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'Urgent' need to formalise information sharing between prescribers and dispensers, Scottish parliamentary committee says Subscription

A Scottish Parliament report on the supply and demand for medicines has recommended a formal system for information sharing between prescribers and dispensers.

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Nearly a quarter of PCNs did not claim NHS funding to hire extra pharmacists Subscription

Almost a quarter of primary care networks (PCNs) had either not hired or not claimed NHS funding for hiring a pharmacist — which was made available as part of a new GP contract — by the end of March 2020, responses to Freedom of Information requests by The Pharmaceutical Journal have revealed.

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Lopinavir/ritonavir 'not effective' for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, third set of RECOVERY trial results show

An antiviral treatment commonly used to treat HIV has been found to have no beneficial effect in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, according to the third set of results to come out of the ‘Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy’ trial. 

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A quarter of medicines deliveries booked through Welsh volunteer scheme have not been completed

More than 3,300 medicines deliveries have been scheduled since the launch of the National Volunteer Prescription Delivery Scheme in Wales, although, to date, only 2,473 deliveries have been completed.

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Government will not say if Brexit medicines stockpile warehousing contracts have been extended beyond June 2020 cut-off

The government says it is unable to confirm whether it has extended its warehousing contracts for storing medicine stockpiles beyond the end of June 2020, when they were expected to end.

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Emergency contraception sales fall by more than 50% as pandemic causes 'disruption' to sexual health services

Sales of the morning after pill dropped by more than 50% between March 2020 and April 2020, according to retail data provider IRI.

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It should not have taken a pandemic to highlight BAME health inequalities

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.

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Inflammatory bowel disease may be linked to increased risk of dementiaSubscription

People with inflammatory bowel disease have a significantly higher risk of developing dementia later in life, a study in Gut has suggested.

Secukinumab and adalimumab comparable for first-line psoriatic arthritis treatment

Secukinumab and adalimumab comparable for first-line psoriatic arthritis treatmentSubscription

Biological therapies secukinumab and adalimumab are similarly effective at improving the musculoskeletal symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, a head-to-head trial suggests.

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Withdrawal and preventive therapy best management for medication overuse headacheSubscription

Medication overuse headache is best treated with a combination of analgesic withdrawal and pharmaceutical prophylaxis, the authors of a study in JAMA Neurology have said.

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SGLT2 inhibitors linked to reduced risk of serious renal eventsSubscription

Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors are associated with a lower incidence of serious renal events in people with diabetes, a study in the BMJ has suggested.

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No significant efficacy difference between courses of remdesivir in patients with severe COVID-19

There is no significant difference in efficacy between five-day and ten-day courses of the antiviral remdesivir for patients with severe COVID-19 not requiring ventilation, research published in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

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