PDA reveal record membership growth

The PDA recently held their 12th Annual General Meeting as a trade union where they revealed another record increase in membership numbers. Due to the pandemic, the meeting was the first general meeting of the union to be held virtually. At the Annual General Meeting, the PDA Union General Secretary, John Murphy reported another successful year [...]

By |2020-07-07T08:40:27+00:00July 7th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

Napp Pharmaceuticals announces European Commission approval of Invokana® (canagliflozin) label update to reflect improved renal outcomes in patients with diabetic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes

  The European Commission (EC) approval is based on the Canagliflozin and Renal Endpoints in Diabetes with Established Nephropathy Clinical Evaluation (CREDENCE) Phase III renal outcomes trial, which was stopped early based on the achievement of a pre-specified efficacy criterion. Canagliflozin is the first therapy approved in nearly 20 years to slow the progression of [...]

By |2020-07-06T14:16:40+00:00July 6th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

Concerns as community pharmacy fails to report cases of COVID among employees

Community Pharmacy employers have not reported any cases of the COVID-19 infection amongst employees despite a regulatory requirement that they must report if there is reasonable evidence that someone diagnosed with COVID-19 was likely exposed because of their work. It is a reasonable assumption that pharmacists and their teams, in all areas of practice, will [...]

By |2020-07-06T14:10:50+00:00July 6th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

PDA calls for regulation of the business behaviours of pharmacy owners who damage the reputation of the profession.

The PDA respond after the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) issued a joint letter with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regarding the alleged actions of some pharmacies during the coronavirus period. The PDA has previously highlighted how the GPhC identified over 650 major patient safety concerns in routine pharmacy inspections, but had not instigated any Fitness to [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:39:32+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals to Become Independent Business Following Acquisition by Private Equity Firm

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals will operate as an independent entity following acquisition a by Inflexion private equity. With more than 50 years’ experience and an extensive range of both licensed products and specials within the UK, Rosemont are the experts in liquid medicines with a portfolio of over 130 oral liquid medicines which includes over 70 licensed [...]

By |2020-06-29T12:47:58+00:00June 29th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

PDA launch COVID-19 risk management tool for community pharmacy

The PDA has launched a COVID-19 risk management tool designed to help responsible pharmacists and employers identify and remove risks in community pharmacy as lockdown restrictions are lessened. Mark Koziol, PDA Chairman said: "As the government has started to liberalise the lockdown, it is likely that the pharmacies will see even more activity. As healthcare [...]

By |2020-06-11T13:32:10+00:00June 11th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments


Even before the challenges created by COVID-19, GP practices were exploring a new era of fast, effective and intuitive appointment systems.  For Leith Surgery in Leith, Edinburgh, this involved the transition to Vision Appointments [2]; part of Vision's solution for shared care and GP practices. The move to Vision Appointments is reducing pressure on the [...]

By |2020-06-11T13:22:31+00:00June 11th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

What next for primary care?

The past few months have seen the most significant transformation in service delivery in both GP surgeries and pharmacies since the inception of the NHS. The new care service delivery model has affected everyone, from patients to practitioners, administrative staff to suppliers. From telephone triage and video consultations to data sharing, collaboration barriers that have [...]

By |2020-06-11T11:02:39+00:00June 11th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

Intensive Care Units Show Resilience During COVID-19

The increased number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds has meant NHS Scotland’s critical care service has been able to meet the demands of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, and is well positioned should cases of the virus start to rise again. A Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG) report shows there has been more [...]

By |2020-06-05T11:00:00+00:00June 5th, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments

€5 million boost for coronavirus drug search

The University of Dundee’s Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) has received €5 million of funding to develop antiviral treatments for Covid-19 and future coronaviruses. This significant investment by the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard, will enable DDU scientists to begin work immediately on identifying novel anti-coronavirus agents. The three-year Lead [...]

By |2020-06-02T13:47:46+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Regional News, SH News|0 Comments
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