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Feb
28

UPDATED Feb 2019 Price Concessions

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (28/02/2019) set the FINAL price concessions for February 2019. The new additions to the February 2019 price concessions list are below: Drug Pack Size Price Concession Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £2.88 Baclofen 10mg tablets 84 £1.97 ...
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Feb
28

GP Staff Taught Self Defence

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
More than 3,000 violent patients in England were barred from seeing their GP in 2018, figures obtained by the BBC have revealed. The individuals were subject to the Special Allocation Scheme, a register for violent or abusive patients. A GP practice in West Yorkshire said employees had been given self-defence training, in response to rising levels of violence and abuse. NHS England said...
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Feb
28

DRUG TARIFF Changes March 2019

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Changes to March 2019 Drug Tariff Pack Size Drug Tariff Price Drug Tariff Category Co-amilofruse 5mg/40mg tablets 28 740 A Now Reads Co-amilofruse 5mg/40mg tablets 28 529 C Frumil Colecalciferol 800unit tablets 30 ...
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Feb
28

Topiramate Oral Suspension Removed from Part ViiiB

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
5.3.3 PART VIIIB - BASIC PRICE OF UNLICENSED MEDICINES PAGE 274 Topiramate 100mg/5ml oral suspension has been removed from this Part. There is now an alternative product which can be found in Part VIIIA. Topiramate 50mg/5ml oral suspension has been removed from this Part. There is now an alternative product which can be found in Part VIIIA...
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Feb
28

ADVANCE NOTICE April 2019 Drug Tariff Changes

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Be prepared! Always read the Drug Tariff preface, or visit www.dispex.net at the end of the month to check for Drug Tariff changes well in advance. Thsi will give you the opportunity to look at your stock control and consider if you need to run stock down, or purchase more stock. Where a medicine is moving from Cat C to Cat A, it is usually best to let stock of the branded [Cat C] medici...
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Feb
26

Summer Dispensing Doctor Master Classes!

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Dispensing Doctor Master Classes! Following on from the success of our Master Classes last year, we are delighted to announce our next Master Classes will be coming to your area this Summer! f Places will be limited for each event therefore we recommend you book now before places sell out. f Events: 26th June SHROPSHIRE Venue TBC f 3rd July LEICESTER Venue TBC f TIMES: 9am-4.30pm f Cli...
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Feb
21

Generic Discounts - Your High Volume Lines?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The table below gives you a good benchmark of generic prices and discounts to aim for and shows a lot of your most popular medicines dispensed - are you purchasing wisely?  Dispex Members can download the full list from inside the members' only area. Please contact the office if you need to reset your password via telephone 01604 859000 or email greg@dispex.net ...
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Feb
21

IMPORTANT Gabapentin and Pregabalin Reclassification

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Dispensing doctor staff must be aware that from the 1st April 2019 all strengths of pregabalin and gabapentin will be reclassified as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs) After this date all prescriptions for gabapentin and pregabalin will be subject to the prescription writing requirements for Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs as follows: For a CD Prescription as well as the normal pre...
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Feb
21

Records Storage Solutions

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
https://www.pharmacystoragesolutions.co.uk/ It seems that all of a sudden patient records have become the latest target for government Blue water thinking.  Matt Hancock wants to save trees and reduce the work load associated with those fiddly bits of paper such as the venerable Lloyd George files which have been a part of the NHS since the time of … Lloyd George! Not only t...
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Feb
13

New Training Course for 2019 Conflict Avoidance and Resolution

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Could you handle a difficult or aggressive person in a safe and legal manner? Would you know how to guarantee the safety of you and those around you? In these changing times we want to ensure our dedicated members are not putting themselves in difficult situations, therefore we have teamed up with Good Sense Training, UK Specialists in Conflict Management Training & Personal Safety ...
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Feb
13

Government Publishes FAQ on State Backed Indemnity Scheme

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The Department of Health and Social Care is working to deliver a state-backed indemnity scheme from April 2019.  We have provided answers to some FAQs below. The final details of the scheme remain subject to ongoing discussions with partners including GP bodies, MDOs and commercial insurers. We will add to this Q & A on a rolling basis. -- When will the new state backed indemnit...
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Feb
13

Emergency medicines for GP practices CQC Mythbuster

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Nigel's surgery 9: Emergency medicines for GP practices https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/gps/nigels-surgery-9-emergency-medicines-gp-practices This mythbuster has been updated to reflect latest good practice. What emergency medicines should be available to GPs in their practices and in the doctor’s home visit bag? The doctor’s bag GPs need the knowledge, skills, ...
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Feb
12

Prescription Switching FEB 2019

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Prescription Switching by NHS Prescription Services Click here to read more ...
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Feb
12

Do You Have Record Storage Problems?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
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Feb
12

Parallel Imports - Smart Purchasing

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Description Pack Size NHS List Price Market Price Discount Lipitor 20mg Tabs 28 £24.64 £1.79 93% Alimemazine 10mg Tabs  25 £100.76 £8.06 92% Lipitor 10mg Tabs 28 £13.00 £1.17 91% Lipitor 40mg Tabs  28/30 £24.64 &poun...
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Feb
6

Feb 19 Generics Which MAY Be Above Drug Tariff Price

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Generics Which MAY BE Above Drug Tariff Price February 2019 Description Dose Pack Size Drug Tariff Price* ALLOPURINOL tablets [28] 300mg 28 £2.31 ALLOPURINOL tablets [28] 100mg 28 £0.97 ALVERINE capsules [100] 60mg 100 £2.65 AMILORIDE tablets [28] 5mg 28 &...
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Feb
6

Feb 19 Generic Profitability Changes

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Generic prices are subject to fluctuations in both the Drug Tariff price and market [purchase] price. Dispex members can download a full spreadsheet of changes from inside the Members' area. Please note, that in some cases the profitability may have risen sharply, but the purchase price MAY in some cases still be above Drug Tariff price. You should check your purchase price against ...
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Feb
6

Feb 19 Generic Discounts

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
The table below gives you a sample of benchmark prices to aim for with regards to generic discounts which are achievable, as of time of writing [Feb 4th 2019]. Dispex Members can download the full list from inside the members' only area. Please contact the office if you need to reset your password via telephone 01604 859000 or email greg@dispex.net Des...
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Feb
6

Five Employment Law Changes for 2019 by Peninsula

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Five employment law changes that’ll shape your 2019 2019 is set to be a big year with Brexit coming into play, as well as increases to the National Minimum Wage (NMW), new pension rates and changes to payslips. So we’ve pulled together everything you need to know to get your business’s New Year off to the best start… Brace yourself for Brexit Barely a minute pas...
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Feb
6

Maximizing Income From Dispensing Fees

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS
Maximising Dispensing Fees by Alastair Carmichael M.R.Pharm.S: In October 2018, dispensing fees rose by an average of 6.9%, based on a formula related to the overall global sum of money available to Dispensing Practices for dispensing prescriptions. Many practices have thus seen an increase in their dispensing fee income in the December Payment Schedules – although there is still ...
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