HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 7 March 2016

BMA rep: GPs sceptical of flu service until jab rates rise

Chemist and Druggist, Samuel Horti, 4 March 2016

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP committee stated that GPs will remain sceptical about the national pharmacy flu service’s value until it is linked to an increase in vaccine uptake. The latest figures, following the end of the first national pharmacy flu service on March 1, show a decline in vaccination rates for at-risk patients. Dr Richard Vautrey stressed the importance for pharmacists to focus on vaccinating patients who would not otherwise visit a local GP, while suggesting that declining rates could be linked to patients’ perception that vaccination is ineffective.

PSNC and Pharmacy Biz report on a review published by the British Medical Journal which demonstrates the value of community pharmacy to deliver public health services. The NPA published Pharmacy Voice’s summary of their response to the community pharmacy funding cuts.

Parliamentary Coverage

House of Commons Written Answers, Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, 4 March 2016

Justin Madders, MP: Pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25939, what proportion of the income from estimated Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme payments for 2016-17 will be brought forward from estimated payments due in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19.


Department of Health

Ben Gummer, MP: The Government announced in December 2015 that the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) payment percentage for the 2016 calendar year is 7.80%. This represents an increase of 2.64 percentage points as a result of the addendum to the PPRS agreed with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and published alongside the 2016 payment percentage. The income brought forward to 2016 as a result of this agreement will depend on a number of factors, including total branded medicine sales to the National Health Service over the course of the year.


Full Coverage

Research demonstrates value of using community pharmacies to deliver public health services

PSNC, 4 March 2016

BMJ Open has published the results of a systematic review focussed on public health interventions delivered by community pharmacies, which concludes that commissioners should consider using community pharmacies to help deliver public health services.

Nineteen studies, which explored the effectiveness of community pharmacy-delivered interventions for weight management, smoking cessation and the misuse or excessive consumption of alcohol were included in the review.

The review concluded that community pharmacy is an appropriate and feasible setting to deliver a range of public health interventions and that given the potential reach, effectiveness and associated costs of these interventions, community pharmacy should be considered by commissioners to help deliver public health services.



Pharmacy Biz, 4 March 2016

A review published by the British Medical Journal Open has suggested commissioners should utilise community pharmacy to deliver public health services.

In what was a timely piece of research given the government’s plans to cut community pharmacy funding, the study looked at pharmacy interventions in areas such as alcohol reduction, smoking cessation and weight management and produced some positive results.

Nineteen studies were conducted across the UK, Australia, US and five other countries, although the review conceded that “very few studies explored if and how sociodemographic or socioeconomic variables moderated intervention effects.”

The review, however, concluded: “Community pharmacy-delivered interventions are effective for smoking cessation, and demonstrate that the pharmacy is a feasible option for weight management interventions.

“Given the potential reach, effectiveness and associated costs of these interventions, commissioners should consider using community pharmacies to help deliver public health services.”


Pharmacy Voice response to funding cuts – summary available

NPA, 4 March 2016

Pharmacy Voice has published a summary of its response to the Government proposals for community pharmacy in England.

On 12 February 2016, Pharmacy Voice (PV), of which the NPA is a founding member, responded to the Government’s proposals set out in the Department of Health’s (DH) letter of 17 December, “Community Pharmacy 2016/17 and beyond”. Reflecting the combined views of the NPA, the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), the PV response considers the consequences of the funding cuts and offers alternative proposals for change. It lays out the specific action points needed from the Government, DH and the NHS to achieve a shared vision of the future of community pharmacy as a fully integrated part of the NHS.

useful two-page summary of the PV response is available which can help members to inform pharmacy team members about the Government proposals and the implications for their pharmacy business. It can also be used to aid discussions with members of the public about the future of community pharmacy within local communities throughout England.

Full details of the NPA campaign to secure the future for independents, including ways in which members can get involved, are available on the NPA website. The Government proposals can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

For further information on this or any other query, please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891 800 or email

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 7 March 2016

From Factory to Pharmacy

As part of our mission to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of the healthcare distribution sector, we developed an infographic explaining the availability of medicines. It identifies the factors that can impact drug supply, as well as the measures that HDA members undertake day in, day out to help mitigate the risks of patients not receiving their medicines.

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