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High level talks under way on community pharmacy workforce shortage

The chief executives of the national community pharmacy bodies in England met with senior NHS England and NHS Improvement officials in October, to discuss the current limited availability of pharmacists for community pharmacy roles. Over recent months, many pharmacy contractors have reported increased staff shortages, leading to difficulties maintaining services and temporary closures in some...

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MHRA Class 2 Medicines Recall Irbesartan containing products

Class 2 MHRA Medicines Recall: Various Marketing Authorisation Holders and parallel distributor companies, Irbesartan-containing products Drug alert number: EL (21) A/34 Date issued: 30 November 2021 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for: Various Marketing Authorisation Holders and parallel distributor companies, Irbesartan-containing products Specific batches of...

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PSNC Briefing 049/21: Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP): SSP014 – Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg , a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) have been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and these can be accessed on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. This briefing provides information on these SSPs and is intended as a...

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Updated IPC guidance and face coverings mandatory again in pharmacies

Following changes to regulations introduced in the wake of the identification of the first UK cases of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, the wearing of face coverings in shops, including community pharmacies, is once again mandatory in England from today (30th November 2021). The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) also updated the UK-wide...

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November 2021 Price Concessions – Final Update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following final list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Co-amilozide 5mg/50mg tablets 28 £8.98 Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tablets 100 £6.19 Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tablets 30 £1.86 Omeprazole 10mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 75 £106.46 Omeprazole 20mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 75 £206.00 Prednisolone...

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