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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. 

Pharmacist urges AZ jab uptake after 'unlucky' brother's death

A pharmacist whose brother died after having the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged people not to be put off and get vaccinated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Improving Boots performance ‘a top priority’ for WBA

Boots UK parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has said turning around the fortunes of the struggling multiple will be one of its “top priorities”. 

MHRA says benefits of AZ vaccine far outweigh the risks

Current data suggests that incidence of cerebral blood clots is around 4 per million first doses of the AZ vaccine.

New NICE guidance on chronic pain

People with chronic primary pain should be offered a range of treatments to help them manage their condition, says NICE in a new guideline.

Patient signature exemption extended to 30 June

Script charges go up on April 1, while flu vaccination and pandemic delivery services end

E-referral added to NHS app to reduce missed appointments

Patients have been given easier access to the NHS e-referral service after it was integrated into the NHS app.

Boots retail sales slump 18% ‘due to lockdown’

Boots stores continue to suffer as a result of lockdown restrictions with retail sales down 17.9 per cent on the previous year, says WBA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Office of Health Promotion takes over from PHE

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

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.

Rowlands joins Covid vaccine programme

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

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.

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