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Health & NHS

All pharmacy staff to be tested twice a week for Covid-19

Pharmacy teams are included in NHSE&I’s new plans to send health workers home testing kits for coronavirus twice a week, PNN has learned. 

NHS in urgent talks with PSNC on Covid jabs

Pfizer/BioNTech says its vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19.

Long road to recovery for some Covid sufferers

Researchers are asking why some people are finding they still haven’t fully recovered weeks and months after having Covid-19.

Over 1.7m reached by Test and Trace claims Government

The government claims over 1.7 million people have been reached through its test and trace programme.  

MHRA cracks down on international medicines gang

A criminal network that was behind the illegal online sale of medicines in the UK has been stopped.

Pharmacies could administer Covid jabs before Christmas

Pharmacies in England could potentially be administering a Covid-19 vaccine before the end of 2020, an NHS chief’s comments suggest.

Pharmacies should sell EHC as a GSL, urges charity

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service is calling for EHC to be switched to GSL, citing privacy concerns in pharmacies.

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men at 20-year low

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men is at its lowest level in 20 years.

Child obesity on the increase in England, warns report

Obesity among children in England is on the rise according to a government report.  

Oxford trial asks pharmacies to refer possible Covid patients

Community pharmacy teams are being asked to signpost patients to PRINCIPLE, an Oxford University trial.

Unlicensed US flu jab approved for temporary use in UK

An unlicensed flu vaccine used in the US for the past three winters has been granted temporary authorisation for the UK.

Government PPE portal now main provider for pharmacies

The portal – once intended as a top-up system only – is now to be the primary source of PPE for community pharmacies.

Fluoxetine 30mg capsules out of stock until December

Fluoxetine 30mg capsules are out of stock until mid-December, the PSNC has warned.

Cocaine should be sold in pharmacies says charity

A charity is calling for stimulant street drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be ‘nationalised’ and sold in Government-run pharmacies.

Epilepsy teen gets cannabis care plan in NHS first

A teenager with severe epilepsy has been prescribed cannabis oil as part of the first NHS care plan of its kind.

Pharmacists allowed to give unlicensed Covid vaccines after law change

Pharmacists will be able to provide unlicensed Covid-19 vaccines to patients, the Government said as it set out new legal changes.

Pharmacies ‘will get flu vaccines at same time as GPs’

Community pharmacies will receive additional supplies of flu vaccine from the start of November along with general practices, the PSNC has stressed.

MHRA recalls batches of Metoprolol 50mg tablets

The MHRA has recalled some batches of Metoprolol 50mg tablets.

Pharmacy Brexit forum airs supply chain worries

At a recent meeting of the PSNC's Brexit forum the focus was on medicines supply and the risk that doctors may issue extended prescriptions.

UK drug deaths highest since records began says ONS

The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales last year climbed to the highest levels since records started in 1993.

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