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

The NPA has been keeping community pharmacy in the public eye throughout the pandemic. We would be very grateful if you could fill in a brief survey about coverage of community pharmacy in the national media, and related communications. The findings will help the NPA continue to represent our members effectively.

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NPA highlights:


9 May

BBC. The One Show.

29 April

BBC News. Reena Barai on HRT shortages

BBC News. Reena Barai on HRT shortages

22 January

BBC Breakfast. Reena Barai talks about weight management and pharmacies.

2 January

GB News. Olivier Picard on Covid testing.


31 December

BBC Breakfast. Andrew Lane on LFT supplies.

30 November 2021

Sky News: Andrew Lane Interview

14 January 2021

BBC News: Andrew Lane Interview



16 March 2020

ITN Evening News. NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette and NPA board member Olivier Picard feature in report on Coronavirus


4 September 2020

Mirror. ‘End of local chemist’ as fears thousands of essential family businesses could close

Mirror. Celebrity doctors back Mirror’s campaign to save Britain’s family chemists


Media coverage:


19 May

Pharmacy Business. Vote ‘yes’ for pharmacy representation reform, NPA tells members as voting window opens on May 27

18 May

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA urges NHSE&I to fulfil promise to review CPCF global sum

17 May

The Pharmacist. Give pharmacies authority to share medicines to tackle shortages, says NPA

9 May

Kent Online. Longfield pharmacist meets The Prince of Wales

5 May

Guardian. Members of vaccine taskforce to be reassigned to HRT crisis

4 May

Daily Mail. Dapper Duke! Prince Charles looks suave in a pin stripe suit as he hosts The National Pharmacy Association reception at St James’s Palace

3 May

C&D. NPA urges competition watchdog to address hub-and-spoke concerns

30 April

The i. HRT shortage: Crisis could impact people with bladder infections and chronic UTIs, says doctor

29 April

Pharmacy Magazine. Competition watchdog will look at hub and spoke concerns

27 April

BBC. Pharmacies in Wales to help GPs prescribe medicines to patients

12 April

C&D. How can pharmacists and pharmacy teams help refugees from Ukraine?

4 April

Pharmacy Business. NPA: Community pharmacies can help reduce health inequalities in Scotland

Community pharmacies deliver a record 4.8 million flu vaccinations during winter 2021/2022

26 March

Daily Express. ‘Illogical and unfair!’ Over 60s may lose free prescriptions after state pension changes

23 March

ICP. Employment allowance increase ‘not enough for pharmacies’

22 March

Pharmacy Business. NPA: Hub and spoke impact assessment proves justification for pharmacy cut was hollow

18 March

The i. Lateral flow tests: Pharmacies could run out as final deliveries of free tests arrive today

17 March

Integrated Care Journal. Claire Fuller to take stock of community pharmacy in primary care review

11 March

Pharmacy Business. King’s Fund report prompts NPA to call for re-think of PCN pharmacist roles

10 March

ICP. NPA chief: Business rates will ‘really hurt’ independents

2 March

Pharmacy Magazine. NHS primary care needs to hear from pharmacy, says NPA

25 February

ICP. NPA: Pharmacy vaccinations have saved 20,000 lives

18 February

The Pharmacist. NPA and PSNC team up to offer scholarship in Australia

14 February

Pharmacy Magazine. Where next for vaccinations in pharmacy?

9 February

C&D. NPA: ‘Vast majority’ of independents ‘still sceptical’ about hub and spoke

5 February

Pharmacy Business. NPA seeks funding boost for pharmacy contractors to meet higher locum rates

27 January

Pharmacy Magazine. Independents provided many more Covid vaccines than large multiples

22 January

BBC Breakfast. Reena Barai talks about weight management and pharmacies

21 January

ICP. Keep wearing masks in pharmacies, patients urged as Plan B dropped

20 January

C&D. Number of pharmacists in England up from 2017, but vacancy rate still high

18 January

Pharmacy Magazine. Half of all UK pharmacies provide domestic abuse scheme

13 January

The Pharmacist. One-third of all boosters delivered by pharmacies

7 January

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy bodies urge people to be ‘patient and courteous’ with staff

4 January

Pharmacy Business. NPA launches ‘Associate Pharmacist’ subscription for pharmacists, technicians

Pharmacy Magazine. Lateral flow demand not going away warns NPA


December 31

BBC Breakfast. Andrew Lane

Evening Standard. Pharmacists ‘abused’ by people unable to get Covid tests

December 29

Covid test shortages persist as UK case numbers soar to new record

28 December

Pharmacies step up fight to offer more coronavirus jabs for booster programme

22 December

P3. PCNs and CCGs must consider impact of new roles, says NPA

21 December

C&D. Brexit: NPA ‘encouraged’ by EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland medicines availability

17 December

ICP. Pharmacies call on public to respect mask rules

13 December

C&D. ‘Pharmacy has a can-do record and should be bold with its clinical offering’

10 December

Pharmacy Magazine. A message to pharmacists from the Prince of Wales

2 December

ITV News. COVID-19 booster programme: Volunteers urged to come forward to help vaccination effort

Pharmacy Business. High level discussion takes place on community pharmacy workforce crisis

1 December

Guardian. COVID-19 vaccine boosters in England: what has changed?

30 November

FT. Boris Johnson pledges COVID-19 booster jabs for all adults by end of January

28 November

Mirror. Chemists could hold key to slashing NHS waiting lists, says pharmacists’ leader

25 November

P3. Javid wants more patients to go ‘directly to pharmacies’

18 November

ICP. NPA lends support to national COPD action plan

10 November

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy minister Maria Caulfield gets flu jab at S G Barai Pharmacy in Sutton

1 November

C&D. Public wants pharmacies to play greater role in mental health and in care homes, NPA finds

29 October

Pharmacy Magazine. Pharmacies need to raise awareness of NHS services

28 October

ICP. Budget 2021: Minimum wage increase threatens England’s pharmacies

26 October

C&D. Pharmacies in England smash 2020/21 flu vaccination record in under two months

25 October

PJ. Number of pharmacy-led vaccination sites offering COVID-19 booster jabs set to rise to 1,300

22 October

Daily Telegraph. Hundreds more pharmacies set to deliver Covid vaccine booster jabs

C&D. NPA fears multiples could ‘outvote’ independents in pharmacy representation review

21 October

Pharmacy Business. Robin Swann praises community pharmacy at NPA event

20 October

Pharmacy Business. Healthcare sector calls for self care plan with community pharmacy in central role

19 October

C&D. NPA chief: Solve Northern Ireland medicine Brexit issue or face ‘horrific consequences’

15 October

Pharmacy Business. NPA pleased doctors will get CPCS incentive

14 October

Daily Mail. Pharmacists to get more power: Chemists will prescribe extra drugs and treat wider range of illnesses under plan to free up GPs for face-to-face appointments

13 October

C&D. ‘I’ve done my bit’: Sajid Javid receives flu jab at London pharmacy

5 October

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy bodies collaborate to form group to optimise patient safety

2 October

Daily Express. UK medicine supply fears: Pharmacy shortages possible ‘in days’

29 September

Pharmacy Business. Fuel shortage raises concerns over continuance of health services, medicine deliveries

27 September

Pharmacy Magazine. Report calls for collaboration within new care structures

26 September

Guardian. UK pharmacies in dark about ministers’ plan to maintain drug supplies

24 September

ICP. Hub-and-spoke…questions, questions and more questions—questions-questions-and-more-questions

22 September

ICP. Ridge review finds 10pc of all prescribed medicines unnecessary

31 August

The Pharmacist. CMA must investigate hub and spoke dispensing to ensure ‘level playing field’, says NPA

23 August

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy funding for 2021/22 remains unchanged at £2.59bn; stakeholders disappointed

15 August

Pharmacies to take central role in UK autumn vaccine boosters

6 August

Pharmacy Magazine.  Opinion: Time to take integration seriously

5 August

P3. Pharmacies rated most essential service in new poll

2 August

Daily Mail. Britain’s Covid booster vaccine drive will begin next month: ALL over-50s to receive third dose – and they may get it alongside their annual flu jab

LBC. Olivier Picard on the Shelagh Fogarty Show.

Interview starts at 1 hour, 11 mins into show.

1 August

Daily Telegraph. Vaccine booster shots for 32m to begin next month

30 July

The Mirror. Overwhelming public support for having a Covid-19 booster jab at local pharmacy

21 July

In Your Area. Pharmacists’ race against time for mental health charity

20 July

ICP. NHSE: Pharmacy must speak ‘as one’ to gain power

14 July

C&D. NI pharmacies hit 100k COVID jabs as NPA calls for Brexit meds deal

8 July

The Pharmacist. Post-Brexit deal on medicines into Northern Ireland ‘urgently’ needed to avoid shortages, NPA warns

6 July

The Pharmacist. Mask wearing should continue in pharmacies, bodies urge

5 July

C&D. NPA celebrates centenary with 100 cheers for pharmacy

C&D. Jo Churchill: DH committed to Matt Hancock’s vision for pharmacy

27 June

Pharmacy Magazine. Javid urged to support pharmacy

17 June

The Pharmacist. Pharmacists could give health MOTs alongside vaccinations, NHS says

11 June

Pharmacy Magazine. Opinion: Pharmacy still a fantastic career option

Pharmacy Business. PDA backs NPA campaign to save pharmacies

3 June

Pharmacy Magazine. Pay concerns ‘driving retention issues in pharmacy’

1 June

ICP. A prescription for progress

19 May

Daily ExpressBoris Johnson under fire over pharmacy Covid debt crisis – ‘Keep your promise!’ – Research by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) found 72 percent of community pharmacies are on track to be in debt by 2024. The NPA is urging Mr Johnson to wave debt on the £370 million in loans the industry received during the Covid-19 pandemic. To highlight its concern the association sent campaign vans to Westminster and Uxbridge, the Prime Minister’s west London constituency.

C+DNPA drives campaign van to Parliament urging COVID costs to be covered – C+D joined the NPA as it drove a van from Boris Johnson’s London constituency to Westminster campaigning for the government to cover pharmacy’s COVID-related costs.

14 May

ICP. NPA launches mental health initiative to mark centenary

11 May

Pharmacy Business. Pharma bodies give mixed response to Queen’s Speech

10 May

C&D. Is this how we make hub-and-spoke work for all independent pharmacies?

4 May

Pharmacy Business. NPA at 100: Reflecting on a century of changes in community pharmacy

Kent Online. Role of community pharmacy constantly changing says Amish Patel who runs Hodgson Pharmacy in Longfield

Pharmacy Business. London mayor Sadiq Khan is ‘in awe of community pharmacy’

C&D. MP and NPA urge NHS to allow pharmacy provision of HIV drug PrEP

29 April

Pharmacy Business. Natural justice demands repayment of Covid costs, says NPA as annual contract negotiations begin

22 April

Wales Online. Inside a community pharmacy as they join the Covid-19 vaccine effort

15 April

Pharmacy Business. NPA completes 100 years; plans various events to celebrate its centenary

14 April

Herts Advertiser. St Albans-based pharmacy association celebrates centenary

31 March

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA funding petition nears 90k signatures after protests

Daily Express. Camilla puts hands together for unsung pharmacy heroes

27 March

Bucks Free Press – ‘A tough year battling the coronavirus – pharmacist teams are weary but proud’—pharmacist-teams-weary-proud/

26 March

ICP. Over 90% of pharmacists want to lead on yearly Covid jabs

20 March

Suffolk News. Bury St Edmunds pharmacists demand action over ‘lack of support’ during coronavirus pandemic

16 March

Pharmacy Business. Covid-19: A view from the community pharmacy frontline, one year on

12 March

The Mirror. Pharmacists ramp up pressure on Rishi Sunak and top Tories to cover Covid costs

Sky News. The simple hand signal that lets people know you’re in danger – and other ways to ask for help

9 March

Pharmacy Business. NPA members take funding campaign to ministers’ own backyards; MPs debate pharmacy in Commons

8 March

Pharmacy Business. NPA pharmacy jobs scheme reaches 100 milestone

3 March

ICP. Pharmacy leaders condemn ‘exasperating’ Sunak budget

BBC. Contraception: Should the pill be sold over the counter?

Pharmacy Magazine. NPA deal with Medicspot enables pharmacies to sell Covid-19 PCR tests

1 March

C&D. NPA chair: It’s time for DH to make good on pharmacy funding promises

17 February

Pharmacy Business. NHS lowers minimum threshold to 400 jabs a week for pharmacy-led vaccination sites

16 February

C&D. GPhC changes position on sale of COVID-19 rapid antibody tests

10 February

The Guardian. Pharmacists in England considering strike action over Covid debts

5 February

The Independent. On the vaccination frontline: ‘A bike shop owner said we could use half of his store for free’

4 February

ICP. PHE pulls guidance advising against Covid testing in pharmacies

3 February

Kent Messenger TV. Amish Patel interview on vaccine fears.

29 January

Pharmacy ‘first ports of call’ are disappearing in struggling communities

28 January

Pharmacy Business. More pharmacies join network of over 1,400 vaccination sites

21 January

ICP. Another 65 pharmacies begin Covid vaccinations

20 January

The Independent: On the vaccination front line: pharmacists feel close to our patients – we’re honoured to be involved in jabs

14 January

BBC News: Andrew Lane interview

BBC: Covid-19: High Street chemists start vaccinations in England

Independent: Codeword scheme in pharmacies to give domestic abuse victims ‘lifeline’

Eastern Eye: Let local pharmacists help with vaccinations

13 January

ICP. NPA and RPS celebrate milestone anniversaries

8 January

Pharmacy Magazine. Vulnerable communities will get vaccine says minister

BBC News: NPA Chair, Andrew Lane discusses COVID vaccinations.

7 January

NPA took part in important, can-do meeting with Kemi Badenoch, Jo Churchill and Nadhim Zahawi.

5 January

FT: Frontline UK teams query ability to vaccinate most vulnerable


31 December

Daily Telegraph (paywall). Boris Johnson to move ‘heaven and earth’ to roll out vaccine and ease tough new restrictions

FT (paywall). How does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine work?

17 December

ICP. Pharmacy Covid funding petition passes 40,000 signatures

14 December

Conservative Home. Steve Brine: The pharmacists have helped us through this crisis. Yet their future is threatened.

Pharmacy Magazine. AAH axes pharmacy surcharges following critical NPA report

11 December

Pharmacy Business. Campaigners urge for COVID-19 funding to save pharmacies from closure

ICP. NPA creates 400 placements for unemployed youth

5 December

The Sun. Brits urged to get flu and COVID-19 double vaccination this winter – but at least a week apart

25 November

Pharmacy Magazine. Pharmacies need share of NHS £3bn, NPA tells Sunak

9 November

ICP. NPA ‘won’t stop lobbying for funding support’

Pharmacy Business. Nearly 70 per cent of UK adults visited pharmacy during pandemic: NPA survey

4 November

C&D. How pharmacy further integrated with NHS during ‘gruelling’ COVID-19

15 October

Mirror. Local chemists warn they could close just as coronavirus second wave strikes

8 October

Independent Community Pharmacist. NPA to give ‘hard-hitting’ response to COVID-19 inquiry

28 September

Independent Community Pharmacist. CCA and NPA update crisis guidance for second wave

23 September

C&D. Pharmacist visits Department of Health to give ministers flu jab

21 September

C&D. NPA chair: Momentum is building to address pharmacy underfunding

14 September

Eastern Eye. Chemists urge ‘son of pharmacist’ Rishi Sunak to save community pharmacies

13 September

Mirror. 1,300 pharmacies beg chemist’s son Rishi Sunak to save them from closure

Mirror. Jackie Doyle-Price: Stop quibbling over pharmacy funds and avert a national tragedy

8 September

Eastern Eye. ‘Community pharmacies have been among the true heroes of the coronavirus pandemic’

7 September

Mirror. Pharmacies could get more cash – but only if they provide more services says Matt Hancock

C+D. APPG chair: Government must ‘get to grips’ with pharmacy funding

5 September

Your Thurrock. Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price concerned over future of pharmacies

4 September

Mirror. ‘End of local chemist’ as fears thousands of essential family businesses could close

Mirror. Celebrity doctors back Mirror’s campaign to save Britain’s family chemists

C+D. 72% of English pharmacies will be in deficit by 2024, report predicts

3 September

Mirror. Voice of the Mirror: Local chemists need more support so they can survive

28 August

C&D. The pharmacist naval captain who saw his ship lit up for Diwali

Pharmacy Business. Pharmacy Show rescheduled for next year

27 August

ICP. Pharmacies invited to register interest in ANI scheme

26 August

Pharmacy Magazine. Pharmacy Show postponed to 2021

25 August

In Touch, BBC Radio 4. Head of Corporate Affairs, Gareth Jones, was interviewed about the issue of drug supplies when the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

20 August

C&D. NPA: Proposed PSNC overhaul “must work” for whole sector

14 August

Primary Care Journal. Putting pharmacy into the NHS team

10 August

ICP. Ask Your Pharmacist week returns in November

6 August

Pharmacy Business. PM visits pharmacy in his constituency.

24 July

Sky. Expansion of flu jab programme to reach 30 million in England to mitigate impact of COVID-19

15 July

Daily Telegraph. Pharmacy closures set to be reversed in fight against coronavirus

14 July

The Sun. WINTER IS COMING Flu jabs ‘free to every Brit over 50’ in biggest vaccination programme, says Hancock

Metro. COVID-19 immunity might only last three months

13 July

I News. Coronavirus in the UK: COVID-19 deaths rise by lowest number since mid-March

9 July

Eastern Eye. ‘Pharmacies deserve support after pandemic pressure’

29 June

Daily Telegraph. Pharmacies warned not to hike prices of hand sanitiser and face masks

26 May

Mirror. Pharmacies and chemists issue coronavirus cash crisis warning to Boris Johnson

The Times. Community chemists tell Boris Johnson they face financial ruin over higher drugs bills and PPE costs (login needed)

21 May

Hidden Harms domestic violence summit:

 10 May

Sunday Express. NPA chair Andrew Lane’s opinion column on coronavirus testing.

5 May

ITV. Welsh Government launches volunteer-run prescription delivery service for people self-isolating

12 April

Daily Telegraph. Jackie Doyle-Price MP calls for more support for pharmacies in the light of COVID-19

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 COVID-19:

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:

30 March

Sky News. NPA chair, Andrew Lane interview

27 March

ITV News. Coronavirus: Pharmacies facing pressure as the demand for drugs drastically rises

25 March

Mirror. Coronavirus: Boy brings pharmacist to tears with note thanking him for “amazing” job

24 March

Evening Standard. Pharmacies urge public to ‘only buy medicine you need now’ amid coronavirus stockpiling fears

16 March

ITN Evening News. NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette and NPA board member Olivier Picard feature in report on Coronavirus

8 March

Observer. A personal account of life as a pharmacist during COVID-19 by NPA board member Olivier Picard, among other key workers


Past Media coverage


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”