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Charities badly hit by Covid-19 warns Coeliac UK

The Covid-19 pandemic is drying up health charities’ income streams, Coeliac UK said as it launched an urgent funding appeal.

Pharmacies could issue CDs without a prescription

Emergency measures would allow pharmacists to supply without a script, use SSPs and adjust instalments.

NPA: Volunteers in pharmacies 'uncharted territory'

Using volunteers to provide community pharmacy services is “uncharted territory” said the NPA.

Examined: Covid-19 pharmacy funding across the UK

The UK's four nations have responded differently to pharmacy's cashflow challenge. 

Inhalers and insulin dominate new export ban products

Asthma medications and insulin products make up the vast majority of the medicines newly added to the DHSC’s parallel export ban list.

Asthma UK clarifies who is at high risk from Covid-19

Preventer inhaler plus preventer oral medication plus continuous oral steriods equals high risk.

PDA: Multiples 'worried PPE will damage brand'

Some multiples believe their brand will be damaged if staff wear protective equipment to guard against Covid-19, says the PDA.

Coronavirus testing scheme open to pharmacy staff

Test will be free and available from drive-through locations.

NHS messaging service to send Covid-19 text support

People who contact NHS 111 and register their coronavirus symptoms will receive support through daily text messages.

£5 million to expand mental health services

In a drive to help support the public’s mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, PHE are to provide mental health guidance.

Boots staff testing NHS workers for Covid-19

Boots UK has opened two new Covid-19 testing centres for “NHS colleagues."

Pharmacies not getting PPE, PDA warns Hancock

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association urges Matt Hancock to ensure pharmacy has access to Covid-19 protective equipment. 

£10.5m COVID-19 relief funding for NI pharmacies

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland announces £10.5m in funding to support pharmacies during the pandemic.

Yorkshire pharmacies warn of rise in abuse from public

Over 40 per cent of community pharmacies in North Yorkshire have said they have encountered violence and abuse.

Pharmacies could sell COVID-19 tests to public ‘within days’

Community pharmacies may be able to sell rapid COVID-19 tests to the public within days.

DH not yet planning to release pandemic stockpile

There are no plans to release medicines from the DHSC's reduced Essential Medicines Buffer Stockpile.

COVID-19: Pharmacies given more say on opening hours

Community pharmacies have greater flexibility to decide the hours they are open to the public under new SOPs.

COVID-19 medicines delivery service imminent

The government says it will work with pharmacies to deliver prescriptions to 1.5 million "extremely vulnerable" patients.

PSNC: Services suspended to aid COVID-19 response

PQS is to be postponed for at least three months in order to release £18.75m for community pharmacies’ COVID-19 response.

Jhoots forced to apologise over increased prices

Jhoots has been forced into an embarrassing apology after selling products such as paracetamol at increased prices.

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