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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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BMA recommends labelling medicines with their carbon footprint to cut emissionsSubscription

All medicines should be labelled to identify their carbon footprint, the British Medical Association’s GP committee has said.

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Health minister says MHRA has ‘taken steps to recognise’ EMA medicines approvals for two yearsSubscription

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has “taken steps” to recognise European Medicines Agency recommendations on medicines licences for the two years following the end of the Brexit transition period, a health minister has said.

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Antivirals have little effect on mortality in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, suggest WHO trial interim results

Four repurposed antiviral treatments for COVID-19 have little or no effect on mortality in patients who are hospitalised, interim results from the World Health Organization’s Solidarity trial have suggested.


Hospitalised COVID-19 patients first in UK to receive antibody treatment in RECOVERY trial

Patients admitted to a hospital trust in North East England with COVID-19 have become the first to receive synthetic neutralising antibodies.

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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.


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.


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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The new abnormal: vulnerable patients hit by pharmacy closures

The new abnormal: vulnerable patients hit by pharmacy closuresSubscription

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a lot of additional pressure on an already underfunded community pharmacy sector, resulting in many pharmacies closing down.

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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.

MPharm awarding gap: how can BAME students be better supported?

MPharm awarding gap: how can BAME students be better supported? (audio)Subscription

In the second of two podcasts on the MPharm ethnicity awarding gap, we discuss ways of ensuring that all university students are given the same chances of obtaining a good degree with experts both inside and outside pharmacy.

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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Preserving macrolidesSubscription

Macrolide antibiotics have many uses, particularly for penicillin-allergic patients, but recent trends suggest that resistance is increasing among Gram-positive infections.

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