Leaders in pharmacy law Charles Russell LLP ‘turn pharmacy world inside out’
03 Jul, 2013
Leaders in pharmacy law and ethics, Charles Russell LLP addressed pharmacists on the current issues facing the community pharmacy sector at a time of significant change during the annual Legal and Regulatory Pharmacy conference held today (3rd July) in Manchester.
The team addressed issues in community pharmacy offering insights and practical tips at a time of significant change in community pharmacy. Topics covered included: Community pharmacy within a re-organised NHS; Commissioning issues and the role of Monitor and the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel; Recent planning issues in community pharmacy; Use of property – particularly in doctors’ surgeries/health centres and when planning permission for change of use is required; Role of the GPhC when planning issues arise and Regulatory updates, including the following: The Francis Report and decriminalisation; Experience of the new Market Entry regulations; Self-selection of P medicines and the GPhC’s response to the Inside Out cases.
David Reissner (pictured), Partner and Head of Healthcare commented that the new NHS market entry regulations may be incompatible with European law. He raised the possibility that the Office of Fair Trading may take a renewed interest in the regime for market entry. When they last looked at the subject, they recommended abolition of controls and a return to a free market.
David also outlined new GMC guidance on the professional conduct of doctors and warned that this may not stop the direction of prescriptions by GPs, which is a growing problem.
Noel Wardle, Partner in the Healthcare team talked about the BBC’s Inside Out programme, and commented on the disclosure to the press by the General Pharmaceutical Council of the names of pharmacists who had been suspended pending a full hearing, even though the suspensions were made in private to protect pharmacists who presumed innocent until proved guilty.
Tim Jenkins, Partner and Rachel Warren, Senior Associate described how sales could go wrong and emphasised the need for a properly drawn up management agreement between buyers and sellers and the importance of structuring a transaction so that the seller is able to ensure the purchase price is paid on time.
Senior Associates Helen Hutton and Claire Timmings warned that: “Failure to resolve planning issues early can seriously affect the timing of a pharmacy transaction and failure to obtain planning consent can result in the GPhC refusing to register a pharmacy, or in a pharmacy having to close.”
Over 90 pharmacists, druggists, chemists and industry experts attended the free event which is an annual conference held by the law firm.