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The Scottish government money will go to Scotland’s Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and ten research projects.
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.
Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen should not be prescribed for chronic pain syndromes, NICE draft guidance saysSubscription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not be offered to patients with chronic primary pain, according to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence draft guidance.
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.
Oncologists managing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have been urged not to delay cancer treatment that could impact on patients’ survival.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest information about the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China, and advice on how pharmacists can help concerned patients and the public.
Testing for COVID-19 antibodies has been riddled with government miscommunication and a lack of clarity, but here is what we know so far.