Westminster Kingsway College Launches New Access To Higher Education Programme In Pharmacy And Biomedical Sciences

June 8, 2009

Westminster Kingsway College has launched a new Access to Higher Education programme in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at its new King’s Cross Centre in central London. The College is already a leading provider of Access to Higher Education courses in London as well as specialising in courses for Pharmacy Technicians in conjunction with the University of London’s School of Pharmacy and Birkbeck College.

The new Access programme in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences will be focussing on those who are looking to progress to university courses in Pharmacy or Biomedical Sciences and the course has been developed in partnership with the School of Pharmacy at the University of London. Candidates will need to have some aptitude for science and maths already and it is preferable that they have been working in a medical or healthcare environment but they may have been out of education for some time or be looking to change their career.
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VAT Reduction – National Pharmacy Association Advice To Members, UK

January 12, 2009

On the reduction of VAT to 15%, as announced in the Chancellor’s Pre-budget Report, Raj Nutan, Head of Business Development at the National Pharmacy Association, said:

“HMRC has confirmed that there is no legal requirement for pharmacies to pass on these savings, as pricing decisions to consumers are made by individual businesses – so we will not instruct our members to do so. However, we would advise pharmacists to consider the image that they are portraying. If pharmacists are not seen to be passing on VAT savings, public opinion of pharmacies may be affected.
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RPSGB Responds To Pharmacy White Paper: Proposals For Legislative Change

January 11, 2009

The English Pharmacy Board (EPB) of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) has submitted its response to the consultation on proposals for legislative change to the White Paper, Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths – delivering the future.

Howard Duff, RPSGB Director for England, says:

“The White Paper points to a bright future for pharmacy in England and we are encouraged that the proposed actions and future aspirations outlined focus on patient benefit. The consultation has given us an opportunity to shape many of the problematic areas of the current contractual framework. However, it is disappointing that the issue of dispensing doctors is included in the Paper as it detracts from the core issue of progressing important pharmacy services.
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Pharmacy calling to tell me to refill

December 26, 2008

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Question: My pharmacy has started a new “program” to call customers to tell them when (the pharmacy thinks) it is time to refill medications. Some of the medications they have called me about are PRN (take as needed) like a rescue inhaler for mild asthma. There isn`t a certain amount of that which I`m “supposed to” take regularly, so how would they know whether I need a refill? This seems like a “program” designed to sell more prescription drugs than a “useful reminder service” which is what they are calling it. A competing pharmacy just opened 2 blocks away and I think they are just doing this to try to make sure they keep their old customers.

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Pharmacy calling to tell me to refill

September 19, 2008

Question:

Question: My pharmacy has started a new “program” to call customers to tell them when (the pharmacy thinks) it is time to refill medications. Some of the medications they have called me about are PRN (take as needed) like a rescue inhaler for mild asthma. There isn`t a certain amount of that which I`m “supposed to” take regularly, so how would they know whether I need a refill? This seems like a “program” designed to sell more prescription drugs than a “useful reminder service” which is what they are calling it. A competing pharmacy just opened 2 blocks away and I think they are just doing this to try to make sure they keep their old customers.

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