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Misperceptions causing people to reject vaping says report

Misperceptions around the risks of vaping could be causing people to turn their backs on electronic cigarettes, says PHE.

Pharmacy teams encouraged to support Covid vaccine study

Researchers are asking pharmacy teams to take part in a study to monitor the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

PM urged to protect health workers against new Covid strains

Boris Johnson has been urged to ensure health workers are protected from new strains of Covid.

Campaign launched to address dangers of air pollution

The British Lung Foundation and Perrigo have launched a campaign to address air pollution.

NHS widens pharmacy jab programme with lower weekly target

Pharmacies able to deliver 400 Covid-19 vaccines per week have been invited to apply to take part in England’s vaccination programme.

Sodium valproate prescribed to 180 pregnant women in England

Sodium valproate was prescribed to almost 200 pregnant women in England between April 2018 and September 2020, new NHS data shows. 

Reclassifying the pill will increase access says RPS

Making the contraceptive pill available over the counter will increase access and “enable women to make an informed choice" says RPS.

Leicestershire pharmacists in inhaler recycling scheme

A pharmaceutical company is asking pharmacists in Leicestershire to take part in an inhaler recycling scheme.  

MHRA could reclassify contraceptive pill

Pharmacists could be able to sell the contraceptive pill after MHRA consultation on reclassification. 

GPhC: We are not trying to prevent trans hormone supply

The GPhC has attempted to fend off concerns that its decisions may have had a negative impact on young transgender individuals. 

Hancock’s NHS shake up ‘ must help pharmacy to do more’

New reforms announced today for health and social care in England should take community pharmacies into account, the sector has said. 

Surgeon tackling vaccine hesitancy in BAME groups

A leading surgeon is focusing on tackling ‘vaccine hesitancy’ among black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. 

1k jabs per week rule to stay ‘until supply improves’

The Government won’t relax rules preventing smaller pharmacies from taking part in the Covid-19 vaccination programme until “supply allows".

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental disorders decreasing

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders in England are decreasing.

MHRA analysis confirms Covid vaccine safety

The MHRA has said an analysis on approved Covid vaccines shows they are safe despite mild side-effects.

DH activates shortage protocol for thyroid drug

The Government has issued a serious shortage protocol for levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets in response to “significant ongoing disruption” to supply.

PDA: Use every pharmacy for second Oxford jab doses

The PDA says all community pharmacies should deliver second doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine.

Vaccine ‘time bomb’ in Wales if pharmacies not utilised

Wales faces a “ticking time bomb” if work does not begin to commission community pharmacies to administer Covid vaccines says CPW chair. 

PDA sets up portal for locums to register for Covid-19 vaccination

There are concerns that locums may not appear on employers' lists for priority vaccination as health workers.

People in contact with secondary mental health on rise

Over 2.8 million people were recorded as being “in contact” with secondary mental health services in 2019-20.

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