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Pharmacies’ Dental Advice Has Potential to Save NHS Millions

July 8th, 2019

We all know how invaluable community pharmacies are in freeing up doctors’ time. But now a new scheme suggests they could ease the pressure on dentists, too – and potentially save the NHS millions of pounds. A pilot scheme in County Durham to give patients dental and oral health advice in pharmacies was so successful […]

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Survey Finds Four-Fifths of Pharmacists Oppose Apprenticeships

July 5th, 2019

Proposals to introduce apprenticeships for pharmacists have been greeted with scepticism by readers of the online Chemist + Druggist magazine. According to an online survey of readers, which include community pharmacists and their staff, just 5% said they would certainly have confidence in pharmacist colleagues who had trained under such a scheme rather than followed […]

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New Safety Report Highlights Scottish Pharmacy Errors

July 3rd, 2019

Cluttered shelves were among the factors causing pharmacists to dispense the wrong strength medicine in Scotland in recent months, according to the latest Patient Safety Report. As an article in the Pharmaceutical Journal explains, self-checking prescriptions and putting split strips of tablets back into the wrong box also contributed to ‘wrong strength’ cases, which made […]

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Irish Health Service Adopts ‘Open Disclosure’ Policy

June 26th, 2019

Healthcare workers in Ireland have been instructed to tell patients about all incidents of harm or suspected harm and to provide “sincere and meaningful apologies”. The Irish Times reports that the new Health Service Executive (HSE) policy on open disclosure affects all its 133,000 staff but is not mandatory under law and may be deferred […]

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Boost Your Pharmacy’s Bottom Line by Extending Vaccination Services

June 26th, 2019

You probably carry out dozens of flu jabs every winter at your pharmacy. According to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, last year community pharmacists vaccinated almost 1.3m NHS patients and over 1 million private customers. But have you ever thought about extending your private vaccination services for commercial benefit? Many businesses already are ­with Lloydspharmacy […]

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‘Look-Alike Sound-Alike’ Drugs Highlighted in NPA Report

June 24th, 2019

When two drugs not only look alike but have similar names, it’s no wonder busy pharmacists sometimes make mistakes. These ‘look-alike, sound-alike’ mistakes make up 29% of all patient safety errors reported to the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in the first three months of this year. [Note that this link will open a new window […]

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New Regime Begins for Pharmacy Inspections

June 21st, 2019

Is your pharmacy ready for an unannounced inspection? Since the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) revamped its guidelines, inspectors could turn up at any time – with their finding published online. The new policy, due to come into effect between April 2019 and April 2020, marks a shift from the previous system where pharmacies were given […]

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Learning From Mistakes: Lessons From Australia

June 19th, 2019

It’s a situation that every good pharmacy strives to avoid: an official reprimand or caution over potentially catastrophic failures in processes. But that’s what happened in three cases in Victoria State, Australia. The owners were called up before the Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) to explain a catalogue of issues. Their errors, fortunately, did not cause […]

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Under Pressure: Tackling the Rise in Patient Safety Incidents

June 6th, 2019

As a pharmacist, you want – above all – to help your patients. That’s what inspired you to choose this career, and that’s what keeps you going through the long days and the on-going challenges. So the news that patient safety incidents reported to the National Pharmacy Association [Link will open PDF in new window] (NPA) […]

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Medication Safety in Australia and the Learning Health System Approach

May 30th, 2019

Kyle Malone, Pharmacist, MPharms MPSI, looks at how medication safety in Australia can be improved by implementing a learning health system. Although medicines are the most common form of treatment in healthcare systems, their use can be associated with troublesome side-effects, adverse drug reactions, as well as the risk of more serious harm. In particular, […]

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Australia RACGP opposes push for pharmacist to prescribe medications saying it would lead to more errors

Should Pharmacists Be Able To Prescribe Medications?

May 29th, 2019

Is it possible to expand the role of pharmacists within the healthcare system without increasing the scope for medical error? According to an Australian medical body, the answer is no. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) dismissed the idea, saying ‘it is unclear what issue the proposed models intend to solve.’ In January, […]

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Pharmapod Ranked in Top 10 European Providers by Healthcare Tech Outlook

May 27th, 2019

Pharmapod has been named one of 2019’s Top 10 Medical Practice Management Solution Providers in Europe by Healthcare Tech Outlook Magazine. Healthcare Tech Outlook Magazine is a print magazine which features CIOs, ITVPs, CTOs, and other decision makers sharing their insights and perspective on the healthcare industry. A panel of experts, technology leaders and board members […]

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When Medicine Makes You Sick: Rising Levels of Stress Found Among Pharmacists

May 23rd, 2019

Pharmacies should be places that improve health, but for those who work in them, the opposite is often true. The percentage of pharmacists reporting that they are stressed is on the rise, increasing from 68% in 2016 to 74% in 2018, according to a C+D survey. What can be done to halt the rise in […]

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Pharmapod Delivers the World’s First Global Learning Health System for Reducing Medication Errors

May 1st, 2019

According to the European Medicines Agency, medication errors account for roughly two million deaths per year worldwide. The global price tag of medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion annually – however healthcare professionals only report 14 per cent of them. Kyle Malone MPharms MPSI, Ph.D. Researcher, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, tackles this data and shares how a […]

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Pharmapod Partners with FIP to Improve Patient Safety

April 25th, 2019

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Pharmapod have today signed a partnership, to offer an infrastructure for effective incident management and continuous quality improvement for pharmacists internationally. The partnership agreement was signed at the 1st FIP Regional Conference for the Eastern Mediterranean in Amman, Jordan. Medication errors are a significant global problem, impacting millions of lives daily. […]

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What is the Future of Community Pharmacies?

April 10th, 2019

It’s no secret that the high street is changing. Where once each community had a range of small shops, a post office, a bank and a handful of pubs, many of these are closing as people opt to do more online or in large superstores. Where does this leave the community pharmacy? According to Niall […]

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Care Homes Have the Highest Staff Turnover of Any UK Sector

April 10th, 2019

A new report has found that the care sector has the highest turnover of all industries in the UK – a full one in three workers leave the sector each year. How does this shortfall impact pharmaceutical error? Low pay, won’t stay A study from the Care Association Alliance in partnership with legal firm Royds […]

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Pharmapod’s CEO Discusses the Launch of the World’s First Medication Error “Response Team Community”

March 30th, 2019

Pharmapod’s CEO Leonora O’Brien discusses the launch of the World’s first medication error “Response Team Community” and the driving of real patient safety change through Artificial Intelligence and Pharmapod’s Cyber-Human learning loop.   In terms of learning from Patient Safety Incidents, what is the problem with current approaches?  “Too often medication error databases initiatives internationally […]

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Pharmacists cite workload as their top challenge

Pharmacists Cite Workload as Their Top Challenge

March 29th, 2019

People who feel happy in their work are more likely to want to do a good job and stay focused on the task at hand. It follows, then, that if people are dissatisfied in their role, they may be more inclined to lose focus and make errors. A recent survey for Pharmacy Times quizzed 593 […]

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Pharmapod Launches Canadian Response Team to Improve Patient Safety

March 26th, 2019

In response to the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50% globally over the next five years, Pharmapod is establishing a local ‘Response Team’ in each country to review, analyze and evaluate the medication error data recorded. Pharmapod ’s inaugural Canadian Response Team has now launched and […]

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The True Scale of Medication Errors

March 15th, 2019

Patient safety is fundamental in any healthcare system. However, medication errors can and do occur within those systems. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a goal to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50%, globally by 2022 via its Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm. To achieve this, pharmacists need to share data about medication […]

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Remedy'sRX Specialty Pharmacy and Pharmapod

Remedy’sRx Specialty Pharmacy and Pharmapod Partner to Improve Medication Safety in Long Term Care and Residential Care Homes

March 1st, 2019

As a first in Canada, Remedy’sRx Specialty Pharmacy is extending the Pharmapod Global Learning Health System to the Long Term Care, Retirement, Supportive Living and Group Home sector, responding to the need for increased quality and safety of the medication management system. Pharmapod will provide a medication incident reporting platform that records medication incidents and […]

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“Using Pharmapod is a Win-Win…” – K&K Healthcare

February 1st, 2019

“Using Pharmapod is a win, win… you would be silly not to sign up” K&K Healthcare Ltd has been established for over twelve years, with two retail pharmacies and one internet pharmacy, they have around 20 employees and have been a Numark member for 12 years. The retail pharmacy branches offer NHS and private services […]

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Leonora O'Brien Wins Business of the Year at Irish Women’s Awards

Pharmapod Wins Business of the Year at The Irish Women’s Awards

January 22nd, 2019

Last night, the winners of the inaugural Irish Women’s Awards Ireland were unveiled at a gala ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Dublin. The awards ceremony welcomed over 200 guests and served to showcase the contribution of women to various industries and professions such as Law, Medicine, Technology, Arts, Sport, Education and many more. The awards […]

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