When Public Health England published new guidance on the use of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic on 2 April 2020, pharmacy’s representative bodies thought the battle was won.
As researchers around the globe drop everything to find a treatment for COVID-19, we look at the likely frontrunners for managing this deadly disease.
The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching the NHS, including its supplies of essential drugs, to the limits. We may need new systems in place to ensure patients never miss out on medicines they need.
Although most people in the UK will be vaccinated against tetanus as a child, immunity does not always persist into adulthood. It is important that pharmacists can recognise the symptoms and know the treatments available for this disease.
How pharmacists can implement guidance and best practice in response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patient and staff safety, as well as the approaches pharmacy teams across the UK are taking in response to the virus.
Providing medicines adherence support to areas of high deprivation in England: community pharmacists’ experienceSubscription
Semi-structured interviews assessing pharmacists’ experiences of providing interventions, products and services that support medicines adherence.
With opportunities to work in primary care networks emerging in England, pharmacists can make the most of their knowledge and experience to succed in such a role.
It is more important than ever to ensure the wellbeing of the frontline pharmacy workforce; here are some tips on how this can be done.
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New evidence suggests that patients and practitioners can devise a personal schedule for gradually reducing antidepressant medication to limit severe withdrawal symptoms.
Dozens of drug candidates are being trialled for both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19, but it is too early to recommend any of them for routine clinical use.
Personal protective equipment is vital in allowing pharmacists to continue their essential work during the pandemic, yet pharmacies have not received enough to continue operating safely.
Some pharmacies have said they will not use NHS volunteers for delivering medicines to vulnerable patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, after guidance from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has stated they would be responsible for ensuring that safety checks on volunteers had been carried out.
Pharmacy teams working across all settings in the NHS can now call an NHS mental health hotline for support in dealing with the pressures of COVID-19.
Small-to-medium sized pharmacy chains are operating with up to 15% of their community pharmacy staff off work as a result of COVID-19, The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies has said.
Emergency COVID-19 funding for community pharmacies may not be enough to prevent closures, pharmacy bodies have said, after the government promised £300m in advance payments for pharmacies.
Community pharmacists will be able to access testing for COVID-19 as part of a government drive to get frontline NHS staff, who are currently self-isolating, back to work.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to the major supermarket chains urging them to ensure that pharmacists can access dedicated shopping times for NHS workers.