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Late-night pharmacy offers to vaccinate until 22:30 as it joins COVID-19 programme

A pharmacy in Greenwich, London, is to start offering the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and could provide vaccinations until 22:30 if needed.

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Drug shortage means prescribers asked to switch treatment for acute respiratory problems in COVID-19 patients

A shortage of the drug methylprednisolone to support “business as usual” has led to organisations being asked to stop prescribing it for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome in patients with COVID-19.

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Government should use community pharmacies to deliver 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination service, says Labour leader

The government should capitalise on community pharmacies’ offers to support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to help deliver a faster, 24/7 programme by the end of February 2021, Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, has said.

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Six pharmacies become first in the sector to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations

Community pharmacies in six locations in England have become the first in the sector to start administering COVID-19 vaccines.

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Government backs UK-wide pharmacy codeword for domestic abuse safe spaces

A codeword scheme to help people experiencing domestic abuse to access help from their local pharmacy has launched across the UK.

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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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Everything you should know about the coronavirus outbreak

The latest information about the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China, and advice on how pharmacists can help concerned patients and the public.

Ten things pharmacists should know about COVID 19 vaccines

Ten things pharmacists should know about COVID-19 vaccines

Work towards a COVID-19 vaccine is progressing rapidly and new information is emerging every day. Here we aim to summarise the most important details of COVID-19 vaccine development from a pharmacy perspective.

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Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 therapy trials

Researchers around the world are working at record speed to find the best ways to treat and prevent COVID-19, from investigating the possibility of repurposing existing drugs to searching for novel therapies against the virus.


Everything you need to know about the UK's COVID-19 vaccination programme

Here is what we know so far about how the NHS plans to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Dec 20 Infographic The year of COVID 19

2020: the year of COVID-19

This year has been dominated by a single topic. Here, we look back at an extraordinary 12 months, and an extremely challenging time for pharmacy teams.

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