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COMPANY- LED DRUG RECALL – Imatinib capsules 400mg

COMPANY- LED DRUG RECALL CLDA number: CLDA (18)A/08 Date 21 September 2018 Imatinib capsules 400mg (Manufactured by Cipla (EU) Limited) A company-led recall has been issued by Cipla (EU) Limited for a certain batch of imatinib capsules 400mg (3 x 10) PL 36390/0180 as stated in the table below: Batch number Expiry Date GJ80583 April 2020 There is an error in the patient information leaflet (PIL) of this medicine; the dosage information is incorrect.…

Development of the NHS long term plan

We encourage NPA members to get involved in the online consultation which is underway until 30 September Meanwhile, the national pharmacy bodies are working together to engage the working groups which have been convened to cover the major themes set out for the plan. …

NHS flu service 2018/19 – which vaccine will you administer?

Dear Superintendent, Following recent media reports, the NPA pharmacy team has received a large number of queries regarding the interpretation of the NHS national flu PGD for 2018/19 about which vaccine to administer to different age groups. To assist you and your pharmacists in deciding which vaccine to administer, we have produced an “NHS Community pharmacy seasonal influenza vaccination Advanced Service 2018/918: decision-making flowchart” based on the directions in the NHS national flu PGD and the briefings and guidance issued by the PSNC and NHS England, respectively.…

Pharmacy owner wins Shoreline fridge in NPA competition

Member Sajad Khan from Abram Pharmacy was selected at random and received a call from our Relationship Management team who delivered the good news. Participants had to make qualifying fridge purchases on the NPA Web shop between 1st July and 31st July 2018 in order to be eligible for the competition.…

Price Concession – September 2018

Amisulpride tablets 100mg (60) £9.95 Amisulpride tablets 50mg (60) £5.29 Mometasone cream 0.1% (30g) £2.71 Propranolol  tablets 10mg (28) £2.84 Propranolol  tablets 40mg (28) £2.86 Sodium valproate gastro-resistant tablets 500mg (100) £13.95 Sodium valproate sugar free liquid 200mg/5ml (300ml) £6.27 Valsartan  capsules  40mg (28) NEW £3.99  …

Election for board member in Scotland

Noel who is the managing Director of Right Medicine Pharmacy which has 22 branches located throughout Central Scotland said he left his position due to personal and business reasons. “It’s with sadness that due to the increasing challenges of running an expanding community pharmacy group as well as some unanticipated changes in our family circumstances that I have resigned from the Board of the NPA,” he said.…

NPA rejects remote supervision proposals

Responding to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation consultation the NPA said the practice could compromise patient safety. Challenging proposals to allow the regulator to make exceptions, the NPA said it was unclear whether these would in fact be routine rather than genuinely exceptional circumstances, like major incidents.…

NPA leads the way in patient safety

In 2015, The NPA’s Director of Pharmacy, Leyla Hannbeck, was appointed by NHS Improvement to the role of Medication Safety Officer (MSO) for all independent community pharmacies (both NPA members and non-members) with less than 50 branches. All contractors with less than 50 branches are encouraged to continue reporting their patient safety incidents to the NPA via our platform (please see further information below).…

The new Data Security and Protection Toolkit

In April 2018, the Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit replaced the previous Information Governance (IG) Toolkit that community pharmacies are required to complete annually to prove that they are compliant with IG requirements. The DSP Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool which demonstrates compliance with the National Data Guardian’s ten data security standards.…

“Check Before You Tick” campaign launches 10 September 2018

NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) are launching a nationwide campaign, “Check Before You Tick”, from 10 September 2018. The campaign aims to help patients claim correctly for free NHS prescriptions by improving their understanding of the eligibility criteria for NHS prescription charge exemption, as well as emphasising the potential consequences of making an inaccurate claim.…