The Competition and Markets Authority has decided against investigating medicine stock shortages in the UK. It says it has other priorities and there is not enough persuasive evidence to justify an investigation. It claimed it was not the best-placed organisation to carry out an investigation even if one was needed. The CMA had found little […]
The Department of Health is planning a £170m funding cut to community pharmacy in 2016-2017, according to a letter written to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (Keith Ridge) and the Director General of Innovation, Growth and Technology (Will Cavendish). It has expressed a concern for the need to make efficiency […]
Novartis, the big pharma company, has agreed to pay US$390m in a settlement with the US Department of Justice over what the DoJ alleged were kickbacks paid to US specialty pharmacies for encouraging patients to refill their prescriptions with Novartis’s Medicaid and Medicare products. Payments had been made by Novartis between 2007 and 2012.
Community pharmacy is finally getting access to the summary care records – the GPs’ medical records of patients. This will enable pharmacy to assist in providing advanced and enhanced services for their patients, and will save time and cost and improve accuracy. The roll-out is starting in November but will probably not be completed until […]