After a whirlwind 2018, what will next year throw at pharmacists?


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By Beth Kennedy
Editor-in-chief

14 Dec 2018

Looking back over the past year reminded me of just how much has happened to pharmacy in the past 12 months.

We’ve seen triumphs: the decriminalisation of inadvertent dispensing errors and increased fees for flu vaccinations. We’ve seen disappointments, such as the lack of extra funding in the new pharmacy contract and losing the last step of a legal battle to overturn government funding cuts.

And then there are some events, such as Matt Hancock replacing Jeremy Hunt as health and social care secretary – where the jury’s still out on how the sector will be affected. Poring back over all of this turned my mind to what next year could have in store for pharmacists.

There are some events that we’ve already been able to brace ourselves for, such as the implementation of the falsified medicines directive (FMD) in February.

But there are also any number of unknowns – perhaps none more potentially chaotic than Brexit and its associated pandemonium.

So let me be clear – in the face of all that, no matter what the future holds with regards to Brexit or whatever else life throws at pharmacy over the coming months, we at The Pharmacist will be on hand to bring you the latest news, the most practical expert advice and everything else to support you in all that you do.

Here’s to you, our wonderful readers. Have an excellent festive period.

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