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May
31

Balancing Appointments - Top Tips for PMs

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
A discussion thread on the Practice Index Forum has once again brought to the fore the hot topic of how GP practices balance pre-bookable and on-the-day appointments. The discussion – click here to access it – makes for interesting reading, with different practices utilising different appointment splits, many of which are adjusted across the week. While some practices opt fo...
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May
31

Why the key to happiness is a 16-minute commute

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Want to boost your mood and change your life? Follow the lead of the world’s happiest countries and say no to your long daily commute, says Hannah Hudson [Source: https://www.regus.co.uk/work-uk/why-the-key-to-happiness-is-a-16-minute-commute/ ] How much of your life is spent commuting? Have you ever sat down and actually worked it out? If you live in the USA, which boasts th...
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May
31

Drug Tariff Changes June 2018

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Drug Tariff Changes June 2016 Amiloride 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150ml Category C Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd will be: 150ml Category A Chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150ml Category A will be: 150ml Category C Allerief Co-trimoxazole 160mg/800...
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May
10

Dispensary Profitability Audits

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Dispex is pleased to bring a new contributor to the services we provide, Alastair Carmichael, Registered Pharmacist.  Not only will he be tutoring our courses but also providing a Dispensing Practice Audit Service designed to focus on profitability and safe and smarter dispensing. These audits are not sponsored and will be fully independent and designed to give you the answers you ...
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May
10

CPD Zone - Back To Basics 1 The Drug Tariff

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Back to Basics - CPD Zone Drug Tariff Definitions as Listed in The Drug Tariff As part of your ongoing Continued Professional Development plan working in the dispensary, it would be a good idea to increase your knowledge of the Drug Tariff. As this is a vital part of understanding the reimbursement process by which your dispensary gets paid for dispensing medicines to your patients. Over...
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May
10

Back To Basics - NON Discounted Medicines

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Wholesaler Solutions? Smart Purchasing – How to Avoid those Losses in the Dispensary Remember, dispensing doctors have the clawback [usually 11.18%] applied to all medicines and devices which they dispense. This means that where the total discount given to a dispensing doctor is less than the clawback, the dispensing practice will lose money dispensing that prescription item. In r...
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May
10

Smart Purchasing - Generics

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Last month I wrote about the Drug Tariff and how it influences and affects dispensing practice income. The primary role of the Drug Tariff is: To define the NHS terms of reimbursement for pharmacy and appliance contractors.   [The situation for dispensing doctor contractors is primarily set out in the Statement of Financial Entitlement and overrides the Drug Tariff.] By Deter...
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May
4

April 2018 FINAL Price Concessions

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The new additions to the April 2018 price concession list are below: Drug  Pack Size Price concession Buprenorphine 2mg sublingual tablets 7 £1.35 Buprenorphine 8mg sublingual tablets 7 £2.39 Doxazosin 1mg tablets 28 £0.94 Glimepiride 2mg t...
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May
3

Dispensary Design with Richard Kay

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
What do you think is the most important aspect of dispensary design? Gaining the best efficiency for key processes within the space available.  Better and more efficient stock control, expand work top space and bring efficient control to scripts waiting collection. Where do you most often see problems with dispensary layout? Finished script storage along with poorly designed dispens...
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May
3

May 2018 Generics Which MAY BE Above Drug Tariff Price

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
It seems that every month life gets a little bit harder for dispensing doctor dispensaries. If it isnt your imminent CQC inspection, questions about your DSQS clinical audit or reduced wholesaler schems and drug shortages, it is now generic price fluctuation. As many of you will know there are a LOT of generics which can't be bought at or below Drug Tariff price - so what's the a...
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May
3

First DDA/Dispex Mini-Conference a Great Success

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
It was a bright and sunny morning as the delegates and exhibitors gathered for morning tea, coffee or fruit juice in anticipation of a day packed with vital information for dispensary staff. The twenty five delegates, comprised of GPs, Dispensary Managers, Practice Managers and Dispenser chatted with the exhibitors, Lexon and Takeda whilst the speakers set up the day’s presentatio...
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