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Mar
30

UPDATED March 2017 Price Concessions

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The Department of Health have granted the following price concessions for March 2017: Drug Pack size Price concession Amitriptyline 50mg tablets 28 £3.50 Buspirone 5mg tablets 30 £16.50 Clindamycin 150mg capsules (new) 24 £5.95 Dapsone 50mg tablets ...
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Mar
22

English Prescription Charge to Rise to £8.60

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
"As at the start of previous financial years, regulations have today been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2017. The prescription charge will increase by 20 pence from £8.40 to £8.60 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. To ensure that those with the greatest need, including patients with long-term con...
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Mar
22

IMPORTANT National flu immunisation programme plan 2017/18

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
"Flu occurs every winter in the UK and is a key factor in NHS winter pressures. It impacts on those who become ill, the NHS services that provide direct care, and on the wider health and social care system that supports people in at-risk groups. This Flu plan aims to reduce the impact of flu in the population through a series of complementary measures. The national flu immunisation ...
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Mar
22

CONSULTATION Allowing schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectorsFollow

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Summary Seeks views on proposals to change legislation to allow schools to choose to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for emergencies. This consultation is being held on another website. "Following the recommendation of the Commission on Human Medicines, the government is proposing to amend the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 to enable schools to purchase with...
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Mar
22

Category M Price Changes April 2017

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Ten Products Which Have Dropped In Price [as a Precentage] Drug Name Pack Size Change % Change Glyceryl trinitrate 500microgram sublingual tablets 100 -£3.18 -55% Isosorbide mononitrate 20mg tablets 56 -£1.62 -48% Pioglitazone 45mg tablets 28 -£1.22 -47% Pioglitazone 15mg table...
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Mar
15

The Which? hunt is over in April

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The Which? hunt is over in April You may have heard about the ‘Don’t pay a premium’ campaign that was run by Which?. The aim, from the perspective of consumers, has been to get insurers to be fairer about renewal premiums. Which? campaigned hard to get insurers to show the previous year’s premium on renewal documents, and in a survey an overwhelming 85% of consume...
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Mar
15

Are you getting the most out of your private prescriptions?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Are you getting the most out of your private prescriptions? By Amanda Chell One thing which can add a small income stream to your dispensary is making the most of the black listed items. Most dispensary’s are doing private prescriptions for travel vaccinations, Viagra, Cialis and levitra but has anyone investigated the items in the blacklist. The Black list (Drugs, medicines and ot...
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Mar
15

Generics which MAY be Above Drug Tariff

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Don't forget that every month Dispex publishes a list of generics which you may NOT be able to buy at below Drug Tariff price. This is normally due to shortages, manufacturer or supply problems or other issues in the supply chain. For any generics which you purchase at a price ABOVE Drug Tariff you MUST make it clear which wholesaler or manufacturer generic you dispensed in order to ...
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Mar
15

Productivity Focus - Saving YOU Time!

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Productivity focus – taking a step back to be able to move forward With Practice Managers constantly trying to ensure that patients receive the very best service and quality of care whilst operating in straitened circumstances, it’s easy to see why daily survival becomes the priority rather than taking time out to explore how further economies of time and money can be made. ...
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Mar
15

Discriminatory Dress Codes by Peninsula

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
A report by the Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee is calling for urgent action to be taken by the government against discriminatory dress codes. The issue had been brought to the committee’s attention after Nicola Thorp, an agency worker who was sent home from work because she refused to wear high heels as required by her employer, started a petition to make th...
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Mar
6

Drug Tariff Part VIIIB News

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Glycopyrronium bromide 2mg/5ml oral solution & oral suspension has been removed from Part VIIIB of the March Drug Tariff Glycopyrronium bromide 2mg/5ml oral solution and oral suspension have been removed from Part VIIIB of the Drug Tariff. This is because a licenced alternative, Glycopyrronium bromide 400mcg/1ml oral solution sugar free, is now available and has been added to Part V...
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Mar
3

No Training in your Area?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
No training in your area? Our courses aren’t quite what you want? Do you have an excessive amount of wrong group movements? Do you need a one-to-one masterclass? Did you know Dispex can come to you? Dispex regularly get requests from practices requesting training in their area. But did you know that one of our expert tutors can come to you? All our trainers are experienced dispensa...
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Mar
3

NEW Shoreline Fridges SPECIAL Prices for Dispex Members

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
For Dispex Members Prices on Shoreline Fridges Click Here Shoreline’s Customer Service – Engineer Response Most enquiries to our customer service team relate to simple digital temperature readout issues and can be quickly resolved over the telephone and customers’ minds put at ease with some  guidance.  Whatever your concern, with over 20 years’ experie...
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Mar
3

Training Update

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
We are pleased to announce our SPRING and SUMMER Course Timetable for MARCH March Course Location 9th Practical Dispensary Management Wiltshire, Campanile Swindon, Swindon SN5 7XG 15th Practical Dispensary Management Essex, Rose and Crown Hotel, Colchester CO1 2TZ 16th Drug Tariff & Endorsing Leicestershire, Gre...
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Mar
3

March 2017 Drug Tariff Additions

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Drug Tariff Additions March 2017 Acetylcysteine 600mg capsules 30 Category A Caffeine citrate 50mg/5ml oral solution 5ml Category A Carbamazepine 125mg suppositories 5 Category C Essential Pharma Ltd Carbamazepine 250mg suppositories 5 Category C Essential Pharma Ltd Carbomer '980' 0.2% eye drops 0....
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Mar
3

Are Wrong Group Movements Costing You Money?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Wrong Group Movements Update from Amanda Chell Recently I received a call from a GP Practice who were concerned about the way they were handling Personally Administered [PA] item prescriptions which were applied to the patient by a health care professional in the surgery. The dispensary staff thought that any item applied "to, on or in" a patient was a PA item and therefore any...
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