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  • PDA member survey shows prescription charges in England regularly prevent patients from receiving their medicines

    Fri 23rd October 2020 The PDA

    The results of a survey of PDA members reveals widespread occurrences of patients being unable to afford to pay for the medicines they need. The PDA is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition, a group of organisations calling on the UK Government to scrap prescription charges in England for people with long-term conditions.  

  • PDA attend the 9th annual congress of EPhEU

    Fri 16th October 2020 The PDA

    PDA provided the UK delegation to the annual congress of EPhEU – the Association of Employed Community Pharmacists in Europe in October 2020. Due to the pandemic the congress was held virtually for the first time.  

  • Coroner’s Prevention Of Future Deaths Report

    Wed 26th August 2020 The PDA

    We have been made aware of a Prevention of Future Deaths Report which was issued by the Senior Coroner at St Pancras Coroner’s Court. 

  • Coroner highlights the role of poor medicines review in death of patient

    Fri 21st August 2020 The PDA

    The BMJ recently reported on the sad death of a patient who died of a tramadol overdose. The patient was found to have significant quantities of unused repeat medicines in their home.  

  • PDA comment on announcements of pay increases for public servants

    Wed 22nd July 2020 The PDA

    Pharmacists working in the NHS will understandably question why they were not included in the government's announcement this week. The PDA advises caution when reading the reports of the increases as some key facts have been left out of the Treasury press release. 

  • PDA comment on Wright review of PSNC

    Mon 6th July 2020 The PDA

    The PDA have welcomed the publication of the review by Professor David Wright of the PSNC as we have long recognised the need for these structures to be updated. PDA believe that the review and subsequent debate presents a significant opportunity for better representation of community pharmacy in England.  

  • PDA calls for regulation of the business behaviours of pharmacy owners who damage the reputation of the profession.

    Thu 2nd July 2020 The PDA

    The PDA respond after the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) issued a joint letter with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regarding the alleged actions of some pharmacies during the coronavirus period.  

  • Black Lives Matter – what can we do?

    Fri 5th June 2020 The PDA

    Many of you will have seen a video of the murder of George Floyd in the US. Such incidents aren’t something new, but nowadays they are being filmed and shared on social media. Mr Floyd’s murder is widely seen as a consequence of a racist society that devalues black lives.  We say Black Lives matter and want action to be taken. 

  • PDA will be constructively challenging the proposals as the first ever “Prov-Regs” are confirmed by Regulator.

    Fri 22nd May 2020 The PDA

    As the independent trade union for pre-registration pharmacists, the PDA will be representing the interests of the class of 2020 following a decision by the GPhC Council on Thursday to enable the provisional registration of “newly qualified” pharmacists from 1 July (Prov-Regs) 

  • Guidance on Repeat Dispensing Prescriptions (paper RD or eRD)

    Thu 14th May 2020 The PDA

    Baroness Barker, during parliamentary debate exampled a scenario where the intervention of a pharmacist during a seemingly simple dispensing of a repeat item could lead to a potentially significant clinical outcome for the patient.  

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