Community pharmacy employers have reported six cases of staff contracting COVID-19 at work to the Health and Safety Executive as of 25 July 2020, latest figures show.
Community pharmacists in England will be able to vaccinate both the residents and staff of residential care and nursing homes in a single visit during the 2020/2021 flu season.
The newly introduced programme will offer provisionally registered pharmacists educational supervision and workplace assessments.
The Scottish government money will go to Scotland’s Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and ten research projects.
Government asks medicines manufacturers to stockpile drugs for end of Brexit transition period Subscription
The government has asked drug manufacturers to rebuild six-week stockpiles of medicines in time for the UK’s transition period for leaving the EU ending on 31 December 2020.
Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen should not be prescribed for chronic pain syndromes, NICE draft guidance saysSubscription
Common pain medicines, such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen, should not be offered to patients with chronic primary pain, according to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence draft guidance.
The University of Oxford’s ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine induces a strong immune response with no serious adverse reactions, preliminary findings of a phase I/II trial published in The Lancet have suggested.
Clarithromycin linked to increased haemorrhage risk in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulantsSubscription
Older adults taking direct oral anticoagulants are more likely to be admitted to hospital for haemorrhage after receiving clarithromycin compared with azithromycin, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has suggested.
Vitamin D may protect against colitis adverse events in patients taking immune checkpoint inhibitorsSubscription
People with melanoma who take immune checkpoint inhibitors are less likely to develop colitis if they are taking vitamin D supplements at treatment initiation, a study published in the journal Cancer has suggested
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to innovation in anticipatory prescribing practices within community palliative care, the results of a survey in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care have shown.
Patients hospitalised with COVID-19 who take statins are less likely to die than those who do not, a retrospective study published in Cell Metabolism suggests.
Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME populations not explained by cardiometabolic factors, vitamin D or deprivation, researchers findSubscription
Variations in cardiometabolic factors, vitamin D levels and socioeconomic or behavioural factors do not adequately explain why COVID-19 disproportionately affects black, Asian and minority ethnic populations.