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Fluoxetine 40mg capsule SSP issued with immediate effect

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a Serious Shortage Protocol for fluoxetine 40mg capsules in light of ongoing supply chain disruption.

Pharmacy receiving up to 20 mental health calls a week during crisis

A pharmacist says he gets about 20 calls a week during the coronavirus pandemic from people with mental health problems.

RPS: Pharmacists should be allowed to change scripts

The RPS wants medicines legislation to be amended so that community pharmacists can make changes to prescriptions.

Salazopyrin out of stock until June 1

Salazopyrin (sulfasalazine) 500mg suppositories are out of stock until the week beginning June 1.

Returned medicines 'could put staff at Covid-19 risk'

The NPA says pharmacists should consider the safety of pharmacy teams when deciding whether to accept unwanted medicines.

Care homes medicine re-use scheme introduced

Measures allowing care homes to re-use medicines introduced in light of Covid-19 supply chain worries.

Hancock urged to remove script charges ‘to save lives’

The health sectretary has been urged to scrap prescription charges temporarily to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Opinion: What are the risks of using volunteers to deliver medicines?

Solicitor Noel Wardle considers the concerns raised by community pharmacists about liabilities when using volunteers to deliver medicines.

Covid-19: Pharmacies must help patients arrange own deliveries

The long-awaited service launched on Good Friday, but there are still concerns around administrative workload and patient safety.

Masks ordered from wholesalers a Covid cost

All major wholesalers are being restocked with surgical masks - purchases will be recognised as Covid-related

Covid-19: GPhC highlights frontline innovations

Pharmacies throughout the UK are developing innovative ways to tackle Covid-19 in their local areas, the GPhC said.

NHSE reassurances on clinical negligence indemnity

Two existing indemnity schemes have been bolstered by the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Wear masks where distancing not possible, pharmacies told

PHE says pharmacy workers should wear fluid resistant surgical masks when it is not possible to maintain social distancing of two metres or more.

Social distancing 'best protection for pharmacies' say bodies

Pharmacy bodies have signed a joint statement on the importance of social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

GPs asked to maximise use of eRD

General practices are being asked to increase the use of eRD as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bristol pharmacy pilots volunteer medicine deliveries

A Bristol pharmacy partners with a local fitness group to help deliver medicines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advice on breaking down bulk paracetamol for retail sale

The NPA sets out labelling and other requirements for breaking down bulk packs.

COVID-19: Scottish pharmacists given access to emergency care data

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Scotland are to be given access to emergency care summary data.

Pharmacies help women with UTIs in new study

Community pharmacy test and treat services provide “accessible and timely care” for women with UTIs, a study has found.

National antimicrobial clinical audit cancelled

The requirement to complete the National Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Audit has been waivered with immediate effect. 

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