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Media And Political Bulletin – 18 March 2020

Media and Political Bulletin

18 March 2020

Media Summary

BBC, The One Show, 17 March 2020

The BBC’s The One Show reports that keeping drugs available will be a key priority for the government especially as some prescription medicines were already in short supply before the coronavirus crisis. Last night’s episode of the show included a segment on medicine supply, notably highlighting ongoing issues with HRT, epilepsy, depression and diabetes medication.

Phoenix’s Managing Director Steve Anderson sheds some light on the varieties of reasons there can be behind shortages.

The section of the episode can be viewed here, from 36:51.

RPS calls for action for pharmacists on Covid-19

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 17 March 2020

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society yesterday outlined six essentials for the NHS and governments across the country to act on to ensure pharmacists can keep themselves safe, cope with demand and provide the best possible patient care.

The six essentials are:

  1. Frontline staff must be protected against Covid-19
  2. Additional funding and resourcing for the pharmacy network
  3. Keep existing prescribing patterns
  4. Better communication
  5. Temporary registration of pharmacy professionals
  6. Change the law to minimise potential medicine shortages

 

 

 

Parliamentary Coverage

There was no parliamentary coverage today.

 

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BBC, The One Show, 17 March 2020

The BBC’s The One Show reports that keeping drugs available will be a key priority for the government especially as some prescription medicines were already in short supply before the coronavirus crisis. Last night’s episode of the show included a segment on medicine supply, notably highlighting ongoing issues with HRT, epilepsy, depression and diabetes medication.

Phoenix’s Managing Director Steve Anderson sheds some light on the varieties of reasons there can be behind shortages.

The section of the episode can be viewed here, from 36:51.

RPS calls for action for pharmacists on Covid-19

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 17 March 2020

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society yesterday outlined six essentials for the NHS and governments across the country to act on to ensure pharmacists can keep themselves safe, cope with demand and provide the best possible patient care.

The six essentials are:

  1. Frontline staff must be protected against Covid-19
  • There must be adequate supplies of quality personal protection equipment for all pharmacy teams.
  • Testing for the virus should be a priority for pharmacy teams and all frontline healthcare workers.
  1. Additional funding and resourcing for the pharmacy network
  • An NHS-funded delivery service is needed at this time of huge demand from those unable to collect their medicines.
  1. Keep existing prescribing patterns
  • Prescribers must stick to 28-day supply.
  • Prescribers should support electronic repeat dispensing for suitable patients. This gives community pharmacies the flexibility on medicine supply, stock control and workload.
  1. Better communication
  • Pharmacy must be included in NHS guidance and protocols for frontline primary care staff, including posters and other materials to inform the public.
  1. Temporary registration of pharmacy professionals
  • The GPhC must allow the temporary registration of pharmacy professionals for those who have recently given up their registration.
  1. Change the law to minimise potential medicine shortages
  • Community pharmacists must be allowed to use their professional judgement to help manage the supply of medicines without the bureaucracy that currently exists.
Media And Political Bulletin – 18 March 2020

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