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Health & NHS

Shingles and skin infections next for PGDs under Pharmacy First Scotland

These conditions to be introduced from 1 March dependent on the approval of PGDs.

Asda first supermarket to launch pharmacy Covid jabs

Asda has today (January 28) become the first UK supermarket to launch Covid-19 vaccination in an in-store pharmacy.

HRT patches back on pharmacy shelves after two years

Drugs manufacturer Theramex has said the FemSeven Range of HRT patches will return to pharmacies this year after two years off the shelves. 

NICE approves PLASMA system for enlarged prostate

PLASMA offers lower risk of serious complications, and shorter hospital stay and cost savings to NHS.

Constipation the cause of over 200 hospital admissions a day

In 2019/2020 approximately 81,000 people in England forecast to be admitted to hospital suffering from constipation

Another 65 pharmacies begin Covid vaccinations

Sixty-five community pharmacy-led vaccination sites have this week become part of the coronavirus vaccination programme in England.

Hypertension pilot 'could become contractual pharmacy service'

The results of a pilot CVD service will inform future contractual discussions for the pharmacy sector, says NHS England. 

Smoking cessation transfer of care pilot underway in Oldham

An Oldham pilot is allowing hospitals to test the referral of patients to community pharmacies to continue stop smoking treatment begun in hospital.

£5m for temporary delivery service in Scotland

A new time-limited funded medicines delivery service will support highly vulnerable patients in Scotland until at least the end of March.

Covid vaccines rolled out to over-70s

From today, the NHS is inviting people aged 70 and over to have a coronavirus vaccine in areas where the first priority groups have had their jab. 

Wales: Pharmacy Covid vaccinations 'must be sped up'

Community pharmacies in Wales need to be involved at scale in providing the Covid-19 vaccine, the country's pharmacy negotiator has said.

Reciprocal EU healthcare arrangements confirmed

EHIC/E111s remain valid but will be replaced by new Global Health Insurance Card on expiry.

Pharmacies in code word scheme to help domestic violence victims

Domestic abuse victims can turn to pharmacies for help as part of an initiative that launches today.  

Lamotrigine and levetiracetam safest antiepileptics in pregnancy

Safety review by MHRA concludes lamotrigine and levetiracetam safer than other antiepileptics for pregnant women.

ASH releases film to help smokers quit

Pharmacy teams can direct those thinking about quitting smoking to a new film, commissioned by Southend Borough Council.

Extremely vulnerable patients told to shield once more

The Government has written to people who are defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, outlining updated guidance on shielding.

Largest ever vaccination plan involves community pharmacy sites

The government has started the “largest vaccination programme in British history” in the fight against Covid.

Moderna Covid-19 vaccine third to get UK approval

The MHRA has approved the Moderna vaccine for Covid-19, the third vaccine against the virus to be approved for use in the UK.

Plans for ‘wider involvement’ of pharmacies in vaccinations

Plans are underway to look at how more pharmacies can be involved in the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the PSNC has said.

Allevia 120mg tablets go directly from POM to GSL

Allevia 120mg tablets, which are used to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, have been switched from POM to GSL. 

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