In July 2003 the government announced a response to the Office of Fair Trading report the control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK. The response stated the reforms to the regulations and committed the government to review progress on the reforms by publishing the findings in October 2006. The Department of Health will carry out the review and this publication will support the process.
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This publication shows information about community pharmacies in England in contract with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to dispense NHS prescriptions at 31 March 2006 and focuses on two key areas: The impact of the changes brought about by the introduction of the new community pharmacy contract, and the reforms to the control of entry regulations. Both were introduced in April 2005.