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Our CEO Dr Leyla Hannbeck is a key spokesperson for the community pharmacy sector and the pharmacy profession. 

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Calls for chemists to offer MMR jab
Wednesday, 15th February 2024
The NHS must allow pharmacies to administer the MMR jab in order to prevent further measles outbreaks, health leaders warn. - Mail Online 

Is dry January making your health worse
Wednesday, 15th February 2024
Dry January has obvious benefits, from saving money to waving goodbye to those hangover headaches. - Mail Online
YOUR prescription at risk of running out?
Wednesday, 15th February 2023
Is YOUR prescription at risk of running out? As pharmacists warn of stocks running low, the definitive guide to the drugs affected. - Mail Online

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Junior Doctor Strike Action
Monday, 10th April 2023
Junior doctor strike: ‘This is going to hurt’, senior medic warns as other NHS staff unable to fill shortages - iNews
Major Change to Covid and Flu Vaccines
Tuesday, 8th August 2023
Covid and flu vaccine programme set to undergo major change, sparking outrage from medics - Mail Online
Major Change to Covid and Flu Vaccines
Monday, 31st July 2023
Dr. Leyla Hannbeck on ITV News - YouTube

Wednesday, 15th February 2024

Calls for chemists to offer MMR jab
The NHS must allow pharmacies to administer the MMR jab in order to prevent further measles outbreaks, health leaders warn. Chemists say relying largely on GP surgeries to deliver the vaccine is flawed as patients often struggle to secure appointments. They are now calling on the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care to commission them to assist with a national catch-up programme amid a worrying surge in cases.

Read More: Pharmacies to offer MMR Jab - Mail Online

Wednesday, 15th February 2024

Revealed: How dry January could be making your health worse
Dry January has obvious benefits, from saving money to waving goodbye to those hangover headaches. But going booze-free for a month may cause insomnia, depression and the shakes, doctors warn. An estimated 175,000 people took part in Dry January in 2023, according to Alcohol Change UK.

Read more: Dry January - Mail Online

Wednesday, 15th February 2024

Is YOUR prescription at risk of running out?
Is YOUR prescription at risk of running out? As pharmacists warn of stocks running low, the definitive guide to the drugs affected

Pharmacists have warned that a shortage of common medicines is placing patients at risk, with shelves for drugs from HRT to diabetes left bare. But is your prescription at risk? See our definitive guide below...

Read More: Is YOUR prescription at risk of running out - Mail Online Plus

Wednesday, 15th February 2024

Drug shortages are putting patients at risk, say pharmacists
An unprecedented medicines shortage in the NHS is endangering lives, pharmacists have said, as unpublished figures reveal that the number of products in short supply has doubled in two years.

Read more: Pharmacy Drug Shortages - The Times

Wednesday, 15th February 2024

NH-YES Pharmacists’ new powers.
PEOPLE in England will soon be able to get medicines for certain conditions at their local pharmacy without seeing their GP first.

From January 31, they'll be able to get advice and prescription medicine for seven common conditions - including a sore throat and shingles.

Wednesday, 15th February 2024

HARD TO SWALLOW?
It's that time of the year when all sorts of lurgies seem to be floating around, and a sore throat is just one symptom of these. If you've got a case of the sore throat, that might mean it's painful to swallow, feels scratchy and you may even have a mild cough.

Read more: Hard to Swallow - The Sun

Monday, 15th January 2024

ITV Tonight Programme on Community Pharmacy.
Community pharmacies in England are under a lot of pressure. This ITV documentary featuring Dr Leyla Hannbeck and pharmacy owner Ian Strachan highlights the challenges that pharmacies are currently facing and how important pharmacy services are to the public.

Monday, 15th January 2024

Pharmacies: The New NHS Frontline?
It’s estimated on average 8 pharmacies a week are closing down, at the same time as patients are facing huge shortages of life saving prescriptions. Pharmacy leaders say
the industry is in crisis, and yet they are being asked to do more to take the burden
off a stretched NHS. Paul Brand has examined the current state of our country’s
chemists for Tonight.

Read more: Pharmacies: The New NHS Frontline? - ITV

Tuesday, 19th December 2023

Shortage of ADHD medicines - Dr Leyla Hannbeck discusses the issues with Sky News.
Sky News. There is currently a shortage of ADHD medicines in the UK due to manufacturing issues and global high demand. Pharmacy teams see first hand the stress and anxiety that this shortage is causing patients.

Friday, 24th November 2023

Pharmacists face 'anger and aggression from patients over medicine shortages'
Pharmacists face 'anger and aggression from patients over medicine shortages'. A medicine shortage is a ‘real problem’, Dr Leyla Hannbeck has told MPs.

Friday, 24th November 2023

Third of chemists have no permanent pharmacist
Third of chemists have no permanent pharmacist thanks to recruitment for GP practices

‘Chronic shortage’, which industry bosses say is driving up costs for taxpayer, threatens to derail NHS recovery plans

Monday, 20th November 2023

More women to get contraceptive pill from chemists in England
Almost half a million women will be able to get the contraceptive pill from pharmacies in England, from next month, without the need for a GP appointment. 

Monday, 6th November 2023

Record NHS drug shortages as HRT, contraceptives and ADHD medicines run low
Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said pharmacists were “spending long hours in the day trying to source medicines for patients and this is on top of all the other activities they do in a busy pharmacy”.

She said: “Our pharmacy teams see firsthand the anxiety and stress experienced by patients caused by medicines shortages.”

Wednesday, 18th October 2023

Pharmacists warn 'stop taking us for granted' after more community stores close
Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said the figures should be “a wake-up call” for the Government.

She said: “This shows the extent of the crisis in the sector, which is only going to get worse. The Government, NHS are asking pharmacies to do more and more, the public is rightly turning to us for guidance because of the difficulties of getting advice elsewhere - yet pharmacies are closing.

“Why? Because without proper funding they are unable to cope. Due to years of underfunding many pharmacies cannot afford paying their bills.”

Dr Hannbeck said pharmacists were willing to support other parts of the ailing NHS. But she added: “Our NHS pharmacies are fast disappearing. Ministers and the NHS must stop taking us for granted.”   


Read more: Pharmacists warn 'stop taking us for granted' after more community stores close - Express

Friday, 13th October 2023

Severe shortage of bedbug bite treatment hits UK as pest expert warns ‘they’re ALREADY in your house’
Dr Leyla Hannbeck, of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said supplies are "very patchy" up and down the country.
"We're not sure how many pharmacies have the cream in stock right now," she added.

There are several effective alternatives to hydrocortisone cream which you find in a local pharmacy, Leyla explained.

She said: "Calamine lotion or antihistamines can be used to reduce the itchiness.
"You can also hold a cold compress to the bitten area to bring down swelling.
"Try not to scratch or itch your bite as it can get infected and leave scars."

She added: "If the bites are painful then speak to your pharmacist or GP. They could be infected and require stronger cortisone medication or antibiotics."

Tuesday, 29th August 2023

Community Pharmacies closing at a Rapid Rate with Deprived Areas Worst Affected
Community pharmacies closing at a rapid rate with deprived areas worst affected - Sky News

Dr Leyla Hannbeck CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies says the situation is "awful, terrible" and "the worst it has been in years and years".

It's been caused by a combination of government funding cuts, rising rents and costs, staff shortages and supply problems, as well as increased patient demand.

Saturday, 12th August 2023

Data Protection Rules hindering fight against Shoplifting Epidemic
Data protection rules hindering fight against shoplifting epidemic - The Telegraph

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said stores should be allowed to publish CCTV images of thieves stealing without breaking the law “in light of police inaction”.

“The police are not doing anything about it and we are left to just put up with it.”
Dr Hannbeck said the data watchdog should issue clearer guidance on the rules around releasing images of suspected shoplifters.

She said many pharmacies were increasingly facing violent and abusive shoplifters, as the incidents were not seen as a priority crime.

Friday, 11th August 2023

Ozempic shortages could Increase after Drug Found to Reduce Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
Semaglutide: Fears Ozempic shortages could increase after drug found to reduce heart attack and stroke risk - iNews

The problem is so acute that some patients have been forced to fork out hundreds of pounds with private clinics while, alarmingly, others are attempting to make the drug at home, Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, told i.

“It wouldn’t surprise me all if, with this announcement, there’s going to be even more problems for the manufacturer to meet the ever increasing demand for this product,” Dr Hannbeck said.

“Front line pharmacists are having to run from pillar to post to try and chase prescriptions – we are having real difficulties obtaining supplies for our diabetic patients, it’s crazy.

“And they are also informing stressed diabetic patients that this product cannot be obtained and we don’t know when it’s going to be available and it’s likely that there’s going to be months and months of delay.”

Wednesday, 9th August 2023

Major Changes top the Covid and Flu Vaccine Programme
Covid and flu vaccine programme set to undergo major change, sparking outrage from medics - Daily Mail

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, told MailOnline that the decision to push the roll-out back carried a 'big risk' of wastage.

Pre-ordered stock, which must be booked months in advance of the flu jab rollout, may not be used up in the time available because it could expire, insiders fear.

Dr Hannbeck said: 'All of this is very last minute.'

It is unclear why the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and NHS England wait until the last minute to announce their decisions.

'They never involve us and we are left to deal with last minute planning.

'If they've discovered that it's better to co administer the flu and Covid vaccines at the same time, then they should communicate that earlier, not at the last hour.

'This is total disrespect to the already overstretched healthcare professionals who need time to plan.'

Tuesday, 8th August 2023

Covid and Flu Vaccine Programme Set to Undergo Major Change
Covid and flu vaccine programme set to undergo major change, sparking outrage from medics - Mail Online

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, a pharmacist and CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, told MailOnline the late start to the autumn vaccination programme is 'incredible and alarming'.

She said: 'Under pressure community pharmacies are left with stock they ordered for the usual 1 September start date.

'This might now go to waste if the vaccination programme start date is moved from September to October 1, as per NHS bosses decision.'

Monday, 31st July 2023

Dr. Leyla Hannbeck on ITV News
ITV News. The Availability of Ozempic.

Monday, 31st July 2023

Dr. Leyla Hannbeck on ITV News
Patients struggle to find life-saving statins as pharmacies run short of the anti-cholesterol drugs as prices soar - Daily Mail

‘This is an incredibly frustrating situation for patients and pharmacists,’ said Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies. ‘Patients are prescribed a specific statin, so it’s not as if a pharmacist can just hand out an alternative – patients have to go back to their GP for a new prescription. This delays the time it is taking for patients to access a crucial drug.’

Sunday, 9th July 2023

We’re at Breaking Point
‘We’re at breaking point’: Pharmacists issue warning as hundreds more chemists to close - iNews

Leyla Hannbeck, CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, agreed that the sector was “absolutely at breaking point”.

“There’s a shortfall of £1.1bn in the funding because the funding has not been keeping up with inflation,” she said. “We’re in a situation where we’re constantly being asked to do more for less.”
Ms Hannbeck said the vast majority of pharmacists do not want to limit patients’ accessibility to care but sometimes things were out of their control.

“Things are looking very grim for community pharmacies and individual pharmacies need to think what they’re going to be doing to survive,” she said.

Sunday, 9th July 2023

Patients struggle to find life-saving statins
Patients struggle to find life-saving statins as pharmacies run short of the anti-cholesterol drugs as prices soar - Daily Mail

‘This is an incredibly frustrating situation for patients and pharmacists,’ said Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies. ‘Patients are prescribed a specific statin, so it’s not as if a pharmacist can just hand out an alternative – patients have to go back to their GP for a new prescription. This delays the time it is taking for patients to access a crucial drug.’

Friday, 23rd June 2023

Matter of Life and Death
‘Matter of life and death’: Diabetics hit by Ozempic shortage as demand surges for weight-loss jabs - iNews

Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive at the AIMp, described the current situation regarding Ozempic supply as a “complete mess”.

She told i: “There have been a lot of issues with shortages of Ozempic. The sole manufacturer has been struggling to meet the demand. It’s causing a lot of hassle at the moment. The drug is popular and well known.

“A lot of people with diabetes are finding it very difficult. In some areas, I’ve heard that the local integrated care boards are switching away from the drug. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done as lot of other medications are in short supply too.

“It’s a complete mess at the moment. We don’t know when supplies will be stable again. There’s been a lot of adverting around semiglutide and its benefits, often with celebrities involved. The demand has meant the supply can’t keep up.”

She added: “I anticipate the situation getting worse if the demand keeps high – the fact remains that semaglutide is in high demand across many countries for weight loss and that impacts on the supply for patients with diabetes.”

Monday, 8th May 2023

Scores of local pharmacies closing across England - BBC News
Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said there was a shortfall of £1.1bn in funding for independent pharmacies every year.

"This has led to many pharmacies severely struggling with cashflow problems" she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, adding that because most of their work is NHS-funded, the pharmacies cannot pass on rising costs to customers.

Monday, 10th April 2023

Junior Doctor Strike Action
Junior doctor strike: ‘This is going to hurt’, senior medic warns as other NHS staff unable to fill shortages - iNews

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said: “For years pharmacies have been underfunded and under resourced because of the poor decisions made by NHS bosses, our sector is currently fighting for its survival - we have no capacity to step in and help whilst junior doctors are on strike.

“This is yet another poorly thought through plan by the decision makers and NHS bosses who seem to be remote from the reality.”

Sunday, 26th March 2023

High Street Pharmacies are on Red Alert
High street pharmacies are on red alert as chemists run low on stocks of children's painkillers like Calpol and other everyday medicines - Daily Mail

Dr Hannbeck added: "The medicines shortages are getting worse this year. The manufacturers tell us it's to do with factory constraints, issues with production of the raw ingredients used to make common drugs in China and India."

The soaring price of glass – needed for glass bottles used for many products – is adding to the problem, she explained.

But she urged patients not to panic buy, saying: "Please don't hoard these medicines – there's no need to be concerned and pharmacists are doing everything they can to ease the situation."

Wednesday, 15th March 2023

Cough Medicines containing Pholcodine Withdrawn over Safety Fears
Cough medicines containing pholcodine withdrawn over safety fears - BBC news

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, from the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said it was a "big operation" to remove the products from pharmacy shelves, but stressed alternative cough and cold medicines were available.

"Pharmacies across the UK take patient safety very seriously and will be assisting with the recall of these products.

"Patients with coughs and colds should contact their local pharmacy for the best advice about the range of alternative products available," she said.

Sunday, 12th March 2023

Pharmacy Closures 'A National Disgrace and a Betrayal to the Elderly and Vulnerable'
Pharmacy closures 'a national disgrace and a betrayal to the elderly and vulnerable - Express

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp), said: "They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That’s certainly how the British public will feel when another 1,000 pharmacies have closed their doors for good."

“What is happening in England is a national disgrace and a betrayal to the elderly, the vulnerable or those without the means to live independently in their own homes.

“Community pharmacies are located within the very hotspots of peoples’ communities. They are trusted, respected and have the right credentials to ease so many of the pressures facing our NHS. We need to save our pharmacies.”

Wednesday, 8th March 2023

When will the Miracle Fat Jab Wegovy be available?
When WILL miracle fat jab Wegovy be available? - Daily Mail

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP), said: 'For months pharmacists have struggled to obtain semaglutide for patients with diabetes as this medicine is on shortages list due to high global demand for it for weight loss.

'The decision to approve this weight loss medicine for NHS use is welcome but we anticipate an increase in demand and the current stock levels not keeping up.'

Tuesday, 7th March 2023

Hundreds of Community Pharmacies could close due to Rising Costs
Hundreds of community pharmacies 'could close due to rising costs - Sky News

"We've been left with a contract that doesn't take into account any inflation or any cost of living," said Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies.

"Pharmacies are under a lot of pressure at the moment, all pharmacies are. The cost of medicines is rising, they simply do not have the funding to keep them afloat."

Her organisation estimates that since 2015, 800 pharmacies have closed their doors permanently (and only 100 new ones opened), and that 600 more may close this year alone.

Monday, 20th February 2023

Pharmacists Warn of Further Vital Drug Shortages
Pharmacists warn of further vital drug shortages - Daily Mail

After high profile shortages of HRT and antibiotics, Britain's pharmacists warn that supplies of sleeping pills and antidepressants are also running short, so can you safely swap to another drug?

Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said: "Time and time again we’re seeing pharmacists being forced to turn patients away who are trying to get hold some of the most common and important medicines."


Friday, 17th February 2023

The Cold that's not Covid: Is this Winter's Sniffle Worse and Lasting Longer?
The cold that's not Covid: Is this winter's sniffle worse and lasting longer? - ITV News

Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP) chief executive and pharmacist, Dr Leyla Hannbeck, said pharmacies were generally experiencing an at least 30% rise in demand for cold and flu drugs this winter.

She told ITV News: "It's definitely higher than previous years, with a lot of people coming in saying they have been having symptoms."

The demand was higher than previous winters, and was focused on commonly sought over-the-counter remedies, including cough medicines, painkillers, children's medicine Calpol, and remedies like Lemsip and Day and Night Nurse.

Dr Hannbeck said there was no reason for people to panic or stockpile cold and flu drugs, as she said pharmacies expected to be able to meet demand.

Saturday, 11th February 2023

NHS Backlogs put Britain’s Medicine Supplies at Risk
NHS backlogs put Britain’s medicine supplies at risk - The Telegraph

For pharmacists across the UK, keeping shelves stocked has become a battle.

“Things like anti-allergy medicines, sleeping medicines, these are very common products that we’re struggling to get hold of,” says Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies. “The only reason we seem to be managing around supplies of medicines such as antibiotics is because the demand is down. If it goes up again, then we’re struggling.”

Monday, 30th January 2023

Without your Help, Rishi, Many Chemists will Close for Ever
'Without your help, Rishi, many chemists will close for ever': For months, we have campaigned for a better deal for community pharmacies. Now, a powerful group including Boots and Lloyds has written to the Prime Minister pleading for urgent action - Daily Mail

The chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP), Dr Leyla Hannbeck, added: ‘If organisations like Lloyds and Sainsbury’s are struggling to make pharmacies pay, where does that leave the rest of us?’

Monday, 23rd January 2023

Harness the Power of Pharmacies so Chemists can treat Minor Illnesses in bid to Tackle Patient Backlogs, MPs say
Harness the power of pharmacies so chemists can treat minor illnesses in bid to tackle patient backlogs, MPs say - Daily Mail

The cross-party group is calling on the Government to 'harness the power' of pharmacies to tackle Covid backlogs and surging demand. However, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pharmacy warns ministers must take 'urgent action' to relieve funding pressure on local chemists at risk of closure.

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, stressed that GP practices are run as private businesses just like pharmacies. She said: 'The community pharmacy network is a highly efficient part of the NHS because our business model is flexible and there are many cost-effective solutions that our network could offer if the NHS bosses cared to explore. 'The flexibility and accessibility was well evidenced during the pandemic when we kept our doors open and saw patients face to face.

Friday, 20th January 2023

Pharmacies Closing for Good as Costs Spiral and Funding Shortages hit Industry
Pharmacies closing for good as costs spiral and funding shortages hit industry - Express

Pharmacies are shutting their doors for good as funding falls short amid soaring costs and expectations, a sector leader has warned.

Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said chemists were being “completely neglected” and “asked to do more for less”. She predicted that without urgent investment many more will be forced to close in the coming months.

Tuesday, 17th January 2023

Chemists pay for Guards to Prevent Brutal Attacks with three-quarters of them Reporting Regular Physical or Verbal Abuse
Chemists pay for guards to prevent brutal attacks with three-quarters of them reporting regular physical or verbal abuse - Daily Mail

The pharmacy shop looks like a bomb has hit it. Wrecked equipment and papers lie strewn about, a gaping hole is smashed in the window.

But it’s not due to a bomb blast — the damage is the result of a customer who’s gone berserk with rage. As three frightened female members of staff shelter behind the counter, he attacks two police officers with a broken chair.

Worryingly, such violent incidents are becoming a daily reality for pharmacists and staff. Figures from the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP) show that more than three-quarters of its members reported regular verbal and physical abuse after the pandemic. Attacks rose three-fold over the Christmas period.


Monday, 9th January 2023

Severe Calpol Shortages could last Months as Children Impacted by Deepening Crisis
Severe Calpol shortages could last months as children impacted by deepening crisis - Express

Speaking to the Sun, the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies' Leyla Hannabeck said: "As a pharmacist and as a mum, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the situation will improve.

"Pharmacies all over the country are struggling to get these medicines, it's a national issue."

Sunday, 8th January 2023

Severe Calpol Shortages could last for MONTHS – As other Kids’ Drugs also Affected
Severe Calpol shortages could last for MONTHS – as other kids’ drugs also affected - The Sun

It comes as new NHS figures reveal flu cases jumped 50 per cent in a week, ambulance handovers are at record highs and the NHS 111 service was inundated with calls.

Ms Hannbeck met with Health Minister Will Quince after accusing the Government of “poor planning” on supply chains and being “in denial” over the state of medicine shortages.
“Pharmacies all over the country are struggling to get these medicines, it’s a national issue.

Thursday, 5th January 2023

Cold and Flu Medicine Warning issued by Pharmacy Chiefs
Cold and flu medicine warning issued by pharmacy chiefs - The Independent

Pharmacy leaders have warned about a shortage of cough and cold medicines, with some chemists “struggling to obtain the very basic supplies”.

Throat lozenges, cough mixtures and some painkillers are among the over-the-counter medicines in short supply, according to the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies.

Chief executive Leyla Hannbeck said that pharmacists were “struggling to obtain the very basic, most common cold and flu medicine”.

The warning comes after the UK Health Security Agency said that winter illnesses including flu and Covid-19 continue to circulate at “high levels”.

Wednesday, 4th January 2023

UK running out of Cold and Cough Medicines - but Brits Warned not to Panic
UK running out of cold and cough medicines - but Brits warned not to panic - Mirror

Pharmacy chiefs have warned of a concerning shortage in cough and cold medicines this winter amid cases of flu and Covid. The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies has said shortages are on the back of supply chain issues

Leyla Hannbeck, Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies said pharmacists "are struggling to obtain the very basic, most common cold and flu medicine".

"This isn’t just the branded medicines," she said, pointing toward problems with the supply chain. "It is also simple things like throat lozenges, cough mixtures or pain killers – particularly the ones that are soluble."

Tuesday, 3rd January 2023

Scramble for Cold and Flu Drugs; Pharmacists say they Face Shortages
Scramble for cold and flu drugs: Pharmacists say they face shortages of Lemsip, Night Nurse and other medicines amid huge demand as people who can't see their GP turn to over the counter remedies instead - Daily Mail

The head of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, Dr Leyla Hannbeck told MailOnline the problem was 'widespread' and not isolated to just one product.

Describing the situation as a 'nightmare at the moment', she said: 'Pharmacists can't get hold of some of the most common cold and flu medicines, and are sending me pictures of how empty shelves are.

Read More: Scramble for cold and flu drugs - Daily Mail

Saturday, 31st December 2022

Opioid Overprescribing ‘Putting Lives at Risk’ amid Warning Excess Pills could end up on Black Market
Opioid overprescribing ‘putting lives at risk’ amid warning excess pills could end up on black market - The Independent

Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, which represents community chemists, highlighted a case of one patient who returned to a pharmacy more than 30 prescription painkilling drugs, including 12 bottles of liquid morphine and 10 boxes of fentanyl patches.

Another patient handed in dozens of strips of high-dose morphine sulfate tablets.

Dr Hannbeck said that in both cases, the pharmacies had raised concerns about overprescribing with GP surgeries and informed local NHS teams “but to no avail”.

Tuesday, 27th December 2022

The 111 Merry-go-round that Betrays the Sick
The 111 merry-go-round that betrays the sick: Mail's undercover investigation reveals NHS helpline is leaving patients who are desperate for pain relief caught between pharmacies and busy call centres - Daily Mail

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, accused the 111 service of 'passing the buck'.

She said the Mail's findings were 'concerning', adding: 'Pharmacists should not be expected to break the law in prescribing controlled drugs without the clinician sign-off.'

Read More: The 111 merry-go-round that betrays the sick: Mail's undercover investigation reveals NHS helpline is leaving patients who are desperate for pain relief caught between pharmacies and busy call centres - Daily Mail

Wednesday, 14th December 2022

Antibiotic Supply gone from Bad to Worse, say Pharmacists
Antibiotic supply gone from bad to worse, say pharmacists - BBC News

Pharmacists say supplies of key antibiotics to treat strep A have "gone from bad to worse" in the past week.

The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP) said the situation was "unacceptable" and it was time for the government to get a plan in place.


Tuesday, 13th December 2022

Antibiotics Prices Surge in UK amid Strep A Outbreak, leaving Drugstores ‘Footing the Bill’
Antibiotics prices surge in UK amid Strep A outbreak, leaving drugstores ‘footing the bill’ - CNBC

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP), which represents drugstore owners nationwide, told CNBC the reality on the ground was becoming desperate.

“Quite clearly there isn’t (enough supply), because it’s not finding its way to pharmacies,” she said. “And where there are patchy supplies, they are flying off the shelves.”

Sunday, 11th December 2022

UK Pharmacies say they are being Forced to Dispense Strep A Antibiotics at a Loss
UK pharmacies say they are being forced to dispense Strep A antibiotics at a loss - Financial Times

Health chiefs deny shortage of penicillin and amoxicillin following surge in infections.

Friday, 9th December 2022

Strep A: Pharmacists challenge Government's Reassurance there is No Antibiotics Shortage
Strep A: Pharmacists challenge government's reassurance there is no antibiotics shortage - ITV News

AIMP Chief Executive Leyla Hannbeck said pharmacists have for some time seen a steady rise in the number of prescriptions for antibiotics, but since the beginning of this week it's become "incredibly difficult" to get hold of them - urging the government to act now.

"We are concerned that the government are saying that there are no supply challenges when in fact there is and patients are coming in and we are unable to fulfil the prescriptions," Dr Hannbeck told ITV News.

Friday, 9th December 2022

Strep A Antibiotic Deliveries sped up amid Fears in NHS of Local Shortages
Strep A antibiotic deliveries sped up amid fears in NHS of local shortages - The Independent

Dr Leyla Hannbeck from the Association for Multiple Pharmacies told The Independent earlier this week there had been high demand for antibiotics over the past month – but pharmacists have been told medicines are out of stock when they go to order them.

Thursday, 8th December 2022

GPs and Pharmacies ‘Struggling to Obtain Antibiotics to Treat Strep A’
GPs and pharmacies ‘struggling to obtain antibiotics to treat strep A’ - The Guardian

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, the head of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said there had been a surge in prescriptions for antibiotics such as penicillin and amoxicillin since October and particularly in November, adding that they are not only used to treat strep A but other infections too.

Wednesday, 7th December 2022

Strep A: More Pharmacies Claim they can't get hold of Antibiotics - but PM Insists there is 'No Shortage'
Strep A: More pharmacies claim they can't get hold of antibiotics - but PM insists there is 'no shortage' - Sky News

Rishi Sunak said there are "no current shortages of drugs" in today's PMQs, while the chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies said if there is a decent supply of stock, "pharmacies are not getting them"

Wednesday, 7th December 2022

UK Pharmacists Report Shortages of Strep A Antibiotics
UK pharmacists report shortages of strep A antibiotics - The Guardian

Leyla Hannbeck, the chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said pharmacists across the country were reporting that they could not restock many types of antibiotics and were dealing with angry customers who she said had been misled by the health secretary.

“The government can say what they want but we are on the frontline and we know what’s happening,” she said. “I want to make it very clear the frustration among healthcare professionals because we don’t want to let our patients down, we have people coming in, parents, we just need to have better planning. Our hands are very tied, the government has to act now.”

Wednesday, 7th December 2022

Many Doctors and Pharmacies have faced Difficulties getting Antibiotics
Many Doctors and Pharmacies have faced Difficulties getting antibiotics - Times Radio

Watch in full on our twitter interview.

Monday, 5th December 2022

UK faces Penicillin Shortages until end of December amid Strep A Outbreak
UK faces penicillin shortages until end of December amid Strep A outbreak as parents scramble to find drugs to fight off bug that has killed SEVEN children so far - Daily Mail

Dr Hannbeck said her colleagues were doing their best to work together to find supplies, spending hours on the phone trying to locate a supply, but coming up short.

She added that there was not a single issue responsible for the shortage, listing supply chain issues, fuelled by Covid restrictions in China where many of the medications are manufactured as one.

Others were rising fuel and energy costs impacting distribution and manufacturing of the drugs as another part of the problem.

Sunday, 4th December 2022

Patients face Christmas without Vital Drugs as costs of Basic Pharmacy Medicines Soar
Patients face Christmas without vital drugs as costs of basic pharmacy medicines soar - Mail on Sunday

Wholesale prices for common drugs including steroids, migraine medication and indigestion treatments have rocketed in the last few months, say chemists, with some quadrupling or more.

Sunday, 4th December 2022

NHS strikes: Pharmacists Refuse to take on more Work for Free to ease Winter Burden during Industrial Action
NHS strikes: Pharmacists refuse to take on more work for free to ease winter burden during industrial action - iNews

“We just simply cannot do it without additional funding. We cannot be asked by the NHS to do more and more work for free. It’s just not happening,” said Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive officer of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies


Sunday, 4th December 2022

Britain faces Critical Shortage of Vital Drug used to Treat Killer Winter Bug Strep A
Britain faces critical shortage of vital drug used to treat killer winter bug Strep A - The Sun

Dr Leyla Hannbeck, CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said the shortage was “very worrying”. She added: “It’s at a time that there is a higher risk of getting Strep A, particularly among children.

Friday, 2nd December 2022

Pharmacies can Help see the NHS through this Hard Winter
Pharmacies can help see the NHS through this hard winter - The Times

An article by Leyla Hannbeck about the growing crisis in the NHS and how pharmacy could be a solution but instead is being overlooked, underfunded and not treated equally as the rest of primary care.

Tuesday, 29th November 2022

Government BANS Companies from Exporting 'Miracle' Fat-fighting Drug Abroad amid Global Shortage Sparked by TikTok Craze
"Government BANS companies from exporting 'miracle' fat-fighting drug abroad amid global shortage sparked by TikTok craze" - Daily Mail

A 'miracle' obesity drug can no longer be exported from Britain as the Government attempts to shore up supplies amid a global shortage. Semaglutide — a jab sold under the brand name Ozempic or Wegovy — suppresses appetite, helping people lose nearly a fifth of their weight. It was hailed as a major breakthrough when it burst onto the scene last year. Hollywood actresses are rumoured to being using the injections to stay as skinny as possible. Even Elon Musk has credited the drug for his recent weight loss. And rumours are rife on social media that Kim Kardashian used the drug to lose more than a stone in just three weeks. Experts say the drug's phenomenal success has driven a TikTok-fuelled stampede — with stocks now running drug across the world.

Saturday, 19th November 2022

Lack of Staff Forces Pharmacies to Close and Delay Prescriptions
"Lack of staff forces pharmacies to close and delay prescriptions" - The Times

A third of pharmacies in England have closed their doors at least once in the past year because of staff shortages, leading to delays in hundreds of thousands of prescriptions.

Pharmacists fear a lack of access to walk-in healthcare on the high street will drive patients to NHS services such as A&E, adding to pressure there.

Tuesday, 8th November 2022

Brits Forced to Choose between Vital Prescriptions and Eating as Cost of Living Crisis Bites, Experts Warn
"Brits forced to choose between vital prescriptions and eating as cost of living crisis bites, experts warn" - The Sun

BRITS are having to pick between eating and paying for vital medicines as the cost of living crisis continues to rise, medics have warned.

The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP), which represents more than 3,000 pharmacies, says no patients should be denied prescription medicines because they cannot afford them.


Saturday, 5th November 2022

Covid Cases Down as Number of Boosted Britons Hits 13m
"Covid cases down as number of boosted Britons hits 13m" - The Times

Almost 13 million people have now received a winter booster of Covid-19 vaccine in England, with signs the programme is already helping to reduce pressure on hospitals.

Wednesday, 12th October 2022

NHS Drug Shortage Spikes by 200% in a Year
NHS drug shortage spikes by 200% in a year - Channel 4

The cost of medicine is one of the biggest outlays for the NHS, and a drugs research team has told Channel 4 News they estimate price rises cost NHS England an extra £136 million over the last year.

Pharmacists say it’s not sustainable.

Sunday, 4th September 2022

'We don't have enough Jabs': Pharmacists warn they do not have Sufficient Covid Boosters for Autumn Rollout
'We don't have enough jabs': Pharmacists warn they do not have sufficient Covid boosters for autumn rollout - Daily Mail

Care home residents, staff and housebound people will be given boosters soon. From Wednesday four million people including the over-75s can get a fourth jab. Some 3,100 sites are expected to be part of the drive including GP practices.

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