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Pharmacy group delivers Covid vaccine at PureGym

PureGym has joined forces with a Midlands-based pharmacy group to administer Covid vaccines.

Covid vaccines safe for pregnant women says JCVI

Pregnant women should get a Covid-19 vaccine based on their age and clinical risk group.

Cough & cold OTC market shrank by 30% in 2020

A dramatic reduction in the size of the OTC cough and cold market during the pandemic could become a long-term trend, the PAGB has warned. 

BOPA launches cancer training for pharmacy teams

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) has launched an educational series for community pharmacy teams on how to discuss cancer.

Fund to build classrooms set up in pharmacist's memory

The family of a pharmacist who died from Covid have set up a fund to build classrooms in impoverished areas of Pakistan.  

IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

Pandemic sees dramatic rise in stress-related smoking

Half of smokers are stress-smoking more since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest research from Mintel.

70 per cent of people unaware of ultra-processed foods

Some 70 per cent of people have not heard of the term 'ultra-processed foods' despite many trying to cut back on processed foods. 

NHS calls on more pharmacies to provide Covid jabs

More community pharmacies are needed to head up Covid-19 vaccination sites in a number of specified locations, NHS England has said. 

Pneumovax 23 out of stock until mid-May

Supplies of Pneumovax 23 pre-filled syringes will be out of stock until the middle of next month.

Navigating change

Liz Fidler unpicks a new joined-up approach to healthcare and what it means for pharmacy.

New guidance for chronic primary pain

The new guidance highlights the importance of individualised treatment, which is something pharmacy teams have a role to play in.

Blood test will detect early signs of bowel cancer

A blood test that can detect the early signs of bowel cancer will be rolled out in GP practices.

Covid vaccine will not 'invalidate' fast, says EPB member

EPB member professor Mahendra Patel has insisted the Covid vaccine is fine for people about to fast. 

Asthma drug shortens at-home recovery from Covid-19

Early treatment with inhaled budesonide shortens recovery time among Covid-19 patients being treated in the community, PRINCIPLE has shown. 

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral supplies expected in late summer

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar-free is out of stock and further supplies are not expected until late summer.

NHS to offer device to zap cluster headaches

gammaCore device is held against the neck and delivers a low-level electric current to block pain signals.

Drug supply chains holding up post Brexit says DH

There has been a lower than expected level of disruption to the medicines supply chain since the end of the withdrawal period on January 1 says DHSC.

Pharmacies to target 50-64 year old cohort in 2021/22 flu programme

Pharmacies should plan flu vaccines orders for 2021/22 on the basis of meeting at least the numbers of vaccinations achieved this year.

Free PPE provision extended to March 2022

The government is extending the provision of free Covid-19 PPE to health and social care providers until the end of March 2022.

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