PCC has received a number of queries from PCTs seeking clarification on the provision of essential services by distance selling premises (also known as internet or mail order pharmacies). A briefing has been produced to assist PCTs and contractors in understanding the requirements for service provision by such pharmacies and can be found below.
Pharmacies are required to dispose of unwanted drugs in certain circumstances. PCC has produced a briefing which will assist PCTs and contractors in understanding the terms of service requirements and the arrangements they need to put in place.
The DH, working with representatives from PCTs, primary care support agencies and the Primary Care Commissioning Team, established an expert user group, to inform and support the development and amendment to national pharmaceutical regulations and guidance.
New arrangements for the reimbursement of specials were introduced in November 2011 and full details of which specials are covered by the tariff can be found in the Drug Tariff. To accompany the changes the Department of Health released guidance on the new arrangements.
This report from independent management consultants A T Kearney looks at the impact of some of the key challenges facing community pharmacies, including the squeeze on healthcare budgets, intensifying competition and patient demand for convenience and expertise. It suggests some business strategies for pharmacies to follow and identifies seven enablers that the consultants believe will be crucial for the sector’s future.