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Scotland Patient Safety Incident Report (March to May 2018)

Dear Superintendent,   I attach my Scotland NPA Patient safety incident report March to May 2018, which includes a summary of the most common dispensing errors reported to the NPA during this period from Scottish NPA members, along with top tips for minimising patient safety incidents.  …

Vaping – potentially harmful lung effects

Following a recent study on the effects of e-cigarettes, researchers have issued a caution on their long-term safety. The small experimental study has shown that vaping may result in inflammation and possible damage to the protective action of alveolar macrophage cells in the lung, which remove potentially harmful allergens, bacteria and dust particles.…

MSO Quarterly report: England (April – June 2018); including Controlled Drugs best practice and MHRA alerts

Dear Superintendent, I attach my Medication Safety Officer (MSO) report for Quarter 2 2018 which includes an analysis and summary of the most common dispensing errors reported to the NPA during the quarter along with top tips for minimising patient safety incidents, including self-checking guidance and Controlled Drugs (CDs) best practice tips.…

Technicians complete NPA Accuracy in Dispensing course

Five technicians undertook the final assessment for the AID course at the NPA’s head office in St. Albans on Thursday 9th August. Previously, AID certificates were valid for only two years, after which accuracy checkers had to be re-assessed every two years in order to renew their qualification.…

New safeguards proposed to protect people attempting to purchase medicines online

The NPA is responding to the GPhC Discussion paper on making sure patients and the public obtain medicines and other pharmacy services safely online, available to download and read below. The discussion paper focuses on the new areas that the GPhC is proposing to cover in the updated guidance for pharmacy owners, which suggest additional safeguards to patients and the public who obtain medicines, and other pharmacy services, safely online.…

The NPA to respond to the parliamentary committee inquiry on automation

We would like to hear about your automation innovations in this area to include in our written submission. Some questions include: What impact has automation had on your business productivity to date/ What sort of tasks are most and least likely to be replaced by automation?…

Would you like to help the Health Education Foundation fund its work?

The Health Education foundation is a registered charity and relies on the generous support of pharmacists and the public to continue its good work. If you would like to help, please contact the Secretary to the Trustees, Mrs Janet Misson, at j.misson@npa.co.uk or 01727 858687 or download the gift aid donation form below…

NICE tells local authorities and the NHS to integrate community pharmacies into care pathways

The guideline, issued earlier this month, NG102: Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing adds that ‘this could include arrangements for inward and outward referrals’. It is consistent with the NPA’s own recommendations in Improving Access to NHS Care By Investing in Community Pharmacy (April 2018).…

UK FMD Working Group update

Authentication of medicines under FMD will start from 9 February 2019. Arvato, part of the Bertelsmann group, has recently signed a contract with SecurMed UK to provide the UK FMD system. Community pharmacies should be able to start getting connected to the system from September this year.…

Category M – changes to reimbursement from August 2018

Dear Member, Following the announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that the £15 million per month reduction in Category M reimbursement prices will be stopped from August 2018, the NPA Pharmacy team has produced a brief guide on Category M and the potential impact on your pharmacy.…