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PDA membership fees now tax deductable

Members can claim tax relief on fees back to 6 April 2018.

NHS investigating 44 pharmacies over pandemic delivery payments

The NHS is writing to 44 pharmacies in England over their 'unexpectedly' high payment claims for delivering medicines during the pandemic.   

Alcohol deaths in England and Wales on the rise

Provisional data from the Office for National Statistics revealed a 19.6 per cent rise in deaths last year compared with 2019. 

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.

Report reveals impact of Covid on female health workers

The NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network found “a significant rise” in female staff reporting poor health.

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.   

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. 

MHRA: Errors on batches of valproate packs

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

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.

Boots strikes five-year deal with digital services provider

Boots and Cegedim have struck a new five-year digital services deal.

NICE recommends new drug for relapsing MS

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

Police investigating theft of medicines from pharmacy

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating a robbery at a pharmacy in Portadown on Wednesday morning (April 28). 

Dispensing GPs driven by 'profit motive' report finds

Dispensing GPs prescribe in ways that are "consistent with a profit motive," a report finds. 

More people could benefit from antihypertensives, study finds

Many more people could benefit from blood pressure-lowering medication, according to a new study in the Lancet.

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.

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.

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.

Massive rise in mental disorders among health workers in Covid peak

The first peak of the Covid pandemic last year saw a 300 per cent rise in healthcare workers suffering from mental health problems.

Pharmacy capable of delivering millions of Covid jabs, survey finds

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacists would be eager to take part in an annual Covid-19 booster vaccination programme similar to the flu jab service given the right funding and support, a new survey shows.

Contract talks start for 2021-22 after Covid delays

Formal talks on contractual arrangements for the 2021-22 funding year have kicked off between PSNC, NHS England and the DH. 

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