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April 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Aripiprazole 10mg tablets 28 £3.05 Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £16.94 Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £4.50 Glimepiride 1mg tablets 30 £2.22 Irbesartan 150mg tablets 28 £5.12 Irbesartan 75mg tablets 28 £2.40 Mirtazapine 15mg orodispersible tablets...

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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

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Valproate licence change: important information for pharmacy teams

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has changed the licence for valproate medicines (Epilim, Depakote and generic brands) so it must no longer be prescribed to women or girls of childbearing potential unless they are on the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP). This is because valproate is associated with a significant risk of birth...

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Public Health Campaigns 2018

We will list below the different NHS Public Health Campaigns, as we become aware of them.


Bradford and Airedale








Kirklees Bowel Cancer Awareness Public Health Campaign - April 2018

NHS England have agreed that this is one of the 6 Public Health Campaigns for Kirklees during the month of April.  Please look out for the resource pack, we anticipate that it will be with you just after Easter Monday. 

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer UK, Kirklees Council Public Health and Cancer Research UK are working in partnership to promote Bowel Cancer Screening in the local area, with support from North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest killer, however it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Early diagnosis really does save lives, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage of the disease. 

Bowel screening is an effective step towards diagnosing patients earlier and preventing bowel cancer developing. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting a GP if things don’t feel right can help increase the chances of an early diagnosis. 

Pharmacies in Kirklees are being asked to use the materials they will receive to promote the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. 




Leeds ‘Seriously’ Public Health Campaign: Help Us Keep Antibiotics Working! - April 2018

The ‘Seriously’ campaign aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance across Leeds, by asking members of the public to pledge to take antibiotics correctly. 

Each pharmacy in the Leeds area will receive a pack with posters, balloons and pledge cards, to spark conversation and encourage the public to pledge to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed.  This will be supported by a PR launch and, in high prescribing areas, branded bags too. 

This campaign is mandated by NHS England to take place during April (2nd April to 30th April 2018).

The pledge cards promote an ‘it’s ok to ask’ message, encouraging people to speak to their pharmacist if they have any questions about taking antibiotics. They would like you to aim to collect 100 pledges for your pharmacy. All pledges collected will be added to a city-wide total, contributing to the world-wide fight against antibiotic resistance. The future of antibiotics is in our hands! 

For more information on the messages being promoted to the public, visit seriouslyresistant.com

If your pharmacy is outside of Leeds you can still get involved, download resources here (https://seriouslyresistant.com/resources/) and encourage members of the public to make their pledge online (https://seriouslyresistant.com/pledge/). 

An information briefing can be found below. 

'Seriously' Information Briefing