Community Pharmacy England (CPE) - News updates


Briefing Event: Critical Pressures and the Future

Community Pharmacy England has opened registration for a national event for pharmacy owners as part of our ongoing efforts to engage more meaningfully with everyone in the sector.   The pressures facing all pharmacy businesses are extreme, and the event will be a chance to hear about the work Community Pharmacy England is doing to find [...] The post Briefing Event: Critical Pressures and the Future appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Reminder: GP Connect: Update Record rollout

GP Connect: Update Record is a new feature that CPCF IT system suppliers are adding to their systems. Update Record allows information about patient consultations outside of general practice to be shared safely with general practice, so the information can be updated in the patient record. The messages are ‘structured’ which means they transfer into [...] The post Reminder: GP Connect: Update Record rollout appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Revised Schedule of Payments expected in April

The look of your monthly Schedule of Payments (and eSchedules) is changing from April 2024. The next payment schedule due to be received on the 23 April (for February 2024 dispensing month) will have several improvements including: Breakdown of Pharmacy First payments, alongside activity data relating to this Total reimbursement and discount deduction split by generics/brands/appliances [...] The post Revised Schedule of Payments expected in April appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

New Pharmacy First materials aimed at GPs

Community Pharmacy England has launched a set of materials – including a video animation and infographic – explaining how GP practices can refer into the Pharmacy First service.  The digital explainers have been developed to help increase understanding of the Pharmacy First service amongst GPs and practice teams. The animation describes when referrals to pharmacies [...] The post New Pharmacy First materials aimed at GPs appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

MHRA Class 3 Medicines Recall: Co-Codamol 8/500mg Effervescent tablets (Accord-UK Ltd (Key Pharmaceuticals Livery))

Drug alert number: EL (24)A/12 Date issued: 10 April 2024 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 3 medicines recall for: Co-Codamol 8/500mg Effervescent tablets (Accord-UK Ltd (Key Pharmaceuticals Livery)) PL 0142/1258 SNOMED Code: 42596911000001102 Batch No Expiry Date Pack Size First Distributed G2301502 08/2025 8 x 4 tablets 08-Dec-2023 [...] The post MHRA Class 3 Medicines Recall: Co-Codamol 8/500mg Effervescent tablets (Accord-UK Ltd (Key Pharmaceuticals Livery)) appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

MPs demand more support for pharmacies from Minister

MPs from across the political spectrum have called on the Health Secretary, Victoria Atkins MP to address the acute funding crisis facing the community pharmacy sector.  Whilst taking the opportunity to welcome the introduction of the Pharmacy First service, a letter co-signed by 13 MPs makes clear that pharmacies cannot relieve further pressure on other [...] The post MPs demand more support for pharmacies from Minister appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Pharmacy First claims and payments

Some pharmacy owners are continuing to identify issues with the Pharmacy First service figures within the MYS portal, which are not matching the number of consultations completed within their Pharmacy First IT system. This week, we have been supporting pharmacy owners and system suppliers to address these issues. Where a pharmacy owner has identified a [...] The post Pharmacy First claims and payments appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Out-of-pocket expense payment for unlicensed Cefuroxime 5% eye drops preservative free

From 1st March 2024, an additional fixed out-of-pocket expense payment of £50 will be automatically applied to NHS prescriptions for Cefuroxime 5% eye drops preservative free (a non-Drug Tariff special). Due to the unique temperature-controlled transport and storage requirements of Cefuroxime 5% eye drops preservative free, significant delivery and handling charges are generally incurred by [...] The post Out-of-pocket expense payment for unlicensed Cefuroxime 5% eye drops preservative free appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Prescription charge to rise to £9.90 on 1 May 2024

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that from 1st May 2024, the NHS prescription charge will increase to £9.90 per prescription item (note: some items may incur more than one charge). For prescriptions dispensed in April 2024, the NHS prescription charge will remain at £9.65. Amendments to the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs [...] The post Prescription charge to rise to £9.90 on 1 May 2024 appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Medicine Supply Notification: Pabrinex® (Vitamins B and C) Intravenous and Intramuscular High Potency solution for injection ampoules

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Pabrinex® (Vitamins B and C) Intravenous and Intramuscular High Potency solution for injection ampoules. MSN/2024/038 Tier 3 – high impact Date of issue: 3rd April 2024 Pabrinex® Intravenous (IV) injection will be out of stock from August 2024 until at least [...] The post Medicine Supply Notification: Pabrinex® (Vitamins B and C) Intravenous and Intramuscular High Potency solution for injection ampoules appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.