Caring for people living with mental health conditions
RPS Scotland has published a new policy on improving pharmaceutical care for people living with mental health conditions. It recommends that the expertise, clinical knowledge and accessibility of phar (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19 (coronavirus): Update on SOP for Community Pharmacies in England
NHS England has published an updated version of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for community pharmacy. This includes the latest guidance on infection prevention and control, PPE and NHS Test a (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Scotland and Wales get set for 2021 elections
We’ve launched our manifestos for the 2021 Scottish and Welsh Parliamentary elections as we look to influence the future of pharmacy. With the support of RPS members, the manifestos include eig (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Use of emollient skin creams and the risk of serious injury due to fire burns or fire deaths
With bonfire night approaching, people will be planning to gather privately or in public places where there will be open fires and fireworks (taking into consideration relevant Government Covid -19 gu (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New consultant pharmacist credentialing
We have launched consultant pharmacist credentialing to allow advanced-level practitioners to demonstrate they have the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience required to apply for approved cons (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 26, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Supporting patients with Long Covid
NICE andSIGNhave announced they will work with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to develop a guideline on persistent effects of Covid-19 (Long Covid) on patients. Further information (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 22, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS to invest in mental health support for pharmacists
The RPS has welcomed news that NHS England and NHS Improvement’s will invest an extra£15 million to strengthen mental health support for nurses, paramedics, therapists, pharmacists and su (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Serious Shortage Protocols for fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin EN-Tabs 500mg
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued Serious Shortage Protocols (SSP) for fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg. The fluoxetine 30mg capsules SSP will ena (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Free COVID-19 PPE for community pharmacists
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal, designed for healthcare workersin England to use in emergency circumstances, has changed from being a top-up system to become the primary source of PPE (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

An EU deal on medicines is vital for patients
RPS President Sandra Gidley comments on the latest news on Brexit negotiations:“The last few days have seen little visible progress on how the UK and EU will cooperate on medicines and health (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic when instructed to by NHS Test and Trace or NHS Test and Protect
The RPS reminds all pharmacists on the importance of self-isolating for 14 days and not going to work as advised by NHS Testing services, when you have been in recent close contact with someone who ha (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Metoprolol 50 mg Tablets
Accord Healthcare Ltd has informed MHRA that when decommissioning at the pharmacy and scanning the serialised 2D code, the status of certain packs may report as‘EXPORT’. Further informat (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Sanofi Epilim 500mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets
Sanofi is recalling batches of product as a precautionary measure due to out of specification results for disintegration test during routine stability testing. Further information, including the affe (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nytol Liquid Caramel Flavour 10mg/5ml oral solution
A direct healthcare professional communication has been issused for Nytol Liquid Caramel Flavour 10mg/5ml oral solution. The communication provides the following information: Diphenhydramine should n (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Risks of supermarket medicine substitutions
We have written to the British Retail Consortium to express concern that substitutions of medicines as part of supermarket home delivery practices are putting customers at risk. Some over the counter (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Warfarin and other anticoagulants – monitoring of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued guidance on Warfarin and other anticoagulants– monitoring of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further informatio (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for action to fight counterfeit medicines
We have called on the UK Government to take immediate action to prevent counterfeit medicines entering the medicines supply chain following the UKs exit from the European Union. In a letter to Matt H (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Supply disruption alert: Lithium carbonate (Priadel) 200mg and 400mg modified release tablets
We issued a news item last week welcoming the pause in the withdrawal of Priadel. More details can be found here. Following this announcement, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issu (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists must have support for second wave
Commenting on today’s COVID-19 Government press conference, RPS England Chair Claire Anderson said:“Pharmacists and their teams continue to play a vital role in supporting the public dur (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England Board meeting - October update
RPS England Board Chair Claire Anderson comments on the highlights of the October meeting:“The Board reflected on the huge contribution from pharmacists to support patient care during the chal (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 9, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Flu vaccination: Promotional material
Public Health England (PHE) have produced promotional material to help answer questions on flu vaccine availability. This includes a new two-page leaflet which explains there is enough vaccine availab (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 8, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 medicines recall: Boots Dermacare 1% w/w Hydrocortisone Ointment
The Boots Company PLC has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that it is recalling a specific batch of Dermacare 1% w/w Hydrocortisone Ointment as a precautionary m (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes pause in withdrawal of Priadel
We havetoday welcomed news that the withdrawal of Priadel, a brand of lithium taken by people with bipolar disorder, will be paused while the Competition and Markets Authority investigates. This foll (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 medicines recall: Boots Dermacare Hydrocortisone Ointment
The Boots Company PLC has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that it is recalling a specific batch of Dermacare 1% w/w Hydrocortisone Ointment as a precautionary m (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Black History Month Celebrations
It’s Black History Month, which gives us all the chance to mark the achievements and influence of Black people in the UK. Questions about Black identity and belonging have never been more front (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 5, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for more action and urgency on delayed assessment
Responding to the GPhC’s update on the registration assessment, Gail Fleming, RPS Director of Education, said:“It’s very disappointing that after all this time, the GPhC is still u (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England responds to Health Committee report on COVID-19
The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has published a report into‘Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond’, which covers issues including: (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

PPE portal update (England Only)
From Thursday 1October 2020 there has been an update on the order limits for PPE for all sectors, including pharmacies to reflect recent increases. Further details of the PPE portal and order limits (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - October 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 medicines recall: Theramex Ireland Ltd T/A Theramex HQ UK Ltd, AlfaD capsules
Theramex Ireland Ltd T/A Theramex HQ UK Ltd has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of an issue related to an error in the decommissioning of two batches of AlfaD c (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS responds to consultation on medicines regulations
The Government hasconsultedon changes to medicine regulations thesupport the effective rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine and the upscaling of flu vaccination programme in the UK. We asked members for vie (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 25, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Update – Fluoxetine 40mg capsule Serious Shortage Protocol extension
The Department of Health& Social Care (DHSC) has informed us of an extensionto the following Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP). Fluoxetine 40mg capsules The SSP for fluoxetine 40mg capsules is bein (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 25, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Inclusion and diversity agreement with NHS England
We’ve agreed a joint national statement with NHS England and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK to improve inclusion, diversity and belonging in pharmacy. Our aim is to work together to (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 25, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS COVID-19 and Protect Scotland contact tracing apps
A new NHS COVID-19 app has been launched today and is available to download for free in England and Wales. The app has several tools, including contact tracing notifications, local area alerts and ven (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Workforce wellbeing: second annual survey
We’ve launched our second annual survey of pharmacists’ mental health and wellbeing in partnership with Pharmacist Support. The survey has been updated due to the significant impact of CO (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS and BPSA call for clarity on exam date from GPhC
In collaboration with the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA), we have written a joint letter to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) calling for the regulator to announce t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 23, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news