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Vaccine side effects generally mild, MHRA confirms

Most reports relate to injection site reactions and generalised symptoms reflecting a normal immune response to the vaccine.

Vaccines 'highly effective' in reducing severe Covid-19 in older adults

First dose protection ranged between 57-61 per cent for Pfizer vaccine and between 60-73 per cent for the Oxford-AZ vaccine (ChAdOx1)

GPhC makes U-turn on overseas exam candidates

The GPhC has caved in to demands to allow overseas registration assessment candidates to sit the exam online irrespective of time differences. 

Confusion over GPhC’s 60% exam pass rate ‘estimate’

GPhC says its “estimate” of a 60 per cent pass rate in the upcoming registration exam is “definitely not a prediction”. 

Possible link between Covid and psychiatric disorders

As many as one in eight who have had Covid-19 may be diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological condition for the first time within six months.

Moderna vaccine not suitable for pregnant women warns WHO

The World Heath Organisation warns that pregnant women should not take Moderna's Covid vaccine.

Opioid prescribing varies widely across England

Opioid prescribing varies considerably across England and is especially marked in areas of high socio-economic deprivation, a study shows. 

Fatigue, insomnia and anxiety are long term consequences of Covid-19

Study in The Lancet looks at Covid patients six months after discharge.

Experimental RSV drug ‘promising’ says MHRA

The MHRA has granted a ‘promising innovative medicine’ designation to experimental RSV drug nirsevimab. 

Men especially vulnerable to Covid-19, study confirms

Men almost three times more likely to be admitted to intensive care with coronavirus, a new study confirms. 

Naturally acquired immunity to Covid lasts at least five months

Naturally acquired immunity provides at least 83 per cent protection against reinfection, SIREN study shows

New guideline for long Covid care

The guidelines look at symptom management, when to refer and how to follow up patients in the longer term. 

Erythromycin alert for patients with prolonged QT interval

Potential drug interaction between rivaroxaban and erythromycin resulting in increased risk of bleeding identified

Asthma significantly impacts mental wellbeing, report finds

Nearly half of adults with asthma also diagnosed with a psychological condition, according to a new survey. 

Covid treatment trial to look at inhaled corticosteroid

The inhaled corticosteroid budesonide has been added to Oxford University’s PRINCIPLE trial looking at potential Covid-19 treatments that prevent hospital admission.

HRT: breast cancer risk depends on formulation and duration of use

The risk that women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will develop breast cancer depends on the formulation and duration of use, a new analysis suggests.

Use of hormonal contraceptives linked to reduced asthma risk

A study claims the use of hormonal contraceptives may reduce the risk of severe asthma in women.

Pharmacist interventions prevent pregnancy after EHC

Pharmacist interventions result in a significant increase in effective use of a contraceptive pill following emergency hormonal contraception.

Ridge: Only use dexamethasone for oxygen patients

Dexamethasone should be used to treat patients with critical or severe Covid-19 but not patients with ‘non-severe’ illness, Keith Ridge says. 

Most side effects of statins down to 'nocebo effect'

Most of the side-effects people suffer after taking statins are due to their negative associations with the drug, researchers have found.  

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