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Health & NHS

Ex-RPS president appointed non-executive director of trust

Ash Soni has been appointed non-executive director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Private Covid tests 'must undergo independent validation'

RPS chief scientist Gino Martini wants private Covid tests to be put through the same validation process as those on the NHS.

Pharmacies in NI deliver 35,000 vaccines in six weeks

Community pharmacies across Northern Ireland have administered more than 35,000 Covid vaccines in the six weeks since the roll-out began.

Make PrEP available from pharmacies, MP urges NHS chief

Preventative HIV medicine should be available from community pharmacies, NHS England chief Simon Stevens has been told.   

MHRA: Errors on batches of valproate packs

Some batches of Syonell 250mg and 500mg gastro-resistant tablets have product packaging information errors.

Melanoma diagnoses fall 28% during pandemic

The number of melanoma diagnoses fell 28 per cent from April to November 2020 compared to the previous year. 

Lung health taskforce asks public to share data

The Taskforce for Lung Health is aiming to raise awareness of the launch of its Lung Health Data Tracker.

NICE recommends new drug for relapsing MS

NICE has recommended the use of auto-injectable MS drug ofatumumab on the NHS. 

DH issues shortage protocol for HRT patches

The Department of Health and Social Care has said pharmacists may substitute Evorel and Estraderm for Estradot 75mcg patches.

Drinking habits change for over a third of people

Over a third of people (34.4 per cent) reported a change in their drinking habits over the last year.

Lack of sleep increases dementia risk by 30 per cent

People who continuously sleep for six hours or less a night are roughly 30 per cent more likely to develop dementia.

'Urgent need' for evidence on discontinuing antidepressants

There is an “urgent need” for better evidence on the safest and most effective ways to discontinue antidepressants, a review finds. 

Covid app used over three million times

An app revealing the number of Covid cases within one to 10 miles of someone’s home has been used over three million times.

Key points reminder for Pharmacy Collect customers

Critical that pharmacies remind people of the importance of reporting their results, whether positive or negative, says PSNC.

People from deprived areas most likely to suffer diabetes complications

People living in socially deprived areas of Scotland are more likely to experience life-threatening complications of type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.

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.

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.

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. 

Data on hospital medicines prescribed during Covid to be collected

Data on medicines prescribed and administered in hospitals will be collected as part of research into patients' Covid care.

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