Community Pharmacy England (CPE) - News updates


July 2024 Price Concessions 1st Update

Following discussions between Community Pharmacy England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) regarding medicine pricing issues reported by pharmacy owners, the Department has today (19/07/2024) announced the following initial list of price concessions for July 2024: Drug Pack size Price concession Amantadine 100mg capsules 56 £13.21 Amiloride 5mg tablets 28 £15.20 Benzydamine 0.15% [...] The post July 2024 Price Concessions 1st Update appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Approach with new Government and strategic planning considered at June Committee Meeting

Community Pharmacy England reconsidered the immediate priorities for the new Government, alongside wider strategic planning, when members met in Birmingham last month. During a meeting on 26th and 27th June 2024, Committee Members remained focused on the urgent challenges facing pharmacy owners as well as the ongoing work to build a better future for the [...] The post Approach with new Government and strategic planning considered at June Committee Meeting appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Our response to global IT issues affecting various NHS systems, including pharmacies and GPs

We have issued the following statement in response to the disruption affecting various IT systems worldwide, including EMIS and the electronic prescription service systems used by NHS community pharmacies and GP practices in England. Our Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, said: “NHS England has issued a communication to highlight that the global IT issue, [...] The post Our response to global IT issues affecting various NHS systems, including pharmacies and GPs appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Expiry of two Clarithromycin SSPs (SSP053 and SSP054)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that sufficient stock of Clarithromycin 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml oral suspensions are now available to meet normal demand. As a result the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs), SSP053 for Clarithromycin 125mg/5ml oral suspension and SSP054 for Clarithromycin 250mg/5ml oral suspension expire at 23.59pm on Friday 19 July 2024. [...] The post Expiry of two Clarithromycin SSPs (SSP053 and SSP054) appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Global IT issue impacting some health IT systems

NHS England has issued a communication to highlight that the global IT issue which is affecting multiple IT systems across the world is also causing disruption to some users of EMIS IT systems. This includes GP practices using the EMIS Web GP IT system and some users of the community pharmacy EMIS ProScript EPS system [...] The post Global IT issue impacting some health IT systems appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

CPAF screening process – less than two weeks to complete

Almost 60% of community pharmacy owners have completed the 2024/25 Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) screening questionnaire. Pharmacy owners yet to complete the screening questionnaire are reminded they have until Wednesday 31st July 2024 to complete it.   As a result of NHS regulations introduced at the end of 2020, completion of CPAF is now a [...] The post CPAF screening process – less than two weeks to complete appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Medicine Supply Notification: Carbamazepine 100mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Accord)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Carbamazepine 100mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Accord) MSN/2024/077 Tier 2 – medium impact Date of issue: 18th July 2024 Carbamazepine 100mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free from Accord is out of stock until mid-August 2024. Tegretol® (carbamazepine) 100mg/5ml liquid remains available but [...] The post Medicine Supply Notification: Carbamazepine 100mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Accord) appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Are you confident in making clinical records?

As the provision of clinical services in community pharmacies continues to grow, pharmacy professionals who want to update their knowledge of best practice in record keeping can access the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education Documenting in patient clinical records e-learning programme. This learning programme will support pharmacy professionals to: Summarise the legal and regulatory requirements [...] The post Are you confident in making clinical records? appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

Medicine Supply Notification: Quetiapine 150mg, 200mg, 300mg tablets – Updated

Update: (17/07/24) changes shown in bold below Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Quetiapine 150mg, 200mg, 300mg tablets MSN/2024/070 Tier 2 – medium impact Date of issue: 6th June 2024 There are limited supplies of quetiapine 150mg, 200mg and 300mg tablets until late August 2024. Subject to [...] The post Medicine Supply Notification: Quetiapine 150mg, 200mg, 300mg tablets – Updated appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.

CEO Video Update: Join us at our regional roadshow events

As we continue our regional roadshow events across the country, our CEO, Janet Morrison, invites pharmacy owners to join face-to-face discussions about the future of community pharmacy in her latest video update. These events offer pharmacy owners the opportunity to share their views, ask questions of the Community Pharmacy England team, and discover how they [...] The post CEO Video Update: Join us at our regional roadshow events appeared first on Community Pharmacy England.