LPC representatives from across the country gathered in Manchester yesterday (Tuesday 22nd November) for the annual LPC Conference. This year an audience…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
17/11/2011 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 4, November 2011) has been published and includes articles on:How yellow cards have made a differenceThe…

EPS Dispensing Volume Statistics to be routinely sent to PCTs
17/11/2011 - On a number of occasions,  NHS CfH have provided PCTs with snapshots of the volume of EPS messages requested and dispense notifications sent by each…

New Medicine Service launch a resounding success
16/11/2011 - Thousands of NMS interventions recorded in first monthApproximately 70% of pharmacies ready to provide the serviceChanges in formulation now eligible for…

Healthy Living Pharmacy progress
14/11/2011 - Good progress is being made in taking forward Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) pathfinder areas across England. 20 pathfinder areas representing 30 PCTs with…

November CPN is Online (UPDATED)
14/11/2011 - Updated due to picture error in "Guidance on Specials Changes" sectionThe November edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This…

LAST CHANCE - Branded Medicine Shortages 3 Minute Survey
11/11/2011 - PSNC is running a short online survey for pharmacy contractors. The survey aims to ensure that PSNC continues to have the most up to date information…

Public Health Related Services Provided by Community Pharmacy
07/11/2011 -  A bibliography compiling a list of community pharmacy public health services from 2008 to October 2011 has been published by the National…

New Medicine Service - Final Service Specification and Guidance
02/11/2011 - The Service specification for NMS published in interim format in May 2011 has now been updated, to include all the details agreed between PSNC and NHS…

October 2011

Consultation on an end to market entry woes
31/10/2011 - PSNC has welcomed the publication of a consultation on the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012, which will introduce the Pharmaceutical Needs…

Transition to new reimbursement arrangements for unlicensed medicines
21/10/2011 - It was originally announced back in September that a new Tariff for unlicensed medicines would be included in the Drug Tariff from November 2011. Further…

When is the NMS complete?
17/10/2011 - PSNC has received a number of queries from pharmacists about when individual episodes of the New Medicine Service are complete and hence can…

October CPN is Online
13/10/2011 - The October edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Specials in Drug Tariff from NovemberPSNC events for…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
13/10/2011 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 3, October 2011) has been published and includes guidance on:Dronedarone (Multaq): cardiovascular,…

PSNC at the Party Conferences
06/10/2011 - Party conference season has now come and gone for another year, and we bid farewell to the usual flurry of politically focussed media activity. This year…

September 2011

CPPE consultation skills workshop
30/09/2011 - With the launch of the New Medicine Service imminent, do you have confidence in your consultation skills? If you want to boost your communication skills,…

PharmaBase NMS module launched
30/09/2011 - The PharmaBase module to support the New Medicine Service (NMS) has been launched today (Friday 30th September). During the day the module will…

DH invites pharmacies to participate in their Quit Kit 3 2012 campaign
29/09/2011 - The Department of Health is inviting pharmacies across England to distribute Quit Kits to smokers in a nationwide campaign running from January to March…

NMS detailing card from CPPE
28/09/2011 - CPPE has published an NMS detailing card - an A4 document which summarises the new service and the importance of adherence, as well as the benefits…

CIP error payment - more details released together with recheck request form
26/09/2011 - The full details of the payment package, together with a ‘question & answer‘ document and a form to be used for requesting rechecks are…

MUR data capture from 1st Oct
26/09/2011 - On Friday 23rd September the Department of Health published the Secretary of State Directions which provide the legal basis for the New Medicine Service…

Gluten-free food supply toolkit launched
24/09/2011 - NHS could save £5 - £11 million per year by reviewing gluten-free food supplyCoeliac UK, PSNC and the NPA have today launched a toolkit…

Directions published for NMS and MUR
23/09/2011 - The Government today provided the legal framework - The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services) (England) Directions - for the New Medicine…

Details of CIP error package announced
19/09/2011 - The details of CIP error package to cover the period April 2009 to March 2011 inclusive have now been finalised and will be published in the October 2011…

September CPN is Online
19/09/2011 - The September edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Countdown to Contract ChangesCIP error packagesFunding…

Working with local authorities
19/09/2011 - Community pharmacists will be aware of the importance of developing relationships with local authority staff and local councillors as the changes to the…

PSNC 'Speed dates' Councillors at Party Conferences
19/09/2011 - Joint event with British Dental Association and Eye Health Alliance educates councillors about role of community pharmacists PSNC will be hosting fringe…

NMS information for locums
18/09/2011 - Supporting Locum Pharmacists to Deliver the New Medicine Service (NMS)Twelve Actions to Help YOU!!Locum pharmacists are an important part of the workforce…

NMS Worksheets and Consent Form published
14/09/2011 - Following approval from the Department of Health, PSNC and NHS Employers have this evening published the consent wording which must be used for the New…

Funding Settlement for 2011/12
08/09/2011 - PSNC and the Department of Health have reached agreement on the funding package for 2011-12. The settlement package comprises:Funding for 2011/12 of £2.526…

Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
08/09/2011 - MSD has announced that from 1 October 2011, MSD products will be distributed to pharmacies solely through Alliance Healthcare.PSNC Comment MSD’s…

NMS PowerPoint presentation published
03/09/2011 - PSNC has published a PowerPoint presentation which provides a comprehensive summary of the New Medicine Service (NMS). The presentation can be used by…

August 2011

CPPE guide on targeting MURs
31/08/2011 - Community pharmacy teams can prepare themselves for changes in the Medicines Use Review (MUR) service with a new guide from the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate…

NMS video wall launched
31/08/2011 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education has launched its video wall / e-learning programme on the New Medicine Service (NMS). This interactive programme…

PSNC 10-11 Annual Report Published
26/08/2011 - The PSNC Annual Report for 2010/11 has now been published. A copy can be downloaded here.

Class 1 Drug Alert: Nurofen Plus Tablets (Updated)
26/08/2011 - The MHRA have issued a Class 1 alert (further to the Class 4 alert) for:Nurofen Plus Tablets containing rogue Seroquel XL 50mg tabletsFollowing the…

Confidence in consultation skills - new CPPE workshop
24/08/2011 - The changing world of pharmacy and the extended role of the pharmacist means that pharmacists in all sectors of the profession are spending more time than…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
23/08/2011 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 5, Issue 1, August 2011) has been published and includes guidance on Pioglitazone: risk of bladder cancer…

NMS module in PharmaBase
22/08/2011 - The development and testing of the NMS module in PharmaBase is progressing well. PSNC/Health Information Exchange Ltd hope to be able to give…

PSNC welcomes opportunity in listening exercise phase two
20/08/2011 - On Thursday Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley committed to continue listening to patients and health professionals…

NMS guide for GP practices published
16/08/2011 - Working Group provides additional New Medicine Service resource and calls for crucial communication between pharmacy and GPsPSNC, NHS Employers and…

Register Now: NHS Choices Self-editable Profiles and Patient Feedback
16/08/2011 - Every pharmacy delivering NHS care in England has a profile presence (mini-website) on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). The information on these profiles…

August CPN is Online
16/08/2011 - The August edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:New Medicine ServiceNHS Choices Self-editable Profiles and…

Party Conference lobbying
14/08/2011 - Party conference season is now only five weeks away and this year PSNC is once again a member of the Health Hotel – the not-for-profit organisation…

Pharmacy closures during riots
09/08/2011 - PSNC has been approached for advice on the closure of pharmacies, during the current riots.Pharmacists’ first priority must be the safety of their…

Improving medicine use and cutting wastage to be tackled
08/08/2011 - A new group set up to tackle the £300 million being lost every year in the NHS due to medicine wastage, at least half of which is avoidable, has…

Twenty Healthy Living Pharmacy pathfinder sites announced
05/08/2011 - 20 areas, representing 30 PCTs, have been selected to become Healthy Living Pharmacy pathfinders, following a competitive process that has showcased community…

Latest update on Contract changes
02/08/2011 - NHS Employers and PSNC release key information on service developmentsPSNC and NHS Employers have published further details on the New Medicine Service…

CPPE support for the NMS
02/08/2011 - The New Medicine Service (NMS) programmes from CPPE are part of a range of learning materials which have been developed collaboratively by pharmacy…

PSNC Job Opportunities
01/08/2011 - Two unique opportunities have arisen to join the PSNC team. Click on the links below for more information:Head of Prescription Pricing and AuditPSNC is…

July 2011

GPs and Pharmacists working together to improve patient care
28/07/2011 - The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have produced a joint statement detailing how GPs and community…

Apply for Clinical Leadership Fellowships
26/07/2011 - The new Clinical Leadership Fellowship, sponsored by the NHS National Leadership Council, is the only scheme designed for clinicians in all areas of the…

Put your questions to PSNC on COSI and Contract Changes
22/07/2011 - With the publication of the Cost of Service Inquiry (COSI) report and the implementation of changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, including…

Any Qualified Provider Guidance ‘Encouraging’, says PSNC
21/07/2011 - In 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS' the Government made a number of commitments to extend the choices people have over their healthcare as part…

DH response to Value Based Pricing consultation
18/07/2011 - The Government will continue to develop a new value-based pricing system for medicines Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today confirmed. A Written…

National strategy for Respiratory Disease
18/07/2011 - Plans to transform the care, quality of life and health outcomes for millions of people with respiratory disease were announced today by Health Secretary…

DH establish Pharmacy and Public Health Forum
16/07/2011 - Health Minister Earl Howe recently announced at the All Party Pharmacy Group's summer reception, that Professor Richard Parish, the Chief Executive of…

Overwhelming response to Healthy Living Pharmacy pathfinder programme
15/07/2011 - Close to 50 PCT areas across England beat the July 8th application deadline to put themselves forward as Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) pathfinder sites.…

July CPN is now online
11/07/2011 - The July edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Update on contract changesCOSI publishedPSNC events for contractorsInfluenza…

Cost of Service Inquiry (COSI)
07/07/2011 - PwC’s report on the Cost of Service Inquiry for Community Pharmacy has been published and can be downloaded by clicking here. Sue Sharpe, PSNC CEO,…

June 2011

Pharmacy bodies join together to represent community pharmacy at LGA’s national conference
30/06/2011 - Pharmacy bodies have joined together to represent community pharmacy at the Local Government Association’s national conference this week.Representatives…

Full Government response to the NHS Future Forum report
21/06/2011 - The NHS Future Forum recently published its recommendations to the Government on the modernisation of healthcare, following a listening exercise on the…

PSNC Responds to Methadone Extemp Dispensing Call for Evidence
21/06/2011 - In response to the GPhC consultation on the 'Extemporaneous Preparation of Methadone - a call for evidence', PSNC has called for pharmacies to…

Update on changes to the Pharmacy Contract
17/06/2011 - PSNC and NHS Employers have today published an update document on the progress being made with implementation of the changes to the community pharmacy…

Stakeholders show clear enthusiasm to implement changes to Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework
17/06/2011 - Key stakeholders involved in community pharmacy demonstrated their enthusiasm to engage with the changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework…

Government adopts Future Forum's recommendations - PSNC response
14/06/2011 - PSNC has responded to today’s announcement that the Government will adopt the recommendations of the NHS Future Forum, and will commit the relevant…

June CPN is now online
13/06/2011 - The June edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:2011 Heatwave PlanPharmacy contract changes - updateBribery…

PSNC responds to Future Forum Report
13/06/2011 - PSNC has responded to the publication of the independent Future Forum’s report on NHS reforms, and broadly welcomes its recommendations.PSNC Chief…

Become a Healthy Living Pharmacy Pathfinder Site
08/06/2011 - Pharmacies across the country are to be invited to become Healthy Living Pharmacy Pathfinder sites. Developed and implemented by NHS Portsmouth, Healthy…

Heatwave plan for England: 2011
02/06/2011 - Protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heatwavesThe Department of Health has recently issued the 2011 Heatwave Plan for England which…

May 2011

PSNC submissions to NHS listening exercise
30/05/2011 - During the current 'natural pause' in the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament, PSNC has been engaging with policy makers, politicians…

CPD workshops for Pharmacy Technicians
29/05/2011 - The Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) have announced they will offer registered pharmacy technicians interactive workshops on mandatory…

CPPE E-learning programme: Emergency Contraception
26/05/2011 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of a new e-learning programme, Emergency contraception.This new e-learning…

New services should prompt business reviews
25/05/2011 - The success of the New Medicine Service and Targeted Medicines Use Reviews will depend on how far pharmacy businesses configure themselves to provide these…

Last chance to nominate torchbearer for pharmacy
24/05/2011 - Do you think someone in your pharmacy team is truly inspirational? Would you like to show them that they are appreciated by giving them a chance to represent…

Technician Registration Reminder
23/05/2011 - Registration as a pharmacy technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council becomes mandatory on 1 July 2011. From this date pharmacy staff need to be…

Change in law - website cookies technology
18/05/2011 - On 9 May 2011, the Information Commissioners Office published new advice on how UK organisations can comply with new EU law which will come into force…

Further details on contract changes
11/05/2011 - Further information about the changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework was launched at a PSNC and NHS Employers briefing session today.The…

May CPN is now online
11/05/2011 - The May edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:  Changes to Community Pharmacy contractual frameworkNew…

Daiichi Sankyo Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
10/05/2011 - Daiichi Sankyo has announced that from 1 June 2011, Daiichi Sankyo products will be distributed through two wholesalers, AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited and…

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Published for 2010
03/05/2011 - The Information Centre for Health and Social Care have published the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) for 2010.The PCA provides details of the number of…

April 2011

Parliamentary Answer Offers Reassurance on 'Any Qualified Provider'
28/04/2011 - 'Any qualified provider’ will not exclude community pharmacies regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) from the level playing…

Pharmacies across England complete DH Information Assessment
28/04/2011 - The overwhelming majority of pharmacies in England have provided annual information governance (IG) assurances to PCTs via the NHS Information Governance…

PSNC welcomes representation for pharmacy on NHS Future Forum
19/04/2011 - PSNC is pleased to hear that Mr Ash Soni, a community pharmacist with over twenty years’ experience has been appointed to the NHS Future Forum Panel.…

NCSO April 2011 (updated)
16/04/2011 - The Department of Health has granted either the NCSO concession or a price concession for April 2011 to a number of products. Please see below for…

NCSO: Endorse where required or lose out
15/04/2011 - When claiming the NCSO Concession it is essential that prescriptions are endorsed fully with the letters ‘NCSO' and full details…

New guidance on organising MP visits
14/04/2011 - PSNC has today published updated guidance on how to arrange and undertake an MP visit to a community pharmacy. Many pharmacy contractors and…

NHS Future Forum - PSNC response
14/04/2011 - NHS Future Forum Panel must contain community pharmacy representative, PSNC tells LansleyPSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe has today sent a clear and robust…

Pharmacy welcomes Nursing's call to tackle medicines waste
12/04/2011 - Community pharmacists are buoyed by the Royal College of Nursing’s decision to turn the spotlight on to the shocking levels of medicines waste currently…

April CPN now online
07/04/2011 - The April edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:New Medicine ServiceNCSO GuideChanges to Pharmacy Contract…

Royal Wedding 29 April 2011
07/04/2011 - There has been a little confusion about the requirements for opening pharmacies on 29 April. This date has been proclaimed to be a bank holiday, and as…

Market Entry Regulations
04/04/2011 - Ever since the report in 2008 of the review into the current control of entry system carried out by Anne Galbraith and the decision of the previous government…

Welsh EHC service media coverage
01/04/2011 - Today's announcement of an EHC Enhanced service across all of Wales has prompted significant media coverage, including an interview of CPW and…

New PSNC Prescription Charge Card
01/04/2011 - Earlier this month the Minister of State for Health, Simon Burns, confirmed an increase of 20 pence to the NHS prescription charge in England, to…

March 2011

Patient adherence anti-hypertensive study
31/03/2011 - The Universities of Bangor and Keele have launched a survey to find out the views of patients who are currently being prescribed anti-hypertensives. The…

Missed the IG Deadline?
29/03/2011 - With the exception of business continuity planning (requirement 8-319), community pharmacies in England are expected to attain Level 2 compliance with…

PSNC Responds to DH Value Based Pricing Consultation
22/03/2011 - Changes to national pricing and reimbursement arrangements for branded medicines could impair competition and compromise supply to patients if they are…

Essential Small Pharmacies LPS - Action needed
17/03/2011 - The original LPS contracts signed in 2006 had a termination date of 31 March 2011.  Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee made strong representations…

Changes to Pharmacy Contract announced
15/03/2011 - New developments in contract will deliver improved outcomes for patientsThe NHS Employers organisation and PSNC today announce a number of service developments…

PSNC appoints Sir Peter Dixon as Chair
15/03/2011 - Sir Peter Dixon has been appointed as non-executive chairman of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), community pharmacy’s national…

Department of Health confirms changes to Category M prices and fees
15/03/2011 - The Department of Health has confirmed a number of changes to pharmacy contract funding from April 2011. These are subject to the confirmation of the 2011/12…

Funding Changes from April 2011
15/03/2011 - The Department of Health has confirmed a number of changes to pharmacy contract funding from April 2011. These are subject to the confirmation of the 2011/12…

March CPN now online
10/03/2011 - The March edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:New PSNC prescription charge cardPrescription pricing…

Nutricia announce change to distribution arrangements
09/03/2011 - Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition have announced a change in the way that Nutricia products are to be distributed. From 4th April 2011 they will…

MHRA Drug Safety Update: March 2011
07/03/2011 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have issued the March 2011 edition of their Drug Safety Update. This issue includes:Drug safety…

Prescription Charge Rises to £7.40
04/03/2011 - The Minister of State for Health, Simon Burns has confirmed an increase of 20 pence to the NHS prescription charge to £7.40 per prescription…

Seasonal Influenza - IOW evaluation report
03/03/2011 - The Isle of Wight have completed an End of Service Evaluation Report for the NHS Community Pharmacy Seasonal Flu Vaccination Service which has just been…

February 2011

PharmaBase update
20/02/2011 - A number of factsheets on PharmaBase aimed at pharmacy contractors, LPCs and commissioners are now availalbe at www.psnc.org.uk/pharmabase.…

32 PCTs to be added to the EPS Authorisation Directions
15/02/2011 - The Department of Health has confirmed that the following 32 PCTs will be listed in The Primary Medical Services (Electronic Prescription Service Authorisation)…

NHSBSA Hints & Tips
11/02/2011 - The latest edition of NHS BSA Hints & Tips has been published, which contains guidance for dispensing contractors on the dispensing and sorting…

Abbot Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
11/02/2011 - Abbott has announced that from 1 March 2011, Abbott pharmaceutical, nutritional and diabetes products will be distributed through three wholesalers, AAH…

February CPN now online
11/02/2011 - The February edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Health and social Care BillPharmaBase factsheetIG deadlineTo…

IG Business Continuity Requirement Update
09/02/2011 - The Department of Health have confirmed that community pharmacies are expected to attain level 2 against each of the pharmacy information governance requirements…

Healthy Living Pharmacies progress after national summit
08/02/2011 - Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs) took a significant step forward this week, with pharmacy bodies agreeing a coordinated plan of action at a national summit.…

Generic Shortages/NCSO February 2011 (updated 24th February)
05/02/2011 - The Department of Health have granted the NCSO Concession or concessionary price increases to a number of Part VIII products for the month of February…

Second reading of Health & Social Care Bill
01/02/2011 - Yesterday the Health and Social Care Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons, with MPs voting 321 to 235 in favour of the legislation.Introducing…

PSNC announces work programme for 2011 and Vision for 2015
01/02/2011 - PSNC has established its vision and work programme for the year ahead, and has set out how these plans fit into a 4 year programme of activity leading…

January 2011

Conclusions of morning-after pill study shaky and unfounded
31/01/2011 - Responding to the study “The Impact of Emergency Birth Control on Teen Pregnancy and STIs” by Professors Sourafel Girma and David Paton of…

CPPE launches: Sexual Health in Pharmacies - developing your service
28/01/2011 - The Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of a new open learning programme Sexual health in pharmacies: developing…

Novo Nordisk announce product distribution changes
21/01/2011 - Novo Nordisk has announced that they have appointed Alliance Healthcare (Distribution) Ltd to act as their sole wholesale distributer. The new arrangements…

CPPE launches alcohol misuse open learning programme
20/01/2011 - The Centre for Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of a new open learning programme; Alcohol misuse: support and advice from the pharmacy…

PSNC responds to Choice and Information Revolution consultations
20/01/2011 - PSNC has submitted responses to the DH consultations on Greater Choice and Control and An Information Revolution. Copies of the PSNC responses can be downloaded…

PSNC warns that stop-smoking promotions are no substitute for properly funded, pharmacy delivered NHS smoking cessation services
20/01/2011 - The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) yesterday issued the following guidance to pharmacy contractors nationwide around distribution…

"Health Bill to be welcomed, but real work begins with implementation"
20/01/2011 - Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Bill, PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe said:“We support the principles on which the reforms…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
17/01/2011 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol 4, Issue 6, January 2011) has been published and includes guidance on Bevacizumab and Sunitinib, Insulin combined…

Survey for Independent Pharmacy Contractors
17/01/2011 - NHS Prescription Services has announced that they have comissioned a short online customer survey for independent pharmacy contractors, to assess…

Community Pharmacy Practice Research
17/01/2011 - At the LPC Conference in November 2010 a motion was passed on the commissioning of research into pharmacy practice developments. PSNC is currently…

PSNC Briefings on White Paper consultation documents
15/01/2011 - A few days before Christmas the Department of Health published three consultation documents:Healthy Lives, Health People: consultation on the funding and…

Pharmacy bodies express concerns around MHRA medicines regulation review
12/01/2011 - Leading pharmacy bodies have expressed a number of concerns in a joint response to the MHRA’s Informal Consultation on Streamlining and Reducing…

Antiviral Supply (updated 11th January)
11/01/2011 - 7th January - The Chief Medical Officer has issued an update on seasonal influenza vaccine uptake and supply which re-iterates the priority to vaccinate…

PSNC responds to RCGP Chair's call to prevent "worried well" from obtaining flu jab
11/01/2011 - Responding to RCGP Chair Clare Gerada’s comments on the BBC’s Today programme this morning, which suggested that the “worried well”…

January CPN is now online
10/01/2011 - The January edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:2010/11 Information Governance updateSeasonal flu updateNew…

NHS Information Governance Guidance Updated
07/01/2011 - The IG requirements are reviewed and updated annually. There have been a number of changes to the NHS Pharmacy Information Governance Requirements in 2010/11.…

New CPPE workshop: Liberating the NHS
06/01/2011 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of a new workshop: Liberating the NHS: Communicating locally with commissioners…

December 2010

Quit Kit 2 - free NRT through selected pharmacies
30/12/2010 - The press have recently announced the launch of free NRT treatment on the NHS through pharmacies in a scheme starting on 1st January. Although PSNC…

More DH consultations published
21/12/2010 - DH has published a number of consultation documents related to the Liberating the NHS and the Healthy Lives Healthy People White Papers:Liberating…

NHS Outcomes Framework published
21/12/2010 - The Government consulted on the development of an NHS Outcomes Framework in July 2010. Yesterday the Government published its response to the…

New public health resource from PSNC
21/12/2010 - The recent Public Health White Paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People sets out the Government's long term vision for public health in England. The role…

PSNC comment on the NHS Operating Framework
21/12/2010 - The NHS Operating Framework has called for NHS organisations to drive forward the development of community pharmacy's role by commissioning a wider…

Government proposes new drug pricing system
16/12/2010 - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has today set out proposals which aim to enable more NHS patients to better access effective and innovative medicines.…

Pharmacy students’ online project raises awareness of male cancers
16/12/2010 - Third year Pharmacy students at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen have recently been engaged in a coursework with a difference. They have been developing…

Liberating the NHS: legislative framework and next steps
16/12/2010 - Published in July 2010, the white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS outlines the government's vision to make the NHS a truly world class…

Pharmacy support for HLP concept
13/12/2010 - The main pharmacy bodies have welcomed the visit of Health Minister Earl Howe to a Healthy Living Pharmacy in Portsmouth today.Healthy Living Pharmacies…

Pathfinders identified to lead NHS reforms
08/12/2010 - The first groups of GPs who will take the lead in the government's plans for commissioning health services were announced today by health secretary…

Government Launch New Drugs Strategy
08/12/2010 - The Home Office has today launched a new strategy which sets out the Government’s approach to tackling drugs and addressing alcohol dependence.…

Category M Price Changes
06/12/2010 - The Department of Health has announced the new Category M prices which will apply to prescriptions from January  until March 2011.Deletions…

Eisai Ltd announces distribution change
03/12/2010 - Eisai Ltd has taken the decision to implement changes to the way in which it distributes medicines in the UK market. The products affected by this change…

December CPN is now online
03/12/2010 - The December edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features: Public Health White Paper; PSNC Dinner; Pharmaceutical…

Singulair 4mg Oral Granules
01/12/2010 - MSD has provided the following statement:"MSD would like to update the status of the following product's availability:Singulair' 4 mg Oral Granules are…

November 2010

NHS Medicines Waste Evaluation
30/11/2010 - New research published by the York Health Economics Consortium and the School of Pharmacy, University of London, shows that in England in 2009 NHS…

Public Health White Paper published
30/11/2010 - A radical plan to go further and faster in tackling today’s causes of premature death and illness and reduce health inequalities, with a public health…

Royal Wedding - additional official bank holiday
30/11/2010 - In 2011, an additional official bank holiday has been given to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday 29 April.…

General Pharmaceutical Services in England 2000-01 to 2009-10
25/11/2010 - The General Pharmaceutical Services in England 2000-01 to 2009-10 has been published. This publication shows information about services provided by community…

Publication of public procurement data
25/11/2010 - The Government has decided to release public data to help people understand how government works and how policies are made.  The Government has…

NHS Atlas of Variation launched
25/11/2010 - A tool to help the NHS identify unwarranted variation in healthcare services across England was published today by the Department of Health. The NHS Atlas…

PSNC launches PharmaBase
21/11/2010 - At the LPC Conference 2010, PSNC announced the development of a web-based platform to support community pharmacy contractors and their staff in the delivery…

New Medicines Service
19/11/2010 - Pharmacy Minister calls for "Mainstreaming" of New Medicines ServicePharmacy Minister Earl Howe has called for a New Medicine Service to…

LPC Conference and PSNC Dinner 2010
18/11/2010 - The LPC Conference and 28th Annual PSNC Dinner were held yesterday 17th November at the Lancaster London hotel in central London. For the resolutions,…

November CPN is now online
18/11/2010 - The November edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:PharmaBaseEPS Release 2APPG MeetingKeep Warm, Keep…

GPhC Registration - Reminder
15/11/2010 - In order for a practising Pharmacist to remain on the Register of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), registration with the GPhC must be renewed…

PSNC submission to Public Health White Paper
14/11/2010 - Following successful fringe events at each of the main political Party Conferences earlier this year, PSNC has worked with its Health Hotel fringe event…

Pharmacy crucial to overcoming public health challenges
12/11/2010 - Leading MPs have said that Pharmacy will be crucial in overcoming public health challenges. Following a public meeting in October, the All Party Pharmacy…

Department of Health Business Plan 2011-2015
11/11/2010 - The Department of Health has released its 2011-2015 Business Plan, which sets out the vision and priorities for the Department, and in the Structural…

Collating the evidence base - we need your help!
11/11/2010 - Over the years PSNC and LPCs have collected an evidence base for pharmacy services conducted at a local and national level. This evidence base is currently…

NHS Prescription Services 2011 Open Days
10/11/2010 - NHS Prescription Services have announced the dates for their 2011 Open Days, which can be seen on the NHS Prescription Services website. On each date there…

Self Care Awareness Week: 15-21 November
09/11/2010 - Self Care Week 2010 aims to get people, especially those with a long term condition, learning about how they can look after their own health better.Communication…

Guidance for Locums on EPS R2 Smartcards
02/11/2010 - Connecting for Helath has published helpful guidance for locums on EPS Release 2 Smartcards. Where a pharmacist is likely to need to work at an unknown pharmacy…

PSNC responds to BBC article: "Isle of Wight teenagers to get pill from pharmacies"
02/11/2010 - Responding to the BBC News item Isle of Wight teenagers to get pill from pharmacies, PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe said:"Operating at the heart…

Keep Warm Keep Well
02/11/2010 - The Government has launched its annual Keep Warm Keep Well Campaign for 2010/11 which gives advice on staying warm over the winter and aims to reduce cold-related…

24 PCTs to be added to the EPS Authorisation Directions
01/11/2010 - The Department of Health has confirmed that the following 24 PCTs will be listed in The Primary Medical Services (Electronic Prescription Service Authorisation)…

October 2010

Lundbeck products only available from Alliance Healthcare
31/10/2010 - From today, Alliance Healthcare (Distribution) Limited is sole distributor of all Lundbeck products in the UK.  Lundbeck products include Azilect…

Branded Shortages List Updated (November 2010)
31/10/2010 - The following product has recently been added to the list of products that pharmacies have reported problems obtaining: Evista 60mg tablets (Daiichi Sankyo…

European Antibiotics Awareness Day
29/10/2010 - The Advisory Committee on Antimicorbial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection has in conjunction with the Department of Health sent a letter to…

Arjun Move to Reduced Wholesaler Distribution
29/10/2010 - Arjun has confirmed that their products will be distributed by AAH and Alliance on a reduced wholesaling basis as of 1st November 2010.…

GP Consortia Pathfinder Programme announced
25/10/2010 - A new initiative to empower pioneering GPs who want to press ahead with commissioning care for patients has been announced by Health Secretary…

CPPE launches Immunisation Resource
22/10/2010 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of Immunisation in pharmacies: developing your service – a new…

Lung Cancer Awareness Month - update
19/10/2010 - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month which aims to raise the awareness of pharmacists, GPs and the public about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer,…

Further White Paper consultations published
18/10/2010 - The White Paper, ‘Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS', set out the Government's ambition to give people more control over their own…

Sign up for EPS System alerts by email or text
16/10/2010 - It is now possible to register to receive text or email alerts when there are incidents affecting the NHS CFH systems that support EPS. This includes EPS…

PSNC responds to White Paper
15/10/2010 - PSNC has this month responded to the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS. The full PSNC responses to the White Paper and associated consultations…

PSNC welcomes Government decision on Generic Substitution
14/10/2010 - During 2009, the Department of Health undertook a public consultation on proposals to implement generic substitution in primary care between 5 January…

October CPN is now online
13/10/2010 - The October edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:EPS: special featurePSNC responds to White PaperExtension…

MHRA guidance: Oral liquid cough medicines containing codeine
12/10/2010 - MHRA have released guidance concerning oral liquid cough medicines containing codeine.For more information, visit the MHRA website

CPPE launches new BNF60 e-update
06/10/2010 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is pleased to announce the launch of two e-learning programmes on the latest changes in the new British…

MHRA Review of Exemptions for Sale, Supply and Administration of Medicines
06/10/2010 - The MHRA is undertaking a review of medicines legislation. As part of this review, the MHRA have been looking at the provisions which allow health…

Essential Small Pharmacy LPS
01/10/2010 - PSNC is delighted that the Ministers have decided that the current arrangements for the essential small pharmacy LPS should continue beyond 31 March 2011. …

September 2010

Astellas Move to Reduced Wholesaler Distribution
30/09/2010 - Astellas has confirmed that their products, with the exception of Advagraf and Prograf, will be distributed by AAH, Alliance and Phoenix with effect…

Lundbeck Announce Single-Channel Distribution Model
29/09/2010 - Lundbeck Ltd has announced it has appointed Alliance Healthcare (Distribution) Limited as sole distributor of all Lundbeck products in the UK, effective…

PSNC responds to Pulse article
29/09/2010 - Responding to Gareth Iaccobucci's article "Pharmacists Medicines Use-Reviews bordering on fraud," published in last week's Pulse magazine,…

Deadline Reminder : New Year's Day 2011
27/09/2010 - Again, as published recently in the September 2010 issue of CPN (page 11), the deadline to submit applications or notifications (as appropriate -…

Follow the PSNC News Feed on Twitter
24/09/2010 - PSNC has now launched a news feed on Twitter - keep up to date with with all the latest pharmacy stories and announcements by following…

Europe-wide suspension of marketing authorisation for Avandia, Avandamet & Avaglim (rosiglitazone)
24/09/2010 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have released a press statement, announcing that the diabetes drugs Avandia, Avandamet and Avaglim (rosiglitazone)…

New campaign to alert people to early signs of cancer
22/09/2010 - A new campaign that will alert people to the early signs of cancer and encourage them to get checked out will be launched in January next year, Care Services…

Deadline Reminder : Boxing Day 2010 Opening Hours
22/09/2010 - As published recently in the September 2010 issue of CPN (page 11), the deadline to submit applications or notifications (as appropriate - regarding…

Consultation on Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments
20/09/2010 - The Department of Health has issued a statement to clarify the process for PCTs to follow when consulting the people and organisations listed in the Regulations,…

MHRA Drug Safety Update: September 2010
13/09/2010 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have issued the September 2010 edition of their Drug Safety Update. This issue includes:Drug safety…

September CPN is now online
13/09/2010 - The September edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:2010-2011 Pharmacy fundingConsultation area noticeEPS -…

Category M Price Changes
13/09/2010 - The Department of Health has announced the new Category M prices which will apply to prescriptions from October until December 2010. Deletions from…

Ministerial Statement: National Programme for IT
13/09/2010 - The Department of Health has published a written ministerial statement on the National programme for IT: The Minister of State, Department of Health (Mr…

Changing hours over Christmas and the New Year - amendment to CPN
09/09/2010 - Please be advised that the date of Saturday 26 December 2010 should read Sunday 26 December 2010 in the article published on page 8 of the August edition…

Law changes to enable price lists for specials
08/09/2010 - On 19 August 2010, The Medicines for Human Use (Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2010 amended the legislation…

Funding for 2010/11
08/09/2010 - Pharmacy Minister Earl Howe has settled funding for community pharmacy services for 2010/11, with the agreed sum available for distribution being £2,486m.…

Local Pharmaceutical Services Contracts - Impact of the White Paper
01/09/2010 - PSNC is regularly contacted about Local Pharmaceutical Services (LPS) Contracts, mainly as a result of the Essential Small Pharmacy LPS, but also in relation…

August 2010

Errors with printing of Schedule of Payments for June 2010
25/08/2010 - Due to a printing error at NHS Prescription Services extra text is showing incorrectly on the final page of some contractors’ schedule of payments…

Pharmacy Common Goals meeting
10/08/2010 - Leading representatives of pharmacy met in London on 5 August at a meeting convened by PSNC.  The aim of the meeting was to identify common goals,…

New Guidance given on Care Record Violence Markers
10/08/2010 - The NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) has today issued a press release concerning guidance on care record violence markers. Markers are used on…

PSNC 09-10 Annual Report Published
09/08/2010 - The PSNC Annual Report for 2009/10 has now been published. A copy can be downloaded here.

August CPN is now online
09/08/2010 - The August edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:NHS White PaperNHS Dictionary of Medicines and DevicesChanging…

Procurement guide for commissioners of NHS-funded services
02/08/2010 - The Procurement Guide for Commissioners of NHS-Funded Services sets out expectations of commissioners on the use of procurement to improve services for…

July 2010

Changes to the Dental Prescribers Formulary - August 2010
30/07/2010 - The Department of Health have made the following amendment to the Dental Prescribers Formulary with effect from the 1st August 2010: Deletions from DPF…

Ebixa (memantine) pump device dosing clarification
29/07/2010 - Due to receiving a number of queries from pharmacists, Lundbeck Ltd have issued the following guidance concerning dosing of Ebixa (memantine) pump…

NHS release statistics for prescriptions dispensed in the community in England - 1999 to 2009
29/07/2010 - The NHS Information Centre has released statistical information regarding prescriptions dispensed in the community by community pharmacists, appliance…

ALB review & Regulating Healthcare Providers
26/07/2010 - In the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS', the Government set out that all NHS trusts will become foundation trusts by 2013. …

Further White Paper Consultations
24/07/2010 - The Government is asking for views from the public, health professionals and anyone else with an interest in local health issues, on two public consultations:Commissioning…

New online information prescription service launched
21/07/2010 - A new on-line Information Prescriptions Service is now available to help ensure that patients get the information they need, when they need it most. The…

Liberating the NHS: improving outcomes
19/07/2010 - Detailed proposals for how the NHS will improve healthcare outcomes for patients and judge its success were set out in a public consultation by the Department…

White Paper - fundamental change for NHS
13/07/2010 - Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley today set out the Government's ambitious plans to reform the NHS during this Parliament and for the long-term.…

July CPN is now online
12/07/2010 - The July edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Medicines support from pharmacistsAsthma MURsBranded medicine…

Prescription charges for Northern Ireland prescriptions
09/07/2010 - The Department of Health have announced changes to the prescription charge arrangements for NHS prescription forms originating from Northern Ireland. From…

Branded Shortages List Updated
08/07/2010 - The following products have been added to the list of products that pharmacies have reported problems obtaining: DesmoMelt oral lyophilisates (Ferring…

Health Secretary sets out future of public health
07/07/2010 - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has set out his vision for a new Public Health Service today. The plans to create a healthy nation are centred on a new…

The 2009 Influenza Pandemic - Lessons Learned
07/07/2010 - The independent review of the UK swine flu response led by Dame Deidre Hine has been published, focussing on the UK wide strategy used in the management…

Servier Laboratories Ltd announce new Distribution Arrangements
01/07/2010 - Servier Laboratories Ltd is to distribute their branded medicines under a reduced wholesaler model, with Alliance Healthcare (Distribution) Limited, Phoenix…

June 2010

Making a difference with Asthma MURs!
28/06/2010 - Asthma is a very common condition – 5.4 million people in the UK are receiving treatment for it, that’s 1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults…

Category M Price Changes
17/06/2010 - The Department of Health has announced the new Category M prices which will apply to prescriptions from July to September 2010. Deletions from…

CPPE launches Men's Health open learning programme
16/06/2010 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched a new Men's Health open learning programme to coincide with Men's Health Week…

MHRA Drug Safety Update
16/06/2010 - The new MHRA Drug Safety Update (Vol.3, Issue 11, June 2010) has been published and issues guidance on Rivastigimine (Exelon), Quinine and Bevacizumab…

Deadline approaches for requests for payment checks
16/06/2010 - Contractors are reminded that 30th June 2010 is the deadline for requests for CIP re-pricing checks for the period up to 31 March 2009. Contractors who…

June CPN is now online
13/06/2010 - The June edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Lobbying post electionInfluenza immunisation programme 2010/11Deadline…

Annual Complaints Reports
10/06/2010 - One of the most significant amendments to pharmacy complaints procedures introduced in 2009 was the requirement to prepare a report on the complaints…

The Map of Medicine
10/06/2010 - The Map of Medicine is a nationally available online tool which provides a single point of reference on evidence-based care pathways, spanning both primary…

Influenza Immunisation Programme 2010/11
07/06/2010 - DH has issued information about the influenza immunisation programme 2010/11 which starts on 1ST September 2010. The main points to note are: Monovalent…

NPC guidance on mixing medicines
02/06/2010 - The Department of Health (DH) has recently published a series of guidance points in relation to amendments in legislation to do with the mixing of medicines.…

Schering Plough distribution changes
01/06/2010 - Schering Plough is changing the way in which it distributes medicines in the UK market. As from 1st July 2010, Schering Plough's prescription…

May 2010

Changes to distribution of certain Novartis products
28/05/2010 - Novartis Pharmaceuticals has issued a press release outlinging changes to the distribution arrangements for 10 of it's branded products. From 1 June…

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments
27/05/2010 - The regulations which introduce the requirement for PCTs to produce and publish Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments came into force on Monday 24 May. To see…

Written Ministerial Statement on the Report of Review of Prescription Charges
27/05/2010 - The Minister of State, Department of Health (Mr Simon Burns) has released a statement on the report of Review of Prescription Charges:"In 2008 Professor…

Distribution Changes - Quick Reference
21/05/2010 - Following requests from pharmacy contractors, PSNC has produced a quick reference guide with information on different branded medicine manufacturers…

Earl Howe responsible for pharmacy as new ministerial portfolios confirmed
20/05/2010 - The new Ministerial portfolios have been confirmed by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley: Simon Burns MP is Minister of State for Health; Paul Burstow…

Coalition Document on Health and Social Care
20/05/2010 - The Department of Health today announced that the new Coalition Document will set out a new positive direction for health and social care:"A new independent…

CIP Repricing Checks Deadline Reminder
14/05/2010 - PSNC seeks to remind contractors who think that their payments up until 31 March 2009 have been significantly affected by the introduction of CIP processing…

Chief Medical Officer’s Public Health Awards 2010 - Pharmacy Winner!
14/05/2010 - The CMO's Public Health Awards 2010 were announced this week and the Isle of Wight PCT has been awarded the Silver Medal for its 'Pharmacy Fix'…

PSNC responds to British Medical Journal article
12/05/2010 - PSNC responds to British Medical Journal article: "Community Pharmacy: Moving from dispensing to diagnosis and treatment"Responding to Professor…

The consequences of branded generic prescribing
07/05/2010 - When products are prescribed generically, pharmacies seek to obtain the best available generics prices. This drives down the prices being charged by wholesalers…

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Published for 2009
05/05/2010 - The Information Centre for Health and Social Care have published the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) for 2009.The PCA provides details of the number of…

April 2010

Devolving the Global Sum - update from the Department of Health
29/04/2010 - The Department of Health have now published their guidance regarding the protection of the Global Sum and the safeguarding of pharmacy contractor funding.…

PSNC website satisfaction survey
29/04/2010 - We are asking our site visitors to give feedback on the PSNC website so we can continue to improve the information and resources that we provide to…

PSNC CEO stands up for pharmacy
26/04/2010 - PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe defended community pharmacists' broadening clinical role last week, after a prominent GP argued that allowing certain…

LPC lobbying successes
24/04/2010 - LPCs up and down the country are now using the Community Pharmacy Charter, developed by PSNC, to lobby Prospective Parliamentary Candidates. This week…

Protection for contractors following devolving of the Global Sum to PCTs
22/04/2010 - From 1st April 2010 the remaining centrally held budget for pharmacy funding known as the Global Sum has been devolved from the Department of Health to…

Health Protection Agency advice on volcanic eruption
16/04/2010 - The Health Protection Agency has release the following advice on the recent Icelandic volcanic eruption:"Updated information received from the Met…

CIP: Revised prescription sorting arrangements from April (updated)
16/04/2010 - To support improvement in accuracy and following feedback from pharmacy contractors, NHS Prescription Services is changing the way they ask contractors…

April CPN is now online
12/04/2010 - The April edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features: Devolved Global Sum - protection for contractorsCIP error…

Antiviral supply after March 2010
03/04/2010 - The Department of Health has provided the following further information regarding the supply of antivirals after 31st March 2010:"The letter…

GP and Pharmacist Guides Launched
01/04/2010 - PSNC, the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association and NHS Employers have today launched two new guides designed to…

March 2010

Pandemic H1N1 - stand down of the antiviral distribution arrangements
31/03/2010 - A letter has been issued by the Department of Health to PCTs for cascading to all community pharmacies which provides an update on the stand down of the…

Prescription Pricing: CIP error payment
30/03/2010 - Details of a payment which is to be made to pharmacy contractors to acknowledge pricing difficulties experienced with CIP processing appears in the April…

PSNC responds to NAO report on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework
30/03/2010 - Responding to the National Audit Office’s report, “The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework and the Retained Medicines Margin”, PSNC…

PSNC responds to Generic Substitution consultation
30/03/2010 - PSNC has submitted it's official response to the Department of Health's consultation on Generic Substitution. PSNC fully supports the principle…

NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005
26/03/2010 - The NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 are to be amended with effect from 24 May 2010, by the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical…

Submission of March prescriptions
26/03/2010 - NHS Prescription Services have made an announcement regarding the submission of March prescription bundles for pricing. To see the announcement click here.

IG Baseline Assessment Due by 31st March 2010
25/03/2010 - By 31 March 2010, all community pharmacies are required to complete an online baseline assessment against the requirements in the Information Governance…

PSNC Regional Representatives 2010: Election Results
23/03/2010 - Following a request for nominations, PSNC had received 8 valid nominations from candidates wishing to stand for the 3 Regional Representative positions…

OFT report into control of entry
23/03/2010 - The OFT’s 2003 market study recommended that control of entry regulations for community pharmacies should be removed completely, prompting a vigorous…

Lobbying MPs and PPCs - Charter Campaign
18/03/2010 - In the March edition of Community Pharmacy News, PSNC launched its Community Pharmacy Charter campaign to help community pharmacists engage with Prospective…

Global Sum protection announced
17/03/2010 - PSNC has secured a commitment from Health Services Minister Mike O'Brien that global sum funding will be robustly protected once devolved to PCT level. …

Using the Heart of our Community logo
17/03/2010 - The Heart of our Community logo has been developed to visually represent a number of PSNC's key messages:That pharmacies are highly trusted providers…

2010/2011 Funding for Community Pharmacy Services
17/03/2010 - 16 March - In 2009-10 Mike O’Brien MP, the Health Minister with responsibility for pharmacy, agreed to permit community pharmacy contractors to retain…

New resources to support public health through pharmacy
17/03/2010 - Two new public health resources on sexual health and mental health and well-being were announced yesterday by the Minister of Health Mike O'Brien…

New Health trainer resource
16/03/2010 - A new resource which highlights the opportunities for pharmacy staff to become Health Trainers and Health Trainer Champions has been developed, and brings…

NPSA survey on anticoagulation
15/03/2010 - The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is keen to understand how patient safety alert 18 ‘Actions that can make anticoagulation safer' can…

March CPN is now online
12/03/2010 - The March edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features: GP Practice guide for community pharmaciesSeason Flu…

PSNC Representative of Multiples 2010
11/03/2010 - Following a request for nominations, PSNC had received 5 valid nominations from candidates wishing to stand for the 3 Representative of Multiples positions.…

NHS Constitution for England 2010 and handbook
10/03/2010 - The NHS Constitution for England 2010 has been published. This establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England and sets out rights to which…

Tough Action to Support Medicines Supply
04/03/2010 - A package of tough new actions to ensure that NHS patients can get the medicines they need was agreed at a summit to discuss concerns about current difficulties…

Regional Representative Elections - Update
04/03/2010 - Today, Thursday 04 March 2010, ballot papers are being sent out to all independent pharmacy contractors in the three regions where there will be an election.…

February 2010

CPPE launches new Patient-centred care open learning programme
25/02/2010 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is pleased to announce the launch of Patient-centred care – a new open learning programme designed…

PSNC Regional Representative Elections
18/02/2010 - By the close of nominations, PSNC had received 18 valid nominations from candidates wishing to stand for the 13 Regional Representative positions.10 of…

CPPE launches 'Older People: Managing Medicines' learning programme
15/02/2010 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of Older people: managing medicines – a new open learning programme…

PSNC responds to Mike O’Brien's announcement of a summit on medicine supply
11/02/2010 - On the 9 February, Minister for Health Services Mike O’Brien announced that he would host a summit in March to address medicine supply-chain issues.…

Fines of up to £500,000 for Serious Data Protection Breaches
04/02/2010 - New powers, designed to deter personal data security breaches, are expected to come into force on 6 April 2010. The Information Commissioner’s Office…

Pfizer Launches Generic Medicines Portfolio in the UK
03/02/2010 - Pfizer Limited has launched six generic medicines today for its pharmacy and dispensing customers in the UK. The generic medicines are metformin, finasteride,…

Essential Small Pharmacies
02/02/2010 - The Secretary of State has issued Directions relating to Essential Small Pharmacies in England that operate under the ESP LPS arrangements.PaymentsThe…

January 2010

Bayer Diabetes Care announce new Distribution Arrangements
30/01/2010 - Bayer Diabetes Care (the Diabetes Care division of Bayer HealthCare in the UK) is to distribute selected products for patient and healthcare professional…

DH announcement on Swine Flu pandemic
27/01/2010 - The next steps in the response to the (H1N1) Swine Influenza pandemic have been announced by the Department of Health (DH). Communications have been issued…

NPSA report: vaccine cold storage
22/01/2010 - A National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) Rapid Response Report on vaccine cold storage was issued on 21st January."Between January 2005 and April 2009,…

PSNC welcomes Conservatives' focus on pharmacy
20/01/2010 - On 13 January, the Conservative Party published “A Healthier Nation”, a Green Paper on public health. The Green Paper emphasises the need for…

NHS Information Governance Requirements Finalised
18/01/2010 - Prescriptions record sensitive personal health data and community pharmacies recognise their duty to handle personal information securely. This was reflected…

New Appliance Services: NHS PCC Training Events
15/01/2010 - In April 2010, several changes will be introduced in regard to services concerning appliances as well as stoma and incontinence products which will affect…

Cost of Service Inquiry update
15/01/2010 - The funding arrangements for NHS Community Pharmacy Services in England, which were changed in April 2005, were informed by a survey of pharmacy’s…

Joint statement on MUR fraud measurement exercise
11/01/2010 - This statement is being jointly issued by NHS Employers, the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service (CFSMS) and the Pharmaceutical Services…

Global sum devolved to PCTs from April
11/01/2010 - The Global Sum, the last centrally held pharmacy funding, is to be devolved from April 2010 along with remaining central funding for dental and eye services.…

Programme for Community Pharmacy Conference 2010 announced
08/01/2010 - Community Pharmacy Conference 2010 15th March - Internation Convention Centre Birmingham Now in its twelfth year the PSNC Community Pharmacy Conference…

Update on pharmacy White Paper
07/01/2010 - At each PSNC meeting an internal rolling report on the Pharmacy White Paper is reviewed by the committee. The report provides a summary…

The use of medicines in care homes for older people
07/01/2010 - On the 6 January, the Department of Health issued an alert calling on Primary Care Trusts to “review the safety of local prescribing, dispensing,…

Generic Substitution Consultation Published
05/01/2010 - As part of the 2009 PPRS agreement, the Department of Health committed to implementing generic substitution in primary care, subject to discussion…

December 2009

Novartis Supply Problems
24/12/2009 - Novartis have published the following statement on the supply of their products: "Supply of Novartis medicines in the UK There are currently short-term…

MHRA second consultation on the medicines supply chain
24/12/2009 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched a consultation into the medicine supply chain and ways to reduce the risk from counterfeit…

Category M Price Changes
14/12/2009 - The Department of Health has announced the new Category M prices which will apply to prescriptions from January to March 2010.For more information and…

A new NHS strategy - Health Secretary report
11/12/2009 - The Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, has set out his strategy for the NHS to put patients first and improve the quality of care as it enters an unprecedented…

Community Pharmacy Question Time Event
08/12/2009 - In a unique event on the 30th November 2009, PSNC brought together spokespeople from all three major political parties to debate pharmacy issues. PSNC’s…

NPSA Patient Safety Alert - safer Lithium therapy
07/12/2009 - The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has issued a patient safety alert on safer Lithium therapy in response to reports of harm caused to patients,…

CPPE Launches new NHS repeat dispensing learning programme
02/12/2009 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of NHS repeat dispensing – a new focal point learning programme…

Draft regulations for PNAs
01/12/2009 - The Department of Health has today issued its consultation on the draft Regulations and accompanying guidance on Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments.This…

November 2009

NHS Information Centre: General pharmaceutical services data published
26/11/2009 - The publications below show information about services provided by community pharmacies in England in contract with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to dispense…

Swine Flu vaccination programme extension
25/11/2009 - The Department of Health has announced that the swine flu vaccination programme will be extended to offer children over six months and under five protection…

Department of Health Report on Consultation on Fees for the registration of pharmacy premises
25/11/2009 - The Department of Health has published its report on the consultation carried out between August and October, on the increase to be applied to the retention…

Change in paediatric Oseltamivir dose
25/11/2009 - The attached letter has been issued by DH setting out the changes in Oseltamivir dosage resulting from a variation in the Market Authorisation granted…

Update on PSNC discussions with DH on EPS Release 2
23/11/2009 - Further to the July PSNC committee meeting, the PSNC met with the DH and CFH to discuss its position on EPS Release 2. This was a positive meeting and,…

MHRA campaign to encourage reporting of side effects of medicines
19/11/2009 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Reulatory Agency (MHRA) have issued a release announcing their campaign to promote awareness of their "Yellow…

Health Act 2009
13/11/2009 - The Health Act 2009 has received Royal Assent.Provisions in the Health Act 2009 will require Primary Care Trusts to develop and publish a Pharmaceutical…

Managing Supply Problems in Pharmacies
12/11/2009 - Branded medicine supply problems are having a significant impact on pharmacies across the country. Although work continues to find ways of improving the…

Supply Problems: Supply Chain Obligations Clarified
12/11/2009 - Representatives of manufacturers, wholesalers and pharmacies have held a series of constructive meetings to discuss the current supply problems affecting…

GPs and pharmacists launch joint inquiry
11/11/2009 - A new Inquiry has been jointly launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)…

Pfizer continues counterfeit medicines awareness campaign
03/11/2009 - Pfizer today issued a press release in conjunction with partners including the MHRA and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, continuing to highlight…

Boxing Day (update)
03/11/2009 - PSNC is aware that there has been some uncertainty over the date of the bank holiday for Boxing Day this year. The Department of Health has today offered…

October 2009

General Pharmaceutical Council
27/10/2009 - The Department of Health has launched a consultation on the draft General Pharmaceutical Council (Constitution) Order which sets out the proposed constitution…

CQC report highlights discharge danger
26/10/2009 - The NHS may be at risk of failing to prevent harm to patients from medicines unless it improves sharing of vital information when people move between services,…

Consultative Version of Pharmacy IG Requirements Published
24/10/2009 - The NHS Operating Framework 2009/10 introduced a requirement that by the end of 2009/10, all NHS providers, including community pharmacies must be able…

Pharmacy Organisations Back H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine
21/10/2009 - Leading pharmacy organisations have united behind the Department of Health campaign urging pharmacists and other front line health and social care professionals…

MUR counter fraud service assessment exercise (updated)
19/10/2009 - See update at end of this articlePSNC has been contacted by a number of Local Pharmaceutical Committees and pharmacies following receipt of letters from…

NHS Information Governance Requirements
12/10/2009 - The high profile data losses by Government departments in 2007 increased the information governance priority within the NHS. The NHS Operating Framework…

New DH guidance on substance misuse published
05/10/2009 - Until now there has been no formal guidance to help clinicians to manage substance dependence among young people. This has left practitioners concerned…

Responsible Pharmacist
01/10/2009 - Legislative changes regarding Responsible Pharmacist will be implemented today 1 October 2009.Now that the Responsible Pharmacist Regulations have come…

September 2009

PSNC calls for more advanced services and DESs
25/09/2009 - Feedback from LPCs has shown commissioning of enhanced pharmacy services to be regrettably patchy. To address this, PSNC has called for pharmacy services…

'Let's Get Moving' pathway launched
25/09/2009 - The Department of Health has launched a new initiative in primary care - Let's Get Moving (LGM), a new physical activity care pathway. LGM is an evidence-based…

Responsible Pharmacist Regulations
22/09/2009 - The DH have announced that Ministers have decided that the introduction of the legislative changes regarding Responsible Pharmacist should proceed, as…

Department of Health issues updated guidance on NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005
18/09/2009 - The Department of Health issued on 17 September, revised guidance on the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005, including the Control of Entry…

RPSGB launches Good Dispensing guidelines for electronic systems
17/09/2009 - The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched Good Dispensing Guidelines for England to help pharmacists focus on the ways IT systems will affect their…

DH announce ban on premium rate phone numbers
16/09/2009 - The Health Minister, Mike O'Brien, has announced that the NHS will ban the use of premium rate phone numbers. The Department of Health began consulting…

Substantial increase in pharmacy contract funding announced
16/09/2009 - PSNC has negotiated an £87m increase in pharmacy contract funding for 2009/10 with the Department of Health. This represents a 3.9% increase on last…

Major political figures confirmed for first Community Pharmacy Question Time event
15/09/2009 - Spokespeople from all three major political parties will come together on one stage to debate how best to maximise pharmacy’s potential. Minister…

PSNC 08-09 Annual Report published
15/09/2009 - The PSNC Annual Report for 2008/09 has now been published. A copy can be downloaded here.

NPSA Clarification statement on the use of the NHS number as the national identifier.
10/09/2009 - The NPSA has issued clarification following its Safer Practice Notice on the risk to patient safety of not using the NHS Number as the national identifier…

Category M Price Changes for October 2009
08/09/2009 - The Medicines Margins Survey conducted by the Department of Health assesses the margin achieved by pharmacy contractors in the previous financial year.…

Community Pharmacists included on H1N1 vaccination list
04/09/2009 - A letter has been sent out today to all PCT Chief Executives, LPC Secretaries and SHA Flu leads to advise them that community pharmacists and their clinical…

New Regulatory Advisory Group
02/09/2009 - In the Written Ministerial Statement issued on 18 June (click here to view) the Minister announced the formation of an Advisory Group, to be chaired by…

NHS Employers and PSNC begin discussions on new pharmacy services
01/09/2009 - NHS Employers and PSNC have begun discussions to explore possible changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework. This work will focus on…

Rilutek Emergency Order Arrangements
01/09/2009 - PSNC recently participated in a round-table discussion organised by the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association to discuss supply problems affecting Rilutek…

Anti-epilepsy Drugs and Generic Substitution
01/09/2009 - The Department of Health announced late last year that linked to the 2009 PPRS agreement, generic substitution would be introduced in 2010. PSNC has…

August 2009

CPPE e-learning programme
24/08/2009 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched an e-learning programme to aid pharmacists and registered pharmacy technicians comply…

Changes to supply of antivirals
21/08/2009 - The Department of Health, Royal College of General Practitioners and General Practitioners Committee yesterday issued a joint letter, signed by Ian…

Pharmacy bodies respond to EC proposals
21/08/2009 - The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp), Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and Pharmaceutical…

Changes to Pharmacy Regulations
20/08/2009 - The National Health Service (Miscellaneous Amendments Relating to Community Pharmaceutical Services and Optometrist Prescribing) Regulations 2009These…

MSD to Change Distribution Arrangements
18/08/2009 - Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) has announced that it has reduced the number of wholesalers it partners with for the distribution of prescription medicines…

Swine flu vaccination programme
17/08/2009 - The initial announcement about the vaccination programme for pandemic flu has been made by DH and states: Accepting advice from independent expert committees,…

NPSA consulting on serious incident reporting
16/08/2009 - The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is seeking comments from healthcare practitioners and other interested organisations and individuals concerning…

Update on pharmacy White Paper
10/08/2009 - Over the last year an internal rolling report on the Pharmacy White Paper has been reviewed by PSNC at each of its meetings. The report provides…

Repeat dispensing research demonstrates benefits for GP practices and patients
05/08/2009 - Research undertaken by Dr John Holden and Graham Brown (Garswood Surgery, St. Helens) examining the introduction of repeat dispensing in their general…

EPS Release 2 begins in Leeds
03/08/2009 - Initial Implementation of EPS Release 2 has begun at a site in Leeds. The pharmacy involved, Liptrots Pharmacy currently uses the Cegedim Pharmacy Manager…

July 2009

Coherence needed in flu services
29/07/2009 - PSNC is calling for greater coherence in national arrangements for pharmacies and their role in tackling the influenza pandemic. Accordingly, Barbara Parsons,…

Review of CPD records goes live
27/07/2009 - The RPSGB have issued a press release regarding the call and review of pharmacists Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records."The routine…

Society members approve changes to charter
23/07/2009 - In a press release issued by the RPSGB, the changes to the Royal Charter were welcomed after 22% of members voted. Of those voting, 77.7% agreed to accept…

NHSE launches new guidance for smoking cessation services
23/07/2009 - NHS Employers today launched new guidance, aimed at senior NHS managers, seeking to strengthen the way in which pharmaceutical services are commissioned…

National Pandemic Flu Service Announcement
17/07/2009 - David Nicholson, the NHS Chief Executive, has written a letter to all NHS colleagues including community pharmacies following up from the announcement…

New CPPE and BNF e-learning tool
16/07/2009 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has in conjunction with the British National Formulary (BNF) launched a new online…

New guidance to help PCTs develop PNAs
13/07/2009 - NHS Employers has released an England-wide guide to help primary care trusts (PCTs) produce ‘pharmaceutical needs assessments’ (PNAs). The…

July CPN online
13/07/2009 - This month CPN features:Branded medicines shortagesNew LPC constitutionNHS Health ChecksPandemic Flu - latest guidanceClick here to download a copy of…

All Party Pharmacy Group AGM
09/07/2009 - In his first speech to pharmacy at the All Party Pharmacy Group’s Annual General Meeting on July 8th, Mike O'Brien, who has ministerial responsibility…

Deadline approaching - vote on changes to Royal Charter
09/07/2009 - In 2010 The Royal Pharmaceutical  Society will separate into two new bodies - the General Pharmaceutial Council and a new separate professional…

DH guidance - from containment to treatment
08/07/2009 - Following on from the ministerial statement changing the management of pandemic flu from containment to treatment, DH has issued the attached guidance…

MHRA portal for reporting ADRs to swine flu vaccines
07/07/2009 - The MHRA have issued a letter to health care professionals, seeking to clarify arrangements for reporting ADRs (adverse drug reactions) to Tamiflu, Relenza…

Changes in Pandemic Flu management
02/07/2009 - The government today announced important changes to the way it is managing the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in the UK. Andy Burnham, the health secretary,…

Level 3 heatwave warning
02/07/2009 - The Met Office has raised the heatwave warning alert to level three. This means that high temperatures have been reached and sustained in one or more regions,…

June 2009

BMS Announce Change in Arrangements
24/06/2009 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd has announced that from 1st August 2009 it is to simplify it’s wholesaling arrangements by using AAH Pharmaceuticals…

MPs discuss change in the law on dispensing errors
22/06/2009 - Following a meeting held in the House of Commons on 16 June, The All-Party Pharmacy Group has called for the Department of Health to move swiftly to implement…

Ministerial Statement on White Paper consultation
21/06/2009 - The new pharmacy Minister at the Department of Health, Mike O'Brien, issued a written ministerial statement on Thursday 18th June:The Minister…

Pharmacy order 2009
16/06/2009 - The government has today published its response to the consultation on the draft Pharmacy Order 2009.  The report is available here.The Pharmacy Order…

NHS Health Check service spec published
14/06/2009 - PSNC has today published a template national Enhanced service specification for the NHS Health Check service, developed collaboratively with…

WHO declare global flu pandemic
11/06/2009 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting. It means the swine flu virus is spreading in…

New online health assessment service
10/06/2009 - A free, online lifestyle self-assessment service to help teenagers improve their health and wellbeing is being rolled out nationally by the Department…

Category M Price Changes
08/06/2009 - The 16th Category M price changes have been announced. These prices will apply to prescriptions dispensed from July to September 2009. There have been…

RPSGB information sheet on glaucoma
04/06/2009 - The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) has published new guidance for pharmacists advising patients about the signs, symptoms and treatments…

Pharmaceutical Services Commissioning Award
01/06/2009 - A new award which seeks to highlight excellence in pharmaceutical services commissioning has been launched by The NHS Alliance. The Acord Award will be…

May 2009

Hepatitis Screening and Vaccination Services
29/05/2009 - A pilot hepatitis screening and vaccination service, developed by the Hepatitis C Trust, has been deployed across 5 PCTs in England - City & Hackney,…

Joint documents promote pharmacy to the NHS
28/05/2009 - Two jointly badged publications from pharmacy organisations CCA, NPA, RPSGB, PSNC and AIMp have been published this week. The documents, which were produced…

Fair weather friends called for during heatwaves
20/05/2009 - Practical action to prepare for a potential heatwave is the central theme of the 2009 Heatwave Plan published by the Department of Health. The plan urges…

Collaborative approach ensures pharmacists preparedness for swine flu
20/05/2009 - The principal bodies representing pharmacy have pledged to work collaboratively and act collectively to ensure their members receive the best possible…

PSNC and BAPW Write to Manufacturers
19/05/2009 - Over the past year, there has been a substantial increase in the number of problems that contractors are experiencing in obtaining certain branded medicines.…

Requesting of Prescription Photocopies
19/05/2009 - Pharmacy contractors can request photocopies of individual prescriptions that have been sent to NHS Prescription Services for reimbursement, for example…

Next Stage in Personal Healthcare Budgets
18/05/2009 - Patients are a step closer to getting more say over their healthcare services as plans for a national pilot project reach the next stage, the Department…

Agreements secured for pre-pandemic vaccine for the UK
15/05/2009 - Agreements have been signed between the UK Government and vaccine manufacturers to secure supplies of up to 90 million doses of pre-pandemic H1N1 vaccine…

Pharmacy Bodies Joint Flu Statement 8 May 2009
09/05/2009 -  The pharmacy bodies: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain,…

Influenza A (updated Thursday 7th May)
07/05/2009 - On 29 April 2009, WHO declared Pandemic Alert Level 5. This means that a pandemic is considered imminent and all countries should immediately activate…

April 2009

MHRA advice on salicylate gels
24/04/2009 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is issuing precautionary advice for topical oral pain relief gels containing salicylate…

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Published for 2008
24/04/2009 - The Information Centre for Health and Social Care have published the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) for 2008.The PCA provides details of the number of…

RPSGB guidance on OTC orlistat
23/04/2009 - The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) has published guidance to support pharmacists providing the new over the counter (OTC) anti-obesity…

NHS to make budget efficiencies
23/04/2009 - The Department of Health is contributing £2.3bn in additional savings, as part of £5bn efficiencies in spending across the public sector in…

Drinkers Pile on the Pounds
17/04/2009 - New stats reveal England's calorific alcohol intake.The average wine drinker in England now consumes around 2,000 calories from booze alone each month,…

Government ability aids proposal
09/04/2009 - Under the new Transforming Community Equipment Services (TCES) programme, new plans could see accredited pharmacies reimbursed by the government for dispensing…

Vascular Checks guidance
08/04/2009 - The Department of Health Vascular Team has published further guidance on the national vascular risk assessment programme. They have also published a template…

UCB Announce New Supply Arrangements
06/04/2009 - UCB have announced that Alliance Healthcare (formerly Unichem) will become the sole distributor of Neupro in the UK. The change comes into effect from…

DH guidance on pharmacy commissioning
05/04/2009 - As part of a wider programme of support for PCTs to assist with the development of World Class Commissioning competences, the Department of Health has…

New Services linked to Stoma and Incontinence Products
01/04/2009 - The Department have finalised their long-running review of both the reimbursement prices and arrangements for the supply of stoma and incontinence…

March 2009

New contracts to be entitled to Claim EPS R1 One-Off Allowance
31/03/2009 - All pharmacy contractors that were part of the national contract were paid two allowances of £1300 (i.e. a total of £2600) in December 2005…

New PSNC Prescription Charge Card
29/03/2009 - PSNC has produced a new prescription charge card for use in community pharmacies. The new NHS prescription charge is £7.20 for each medicine or appliance.…

Bayer Announce New Supply Arrangements
29/03/2009 - Bayer Schering Pharma (BSP), (the prescription medicines arm of Bayer HealthCare in the UK) is to distribute selected products (BSP Products) under a new…

NHS Stop Smoking Guidance
26/03/2009 - DH have issued NHS Stop Smoking Services – Service and Monitoring Guidance 2009/10 which provides best practice guidance relevant to the provision…

Pharmacy bodies response to reducing the risk from counterfeit medicine
24/03/2009 - The AIMp, CPW, CCA, NPA and PSNC have responded to the MHRA consultation on measures to strengthen the medicines supply chain and reduce the risk from…

Screening and monitoring learning opportunities
24/03/2009 - The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced the launch of a new open learning programme designed to support pharmacy teams developing…

RPSGB Conference - Supporting Pharmacy Managers in the Future
17/03/2009 - In May the RPSGB will be running an event with the Institute of Pharmacy Management called Supporting pharmacy managers in the future, which…

NHS Complaints Arrangements
16/03/2009 - The NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 are to be amended on 1 April 2009 to bring the complaints procedures into line with all other health…

Local Pharmaceutical Services Regulations
16/03/2009 - The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Amendment Regulations 2009 number 599 have been laid before Parliament…

LPC Conference and PSNC Dinner 2009
12/03/2009 - Over 280 delegates attended the 2009 LPC Conference in London on 11th March. Issues discussed included the current negotiations, PCT issues, PNAs,…

No smoking day could lead to £2,000 a year saving
05/03/2009 - Smokers in the West Midlands could be as much as £2,000 better off if they can stay off cigarettes for a year. That was one of the startling statistics…

£7.20 prescription charge from April 2009
05/03/2009 - The Minister of State for Public Health, Dawn Primarolo, today has announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge to £7.20 per prescription…

New vision for Practice Based Commissioning
04/03/2009 - A renewed vision for Practice Based Commissioning (PBC), and how it relates to World Class Commissioning, was unveiled today at a special event hosted…

Department of Health publishes guidance on Responsible Pharmacist Regulations
04/03/2009 - The Department of Health has today published its guidance on the Responsible Pharmacist Regulations. The Regulations come into effect on 1 October 2009.…

February 2009

RPSGB releases new guidance on MAR charts
27/02/2009 - New practice guidance for providing Printed Medication Administration Record (MAR) Charts is now available for pharmacists. It can be viewed or downloaded…

DH announces more funding for contraception services for young people
26/02/2009 - The Ministers for Public Health and for Young People have announced a £20.5m package to promote contraception in young people. The new package of…

RPSGB Launches Pharmacy Practice Framework
23/02/2009 - The first ever Pharmacy Practice Framework Pharmacy Practice: Medicines focussed and Patient centred has been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society…

Teens hold key to quitting
19/02/2009 - A hard-hitting new Smokefree campaign - 'Worried' - launches today. The ads, aimed at parents who smoke, communicate an uncomfortable message to…

RPSGB Improving Medicines Safety Award
18/02/2009 - The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has created a new award for a significant contribution to medicines safety which was launched today.…

Reminder: CFH Pharmacy IT Conference
18/02/2009 - Connecting for Health (NHS CFH) are organising a conference, ‘Medicine Management – Creating the Future’, which will be held at the Emirates…

Government launches campaign in fight against infections
17/02/2009 - The latest phase in a campaign to remind the public that antibiotics do not help to treat viral infections such as coughs, colds and a sore throat was…

New PwSI specialty frameworks published
15/02/2009 - The NHS Primary Care Contracting website is now hosting a set of Practitioners with Special Interests (PwSI) specialty frameworks which aim to…

DH - Be active, be healthy
13/02/2009 - Be active, be healthy establishes a new framework for the delivery of physical activity alongside sport for the period leading up to the London 2012 Olympic…

PSNC responds to media coverage on pharmacy access to CRS
12/02/2009 - On 11 February 2009, PA News claimed that pharmacists having access to patients’ medical risk created a security risk. Commenting on this story,…

PPRS - some manufacturers still not agreeing compensation for price changes (Updated 17th Feb)
12/02/2009 - AAH confirmed in mid February that the new PPRS prices would apply to all products effective from Saturday 14 February, including Napp products.…

DH Know Your Limits campaign
09/02/2009 - In May 2008, the Government launched a new campaign to raise awareness of units and sensible drinking levels. Aimed at all drinkers, but specifically over…

DH launches National Stroke Awareness Campaign
09/02/2009 - A three-year campaign to promote public awareness around stroke was launched by the Department of Health today.  Stroke is the third leading cause…

PSNC joins other pharmacy bodies to support proposed amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulations
06/02/2009 - PSNC together with AIMp, CCA, CPW, NPA and the RPSGB have responded jointly to support a proposal to increase the threshold below which a producer of hazardous…

Proposals to Extend Emergency Supply Arrangements
06/02/2009 - The MHRA have published a consultation on the manufacture, distribution, sale and supply of medicines and devices during an influenza pandemic. At the…

February CPN is now online
05/02/2009 - This month CPN features: Briefing documents for GPsHealth BillCIP updateManufacturer Quota Schemes  Click here to download a copy of the February…

RPSGB adopts the prospectus for the New Professional Body
03/02/2009 - The RPSGB today announced the formal adoption of The New Professional Body for Pharmacy - the Prospectus as the blueprint for the future of the pharmacy…

January 2009

Guidance for PCTs on world class commissioning
29/01/2009 - The Department of Health, NHS East of England and NHS Primary Care Contracting have co-produced guidance and tools to support PCTs in becomming world…

NHS unveils plans to reduce carbon emissions
27/01/2009 - The NHS will today pledge to become one of England's leading sustainable and low carbon organisations and to meet the Government's target of an…

Briefing Documents for GPs on Repeat Dispensing and MURs published
27/01/2009 - PSNC has jointly published, with NHS Employers and the General Practitioner Committee of the BMA, two briefing documents for GPs on repeat dispensing and…

Local meetings to improve GP/pharmacist relationships
27/01/2009 - The pharmacy White Paper tasked NHS Employers with forming a group to discuss pharmacy and GP working relationships and how these might be improved in…

Campaign Against Counterfeit Medicines
26/01/2009 - A new campaign has been launched by Pfizer, in conjunction with the MHRA, The Patients Association, Mens Health Forum and Heart UK, to raise awareness…

PSNC Meeting Report Available Online
23/01/2009 - The report from the latest PSNC committee meeting (January 2009) is now available on the PSNC website. The full report can be seen by following…

Alzheimer's Society Dementia Awareness Campaign
22/01/2009 - The Alzheimer's Society have announced that a set of materials aimed at encouraging people with memory problems to seek they support they need will…

DH launch new NHS constitution
21/01/2009 - The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care…

Cancer Patient Prescription Charge Exemption
20/01/2009 - From 1st April 2009, exemption from prescription charges on medical grounds will be extended to patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects…

DH guidance on care planning
19/01/2009 - New guidance to help NHS and local authority commissioners ensure that people with long term conditions are more involved in decisions about their illness…

PSNC Quota and Returns feedback forms
19/01/2009 - PSNC has implemented feedback forms on the website to allow pharmacy contractors to easily submit information regarding problems experienced with the supply…

An exciting opportunity to work with the PSNC team...
18/01/2009 - Information PharmacistOne year fixed term, full time (35 hours per week) contract to cover maternity leave.Are you a forward thinking pharmacist who is…

GPhC consultation - give your views now
18/01/2009 - The Department of Health, Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government are seeking views on the proposals to create the General Pharmaceutical Council…

New measures for better quality, personal health care
16/01/2009 - New measures that will permit for the first time, direct payments for healthcare to patients, were published in the Health Bill today. The Bill sets out…

RPSGB guidance and standards for Responsible Pharmacists
14/01/2009 - The RPSGB is consulting on proposed professional standards and guidance for responsible pharmacists and on amendments to professional standards for pharmacists…

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Guidance
08/01/2009 - NHS Employers has developed new guidance for primary care trusts on how to produce pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNA), in the broader context of world…

Upcoming RPSGB Conferences
05/01/2009 - The RPSGB are hosting 2 conferences in March 2009 which may be of interest to community pharmacists.Travel Medicines - Moving Practice Forward - 12 March…

December 2008

Prescriber signatures on prescriptions
24/12/2008 - PSNC has recently been made aware of situations where prescriptions have been signed by the prescriber but then also have a name printed below the signature…

Easter Opening Hours- Reminder
23/12/2008 - Easter Bank HolidaysGood Friday (10th April 2009) and Easter Monday (13th April 2009) are considered included as if the pharmacy was ordinarily open on…

Red Separators Introduced for Broken Bulk and Calendar Pack Prescriptions
22/12/2008 - From January 2009 NHS Prescription Services will be sending out a revised FP34c submission document to pharmacy contractors for the submission of prescription…

Support Change4Life to tackle Obesity
19/12/2008 - The Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Nursing Officer have published a joint letter to health care professionals inviting them to support Change4Life,…

Eclipse Pharmacy System Withdraws from EPS R2 Compliance Testing
19/12/2008 - Torex, owners of the Eclipse Pharmacy System have made a decision to discontinue the development of the Eclipse Product and to cease drug data updates…

Government rejects changes to dispensing doctor criteria
16/12/2008 - Health Minister, Phil Hope, has today announced that there will be no changes to the criteria for provision of pharmaceutical services by dispensing…

Smartcard Guidance Published
12/12/2008 - In Release 2 of the Electronic Prescription Service, community pharmacies will have access to a part of the NHS Care Records Service known as the Personal…

Department of Health Drug Information to become a key part of NHS Evidence
11/12/2008 - Drug reference information in the British National Formulary (BNF) will become a key element of the new NHS Evidence portal due to be launched in April…

UDG-Phoenix Supply Problem Resolved (12th December)
11/12/2008 - Phoenix Healthcare have confirmed that they have won a High Court decision to overturn the injunction placed on them by UDG that prevented Phoenix…

Health Secretary sets out future funding and NHS priorities
09/12/2008 - The Health Secretary Alan Johnson has announced that NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are to receive £164 billion funding for 2009/10 and 2010/11.…

Pharmacy Professional Regulation Consultation
09/12/2008 - The Department of Health today announced that the consultation process relating to creating a new professional regulator for pharmacy, the General Pharmaceutical…

PSNC E-News Service
08/12/2008 - PSNC has recently launched a new weekly electronic newsletter service which provides a digest of the latest updates and news from the PSNC website.If you…

December CPN is now online
05/12/2008 - This month CPN features:  PSNC Community Pharmacy ConferenceDH Consultation on Pharmacy in EnglandVAT Apportionment announcementThe EPS Smartcard…

NHS Business Services Authority launches new website
04/12/2008 - The NHS Business Services Authority has launched a new website, combining the NHS Business Services Authority's five previous websites into one…

November 2008

General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 1998-99 to 2007-08
26/11/2008 - The General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 1998-99 to 2007-08 has been published. This publication shows information about services provided…

NHS Prescription Services announces open day dates for 2009
24/11/2008 - NHS Prescription Services will be holding  open days in 2009 for dispensing contractors to visit their prescription processing offices…

The Medicines (Pharmacies) (Responsible Pharmacist) Regulations 2008
19/11/2008 - These Regulations were laid before Parliament on 29 October 2008 and come into force on 1 October 2009.  The lengthy period before the Regulations…

PSNC submits response to Pharmacy White Paper consultation
19/11/2008 - PSNC has today submitted its formal response to the Department of Health consultation - Building on strengths - delivering the future: proposals for legislative…

Updated VAT apportionment for Practice Payments
19/11/2008 - Following the significant increase in the Practice Payment from October 2008, PSNC has been working closely with the Department of Health and HMRC to revise…

2009 PPRS Agreement Announced
19/11/2008 - The Department of Health has today announced a summary of the new PPRS agreement.The headline agreements with industry include: a cut in the cost…

Lilly UK Announces Changes to Medicines Supply and Distribution Services
18/11/2008 - Lilly UK today announced that it has decided to introduce a new medicines supply and distribution service following a comprehensive review and as part…

Community Pharmacy Conference 2008
18/11/2008 - The 2008 community pharmacy conference took place on Monday 17 November 2008 at the Birmingham International Convention Centre. The CPC is a key event…

Top Up Payments Reminder
18/11/2008 - The deadline to make claims for top-up payments for the establishment and practice payments for the financial year 2007/8 is the 30th November…

CIP Progress Update
03/11/2008 - PSNC have published a detailed update on progress by the NHSBSA PPD in resolving issues linked to the implementation of the PPD’s new prescription…

October 2008

Reminder: GSK New Distribution Arrangements
30/10/2008 - From 1st November 2008, GlaxoSmithKline UK prescription only medicines will only be available from AAH or UniChem. GSK prescription only medicines purchased…

AAH Change Discount Terms for Quota Lines Ordered Direct
29/10/2008 - AAH has announced that with effect from 29 October it will apply normal rates of discount to qualifying ethical medicines when a pharmacy orders direct…

AAH to reduce fuel surcharge from 1 November 2008
27/10/2008 - AAH Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will lower its monthly fuel surcharge from £14 to £10 with effect from 1 November 2008. AAH…

Reimbursement Price Change Mechanism to Operate as Normal in January
24/10/2008 - Confirmation has been received from the Department of Health that the reimbursement price change mechanism will operate as normal in January 2009 for the…

PPRS: Out of Patent Brand Proposals Delayed (Updated 22nd October 2008)
22/10/2008 - The Department of Health has written to manufacturers and reaffirmed that they are working with the ABPI to agree the detail of the new PPRS scheme and…

Practice Leaflets - Department of Health publishes clinical governance requirements.
16/10/2008 - The clinical governance requirements for pharmacies set out in paragraph 26(2)(a)(i) of the Chemists Terms of Service require the pharmacy to “……

National Clinical Directors appointed for Hospital and Community Pharmacy
14/10/2008 - The Department of Health has today announced the appointment of two National Clinical Directors for Pharmacy. Their appointment fulfils the commitment…

October CPN is now on-line
07/10/2008 - This month CPN features: PSNC responds to DH on PPRSWhite Paper listening eventsEPS updateManufacturer imposed quotasClick here for October CPN

Cost of obesity to local health services
07/10/2008 - New figures show for the first time, the cost of obesity to every Primary Care Trust in England. The figures set out the cost of diseases related to being…

Seasonal Flu Campaign 2008-9
06/10/2008 - The flu immunisation communications campaign to encourage uptake of the flu vaccine during 2008 started at the beginning of October.To support the influenza…

Increase in Essential Small Pharmacy LPS payments
06/10/2008 - Following PSNC discussions with DH an agreement has been reached to increase the target payment for essential small pharmacy local pharmaceutical services…

Electronic Prescription Service - practical advice for pharmacies using Release 1
06/10/2008 - NHS Connecting for Health, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have published joint advice…

September 2008

New graphic warnings for tobacco products
28/09/2008 - The UK's 10 million smokers should brace themselves from 1st October, when the UK will be the first country in the EU to introduce graphic picture…

PSNC submits response to DH consultation on PPRS
26/09/2008 - PSNC has submitted it's final response to the Department of Health Consultation on a Statutory Scheme to Control the Prices of Branded NHS…

Pharmacy bodies unite to promote pharmacy at political party conferences
24/09/2008 - This year the four leading pharmacy bodies have undertaken a united campaign to help promote pharmacy at all three main political party conferences. …

Prime Minister announces free prescriptions for cancer patients
23/09/2008 - The BBC are reporting that charges for cancer patients will be scrapped from next year with other conditions to follow.It comes after charges were scrapped…

'Match.com' for NHS and suppliers launched
19/09/2008 - An online advertising service that will help 'hook up' NHS providers with healthcare suppliers was announced this week by Health Minister…

Pharmacy Listening Events
12/09/2008 - Following the publication of the Pharmacy White Paper (Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths - delivering the future) the consultation document, Building…

Dispensing with Repeats - 2nd edition launched
11/09/2008 - The National Prescribing Centre (NPC) has recently launched a 2nd edition of Dispensing with Repeats - a practical guide to repeat dispensing.The…

Summary of 2008/2009 Funding Agreement
09/09/2008 - The detail of the changes in contractor funding for 2008/09 are set out below. These changes will be published in the October 2008 Drug Tariff and will…

PSNC Comment on 2008/2009 Funding Arrangements
08/09/2008 - Following lengthy negotiations, PSNC has agreed funding arrangements with the Department of Health for the current (2008/09) financial year. PSNC Chief…

RPSGB 'Making IT Happen' Event
05/09/2008 - The RPSGB are organising an event on the 14th October at their London headquarters linked to EPS and pharmacy information technology.Full details and…

August 2008

New NICE guidelines are set to reduce premature deaths in people who have inherited high cholesterol
28/08/2008 - NICE and the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care have published a guideline on the care and treatment of adults and children/young people with…

Pharmacy White Paper proposals for legislative change published
27/08/2008 - The Pharmacy White Paper (Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths - delivering the future) was published on 3 April 2008. The Department of Health…

Prescription Switching Compensation (January - May 2008)
26/08/2008 - The Department of Health and PSNC have agreed compensation arrangements for any error due to NHSBSA PPD system failure and as a concession for contractors…

Online Video Guide to New Processing Technology
22/08/2008 - A NEW video guide has been launched online to help pharmacists find out more about the NHSBSA PPD's new processing technology. The Prescription Processing…

Progress made in NHS Diabetes care
20/08/2008 - According to a report published by the Department of Health today, Diabetes care in the NHS is improving and focusing more on prevention. The NHS is making…

CPPE launches new learning format
17/08/2008 - CPPE has announced the release of a new type of learning format to complement its existing programmes - focal point. Designed to meet the training…

Medicines Use Reviews - Important Reminder
15/08/2008 - When the revised Medicines Use Review form was introduced on 14 December 2007, arrangements were also made for a transitional period during which existing…

The Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
14/08/2008 - Following the consultation that ended in July 2008 on the introduction of a statutory scheme for regulating prices of branded medicines for the NHS, the…

Community Pharmacy Conference 2008
12/08/2008 - The Community Pharmacy Conference, now in its eleventh year, is a key event in the calendar for LPCs, PCTs and pharmacy contractors. This year's…

July 2008

August Community Pharmacy News now available on-line
31/07/2008 - The August edition of  PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available on-line. This month CPN features:The Community Pharmacy Conference 2008 2008-2009…

Chemist and Druggist A to Z of Switching Guidance
29/07/2008 - The Chemist and Druggist has recently published a guide to minimising prescription switching which contains some factual errors regarding requirements…

GSK Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
29/07/2008 - GSK UK has announced that from 1st November 2008 it will partner with 2 of its current logistics service providers (LSPs), AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd and…

Safety Alerts to Community Pharmacies
28/07/2008 - Pharmacists are required by their Terms of Service to provide pharmaceutical services and exercise any professional judgement in connection with the provision…

Home Oxygen - Intended Benefits not yet Fully Realised
24/07/2008 - The NHS in Wales was not sufficiently prepared for major changes to the way home oxygen services are provided, according to a new report published by the…

Support for public awareness campaign
19/07/2008 - Following the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health Group's recent inquiry into GP access, PSNC and PAGB call for a ‘Pharmacy…

Ministerial Statement on White Paper
18/07/2008 - 17th July 2008The Minister of State, Department of Health (Dawn Primarolo): In April, we published the Government's White Paper, "Pharmacy in…

Chlamydia Screening service spec published
17/07/2008 - PSNC and the Department of Health have today published a template Enhanced service specification for chlamydia screening and treatment services. Chlamydia…

New STI figures show 6% increase
17/07/2008 - Young people carry a disproportionate burden of sexually transmitted infections in the UK.The Health Protection Agency has reported a 6% increase in the…

Amendment to the Health & Social Care Bill
13/07/2008 - PSNC successfully promotes amendment to the Health & Social Care Bill to ensure continuation of centrally negotiated and secured funding. PSNC has…

Prescription Switching Compensation for Pharmacy Contractors
08/07/2008 - As a result of the introduction of the new prescription pricing technology in early 2007 by the Prescription Pricing Division, the Capacity Improvement…

Next Stage Review - Community & Primary Care Strategy Published
03/07/2008 - A new strategy published today by the Department of Health will give patients and the public a stronger voice, enable them to make informed decisions and…

NHS Constitution unveiled
01/07/2008 - A draft Constitution that enshrines the principles and values of the NHS for the future has been published for consultation by the Secretary…

June 2008

Pharmacists to get extra support
30/06/2008 - From April 2009 pharmacists will be able to access support, advice and assessment services from the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS).NCAS is…

July Community Pharmacy News now on-line
30/06/2008 - The July edition of Community Pharmacy News is now available on-line this month featuring :- Building time for services using Accredited Checking…

Next Stage for the NHS - Lord Darzi publishes report
30/06/2008 - Darzi: Giving patients more say and staff more freedom to shape high quality care round patients' needs.Ambitious plans were unveiled this afternoon by…

Wake-up call on health inequalities
26/06/2008 - Health Profiles for every local authority and region across England have recently been published by the Department of Health and the Association of…

Webcast on the Pharmacy White Paper
25/06/2008 - The Improvement Foundation recently hosted a webcast on the pharmacy White Paper. The webcast included two presentations from Ash Pandya, Head of…

The Local Involvement Networks (Duty of Services-Providers to Allow Entry) Regulations 2008
25/06/2008 - On 1 April, Local Involvement Networks took over the role formerly undertaken by Patients Forums.  The NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005…

Living with Plenty - Meeting the Challenge of Diabetes
24/06/2008 - A new report, published recently by The School of Pharmacy, University of London (Living with Plenty - Meeting the Challenge of Diabetes, by Professor…

Health Inequalities: Progress and Next Steps
23/06/2008 - Published this month, Health Inequalities: Progress and Next Steps outlines the Government’s approach to hit the 2010 Health Inequalities Public…

PSNC Committee member meets Health Minister
20/06/2008 - Ivan Lewis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health, today met with four local pharmacists at Prestwich Pharmacy in Manchester;…

Government says progress being made on PPRS
18/06/2008 - The Government and the pharmaceutical industry today announced a significant deal on parts of the new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.  The…

Government consults on Statutory Scheme to control prices of branded NHS medicines
18/06/2008 - The Department of Health have published a consultation document on the Government's use of statutory powers to introduce a scheme to control the prices…

PSNC CEO addresses Dispensing Doctor conference
17/06/2008 - On Saturday 14th June 2008, Sue Sharpe, Chief Executive of PSNC, spoke at the DISPEX conference.  She addressed the contentious issue of the provision…

Category M Price Changes
09/06/2008 - The 14th Category M price changes have been announced. These prices will apply to prescriptions dispensed in July to September 2008. There are no additions…

DH invites bids for "Healthy Town" status
08/06/2008 - Every town in England has the opportunity to bid for up to £5 million to make their inhabitants more healthy and active, Health Minister, Dawn Primarolo…

PSNC responds to article in Pulse magazine
07/06/2008 - PSNC chief executive, Sue Sharpe has responded to an article in the most recent edition of Pulse.  The text of her letter to the editor is below.  Dear…

Novartis Announce New Distribution Arrangements
03/06/2008 - Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd today confirmed that it would retain the use of wholesalers in distributing their medicines to community pharmacies and…

PSNC statement on negotiations with DH on changes to the Drug Tariff
03/06/2008 - Commenting on PSNC's current negotiations with the Department of Health on changes to the Drug Tariff, Sue Sharpe, Chief Executive of PSNC, said:"Despite…

Tougher restrictions on tobacco products proposed
02/06/2008 - Plain cigarette packets with no branding or logos, minimum pack sizes of 20 and a ban on the advertising of cigarette papers are just some of the ideas…

May 2008

Subsidised Basic IT Skills Training for Pharmacy Staff
29/05/2008 - NHS CFH have opened their Essential IT Skills (EITS) Programme to all community pharmacists and support staff who use NPfIT systems either now…

Tobacco Control - 10 High Impact Changes
29/05/2008 - DH have recently issued Excellence in tobacco control: 10 High Impact Changes to achieve tobacco control to support a wide range of organisations to bring…

France declares loss of rabies free status: implications for British travellers
24/05/2008 - A Department of Health Public Health Link message issued on 22nd May highlights that the French Ministry of Agriculture has declared that France has…

DH consultation on medicines legislation changes during a 'flu pandemic: summary of responses published
24/05/2008 - On 22 November 2007, the Secretary of State for Health announced an initial consultation on "Possible amendments to medicines and associated…

Responsible pharmacist regulations
23/05/2008 - In October 2007 the Department of Health published a consultation paper seeking views on proposals for the content of the responsible pharmacist regulations.…

Heatwave Plan for England 2008
23/05/2008 - The Department of Health has recently issued the 2008 Heatwave Plan for England which provides guidance for the public and health and social care professionals…

PSNC responds to Commons debate on doctor dispensing
22/05/2008 - Tony Baldry MP (Conservative, Banbury) led an adjournment debate on general practitioner dispensing in the Commons on 20th May.Mr Baldry spoke of…

PSNC Committee meeting May 2008
22/05/2008 - PSNC met on 13 - 14th May 2008. Pharmacy White PaperPSNC considered the Pharmacy White Paper in detail, regarding it as a positive move forward. The Pharmacy…

New £10m alcohol campaign launched
20/05/2008 - 77% of people don't know how many units are in a glass of wine A new ‘Units' campaign which aims to tell drinkers how many units are…

New legislation to support NHS Next Stage Review
15/05/2008 - A new NHS Reform Bill to help deliver improved, more personalised care for millions of patients, was included in the Government's draft legislative…

Government Responds to OFT Medicines Distribution Study
14/05/2008 - In December 2007, the OFT published its market study into the distribution of medicines in the UK. The OFT considered the impact on the sector of Pfizer…

Darzi sets out new rules for polyclinics
09/05/2008 - Five pledges will ensure that change is transparent and driven by the best evidence.Health Minister Lord Darzi today issued five pledges to the public…

DH guidance on support for Self care
01/05/2008 - Health Minister Ivan Lewis today announced the introduction of seven Common Core Principles to support self care, designed to help health and social care…

April 2008

Preventing Prescription Switching
30/04/2008 - The declaration on the back of a prescription form must be completed on all occasions except:Where the patients is aged under 16, or 60 or over and the…

EPS R1 Survey Results Published
22/04/2008 - Community pharmacy is working to engage with EPS, despite a number of challenges, according to the results of a joint PSNC/NPA telephone survey of contractors.…

The Local Involvement Networks (Duty of Services-Providers to Allow Entry) Regulations 2008
22/04/2008 - The NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 were amended on 1 April 2008 to remove references to the Patients Forums and hence to remove the duty…

Fees for Applications
21/04/2008 - The Directions requiring PCTs to charge fees for applications for inclusion in a pharmaceutical list come into force today.The directions have been amended,…

Pharmacy White Paper
20/04/2008 - The Government published its long awaited White Paper on pharmacy - Pharmacy in England - Building on Strengths, Delivering the Future on 3rd April 2008.The…

A Stronger Voice for Patients: LINks
08/04/2008 - The 1st April saw the beginning of greater individual influence over a larger number of local health and care services than ever before, as the Local Government…

DH Responds to PAC
08/04/2008 - The Department of Health (DH) has responded to the Public Accounts Committee Report on 'Prescribing Costs in Primary Care'. The response can be…

Opening Hours - Urgent action needed
04/04/2008 - At the March PSNC meeting and at the LPC Conference, the implications of recent changes to the GP contract relating to increasing their surgery hours were…

Fees for applications to provide NHS Pharmaceutical Services in England
02/04/2008 - The Health Act 2006 introduced new powers authorising the Secretary of State to issue Directions to Primary Care Trusts requiring them to charge for applications…

Community Pharmacies to deliver Vascular Risk Checks
01/04/2008 - A national programme to identify vulnerability to vascular diseases will prevent up to 9,500 heart attacks and strokes every year and save 2,000 lives,…

March 2008

Updated advice - OTC cough and cold medicines for young children
27/03/2008 - In a press release issued by the MHRA today, parents and carers are being advised that children suffering from a cough or cold should be treated with paracetamol…

Consultation launched on the registration of health and adult social care providers
25/03/2008 - The Department of Health today launched a consultation to seek views on the registration of health and adult social care providers, including the regulation…

Security of Prescription form Guidance Issued
03/03/2008 - The NHS Security Management Service has today issued guidance to prescribers, pharmacists and others involved in the management of prescriptions. The document…

Pharmacy Bodies Respond to Flu Pandemic Consultation
02/03/2008 - The PSNC, CCA, NPA, RPSGB, AIMp and CPW have jointly responded to the Department of Health’s (DH) consultation on Surge Capacity and Prioritisation…

February 2008

Prescription costs are barrier to health says Citizens Advice
27/02/2008 - New research carried out by Ipsos MORI for national charity Citizens Advice reveals that around 800,000 people failed to collect a prescription last year…

NICE publishes smoking cessation guidance
27/02/2008 - The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have published public health guidance on smoking cessation services. The document, "Smoking…

Pharmacy bodies join forces to respond to flu consultation
25/02/2008 - The CCA, AIMp, NPA, RPSGB, PSNC, CPS and CPW have today joined together in their response to the Department of Health's initial consultation on Pandemic…

PSNC publishes a brief guide to the NHS Operating Framework
24/02/2008 - In mid December 2007 the Department of Health (DH) issued its third Operating Framework which contained the priorities for the NHS in 2008/09. The Operating…