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Covid pill could be available by the autumn says Johnson

Boris Johnson said people could take a pill at home to reduce the symptoms of Covid or stop them getting it.

NI protocol ‘already disrupting medicine supply’

Some medicines are already becoming unavailable in Northern Ireland because of the Brexit protocol, an industry spokesperson has said.

SNP pledges to create state-owned generics manufacturer

The Scottish National Party has said that if it wins the May 6 election it will create a state-owned pharmaceutical agency.

New services plan for Northern Ireland pharmacies

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has announced his support for a service commissioning plan for community pharmacies in 2021-22. 

Over 9 in 10 pharmacies providing lateral flow tests

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacies in England have signed up to provide a new Covid-19 test distribution service, the Government has said.

ACBS sets out criteria for ONS to be listed in the Drug Tariff

Only 'standard' 125 and 200ml packs to be included in Tariff in the future - all other sizes to be de-listed.

Covid vaccines safe for pregnant women says JCVI

Pregnant women should get a Covid-19 vaccine based on their age and clinical risk group.

70 per cent of people unaware of ultra-processed foods

Some 70 per cent of people have not heard of the term 'ultra-processed foods' despite many trying to cut back on processed foods. 

IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

Pandemic sees dramatic rise in stress-related smoking

Half of smokers are stress-smoking more since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest research from Mintel.

Pneumovax 23 out of stock until mid-May

Supplies of Pneumovax 23 pre-filled syringes will be out of stock until the middle of next month.

NHS calls on more pharmacies to provide Covid jabs

More community pharmacies are needed to head up Covid-19 vaccination sites in a number of specified locations, NHS England has said. 

Blood test will detect early signs of bowel cancer

A blood test that can detect the early signs of bowel cancer will be rolled out in GP practices.

Covid vaccine will not 'invalidate' fast, says EPB member

EPB member professor Mahendra Patel has insisted the Covid vaccine is fine for people about to fast. 

Pharmacist urges AZ jab uptake after 'unlucky' brother's death

A pharmacist whose brother died after having the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged people not to be put off and get vaccinated.

Free PPE provision extended to March 2022

The government is extending the provision of free Covid-19 PPE to health and social care providers until the end of March 2022.

Pharmacies to target 50-64 year old cohort in 2021/22 flu programme

Pharmacies should plan flu vaccines orders for 2021/22 on the basis of meeting at least the numbers of vaccinations achieved this year.

Drug supply chains holding up post Brexit says DH

There has been a lower than expected level of disruption to the medicines supply chain since the end of the withdrawal period on January 1 says DHSC.

NHS to offer device to zap cluster headaches

gammaCore device is held against the neck and delivers a low-level electric current to block pain signals.

MHRA says benefits of AZ vaccine far outweigh the risks

Current data suggests that incidence of cerebral blood clots is around 4 per million first doses of the AZ vaccine.

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