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Hydroxychloroquine 'ineffective in treating Covid-19'

Preliminary results from RECOVERY trial show hydroxychloroquine has no effect on mortality.

Guidance for pharmacy teams on making hand sanitiser

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association's training video supports production of WHO formula hand sanitiser. 

Hospitalised Covid patients with diabetes at risk

Study looking at impact of Covid-19 on hospitalised patients with diabetes finds one in ten die within seven days of admission

Unlicensed anti-viral gets MHRA approval for Covid-19

The MHRA has said it supports the use of the unlicensed anti-viral remdesivir in some Covid-19 patients with “high unmet medical need”.

Primary care Covid-19 trial recruiting on-line

Oxford team testing whether low-risk treatment in the community can help people with Covid-19 get better quicker.

Covid-19: Convalescent plasma trial underway

Can plasma donated by patients who have recovered from Covid-19 help those battling the illness?

Clinical briefing: research key in helping to understand and beat Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc worldwide, researchers are still getting to grips with the virus and why some people are especially vulnerable.

Gender imbalance in Covid-19 deaths

Three quarters of those who die in critical care with Covid-19 are men, according to the latest figures from the ICNARC.

‘Lack of evidence’ for ibuprofen Covid-19 harm

The Commission on Human Medicines has said patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of Covid-19.

Covid-19: Advice for pharmacists on cancer patients

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association has put together advice for community pharmacists on support for cancer patients during Covid-19.

Uncertainty about masks protecting against Covid-19

Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing Covid-19 transmission, according to two new studies.

Covid-19 contagion lingers after symptoms resolve

Half the patients treated for mild COVID-19 infection remained contagious for up to eight days after symptoms resolved, according to a new study.

COVID-19: Breakneck pace in drug and vaccine pipeline

John Cahill of PharmaLex Ireland looks at the pipeline for candidates being developed in the fight against COVID-19.

Anti-inflammatories aggravate COVID-19?

Clinicians react to comments by the French health minister on the potential risk of using ibuprofen in COVID-19 fever.

Medicines reconciliation 'prevents hospital readmission'

Medicines reconciliation could become an essential service in the 2020-21 community pharmacy contractual framework.

Signs of success with MenB vaccination programme

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases.

NICE fast-tracks epilepsy recommendation

Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex with clobazam, a seizure-preventing cannabis-based treatment.

NHS Scotland to commission Hemlibra for haemophilia A

NHS Scotland has decided to commission Hemlibra for patients with severe congenital haemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors.

Prescribing rates of vitamin D high for children

Prescribing rates of high doses of vitamin D are at an all-time high for British children.

Plan now for 15% spike in AMD cases, researchers warn

Health systems across Europe should start planning now for the increasing prevalence of AMD, researchers have said.

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