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Feb
27

Prescription Charge Rise April 2018

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The Government has announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.80 per prescription item. This change will come into effect from 1st April 2018. The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) has remained the same for a further year, with the price of a three-month PPC at £29.10 and a 12-month PPC at £104. PPCs offer savings for...
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Feb
22

Class 2 MHRA drug alert Ventolin 200mcg and Seretide 50mcg/250mcg Accuhaler

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Class 2 MHRA drug alerts – Ventolin Accuhaler 200mcg and Seretide 50mcg/250mcg Accuhaler (Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd) Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd is recalling two batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and one batch of Seretide 50 microgram / 250 microgram because a manufacturing issue has been identified which has resulted in a small number of units not delivering the full numbe...
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Feb
22

Is Automation the Answer?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
With ever increasing pressures on dispensing practices, it is becoming more of a challenge to manage the provision of healthcare to remote populations whilst maintaining profitability.  If we factor in the declining reimbursement for dispensing medication [Cat M] and the drop in Manufacturers’ Discount Schemes [MDS] some practice dispensaries may be running at very little p...
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Feb
22

Reducing Disallowed Items

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Once a prescription has been dispensed it effectively becomes an order form for payment.  If the prescription is somehow incorrect then your surgery may not be paid correctly, or even at all if the item dispensed is disallowed.  The other main problem with prescriptions is when an exempt prescription [the patient doesn’t pay] is switched to a paid prescription.  ...
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Feb
22

Flu Information Update

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
NHS England is now advising all practices to use the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (Fluad - Seqirus) for all patients over 65 and a quadrivalent vaccine for any ‘at risk’ groups including pregnant women aged 18-65 years. This decision has been based on clinical evidence from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and cost effectiveness studies by Public H...
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Feb
12

UPDATED FINAL Price Concessions Jan 2018

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The Department of Health and Social Care (09/02/2018) granted final price concessions for January 2018.  The new additions to the January 2018 price concession list are below: Drug Pack size Price Concession Bicalutamide 50mg tablets 28 £14.50 ...
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