World news wrapup: 2 February 2017


We take a look at pharmacy news from around the world

Indiana, US: Juveniles who face charges of robbing a pharmacy would be tried as adults under a new Bill that narrowly passed in the state legislative committee.

The Bill was introduced by Republican senator Michael Young of Indianapolis, who says the Bill aims to reduce Indiana’s problems with the illegal sale of prescription drugs.

“The question is: what is more harmful to society – a kid who steals candy bar using a gun or a kid who steals drugs that kill our citizens, break up families and ruin people’s lives?” Senator Young told media outlets including wishtv.com.

Senator Young says the consequences of being tried as an adult would make young offenders “weigh the scales” before robbing a pharmacy.

Opponents of the bill argue the number of robberies has dropped and that the state already has mechanisms in place to allow for juveniles to be waived to adult court.

Indiana had the most pharmacy robberies of any US state in 2015, but according to wishtv.com this number has dropped significantly since then.

 

England: NHS England has knocked back every application it has reviewed so far from pharmacies requesting financial protection from the impact of funding cuts, Chemist + Druggist reports.

Pharmacies are able to apply for some financial protection from the cuts under the Pharmacy Access Scheme, if they are a mile or more from another pharmacy and not in the top 25% performing pharmacy businesses (via dispensing volume).

However C+D reports that of the 142 applications from pharmacies for protection under the scheme, NHS England has responded to 54.

Each of these has been declined as not meeting eligibility criteria.

NHS England also intended to answer each application within six weeks after it began accepting them in November 2016, but pharmacies have told C+D that the process is taking longer than this.

NHS England said it was “sorry” for the delays.

 

New Zealand: The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Medical Association have worked together to develop a “person-centred” framework for pharmacists and doctors to deliver an integrated model of health care.

This Integrated Health Care Framework for Pharmacists and Doctors has been strongly driven by the Ministry of Health’s revised New Zealand Health Strategy and Pharmacy Action Plan document, which emphasise the health system working as ‘One Team’ to achieve better health outcomes.

The PSNZ is now seeking feedback on the framework.

 

Inverclyde, Scotland: Pharmacists in the Inverclyde area are set to participate in a pilot scheme to test whether opening the Minor Ailment Scheme to all patients will improve primary care access and encourage consumers to visit pharmacies before accessing other health providers.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has welcomed the pilot, which has just begun, reports Pharmacy in Practice.

“This was one of our key asks in our parliamentary manifesto ahead of the elections last year, and I am delighted to see this pilot getting underway. I look forward to hearing more as it is rolled out and seeing the results of its evaluation,” says Alex MacKinnon, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Director for Scotland.

The MAS had been available since 2006 for people aged over 60, under 16, pregnant women, and people with medical exemptions or on low incomes.

However it is now available from all 19 community pharmacies in the Inverclyde area to anyone registered with a GP.

These pharmacies are to receive a one-off start-up payment of £500, a monthly payment of £100 for the duration of the pilot, and a one-off final evaluation payment of £500.

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