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Health & NHS

Smokers need help with basic tasks 10 years before non-smokers

A report by ASH revealed smokers rely on support to do the most basic things by the time they are 63. 

Groundbreaking antipsychotic drug withdrawal paper released

Academics believe the paper is the first to outline how patients can reduce their intake and risk of relapse.

Alphega joins Covid vaccination drive

Around 60 members of the virtual chain will soon be offering Covid-19 vaccinations in locations throughout the country.

EPB chair: Pharmacy must receive share of new Covid funding

The Government has pledged £7 billion to continue supporting the NHS' fight against Covid.

Pandemic delivery service extended until June 30

NHSE&I has extended the pandemic delivery service until June 30 for people who are self-isolating.

Welsh government launches plan to transform hospital pharmacy

The Welsh government has pledged to invest £67 million to improve the way medicines are prepared.

MHRA speaks out on Oxford jab blood clot reports

MHRA says it is closely reviewing reports from Europe of precautionary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine.  

Batches of Itraconazole recalled by MHRA

Batches of Itraconazole 10mg/ml oral solution have been recalled by the MHRA.

Serious shortage protocols extended by DHSC

SSPs for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets have been extended.

Quit smoking to improve mental health, urges charity

Smokers who quit for six weeks or more are happier and have better mental health than those who carry on smoking, new research shows. 

National stroke campaign “Act F.A.S.T” relaunched

The national stroke campaign “Act F.A.S.T” has been relaunched by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and Improvement.

Lung Cancer Symptoms campaign extended

Public Health England (PHE)’s ‘Help Us Help You – Lung Cancer Symptoms’ campaign has been extended and will now run until late May 2021.

MP ‘disappointed’ by budget’s pharmacy snub

A Labour MP has told the commons he was “disappointed” that last week’s budget statement did not offer any financial relief to pharmacies.

SSP for Levothyroxine extended to March 12

The serious shortage protocol for Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets has been extended by the DHSC.

Repaglinide out of stock until early May

Repaglinide 1mg and 2mg tablets will be out of stock until early May.

Pharmacy manifesto for next Scottish government

With a general election in Scotland coming up in May, Commumnity Pharmacy Scotland has launched a manifesto for the next Government.

‘Incredibly disappointing’ start to CPCS referrals from GPs

The GP referral arm of the consultation service has got off to an “incredibly disappointing” start says PSNC chief Dukes.

DHSC extends SSP for Salazopyrin until March 8

The serious shortage protocol for Salazopyrin EN-Tabs 500mg has been extended until March 8.  

Wales Week London puts spotlight on community pharmacy

PM editor Richard Thomas joins a panel of experts to debate the changing role of community pharmacy in Wales during the annual Wales Week London celebrations.

Pharmacy technicians invited onto PPE panel

Pharmacy technicians and dispensing staff have been invited to join a panel that assesses the quality of PPE.

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