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NPA funding petition nears 90k signatures after protests

Just over 89,000 people have signed an NPA petition calling on the Government to reimburse pharmacies’ Covid-related expenses.

Duchess of Cornwall praises pharmacy teams in Sussex visit

The Duchess of Cornwall met with community pharmacy workers yesterday to learn about the role they have played during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eight per cent of non-communicable diseases attributed to inactivity

Physical inactivity is found to be responsible for up to eight per cent of non-communicable disease and deaths worldwide.

Asthma exacerbation rates fall during pandemic

Fewer people with severe asthma attacks were admitted to hospital or seen by their GP during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two-thirds of pharmacies in Northern Ireland giving Covid jabs

Almost 350 community pharmacies are taking part in Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, health minister Robin Swann announced.

Office of Health Promotion takes over from PHE

New body will lead national efforts to tackle obesity, improve mental health and promote physical activity.

Covid lateral flow test service announced today

Contractors will be able to claim up to £450 for signing up to a new service involving the distribution of lateral flow tests to asymptomatic individuals.

Growth of pharmacy flu jabs ‘far surpasses’ general practice

Community pharmacies have vaccinated over one million more patients against influenza in the 2020-21 flu season than in the previous year.

Rowlands joins Covid vaccine programme

A branch of Rowlands Pharmacy in north Wales has started administering Covid vaccines.  

Levothyroxine SSP extended until April 1

The serious shortage protocol for Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets has been extended until April 1.

50 to 64-year-olds added to 2021/22 flu programme

Contractors asked to await updated flu reimbursement letter before amending vaccine orders.

More powers to be devolved to GPhC under proposed legislation

The Government is proposing that health regulators such as the GPhC are given greater powers to set more of their operating procedures.

New UK Health Security Agency starts work in April

UKHSA combines the key elements of PHE with the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and NHS Test and Trace

Pandemic deliveries for vulnerable end on March 31

The pandemic delivery service for clinically extremely vulnerable people ends on March 31. 

Two new preventative Covid trials get government funding

Trials will evaluate prophylactic treatments for Covid-19 in care homes and for the immunocompromised

Swallowable sponge could reduce need for endoscopies

In trials just one in 30 of the patients offered the Cytosponge were referred for an endoscopy.

NHS rolls out capsule cameras to test for colon cancers

Initial group of 11,000 NHS patients in England will receive capsule cameras in 40 parts of the country.

SSP issued for Competact with immediate effect

The Department for Health and Social Care has issued a serious shortage protocol for anti-diabetes medicine Competact with immediate effect

Smokers need help with basic tasks 10 years before non-smokers

A report by ASH revealed smokers rely on support to do the most basic things by the time they are 63. 

Groundbreaking antipsychotic drug withdrawal paper released

Academics believe the paper is the first to outline how patients can reduce their intake and risk of relapse.

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