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IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

Pandemic sees dramatic rise in stress-related smoking

Half of smokers are stress-smoking more since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest research from Mintel.

70 per cent of people unaware of ultra-processed foods

Some 70 per cent of people have not heard of the term 'ultra-processed foods' despite many trying to cut back on processed foods. 

NHS calls on more pharmacies to provide Covid jabs

More community pharmacies are needed to head up Covid-19 vaccination sites in a number of specified locations, NHS England has said. 

Pneumovax 23 out of stock until mid-May

Supplies of Pneumovax 23 pre-filled syringes will be out of stock until the middle of next month.

Blood test will detect early signs of bowel cancer

A blood test that can detect the early signs of bowel cancer will be rolled out in GP practices.

Covid vaccine will not 'invalidate' fast, says EPB member

EPB member professor Mahendra Patel has insisted the Covid vaccine is fine for people about to fast. 

Asthma drug shortens at-home recovery from Covid-19

Early treatment with inhaled budesonide shortens recovery time among Covid-19 patients being treated in the community, PRINCIPLE has shown. 

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral supplies expected in late summer

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar-free is out of stock and further supplies are not expected until late summer.

NHS to offer device to zap cluster headaches

gammaCore device is held against the neck and delivers a low-level electric current to block pain signals.

Drug supply chains holding up post Brexit says DH

There has been a lower than expected level of disruption to the medicines supply chain since the end of the withdrawal period on January 1 says DHSC.

Pharmacies to target 50-64 year old cohort in 2021/22 flu programme

Pharmacies should plan flu vaccines orders for 2021/22 on the basis of meeting at least the numbers of vaccinations achieved this year.

Free PPE provision extended to March 2022

The government is extending the provision of free Covid-19 PPE to health and social care providers until the end of March 2022.

Pharmacist urges AZ jab uptake after 'unlucky' brother's death

A pharmacist whose brother died after having the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged people not to be put off and get vaccinated.

MHRA says benefits of AZ vaccine far outweigh the risks

Current data suggests that incidence of cerebral blood clots is around 4 per million first doses of the AZ vaccine.

Improving Boots performance ‘a top priority’ for WBA

Boots UK parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has said turning around the fortunes of the struggling multiple will be one of its “top priorities”. 

New NICE guidance on chronic pain

People with chronic primary pain should be offered a range of treatments to help them manage their condition, says NICE in a new guideline.

Boots retail sales slump 18% ‘due to lockdown’

Boots stores continue to suffer as a result of lockdown restrictions with retail sales down 17.9 per cent on the previous year, says WBA.

E-referral added to NHS app to reduce missed appointments

Patients have been given easier access to the NHS e-referral service after it was integrated into the NHS app.

Patient signature exemption extended to 30 June

Script charges go up on April 1, while flu vaccination and pandemic delivery services end

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