If we, as pharmacists, don’t fully understand our identity – which I think we don’t – then we should not be surprised when the general public doesn’t either.
Since the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published the ‘Better for Women’ report, there has been much talk circulating around the idea of making emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) available as a general sale list (GSL) product for women to purchase off the shelf without having a consultation.
If you work in community pharmacy, you’ll be familiar with the patient returns situation. If not, you need to know what is going on. It needs to stop. When a community pharmacy hands out medicines on an NHS prescription, the prescription is retained until the end of the month and then it is sent to the NHS pricing department who then arrange payment to the pharmacy for the item, and a small fee for the work involved in dispensing it. The money for the medicines you get on your prescription comes directly from the NHS to the pharmacy.
I’ll level with you. I get really nervous when healthcare professionals, not just pharmacists, start describing encounters online they have had with patients in practice. Maybe I’m too cautious but I feel that patient confidentiality is something that we need to protect with rigour and vigour. I reckon the protection of patient confidentiality is one of the most precious aspects of being a pharmacist. The inception of the internet and the proliferation of the use of social media by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals has presented some challenges in this area.
To put the present state of community pharmacy into context we need to go back in time a bit. Before 2005, owning a pharmacy was basically a licence to print money. It was virtually impossible not to be profitable. But then a new contractual framework for community pharmacies was introduced in April 2005. […]
Community Pharmacy is not just keeping up with the pace of change. It is driving it.
There’s so much outrage on the go at the moment but I have to say the amount money drained from the NHS via the oversupply of medication must be staggering and largely unmeasured.
Low pay, targets, performance management and no lunch break. Some complain of feeling guilty for taking a toilet break. The miserable conditions many community pharmacists have to put up with have been well documented in pharmacy circles. That said, really very little has changed in community pharmacy in the last 30 years.
Did you know that the membership of the Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) has almost doubled since 2010?
There are a plethora of companies who want your money. Here are some questions that you should ask before handing over your money.