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NI pharmacists voice concern about impact of Protocol

The UK and European Union must engage in constructive talks to ensure the continued supply of medicines in Northern Ireland, says Gerard Greene.

MHRA consults on Nuromol P to GSL switch

The MHRA has launched a consultation on whether Nuromol should be available to patients without having to visit a pharmacy. 

Hayfever affects almost double estimated number of sufferers

The number of people suffering with hayfever is almost double the amount that was previously estimated, Allergy UK has said. 

Record number of urgent cancer check referrals in March

Over 230,000 people with suspected cancer were seen as the NHS began to recover after a winter surge in Covid cases.

MS charities 'disappointed' by NICE decision on new drug

Multiple sclerosis charities have expressed their disappointment at NICE’s decision not to recommend ozanimod for patients in England and Wales. 

Diabetes diagnoses double in 15 years

Cases of diabetes diagnoses have doubled in the last 15 years, according to charity Diabetes UK. 

RPS wants legal restrictions on CDs in research removed

The RPS has called for legal restrictions on the use of controlled drugs in research to be removed. 

Calorie labelling to be introduced on restaurant menus

Large restaurant businesses with over 250 employees in England to display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drinks.

Depression doubles in over-70s during pandemic says Age UK

A brand new guide has been created to help improve older people’s access to talking therapies.

Queen's speech: Pharmacy bodies call for clarity

Community pharmacy’s representative bodies are demanding greater clarity on the Health and Care Bill set out in today’s speech.

Funding 'urgently' needed for pharmacy education and training

RPS president Sandra Gidley said more funding for the eduction and training of pharmacists will support their “enhanced clinical role.”  

Ex-RPS president appointed non-executive director of trust

Ash Soni has been appointed non-executive director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Alcohol deaths in England and Wales on the rise

Provisional data from the Office for National Statistics revealed a 19.6 per cent rise in deaths last year compared with 2019. 

Pharmacies in NI deliver 35,000 vaccines in six weeks

Community pharmacies across Northern Ireland have administered more than 35,000 Covid vaccines in the six weeks since the roll-out began.

MHRA: Errors on batches of valproate packs

Some batches of Syonell 250mg and 500mg gastro-resistant tablets have product packaging information errors.

Melanoma diagnoses fall 28% during pandemic

The number of melanoma diagnoses fell 28 per cent from April to November 2020 compared to the previous year. 

Make PrEP available from pharmacies, MP urges NHS chief

Preventative HIV medicine should be available from community pharmacies, NHS England chief Simon Stevens has been told.   

DH issues shortage protocol for HRT patches

The Department of Health and Social Care has said pharmacists may substitute Evorel and Estraderm for Estradot 75mcg patches.

Drinking habits change for over a third of people

Over a third of people (34.4 per cent) reported a change in their drinking habits over the last year.

Key points reminder for Pharmacy Collect customers

Critical that pharmacies remind people of the importance of reporting their results, whether positive or negative, says PSNC.

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