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Defect in Buccolam syringes identified

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has reported a defect with Buccolam buccal solution pre-filled syringes. A few cases have been identified where the red cap on the Buccolam plastic syringe, which is licensed for the ‘treatment of prolonged, acute, convulsive…

The NPA launches new website design for 2018

The new website is the result of detailed research and feedback, and has been built to facilitate the vast number of new member resources being planned for this year. The new resources will better equip community pharmacists while dealing with…

Rising cases of flu: how pharmacy teams can help

Following recent media attention on cases of flu rising and becoming widespread, seeking advice from community pharmacy teams is considered key in helping reduce the strain being placed across the NHS. The start of 2018 has shown an increase of…

Sexual impropriety and radicalisation

Dear Superintendent, You may be aware of recent cases of extensive, high profile media coverage of sexual harassment allegations. In light of this, I would like to remind you that even though all pharmacy professionals are required to meet the…

New post-payment verification of NMS – starting January 2018

The NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA) has announced the introduction of post-payment verification (PPV) of the New Medicine Service (NMS). Starting from January 2018, each month the NHSBSA will select a sample of pharmacy contractors in England to provide evidence…

Upcoming deadlines and events – Start planning for 2018

Following on from my update at the end of 2017, I am pleased to announce the release of the NPA “Pharmacy deadline tracker 2018: Quarter 1 (January–March)”. This resource will help you and your pharmacy team to organise and plan…

Drug-name confusion and errors – MHRA reminder

A reminder for healthcare professionals (including pharmacy teams) to take extra care when prescribing and dispensing medicines which could be confused with others, has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). There have been recent cases…

Clinical pharmacists in GP practice programme has been expanded

The “Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice” pilot programme by NHS England is entering its next stage with even more clinical pharmacists estimated to boost GP services for patients and practices. The first phase of the clinical pharmacist scheme has proven…

Impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland – Scottish Parliament Call for Views

They have asked for opinions on how risks from Brexit can be mitigated and benefits realised, and what impact future trade agreements and the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations)  common frameworks will have. Read the inquiry and if you have…

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee – Inquiry into NHS Boards Governance

The Committee has requested a response to: Are Boards accountable and are their decisions open and transparent? How effective are Boards and do they make decisions in the best interest of the public? Read the full inquiry and provide a…