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Charities badly hit by Covid-19 warns Coeliac UK

The Covid-19 pandemic is drying up health charities’ income streams, Coeliac UK said as it launched an urgent funding appeal.

Pharmacies could issue CDs without a prescription

Emergency measures would allow pharmacists to supply without a script, use SSPs and adjust instalments.

Inhalers and insulin dominate new export ban products

Asthma medications and insulin products make up the vast majority of the medicines newly added to the DHSC’s parallel export ban list.

NPA: Volunteers in pharmacies 'uncharted territory'

Using volunteers to provide community pharmacy services is “uncharted territory” said the NPA.

Asthma UK clarifies who is at high risk from Covid-19

Preventer inhaler plus preventer oral medication plus continuous oral steriods equals high risk.

NHS messaging service to send Covid-19 text support

People who contact NHS 111 and register their coronavirus symptoms will receive support through daily text messages.

£5 million to expand mental health services

In a drive to help support the public’s mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, PHE are to provide mental health guidance.

Coronavirus testing scheme open to pharmacy staff

Test will be free and available from drive-through locations.

Boots staff testing NHS workers for Covid-19

Boots UK has opened two new Covid-19 testing centres for “NHS colleagues."

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.

Over 3k former pharmacists rejoin the register

The GPhC gives ‘temporary registration’ to 3,332 former pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic.

RPS asks police for greater protection for pharmacy teams

The RPS calls for a zero-tolerance approach to aggressive behaviour towards under-pressure pharmacy staff.

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.

Urgent call for COVID-19 testing for pharmacy staff

People working in pharmacies urgently need access to testing, the sector negotiator in Northern Ireland has said.

COVID crisis: Wales announces flexible opening hours

Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething has said that pharmacies in Wales can amend opening hours to manage demand.

COVID-19 medicines delivery service imminent

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

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.

RPS: Give pharmacists protection from coronavirus

The RPS has drawn up a series of recommendations to protect pharmacists from the coronavirus pandemic.

Pharmacy 111 referrals up 10% due to CPCS

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

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