Hundreds of thousands of NHS volunteer responders will begin delivering medicines and driving vulnerable patients to appointments from today, under a scheme launched in England.
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All the most important developments in the COVID-19 pandemic for pharmacists and their teams, as they happen.
Pharmacy staff should wear masks if they cannot keep two metres away from colleagues, new guidance says
New guidance for pharmacists working during the COVID-19 pandemic says they should always wear fluid-resistant surgical masks if they can’t distance themselves by two metres from anyone else in the pharmacy.
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.
Pharmacies are experiencing difficulties sourcing some commonly used asthma inhalers, following a surge in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Pharmaceutical Journal can reveal.
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.
Half of people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 remained “viral positive” after their condition resolved, a study from a Beijing hospital has shown.
Interventions supporting medicines continuity in older people are most successful in preventing hospital readmission when they bridge the gap between hospital discharge and returning home.
More lifestyle support needed for patients starting medicines for cardiovascular disease, study concludesSubscription
People who initiate statins or antihypertensive medicines are more likely to become obese or physically inactive compared with people who do not, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests.
An intervention designed to help GP practices identify and refer patients for hepatitis C testing and treatment is both effective and cost-effective, research published in the BMJ has found.
Lower gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation who are being treated with oral anticoagulants is associated with a higher risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.
Children born to mothers who drink alcohol during their pregnancy are more likely to have impaired cognitive abilities, such as reduced academic performance, later in life, according to the findings of a systematic review in the International Journal of Epidemiology.