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NHS volunteers to begin delivering medicines amid safety concerns for vulnerable patients

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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COVID-19 LATEST: Shielding patients will be flagged for community pharmacists using summary care record

All the most important developments in the COVID-19 pandemic for pharmacists and their teams, as they happen.

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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.

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Up to 15% pharmacy staff off work in some chains owing to 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.

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Asthma inhaler stocks low after COVID-19 linked demand spike, government says

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.

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Emergency funding for COVID-19 not enough to prevent pharmacy closures, trade body warns

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.

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Patients with mild cases of COVID-19 may shed virus for up to eight days after symptoms resolve

Half of people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 remained “viral positive” after their condition resolved, a study from a Beijing hospital has shown.

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Bridging interventions best for hospital discharge of older adultsSubscription

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.

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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. 

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Case-finding intervention helps GPs identify and treat patients with hepatitis CSubscription

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.

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Lower-GI bleeding should be investigated in anticoagulated patients, researchers saySubscription

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.

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Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy may impair child’s cognitive outcomesSubscription

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.

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