Prescription charge rise "totally unacceptable", says EPB Chair
Following news that prescription charges in England will rise to£9.35 from 1st April, Claire Anderson, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board, said:“Raising prescription charges in England (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccinations guidance for community pharmacy in England
Working alongside AIM, CCA, NPA and PSNC, we’ve co-signed new guidance for community pharmacies in England to use when planning to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Titled Planning to provide COVI (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

JCVI advises inviting all people on the GP Learning Disability Register for COVID-19 vaccination
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has sent a letter to the Government and the NHS advising to invite all people on the GP Learning Disability Register for COVID-19 vaccination (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pearson Vue familiarisation tool is now available on the GPhC website
To support preparation for the registration assessment GPhC has published examples tutorial questions for part 1and part 2 in the Pearson VUE online familiarisation tool. The examples and the Pearson (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Support trainee pharmacists for upcoming registration assessment
COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our profession, with pharmacists working hard in the fight against virus. One group– pre-registration pharmacists who started their training in 2019 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 23, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Wales joins forces to call for action on health inequalities
RPS has joined an alliance of over 30 health and care bodies to call for urgent action to tackle the growing problem of health inequalities in Wales. In a letter sent today (22 February 2021) the Fri (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tribute to Professor Joy Wingfield
It is with great sadness that the team at RPS learnt of the death of Professor Joy Wingfield, Honorary Professor of Pharmacy Law and Ethics at the University of Nottingham. Joy qualified in 1971 and (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We support call for protecting healthcare staff from COVID-19 variants
We've co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister which calls for increased protection for health and care workers from new COVID-19 variants. The letter is supported by organisations representing d (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Review of RPS Fellowship process
RPS Fellowship is an honour and mark of achievement recognising a significant contribution to pharmacy. Through our inclusion and diversity strategy we are examining our processes to ensure they are f (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 Medicines Recall: SyriMed, Clonidine hydrochloride 50micrograms/5ml Oral Solution
SyriMed are recalling the batches of Clonidine hydrochloride 50micrograms/5ml Oral Solution as a precautionary measure due to an issue related to the container closure (child-lock cap). Further detai (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Phyllocontin (Aminophylline) 225mg and 350mg modified release tablets update
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued an update on medicine supply disruption alert for Phyllocontin® (Aminophylline) 225mg and 350mg modified release tablets. Remaining supplies (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Preparing community pharmacy to contribute to a potential COVID-19 vaccination programme
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has issued a letter asking for expressions of interest for pharmacy led Local Vaccination services. The letter details further opportunity for community ph (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Overseas students now able to sit registration assessment
The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that candidates for the upcoming registration assessment, who are currently in countries with more than two hours’ time difference to the UK, wil (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Eaststone Limited, MidaBuc - Midazolam (as HCL) 10mg/mL Oromucosal Solution
Eaststone Limited has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of an issue related to underfilled or empty bottles for MidaBuc - Midazolam (as HCL) 10mg/mL Oromucosal So (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The NHS Discharge Medicines Service - Available in all Community Pharmacies from Monday 15th February (England)
The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer has written a letter to community pharmacy teams in England about the NHS Discharge Medicines Service. The letter includes information on the service, essential guidan (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

GPhC Update: supply of COVID-19 tests from pharmacies
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has updated their position on supplying different types of COVID-19 tests from pharmacies in Great Britain. They are no longer asking community pharmacies not (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Progestogen only pill could become P medicine
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is consulting on giving a Pharmacy (P) licence toprogestogen-only contraceptive pills called Lovima and Hana respectively, meaning for th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Vaccine milestone welcomed by RPS
Following news that the UK has offered a COVID-19 vaccine to everyone in their top four priority groups, with more than 15 million people having received their first dose, RPS President Sandra Gidley (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England comments on Government white paper
RPS England Chair Claire Anderson said:“Steps to facilitate more efficient ways of working are welcome, but must be backed by investment and a comprehensive workforce strategy.“These c (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

PM questioned by PJ in COVID-19 briefing
The Pharmaceutical Journal askedPrime Minister Boris Johnson a question as part of his coronavirus press conference on Wednesday. Nigel Praities, Executive Editor of the PJ, highlighted the vital rol (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccination National Booking Service
Frontline pharmacy teams in England can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination directly via the National Booking Service. Further details on booking and managing your appointments can be (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Supply Disruption Alert: Phyllocontin ® (Aminophylline) 225mg and 350mg modified release tablets
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply disruption alert for Phyllocontin® (Aminophylline) 225mg and 350mg modified release tablets. Phyllocontin® (aminophylli (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Vaccine Taskforce Chief speaks to RPS
We spoke to Dr Clive Dix, Chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce this week in the latest instalment of our popular PharmSci Today Podcast. Clive answered questions on how effective current vaccines are ag (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Inclusion and diversity progress through ABCD
Our five-year Inclusion and Diversity strategy is our commitment to improving inclusion, diversity and creating a sense of belonging for the whole profession. At our ABCD meetings– the forum w (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 10, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) for visiting professionals to care homes in Wales
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued a Public Health Link on guidance for Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) for visiting professionals to care homes in Wales. The letter covers the current positio (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 10, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Overseas trainees must not be discriminated against
On 3 Feb the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) gave almost 70 pharmacy trainees just six weeks’ notice they will not be able to take the March 2021 registration assessment if they are in a c (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 medicines recall: Gr ünenthal Ltd, Palexia 20 mg/ml Oral Solution
Gr ünenthal Ltd has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that it is recalling batches of Palexia 20 mg/ml Oral Solution due to potential microbial contamination durin (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Museum launches collection online
We've put core images from our fascinating Museum collection online as part of our180thanniversary celebrations. The RPS Museum was originally created in 1842 to educate pharmacy students, but to (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Prescriptions issued in the EEA and Switzerland: guidance for pharmacists
Department of Health and Social Care has produced guidance for pharmacists on prescriptions issued in EEA countries and Switzerland. From 1 January 2021, a prescription issued in an EEA member state ( (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Intrapharm Laboratories Ltd, Kolanticon Gel 500ml, EL (21)A/01
Intrapharm Laboratories Ltd have received complaints that the consistency of a batch of Kolanticon Gel 500ml is lumpy. An investigation and retained samples for this batch show the same homogeneity is (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Take action on workforce wellbeing
We areasking youto sign up to our campaign to help improve health and wellbeing in the workplace. We'vebuilt on the results from ourlatest annual survey onmental health and wellbeing to create th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Board Meeting – February update
RPS Boards from England, Scotland and Wales came together for a virtual board meeting yesterday. They were joined by members across GB who could observe remotely and hear first-hand the updates and di (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Registration assessment withdrawn for overseas students
Commenting on the General Pharmaceutical Council's decision to withdrawfrom offeringthe registration assessment to students outside of the UK for the Spring 2021 sitting, either in a test centre o (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Locum Pharmacist portal to register for your own NHS Covid-19 vaccination
Self-employed locum pharmacists in England who are finding it difficult to get their COVID-19 vaccination through their main employer/s or local NHS can use a free portal set up by the Pharmacy Defenc (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We need your views on pharmacy networking
We’velauncheda new survey to help us develop a new online community to facilitate pharmacist networking. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which many of us interact with each other. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 29, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19 CMO Wales update on new Sars-Cov-2 virus variant
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued a Public Health Link on Updated guidance for Wales-Investigation and management of Sars-Cov-2 virus new variant of concern.The letter covers immediate ac (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes Home Office move to classify DNP as a poison
Following the Government’s acceptance of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommendation that 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) should be classified as a poison, the Royal Pharmaceutical Societ (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes extra BAME vaccine data collection
Following NHS England’s agreement yesterday that it would expand its ethnicity data collection for people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Chair of RPS in England Claire Anderson said:“Th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS responds to Fitness to Practice consultation strategy
We'vesubmitted ourresponse to the GPhC’s consultation on its future strategy for managing fitness to practise concerns about pharmacy professionals. The strategy aims to give patients and th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New Policy Lead for RPS Scotland
We are excited to announce that Laura Wilson has been appointed as the new Policy and Practice Lead for RPS in Scotland, following the retirement of Aileen Bryson. Laura will lead policy development (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We need your inclusion and diversity information
For the first time ever, we’re running a survey to collect equality, diversity and inclusion data from our members. We want to find out if our membership is representative of the profession so (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Second wave of community pharmacies join vaccination push
Today another 65 community pharmacy sites join the national effort across the country to vaccinate vulnerable groups against coronavirus as quickly as possible. Chair of RPS in England Claire Anderso (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Company led medicines recall: Respreeza 1,000 mg powder and solvent for solution for infusion
CSL Behring UK Ltd is recalling specific batches of Respreeza 1,000 mg powder and solvent for solution for infusion (EU/1/15/1006/001) due to a manufacturing deviation that occurred during the filling (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes publication of new GPhC education and training standards
The General Pharmaceutical Council has today published new initial education and training (IET) standards for pharmacists, following the approval last month. Responding to the news, Gail Fleming, RPS (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS Discharge Medicines Service – Essential Service: Toolkit for pharmacy staff in community, primary and secondary care (England)
NHS England has produced a toolkit on the NHS Discharge Medicines Service for pharmacy staff in community, primary and secondary care. This toolkit supports cross-sector implementation of the NHS Disc (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Company led medicines recall: Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray solution
Takeda UK Limited has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that it is recalling a batch of Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray solution due to the observation of cracked via (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Could your pharmacy become a safe space?
Concerns have been raised by charities, organisations and helplines about the increased risk to those suffering from domestic abuse or violence during periods of lockdown. With access to some service (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes funded NHS Medicines Delivery service in Scotland
RPS has welcomed the announcement of a funded NHS Medicines Delivery service to support the most vulnerable in our communities but called for pharmacists to continue to provide advice and expertise di (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19 CMO Wales update on new Sars-Cov-2 virus variant
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has issued a Public Health Link on Updated guidance for Wales - Investigation and management of Sars-Cov-2 virus new variant of concern: Revised travel restrictions (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Covid-19 Vaccination in Scotland
The Scottish Government has published Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine deployment plan 2021 setting out how they will roll out vaccinations in Scotland to vaccinate 4.5 million people. Details of a st (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news