Medicines and pharmacy

Medicines are the most frequently and widely used NHS treatment and account for over 12% of NHS expenditure. A coherent medicines policy aims to control costs, increase patient access and improve value for money. The Department’s policy on medicines and pharmacy covers every step of the journey from the development of medicines to their use by the patient.

Updated list of approved pharmacy retail areas

Published today is the updated list of approved retail areas. The list is of shopping developments that meet the criteria, set out in the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations. Anyone who … Read more → – Updated list of approved pharmacy retail areas

A reminder about the Multiple Sclerosis risk sharing scheme

The published multiple sclerosis (MS) risk sharing scheme letter reminds the NHS about the scheme and the legal obligation to comply with it. The NHS should be aware that a … Read more → – A reminder about the Multiple Sclerosis risk sharing scheme

Consultation regarding entry to NHS pharmaceutical market

The Department of Health is consulting on draft regulations concerning entry and exit in the NHS pharmaceutical market. The NHS Act 2006 requires the Secretary of State for Health to … Read more → – Consultation regarding entry to NHS pharmaceutical market

Proposals to introduce independent prescribing for physiotherapists and podiatrists

In conjunction with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), two public consultations have been launched; one concerning proposals for independent prescribing for physiotherapists and one proposal concerning independent … Read more → – Proposals to introduce independent prescribing for physiotherapists and podiatrists

Guidelines for design of in-patient prescription charts

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, Dame Christine Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer and Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have written to colleagues about guidelines for design of in-patient … Read more → – Guidelines for design of in-patient prescription charts

Community pharmacy contractual framework funding settlement 2011/12

A letter from Director of NHS Finance, Bob Alexander, explains the overall settlement package agreed between DH and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)  in relation to delivery of the … Read more → – Community pharmacy contractual framework funding settlement 2011/12

Making best use of medicines

At a roundtable event facilitated by the Department of Health in January 2011, patients’ groups, health professionals, the NHS and industry were invited to develop a practical plan for collaborative … Read more → – Making best use of medicines