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Health & NHS

Pharmacies not getting PPE, PDA warns Hancock

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association urges Matt Hancock to ensure pharmacy has access to Covid-19 protective equipment. 

£10.5m COVID-19 relief funding for NI pharmacies

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland announces £10.5m in funding to support pharmacies during the pandemic.

Pharmacies could sell COVID-19 tests to public ‘within days’

Community pharmacies may be able to sell rapid COVID-19 tests to the public within days.

COVID-19: Breakneck pace in drug and vaccine pipeline

John Cahill of PharmaLex Ireland looks at the pipeline for candidates being developed in the fight against COVID-19.

COVID-19 medicines delivery service imminent

The government says it will work with pharmacies to deliver prescriptions to 1.5 million "extremely vulnerable" patients.

PSNC: Services suspended to aid COVID-19 response

PQS is to be postponed for at least three months in order to release £18.75m for community pharmacies’ COVID-19 response.

Use paracetamol for COVID-19 in preference to NSAIDs

Patients who have confirmed COVID-19, or believe they have the virus, should use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs.

NHSE: Pharmacies reimbursed for COVID closures

Community pharmacy activity and concerns relating to Covid-19 get first recognition from NHS England in latest response.

Pharmacy 111 referrals up 10% due to CPCS

Pharmacy 111 referrals have risen by 10 per cent since October 2019.

Anti-inflammatories aggravate COVID-19?

Clinicians react to comments by the French health minister on the potential risk of using ibuprofen in COVID-19 fever.

£16 million to roll out PrEP after 'years of fighting'

Local authorities will receive £16 million in 2020 to 2021 to deliver the preventative HIV treatment PrEP.

NICE approves first anti-CRGP preparation for migraine

Fremanezumab now available on the NHS in England and Wales for up to 10,000 people.

Use of pharmacy COVID-19 test 'not advised' says PHE

PHE says little information on accuracy or suitability of type of test being sold commercially by some manufacturers.

£200 million to go towards mental health services

New or expanded crisis services will be opened in every region in England to expand mental health crisis services.

RPS calls for reversal in smoking services decline

RPS marks No Smoking Day issues with call for additional public health funding.

Community pharmacies to receive facemasks

Chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has told community pharmacies they are to receive facemasks.

Patients urged to return adrenaline pens to pharmacies

Patients have been urged to return Emerade 150-microgram adrenaline pens to their pharmacy over safety concerns. 

£10m worth of erectile dysfunction drugs seized in 2019

Unlicensed ED pills worth more than £10 million were seized in the UK in 2019.

Digital interventions can play a role says NICE

Digital tools should be offered in addition to existing health services, not as a replacement, says NICE

Coronavirus: Retired NHS staff may be called back to duty

A worsening of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK could see retired NHS staff called back to duty to prop up the health service.

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