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The role of pharmacy in tobacco harm reduction

In an effort to accelerate the decline in smoking prevalence and smoking-related population harm, the tobacco harm reduction approach has been increasingly recognised by public health organisations. 

More adults contacting drug and alcohol services

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

HRT: breast cancer risk depends on formulation and duration of use

The risk that women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will develop breast cancer depends on the formulation and duration of use, a new analysis suggests.

Pharmacies need share of NHS £3bn, NPA tells Stevens

The NPA has urged Rishi Sunak to set aside some of the £3 billion for the NHS to support pharmacies.

Boots, Alliance donate dexamethasone tablets to NHS

Boots UK and Alliance Healthcare have donated 500,000 dexamethasone tablets to the NHS to help treat patients hospitalised with Covid-19.

CPCS pilot shortlisted in NHS Parliamentary Awards

CPCS pilot in the South West of England makes the shortlist in the “Excellence in Primary Care” category of the NHS Parliamentary Awards.

Pharmacist interventions prevent pregnancy after EHC

Pharmacist interventions result in a significant increase in effective use of a contraceptive pill following emergency hormonal contraception.

Use of hormonal contraceptives linked to reduced asthma risk

A study claims the use of hormonal contraceptives may reduce the risk of severe asthma in women.

Plea for calm in pharmacies during second wave

CPNI chief Gerard Greene urges the public to show pharmacies patience during the second wave of Covid-19.

Priadel manufacturer 'can't withdraw supply' under new terms

Essential agrees to continue to supply lithium drug in UK for at least five years.

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.

CPS: Pharmacies forced to close due to PPE failures

Scottish pharmacies have been forced to close by the country’s Test and Protect programme because staff were not wearing appropriate PPE.

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.

Market Monitor: November

Product updates from Training Matters.

Hospitals receive £16m to introduce digital prescribing

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

Lloyds demands 25% rent reduction on 300 pharmacies

LloydsPharmacy parent company McKesson UK is “insisting” on a 25 per cent discount from its health centre landlords.

Kent pharmacies rocked by staffing issues during crisis

Ninety-five per cent of Kent pharmacies experienced problems with staffing levels during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over-50s flu jabs to begin on December 1

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

The common cold

On average, adults experience two or three colds a year, and children double that, so it is likely pharmacy teams will regularly be asked for advice.

Surviving seasonal ailments

The festive season is upon us, so refresh your knowledge of common complaints with this seasonal ailments acrostic.

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