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Community pharmacy included in Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce £4m funding package

Community pharmacy included in Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce £4m funding package Subscription

The Scottish government money will go to Scotland’s Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and ten research projects.

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Government asks medicines manufacturers to stockpile drugs for end of Brexit transition period Subscription

The government has asked drug manufacturers to rebuild six-week stockpiles of medicines in time for the UK’s transition period for leaving the EU ending on 31 December 2020.

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Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen should not be prescribed for chronic pain syndromes, NICE draft guidance saysSubscription

Common pain medicines, such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen, should not be offered to patients with chronic primary pain, according to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence draft guidance. 

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Primary care network pharmacists to start delivering medication reviews earlier than planned in 'window of opportunity' before winter

A letter from NHS England asks NHS organisations to speed up the return to more normal levels of non-COVID-19 health services.

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Not all cancer patients should be regarded as vulnerable to COVID-19, says expert oncology group

Oncologists managing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have been urged not to delay cancer treatment that could impact on patients’ survival.

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ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine induces immune response and is safe in humans, early trial data suggests

The University of Oxford’s ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine induces a strong immune response with no serious adverse reactions, preliminary findings of a phase I/II trial published in The Lancet have suggested.


Clarithromycin linked to increased haemorrhage risk in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulantsSubscription

Older adults taking direct oral anticoagulants are more likely to be admitted to hospital for haemorrhage after receiving clarithromycin compared with azithromycin, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has suggested.

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Vitamin D may protect against colitis adverse events in patients taking immune checkpoint inhibitorsSubscription

People with melanoma who take immune checkpoint inhibitors are less likely to develop colitis if they are taking vitamin D supplements at treatment initiation, a study published in the journal Cancer has suggested

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Anticipatory prescribing practices rapidly changing under COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to innovation in anticipatory prescribing practices within community palliative care, the results of a survey in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care have shown.

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Statins linked to lower risk of death from COVID-19, study suggests

Patients hospitalised with COVID-19 who take statins are less likely to die than those who do not, a retrospective study published in Cell Metabolism suggests.

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COVID 19 antibody testing has not proved as simple as ministers thought

COVID-19 antibody testing not yet a 'game changer'

With doubts around the accuracy of antibody tests and slow progress on point-of-care testing, it is likely we will be waiting some time before we can confidently screen for COVID-19.

No going back: how the pandemic is changing general practice pharmacy

No going back: how the pandemic is changing general practice pharmacy

The coronavirus pandemic has been a huge challenge, but it has revolutionised pharmacy practice in some positive ways. In the second feature of a three-part series, we ask GP pharmacists which changes they want to retain.

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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.

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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 antibody tests

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies has been riddled with government miscommunication and a lack of clarity, but here is what we know so far.

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Blue, brown and now greenSubscription

The ‘NHS long-term plan’ has called for a shift towards inhalers with a lower carbon footprint.

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