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Pharmacies to receive £1,250 per month under NHS Pharmacy First schemeSubscription

Pharmacies offering the NHS ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme in Scotland will receive base payments of £1,250 per month from 1 October 2020, the Scottish government has confirmed.

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Inhaler recycling scheme that cut carbon emissions equivalent to more than 8,500 cars is scrappedSubscription

A scheme to recycle respiratory inhalers, which has cut carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking around 8,600 cars off UK roads, is ending.

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Pharmacy Schools Council to ensure BAME patient communities are 'properly reflected' in MPharm curriculumSubscription

The Pharmacy Schools’ Council has said it will conduct an “examination of teaching practices and materials” in the MPharm curriculum to ensure that it properly reflects black, Asian and minority ethnic patient communities.

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Pharmacy negotiator considering how to help shielded patients on end of pandemic delivery service

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said it will look at how it can help pharmacies update shielding patients when the NHS Medicines Delivery Service ends on 31 July 2020.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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No going back: how the pandemic is changing hospital pharmacy

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge challenge, but it has revolutionised pharmacy practice in some positive ways. In the first of a three-part series, we ask hospital pharmacists which changes they want to retain.

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What provisional registration will mean for the pharmacy professionSubscription

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced radical changes to how the 2020 class of preregistration trainees will transition into their careers.

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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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