The Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) held a virtual Q&A event with parliamentarians about the use of hub and spoke technology, which is used to remotely assemble prescriptions, on 1 October.
The event was hosted by Lord Clement-Jones and attended by parliamentarians, representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).
The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill refers to hub and spoke technology and is expected to become law by the end of December. The CCA is calling on the government to hold a new consultation into this existing technology so that any assumptions about what it can deliver are based on current reality. This will help ensure that community pharmacies can continue to safely provide medicines, as well as the vital NHS services, such as the flu vaccine, that patients and the public need.