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Health & NHS

Pharmacy teams ‘must receive Covid jab as a priority’

Community pharmacy teams must receive the Covid-19 vaccination at the same time as other health professionals, the RPS has said.

Efficient needles could make vaccines go further

Dutch needle manufacturer TSK Laboratory is to allow vaccine manufacturers to freely use their patented Low Dead Space technology for administering Covid-19 vaccines. 

Digital flu vaccine notification service expanded

Pharmacies and GP surgeries using Sonar and EMIS Web can now access a digital flu information resource.

Covid treatment trial to look at inhaled corticosteroid

The inhaled corticosteroid budesonide has been added to Oxford University’s PRINCIPLE trial looking at potential Covid-19 treatments that prevent hospital admission.

Covid test kit distribution pilot in Bradford pharmacies

Details of the pilot and how long it will last are still being worked on, says PSNC.

‘Selected’ pharmacies to offer on-site Covid jabs, NHS confirms

NHS England & improvement has confirmed that “selected” community pharmacies will be invited to take part in England’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

New structures could take on CCG commissioning role

Views sought on options for giving ICSs “a firmer footing in legislation" from April 2022.

NHS ‘reservists’ could work in pharmacies under new measures

Matt Hancock has endorsed a new bill that could see the creation of a permanent ‘NHS reservist system’ placing volunteers in pharmacies.

MHRA recalls batches of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets

The MHRA has recalled batches of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets.

Flu jab uptake among over-65s 10% higher than last year

The number of GP-registered patients aged 65 and over receiving flu vaccines in England is rising.

More adults contacting drug and alcohol services

The number of adults using drug and alcohol treatment services in England rose slightly over 12 months.

HRT: breast cancer risk depends on formulation and duration of use

The risk that women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will develop breast cancer depends on the formulation and duration of use, a new analysis suggests.

Use of hormonal contraceptives linked to reduced asthma risk

A study claims the use of hormonal contraceptives may reduce the risk of severe asthma in women.

Covid treatment for people who can't have vaccine on horizon

People who can't have a vaccine because they are immunocompromised may get access to a Covid-19 treatment.

Cervical cancer charity reaches out to patients

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has launched two new support services in response to increasing demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over-50s flu jabs to begin on December 1

DHSC will advise which wholesalers have been allocated stock via the NHSBSA website.

New campaign aims to highlight erection problems

International Men’s Day sees the launch of a new campaign to remove the shame and stigma associated with erection problems.

Modafinil carries significant risk of birth defects, warns MHRA

A drug used to treat sleep disorders carries a risk of birth defects when taken in pregnancy.  

Moderna vaccine deal brings UK total secured to 355m doses

Government say Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford vaccines could be available before year end

Abdominal cancer campaign launches

The ‘Help Us Help You – Abdominal Symptoms of Cancer’ campaign launched on 9 November 2020.

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