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GPhC consults on guidance for the pharmacy team

Posted: Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The GPhC has launched a consultation on "Guidance for the Pharmacy Team" by which they mean, as well as registered practitioners, pharmacy owners and managers who are not pharmacists and other non-registered staff involved in pharmacy operations. This is intended to "strengthen and assure the regulatory framework for unregistered staff". The new guidance will also replace the current policy on training for dispensing/pharmacy assistants and medicines counter assistants. Consultation closes on 11th October 2017. (JW)

Lilly wins patent appeal against Actavis

Posted: Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The Supreme Court has ruled that similar Actavis products do infringe Eli Lilly's patent for permetrexed disodium (Alimta) in the UK, Italy, France and Spain. (JW)

 

GPhC Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals closes 17 July 2017

Posted: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

The GPhC consultatio on revalidation closes next Monday. Details of the consultation including information on how to provide your thoughts and feedback can be found here. (MB)

Save the date - PLEA 2018 Annual seminar and AGM date announced

Posted: Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The 2018 Annual Seminar and AGM will be held on Wednesay 16th May in London at the offices of Charles Russell Speechlys.

More details will be published nearer the date, but please save the date. (MB)

GPhC publishes "Guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs"

Posted: Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The GPhC has launched it first guidance since the introduction of the "Standards for pharmacy professionals" came in in May. The guidance on personal values and beliefs is available here. (MB)

PSA consults on regulatory standards for regulators

Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The Professional Standards Authority has announced a consultation on standards of good regulation to inform its role as over-arching regulator of the health professionals regulators. The consultation closes on 12th September 2017. The PSA oversees the role and processes of the GPhC, amongst others. (JW)

New edition of Dale and Appelbe now out

Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Dale and Appelbe's Pharmacy and Medicines Law, 11th edition is now available to order. Co-edited by Joy Wingfield and Karen Pitchford, with a host of distinguished contributors, the published edition is now available to order online. The e-book version will be available shortly. This is the last edition that Joy Wingfield will be involved in; thank you to all who have bought, read, contributed to or criticised the book in the past! Karen will continue the good work in the future and can now be contacted in her new position at Aston. (JW)

Review of the 2012 HMRs

Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

MHRA are seeking comments for their post-implementation review of the 2012 Human Medicines Regulations. There is not long - comments are to be in by 6th July 2017. (JW)

New Act to control costs of some drugs to NHS

Posted: Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A new Act, the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 has been enacted. It appears to create powers to control the prices of specials and certain other supplies to the NHS if not covered by the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme. An article in the BMJ suggests that it is intended to control the prices of generic medicines (and the PJ of 12/5/17) but this is not clear from the wording. The explanatory notes and associated documents on the Parliamentary website refer only to specials. (JW)

Welcome to David Reissner as new Chair of PLEA

Posted: Thursday, May 18th, 2017

At the AGM David Reissner was elected the new chair of PLEA. PLEA would like to express it's gratitude to Bill Rial who steps down as chair, for all his efforts on behalf of the organisation. We would also like to express our gratitude to Dr Cathal Callagher, who has run our essay competition for the past 9 years who has also stepped down this year.

The AGM reported that PLEA is in a good position and continues to promote the importance of pharmacy law and ethics and contribute to current debates and consultations. (MB)

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