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Hospitalised Covid patients with diabetes at risk

Study looking at impact of Covid-19 on hospitalised patients with diabetes finds one in ten die within seven days of admission

Unlicensed anti-viral gets MHRA approval for Covid-19

The MHRA has said it supports the use of the unlicensed anti-viral remdesivir in some Covid-19 patients with “high unmet medical need”.

Further doubt cast on hydroxychloroquine efficacy

Recent studies throw further doubt on the efficacy of using hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with Covid-19.

Primary care Covid-19 trial recruiting on-line

Oxford team testing whether low-risk treatment in the community can help people with Covid-19 get better quicker.

Clinical news: Why Covid-19 hits men particularly hard

Study suggests men are more at risk than women from Covid-19 because they clear the virus more slowly, possibly because it lurks in the testicles.

Gender imbalance in Covid-19 deaths

Three quarters of those who die in critical care with Covid-19 are men, according to the latest figures from the ICNARC.

‘Lack of evidence’ for ibuprofen Covid-19 harm

The Commission on Human Medicines has said patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of Covid-19.

Covid-19: Advice for pharmacists on cancer patients

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association has put together advice for community pharmacists on support for cancer patients during Covid-19.

Uncertainty about masks protecting against Covid-19

Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing Covid-19 transmission, according to two new studies.

Covid-19 contagion lingers after symptoms resolve

Half the patients treated for mild COVID-19 infection remained contagious for up to eight days after symptoms resolved, according to a new study.

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.

HMOs linked to growth

HMOs found in breastmilk may influence a child's growth from infancy through early childhood.

Medicines reconciliation 'prevents hospital readmission'

Medicines reconciliation could become an essential service in the 2020-21 community pharmacy contractual framework.

Signs of success with MenB vaccination programme

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases.

NICE fast-tracks epilepsy recommendation

Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex with clobazam, a seizure-preventing cannabis-based treatment.

NHS Scotland to commission Hemlibra for haemophilia A

NHS Scotland has decided to commission Hemlibra for patients with severe congenital haemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors.

Prescribing rates of vitamin D high for children

Prescribing rates of high doses of vitamin D are at an all-time high for British children.

UK leads Europe in early clinical research, but faces challenges …

The UK leads on early stage clinical trials but falls behind Germany and the US when it comes to later-stage research.

Flu jabs already 85pc of last year’s total

Flu vaccinations at 85pc of 2018-19 levels by early November.

First cannabis-based medicines approved for reimbursement

Pharmacists in England are to be reimbursed for dispensing cannabis-based products for the first time.

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