HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 03 May 2016

3rd Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum to attract expert serialization and packaging professionals from across the nation

29 April 2016, European Pharmaceutical Review

 

The 3rd Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum will this year focus on achieving global serialization, urging supply chain stakeholders to take a comprehensive view of their traceability strategy to remain ahead of deadlines. The Forum will hear from over 25 speakers that have seen success in innovative serialization programmes.

 

A million people say No to pharmacy cuts

2 May 2016, P3 Pharmacy

 

The Support Your Local Pharmacy Campaign has reached its millionth signature. Ian Strachan, NPA chairman, Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice, and Sue Sharpe, chief executive of PSNC, have all commended the public support and further stressed the importance of community pharmacy. The petition will be delivered to Downing Street in May.

 

Pharmacy bodies plan a Pharmacy Forward View

29 April 2016, P3 Pharmacy

 

Pharmacy bodies and the consumer organisation Healthwatch, met with the Department of Health on 28 April for a one-day workshop to discuss proposals to reform community pharmacy. Following this workshop, Pharmacy Voice, PSNC and other pharmacy organisations have started working on a Community Pharmacy Forward View proposal, due to be released shortly, that will look at ways to put pharmacy on a sustainable footing focus on patient outcomes, rather than service provision.

 

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3rd Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum to attract expert serialization and packaging professionals from across the nation

29 April 2016, European Pharmaceutical Review

 

Harmonize serialization plans to achieve compliance. Supply chain stakeholders must take a comprehensive view of their traceability strategy to remain ahead of approaching deadlines.

 

Designed to address the diverse challenges, the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum is a peer-to-peer exchange on achieving global serialization. Gain an in-depth perspective on the ever-changing international deadlines, data interoperability, and explore cutting-edge pilot programs in our dynamic workshops.

 

Hear 25+ speakers with new innovated programs put in place by top companies in our unique case studies and sector-specific roundtables:

 

  • Director of Serialization Technologies – McKesson
  • Director, Global Brand Protection – Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • North America Regional Project Leader – Sanofi Pasteur
  • Senior Director of Secure Supply Chain – AmerisourceBergen
  • Associate Director, Product Security & Outbound Logistics – EMD Serono
  • Global Serialization Enterprise Master Data Lead – Pfizer
  • Global Program Serialization Lead – Sandoz
  • Brand Technologies Manager and Global Product Security – Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Senior Director Industry Development- GS1 US

 

“We’re pleased to participate in this collaborative, comprehensive forum alongside industry thought leaders,” said Verify Brand CEO, Michael Howe. “With more than a decade of experience providing serialization and traceability solutions, Verify Brand is excited to share with conference attendees how they can successfully meet U.S. and global compliance requirements, as well as how serialization can uncover additional business value beyond compliance.”

 

 

A million people say No to pharmacy cuts

2 May 2016, P3 Pharmacy

 

The Support Your Local Pharmacy Campaign petition collected its millionth signature. It is on course to become the largest petition currently circulating in the UK and is already by far the largest healthcare related petition, said the National Pharmacy Association.

 

Approximately 30,000 more patients and concerned citizens are registering their objections each day to Department of Health plans to cut local pharmacy services, said the NPA.

 

Ian Strachan, NPA chairman, commented that the Department of Health had misjudged the public’s strength of support. “It is now absolutely clear that the Department of Health has misjudged how people feel about local pharmacies. Patients value the face-to-face support they get at local pharmacies; getting medicines online or seeing a pharmacist by appointment in a GP surgery is not faintly equivalent to the accessible care available in pharmacies. The Government seems to think that putting a few hundred pharmacists into GP practices is a good swap for the loss of potentially 3,000 community pharmacies. I disagree. And so do at least a million patients and concerned citizens.”

 

The response to the petition shows how valuable community pharmacy services are, said Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice. “The vast support that the public has shown for community pharmacy by signing up in the hundreds of thousands to the petition shows just how valuable our services are as part of primary care in England. Many of the most vulnerable people rely on community pharmacies for medicine, public health services and easily accessible healthcare advice. At a time when we know GP services are overstretched it would be madness to disinvest in the healthcare professionals ready to help you on the high street.”

 

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of PSNC, praised the hard work of pharmacy teams in gaining public support. “It is fantastic to hear that more than one million people have now signed the petition in support of community pharmacy. This is down to the hard work that pharmacy teams have been putting in to get behind the campaign to show the value and importance of our services. In the month leading up to the close of the consultation we must keep this pressure up. We know just how much local communities across England value their community pharmacies and their support for this petition proves that. The public seems to recognise what the Government so far has not: that community pharmacy teams are vital front-line NHS providers who can give face-to-face healthcare advice and support at a time and place that is convenient for patients.”

 

The petition will be delivered to Downing Street in May. It reads:

“We, the undersigned, believe that local pharmacies are a vital frontline health service and part of the fabric of communities across England. Under new Government proposals, many pharmacies could be forced to close – depriving people of accessible medicines advice and other valuable support from trusted professionals. It would also put more pressure on GPs and hospital services. In the interests of patient care, we urge the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary to abandon plans that put pharmacy services at risk.”

 

 

Pharmacy bodies plan a Pharmacy Forward View

29 April 2016, P3 Pharmacy

 

Pharmacy Voice, PSNC, and other pharmacy organisations, are starting work on a Community Pharmacy Forward View proposal, chief executive, Rob Darracott, has said. This comes after pharmacy bodies, and consumer organisation Healthwatch, met with Department of Health officials on 28 April for a one-day workshop to discuss proposals to reform community pharmacy.

 

The meeting with DH emphasised the importance of clear thinking on behalf of community pharmacy about the future, said Mr Darracott.

 

“After a difficult week and a half, culminating in the GP Forward View announcement of dramatically increased funding, seemingly at our expense, it is harder to focus on trying to secure a positive future for the network with harsh funding cuts still planned from October. But the meeting, and the topics discussed, reminded us that we are engaged in a consultation entitled “Community pharmacy: 2016/17 and beyond”. For us in Pharmacy Voice, it is crucial that we are clear where we are trying to get to, in responding to the Government proposals, and that requires us to think several years ahead and break out of the one-year settlement mindset that can often entrap us.

 

The Community Pharmacy Forward View is expected to be shared “very soon”, in advance of the DH’s 24 May deadline for their consultation, said Mr Darracott. It is likely to look at ways to put pharmacy on a sustainable footing focus on patient outcomes rather than service provision, said Pharmacy Voice. “We are working principally with PSNC, but also with RPS, local pharmacy leaders, and informed by a range of external perspectives and challenge. We look forward to sharing this view with the sector and beyond very soon.”

 

Pharmacy Voice also commented on community pharmacy review that has been commissioned by NHS England from The King’s Fund, which is anticipated to run until October. The King’s Fund is expected to be assessing the need for community pharmacy clinical services in the context of NHS priorities and value for money for the taxpayer.

 

“The announcement of the independent review of community pharmacy services holds some threats to the sector, but the scope should allow a proper consideration of the work going on across the country to improve outcomes for patients. We will certainly do what we can to make sure the King’s Fund-led review is looking at the right things. However, we firmly believe the sector should decide where we want to be by the end of this spending review period. It must be our ideas that lead thinking on how the Integration Fund could get the greatest impact. We might recognise the need for efficiency and effectiveness, but we need to offer our own way forward and not think that the Department of Health and/or NHS England’s proposals represent the only way forward,” said Mr Darracott.

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