The National Pharmacy Association and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee have launched a new tool – called Check 34 – to help pharmacists monitor the money they are paid for prescriptions. This is aimed at enabling them to closely watch the money due to them under the FP34 Schedule of Payment that they receive from the Pricing Authority each month. Keeping track of payments is a bugbear for community pharmacists. Avicenna Chief Executive, Salim Jetha, has estimated that the underpayments are between £400 and £4,000. Over 1,000 pharmacists have signed up and the NPA would like to see all NPA members with the tool by the end of 2015. Non-members can also access the tool but for a fee.

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