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Pharmacies ‘not treated as healthcare setting’ by Test & Trace

The PSNC is urging contractors who are unhappy with decisions made by Covid-19 contact tracers to escalate their case.

Lloyds in spotlight once more after locum EHC refusal

LloydsPharmacy has come under criticism after a pharmacist refused to provide emergency hormonal contraception.

Allow pharmacists to make direct NHS referrals say health bodies

Community pharmacists should be able to refer patients directly to other parts of the NHS, pharmacy and healthcare organisations have said.

High demand for pharmacy-run flu jab centre in Preston

A community pharmacy run, offsite flu vaccination centre has proved popular with patients after kicking off its 14-day run in Preston last Monday.

Government places order for one million antibody tests

The Government has placed its first order for one million Covid-19 antibody tests in a bid to understand the spread of the virus.  

Lorazepam in extremely limited supply until December

Lorazepam will be in limited supply until December, the PSNC has warned.

Priadel supplies to continue after watchdog probe launches

Essential Pharma has agreed to continue supplying the drug to the NHS after the UK competition watchdog launched an investigation.

Rowlands to reduce working hours for ‘many’ employees

Rowlands Pharmacy is planning to reduce working hours for “many” of its staff across the UK and slash opening hours for most branches in England.

Health during Covid the focus for latest Living Well campaign

The latest Living Well campaign - “Looking after your health and wellbeing during Covid-19” – gets underway through pharmacies in Northern Ireland this week.

Selling single-use plastic cotton buds is now an offence

It is now an offence for businesses such as pharmacies to supply or offer to supply single-use plastic straws or plastic stemmed cotton buds.

PSNC and government 'still far apart' on Covid funding

The PSNC and the Government are still far apart on agreeing the Covid-19 costs incurred by contractors during the pandemic.

Pharmacies could be used for phlebotomy services says NHS

Community pharmacies in England could be used to provide community phlebotomy services, NHS England & Improvement has said.

Priadel accusations 'unfounded' manufacturer tells BBC

Drug company stands to make millions from NHS after announcing plans to stop making lithium product programme claims.

1 in 8 in England tested for coronavirus

One in eight people in England have now been tested for coronavirus “at least once” since the Government testing service was launched.

R number falling suggests latest data from REACT-1 coronavirus study

Study indicates R number could have fallen from 1.47  between 20 August to 26 September to around 1.06.

Male suicide rate highest in 20 years

The male suicide rate in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest since 2000, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Well criticised for causing prescription ‘panic’ with text message

Well has been criticised for sending a text message to patients warning them to prepare for coronavirus disruption "as soon as possible".

Don’t boast about flu jab numbers, PDA warns pharmacists

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has said some pharmacists are “making irresponsible remarks” on social media regarding the flu service. 

STIs rising in England

There were 468,342 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections in England in 2019, a 5 per cent increase since 2018.

RPS members open to Covid vaccine role for techs

RPS members say they support the Government using “healthcare professionals who would not normally vaccinate”.

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