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PSNC: Let’s put a stop to GP flu jab competition

Simon Dukes says he is hopeful the Covid-19 pandemic will help put an end to competition between pharmacies and GP surgeries over flu jabs.

Pharmacy teams ‘must receive Covid jab as a priority’

Community pharmacy teams must receive the Covid-19 vaccination at the same time as other health professionals, the RPS has said.

Covid treatment trial to look at inhaled corticosteroid

The inhaled corticosteroid budesonide has been added to Oxford University’s PRINCIPLE trial looking at potential Covid-19 treatments that prevent hospital admission.

Efficient needles could make vaccines go further

Dutch needle manufacturer TSK Laboratory is to allow vaccine manufacturers to freely use their patented Low Dead Space technology for administering Covid-19 vaccines. 

Digital flu vaccine notification service expanded

Pharmacies and GP surgeries using Sonar and EMIS Web can now access a digital flu information resource.

New campaign puts erection problems in the spotlight

Erection problems are common, yet 27 per cent of sufferers have never spoken about the issue, according to a new report.

Covid test kit distribution pilot in Bradford pharmacies

Details of the pilot and how long it will last are still being worked on, says PSNC.

‘Selected’ pharmacies to offer on-site Covid jabs, NHS confirms

NHS England & improvement has confirmed that “selected” community pharmacies will be invited to take part in England’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

New structures could take on CCG commissioning role

Views sought on options for giving ICSs “a firmer footing in legislation" from April 2022.

NHS ‘reservists’ could work in pharmacies under new measures

Matt Hancock has endorsed a new bill that could see the creation of a permanent ‘NHS reservist system’ placing volunteers in pharmacies.

Flu jab uptake among over-65s 10% higher than last year

The number of GP-registered patients aged 65 and over receiving flu vaccines in England is rising.

More adults contacting drug and alcohol services

The number of adults using drug and alcohol treatment services in England rose slightly over 12 months.

Covid treatment for people who can't have vaccine on horizon

People who can't have a vaccine because they are immunocompromised may get access to a Covid-19 treatment.

Cervical cancer charity reaches out to patients

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has launched two new support services in response to increasing demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hospitals receive £16m to introduce digital prescribing

NHS Long Term Plan is to introduce digital prescribing across the entire NHS by 2024.

Over-50s flu jabs to begin on December 1

DHSC will advise which wholesalers have been allocated stock via the NHSBSA website.

Eczema report highlights gaps in care

The extensive and under-recognised impact eczema can have on all aspects of people’s lives are revealed in a new report.

Modafinil carries significant risk of birth defects, warns MHRA

A drug used to treat sleep disorders carries a risk of birth defects when taken in pregnancy.  

Abdominal cancer campaign launches

The ‘Help Us Help You – Abdominal Symptoms of Cancer’ campaign launched on 9 November 2020.

Earlier NHS intervention for eating disorders

Young people with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are to gain access to specialist support across England.

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