NPA Coverage in the media

The NPA’s press office helps to safeguard the interests of the community pharmacy sector in the media and ensures the voice of NPA members’ is well represented. The press office writes regular columns for the pharmacy trade press and often organises NPA spokespeople to be interviewed on national and regional media to talk about the issues which matter most to pharmacists and patients. We also advise NPA members about handling local media interest in their pharmacy – whether it’s bad news or good news.

Below is a list of some media coverage which the NPA has appeared in.

During The Covid-19 pandemic

22 May

Bucks Free Press. Olivier Picard column.

Pharmacy Business. Codeword scheme to use pharmacy visits to tackle rise in domestic abuse

New Europe. UK plans codeword scheme for domestic abuse victims to report violence to shop workers

21 May

Hidden Harms domestic violence summit:

Isolated, but not alone: how pharmacies are supporting older patients during COVID-19

20 May

C&D. English pharmacies not required to open on late May bank holiday

19 May

LBC. Darren Adam Show. Andrew Lane interview.


C&D. English pharmacies not required to open on late May bank holiday


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14 May

Pharmacy Business. PDA calls for further steps to end violence against pharmacists; NPA, AIM back ‘zero tolerance’


13 May

C&D. Scottish contractors not covered by COVID-19 indemnity


Herald Scotland. Divisions and ‘forgotten’ pharmacies


12 May

C&D. Is now the best time to be easing lockdown measures, ponders NPA chair Andrew Lane

11 May

Pharmacies request just 5% of all tasks carried out by COVID-19 volunteers so far, NHS England says

10 May

Sunday Express. Andrew Lane column on testing.







C&D. AIMp calls for COVID-19 antibody testing to be done in pharmacies

23 April
BBC Radio Merseyside. Ian Cubbin interview. (Starts at 2hrs, 33 mins)


21 April
PJ. Pharmacies’ dispensing increases by up to a third as a result of COVID-19, survey finds

18 April
BBC Breakfast. Ade Williams piece – ThisMumRuns volunteer deliveries

17 April
C&D. ‘Pharmacists are unfairly at risk from volunteers delivering drugs’

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacist reveals how coronavirus pandemic has impacted her business

15 April
Pharmacy Business. Panesar joins NPA Board from West Midlands

12 April
Daily Telegraph. Jackie Doyle-Price column.

10 April

LBC. Olivier Picard interview. (37 mins, 44 secs)

Wales 247. Swansea doctor surgeries and pharmacies to remain open over Easter

9 April
BBC Breakfast. (1 hr, 50 mins)

C&D. COVID-19: Dispensing volume up 25%, NPA reports

8 April
Pharmacy Business. Pharmacists ‘are unsung heroes in Covid-19 fight’

7 April

BBC South interview with Andrew Lane.


BBC News. Living Care feature in report on deliveries.


6 April

BBC News report featuring Reena Barai and Andrew Lane :


3 April

Andrew Lane’s Sky News interview on pharmacy teams being tested for COVID019:

Gareth Jones interview BBC Radio West Midlands on medicines supply (3hr 23mins)

NPA board member Amish Patel on LBC radio last night talking about community pharmacy teams on the frontline: (50mins into the show)

2 April

Sky News at 7.30am with Andrew Lane: 

The Times. Intimidated pharmacists call in police

The Sun. CURES AT HAND Pineapple for a sore throat and duct tape for warts… everyday remedies you didn’t know were in your kitchen cupboard

1 April

Pharmacy Business. Advance payment for pharmacy welcome but not enough, say national bodies

C&D. Sector bodies call for new government funding amid COVID-19 crisis

YouTube links to other news reports this week

Andrew Lane on BBC News Channel – 30/03/2020

Andrew Lane on Sky News – 30/03/2020


Q3 2019


31/07/2019 – National Health Executive – National Pharmacy Association: Community pharmacy in the digital age

31/07/2019 – C&D – NPA: ‘Notable number’ of anticoagulant dispensing errors in 3 months

23/07/2019 – C&D – Lloyds pharmacy will expand automation, but warns of flat funding

23/07/2019 – Training Matters – ‘A curate’s egg’ – responses to funding deal come in

23/07/2019 – The Pharmacist – Mixed reaction to English community pharmacy contract

16/07/2019 – ICP – NPA: Check status of CBD products or risk insurance cover

01/07/2019 – Pharmacy Biz – ‘GPs can refer 20 million patients to community pharmacy each year’

26/06/2019 – The Pharmacist – It’s no wonder that contractors are feeling conflicted about PCNs

24/06/2019 – P3 Pharmacy – GP DMIRS could send 20m patients to community pharmacy

24/06/2019 – The Pharmacist – Pharmacy minister ‘alert’ to sector’s financial pressures

21/06/2019 – C&D – Should you sell CBD products in your pharmacy?

21/06/2019 – Pharmacy mag – (NPA conference) No conclusive evidence of hub and spoke benefits in pharmacy

21/06/2019 – P3 Pharmacy – (NPA conference) Pharmacy minister “alert to financial pressures”

21/06/2019 – ICP mag – (NPA conference) No conclusive evidence of hub and spoke benefits

21/06/2019 – ICP mag – (NPA conference) Lennox: LPCs should co-ordinate contact with PCNs

21/06/2019 – C&D – (NPA conference) Hancock wants pharmacists to provide more urgent care, ‘like France’

21/06/2019 – C&D – (NPA conference) Pharmacy minister: Contract will reward offering a range of services

21/06/2019 – Pharmacy Mag – (NPA conference) Matt Hancock: “People trust pharmacists”