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We call for urgent action to cope with winter pressures

A likely resurgence of COVID-19 during the winter months means we are calling for urgent assurances about NHS plans for pharmacy across Great Britain. The risk of a second wave, combined with the dema

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure – Community Pharmacy (England): updated

NHS England has issued an updated Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure (SOP) for Community Pharmacy. The SOP can be accessed here. If you have any questions about COVID-19, cont

More action needed on pharmacy risk assessments

Our second survey with the UK Black Pharmacists Association (UKBPA) has found that pharmacy teams are still not receiving adequate individual COVID-19 risk assessments. The data reveals a varied pictu

Serious shortage protocol (SSP) for fluoxetine - extension

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a Serious Shortage Protocols (SSP) for fluoxetine 40mg capsules. This has been extended to Friday 4 September. Further information on the SSP ca

Patient Group Direction use by temporary/provisional professional registrants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have opened temporary and/or pro

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Huddersfield Pharmacy Specials MS 19055, Phosphates Solution for Infusion 500ml

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug alert. Huddersfield Pharmacy Specials (HPS) is recalling selected batches of phosphates solution for infusion due to o

Prime Minister recognises vital role of pharmacy during visit

RPS Member Sanjay Doegar welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to his pharmacy last week to discuss the important role that pharmacy is playing tackling COVID-19. Mr Doegar, owner of Ruislip Manor Ph

RPS supports tougher sentences for assaults

The RPS is supporting proposals to increase the maximum sentence for assaults against health and care staff. Responding to a Government consultation on the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act, a letter

Allow pharmacists to alter prescriptions

Today, The Times has published a letter from RPS President Sandra Gidley calling for all community pharmacists to be allowed to make changes to prescriptions that would reduce unnecessary delays in pr

PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance on how to order emergency PPE. Healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up t