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Healthcare

Pharmacy employers report six Covid-19 cases to Government

Community pharmacy employers have reported a total of six instances of exposure to coronavirus in the workplace.

MHRA warns pharmacies about syringe labelling error

Pharmacists have been told to stop supplying a particular batch of syringes because of a labelling error.

Government signs deal for Covid vaccine produced in Scotland

The UK Government has agreed a deal with a biotech company for 60 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine.

Government PPE portal open to pharmacies for first time

A Government PPE ordering facility is now accepting orders from community pharmacy teams for the first time.

PHE launches nationwide campaign to tackle health issues

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a nationwide adult health campaign to help people live healthier lives after Covid-19.

NICE: Many chronic pain meds do more harm than good

Several commonly used treatments for chronic primary pain have little or no evidence that they work and shouldn’t be prescribed, NICE says in new draft guidance

More working years lost to alcohol than cancer

More working years were lost to alcohol consumption than cancer in England in 2018, according to data from Public Health England.

Rapid tests combining Covid and flu detection rolled out

The Government is to begin rolling out the use of two new rapid coronavirus tests in hospitals, care homes and labs from next week.

Health workers still have greater Covid risk ‘despite adequate PPE’

Health workers are still at an increased risk of being infected with coronavirus even when wearing correct PPE, researchers have found.

NHS to train community pharmacists in mental health drive

The Government has announced plans to train and recruit 50 community-based mental health pharmacists in England as part of the new NHS People Plan.

Rise in talking therapy referrals in England

The number of patients referred to talking therapy for anxiety or depression in England increased in 2019-20. 

Scotland: 80% of pharmacy patients ‘completely satisfied’

Community pharmacy services that offer advice, referral and treatment are highly rated by patients, research in Scotland shows.

UK government agrees fourth Covid vaccine deal

The two companies will supply the UK with 60 million doses of their protein adjuvant Covid-19 vaccine.

Pharmacies warned of rising benzodiazepine harm

There is evidence that the circulation of illicit and counterfeit tablets sold as benzodiazepines is on the rise and causing increasing harm.

RPS urges ministers to ensure pharmacy has big obesity role

The RPS says the government’s strategy on tackling obesity will succeed if community pharmacies play a key role.

Pharmacists survey suggests workplace Covid infection common

Four in 10 pharmacists think they caught Covid-19 at work, according to a survey by the PDA. 

Gear up pharmacists for vaccinations, says think tank

News of progress with Covid vaccine is no time for complacency, according to the International Longevity Centre.

Pharmacy withdraws needle exchange service after residents protest

A community pharmacy in south Belfast is to withdraw its needle exchange service after more than 20 years following protests from local residents.

Covid vaccine could be given alongside flu jab

The Government is exploring the possibility of giving patients a Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as they receive their flu jab.

UK signs deal for 90 million potential Covid-19 vaccine doses

The UK Government has signed off on a deal giving it early access to 90 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine if and when one becomes available.

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