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Roll out of EPS 4 being accelerated

Pharmacies should see hand signed FP10s replaced with Phase 4 tokens.

Covid infection rates were falling in early July

REACT-1 study results give snapshot of Covid situation in late June and early July as lockdown started to ease.

Pharmacy employers report six Covid-19 cases to Government

Community pharmacy employers have reported a total of six instances of exposure to coronavirus in the workplace.

MHRA warns pharmacies about syringe labelling error

Pharmacists have been told to stop supplying a particular batch of syringes because of a labelling error.

Government signs deal for Covid vaccine produced in Scotland

The UK Government has agreed a deal with a biotech company for 60 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine.

Community pharmacy vaccinations on the rise worldwide

Community pharmacy-based vaccinations are rapidly increasing worldwide, with almost twice as many people able to be immunised in a pharmacy compared to four years ago.

Government PPE portal open to pharmacies for first time

A Government PPE ordering facility is now accepting orders from community pharmacy teams for the first time.

Brexit: Manufacturers told to stockpile once more

DHSC is once again asking suppliers to stockpile 6 weeks' supply of medicines.

PHE launches nationwide campaign to tackle health issues

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a nationwide adult health campaign to help people live healthier lives after Covid-19.

Home-use antibody tests could be approved ‘within months’

A coronavirus antibody test is currently undergoing ‘ease of use trials’ to determine whether it can be used by the general public.

At least 139 pharmacies have closed since 2018-19 warns PSNC

There has been a net decrease of at least 139 community pharmacies in England since 2018-19, the PSNC has warned.

NICE: Many chronic pain meds do more harm than good

Several commonly used treatments for chronic primary pain have little or no evidence that they work and shouldn’t be prescribed, NICE says in new draft guidance

More working years lost to alcohol than cancer

More working years were lost to alcohol consumption than cancer in England in 2018, according to data from Public Health England.

Rapid tests combining Covid and flu detection rolled out

The Government is to begin rolling out the use of two new rapid coronavirus tests in hospitals, care homes and labs from next week.

Health workers still have greater Covid risk ‘despite adequate PPE’

Health workers are still at an increased risk of being infected with coronavirus even when wearing correct PPE, researchers have found.

Pandemic delivery service extended in lockdown zones

The pharmacy pandemic delivery service has been extended until August 31 in three areas of England.

NHS to train community pharmacists in mental health drive

The Government has announced plans to train and recruit 50 community-based mental health pharmacists in England as part of the new NHS People Plan.

10 minute clinic: irritable bowel syndrome

This handy 10-minute clinic is designed to act as a quick reference guide that will help you when advising customers suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Numark starts campaign to get people to get flu jab

Numark has launched a campaign to encourage more people to vaccinate themselves against the flu this winter.

Rise in talking therapy referrals in England

The number of patients referred to talking therapy for anxiety or depression in England increased in 2019-20. 

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