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Reopening Nightingale hospitals will put 'incredible strain' on pharmacy teams, hospital pharmacists warn

Reopening the Nightingale hospitals will put “incredible strain” on hospital pharmacy teams, the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists has warned.

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Unlicensed flu vaccine will not be available for use until December, MHRA saysSubscription

An unlicensed flu vaccine that has been given temporary authorisation for use in the UK will not be available until December 2020.

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Pharmacists able to order additional flu vaccines from unlicensed government stock to support demandSubscription

Pharmacists will be able to order supplies of an unlicensed recombinant quadrivalent influenza vaccine to support the UK’s expanded flu vaccination scheme, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.

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Scottish health boards commission small numbers of flu vaccinations from community pharmacy Subscription

Community pharmacies in Scotland have been commissioned to provide small numbers of flu vaccinations in the first season they are providing them to the public on the NHS.

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Pharmacists able to dispense COVID-19 treatments without a prescription under government protocols

Community pharmacists will be able to dispense COVID-19 treatments without a prescription under government-issued protocols, following changes to the pharmacy terms of service.

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Dip in number of pharmacists who prescribe daily Subscription

The proportion of pharmacist independent prescribers who say they prescribe on a daily basis has fallen since 2019, according to findings from The Pharmaceutical Journal’s 2020 salary and job satisfaction survey.

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Respiratory impairment persists for weeks post-discharge in hospitalised COVID-19 patients

Many patients who contract COVID-19 have detectable lung dysfunction 12 weeks after hospital discharge, results have suggested.

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Addition of baricitinib to mainstay of treatment improves signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis, study findsSubscription

Adding the oral selective Janus kinase 1 and 2 inhibitor, baricitinib, to topical corticosteroid treatment significantly improves the signs and symptoms of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a phase III study in JAMA Dermatology has suggested.

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Personalised medicine approach could benefit people with asthmaSubscription

Prescribing asthma treatment based on genetic differences could improve outcomes, results presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress have suggested.

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Gaps between clinical guidelines and practice for lipid management in Europe, researchers findSubscription

Less than 60% of patients receiving lipid-lowering therapy achieve the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels set out in European guidelines.

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Honey effective at relieving URTI symptoms, analysis concludesSubscription

Honey is superior to usual care for improving symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms, researchers have concluded.

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Novel once-daily fixed-dose ICS–LABA improves lung function over ICS monotherapy, research findsSubscription

A once-daily fixed-dose combination of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonist significantly improved lung function over inhaled corticosteroids alone, a phase III study has concluded.

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