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RPS maintains support for up to 12-week dosing interval between COVID-19 vaccines

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said it maintains its support for leaving up to 12 weeks between administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Team of community pharmacists to start vaccinating housebound patients

Community pharmacists in South Tyneside will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to housebound patients over four weekends from 23 January 2021.

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Pharmacogenetic testing in community pharmacy could improve drug selection and cut adverse reactions, study findsSubscription

Pharmacogenetic testing could improve drug or dose selection for a fifth of patients prescribed one of 56 common medicines, research has found.

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More than 700 pharmacy staff apply to join NHS COVID-19 vaccination team

Some 715 pharmacy staff members have applied to vaccinate patients as part of the NHS’s COVID-19 vaccine team.

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Further 65 community pharmacy sites to start vaccinating patients against COVID-19

An additional 65 community pharmacy-led vaccination sites will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines over the coming week.

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Pharmacy contractors asked to audit patient consultations for ‘improper referrals’ from GPs and NHS 111Subscription

Pharmacy negotiators have asked contractors to audit their patient contacts over concerns about “improper referrals” from general practice and NHS 111.

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New estimates for breast cancer risk associated with HRTSubscription

New estimates of the increased risks of breast cancer associated with use of different hormone replacement therapy preparations have been published in the BMJ.

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Consistent use of statins linked to reduced risk of cancer deathSubscription

Women who take cholesterol-lowering medicines, who are subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer, colorectal cancer or melanoma, are less likely to die from their cancer if they adhere to their cholesterol medicines, research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has suggested.


Patients taking placebo and statins experience similar side effects Subscription

Patients experience similar side effects taking a placebo as they do taking a statin, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested.


Warfarin use linked to increased risk of knee and hip replacementSubscription

Use of warfarin is associated with a greater risk of knee and hip replacements compared with use of direct oral anticoagulants, according to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting.

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Polypill with aspirin cuts heart attacks and strokes by almost a third, study suggestsSubscription

A polypill combining three blood pressure medicines and a statin, taken with aspirin, reduces the incidence of cardiovascular events occurring in at-risk groups by more than 30%, research has suggested.

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