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Asthma inhaler stocks low after COVID-19 linked demand spike, government says

Pharmacies are experiencing difficulties sourcing some commonly used asthma inhalers, following a surge in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Pharmaceutical Journal can reveal.

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Emergency funding for COVID-19 not enough to prevent pharmacy closures, trade body warns

Emergency COVID-19 funding for community pharmacies may not be enough to prevent closures, pharmacy bodies have said, after the government promised £300m in advance payments for pharmacies.

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COVID-19 medicines delivery scheme in Wales to include logistics software

The Welsh government has announced that DBS-checked volunteers will be used to help community pharmacists deliver medicines to vulnerable patients, and a software system will be installed in every pharmacy to ensure there is an audit trail for the deliveries.

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Community pharmacists will have access to NHS staff testing for COVID-19

Community pharmacists will be able to access testing for COVID-19 as part of a government drive to get frontline NHS staff, who are currently self-isolating, back to work.

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Urgent calls to revise advice on protective equipment in face of COVID-19

Pharmacy negotiators have called on Public Health England to urgently “re-examine” its advice on personal protective equipment, because further supplies of gloves, masks and aprons “will be needed” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Patients with mild cases of COVID-19 may shed virus for up to eight days after symptoms resolve

Half of people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 remained “viral positive” after their condition resolved, a study from a Beijing hospital has shown.

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Bridging interventions best for hospital discharge of older adultsSubscription

Interventions supporting medicines continuity in older people are most successful in preventing hospital readmission when they bridge the gap between hospital discharge and returning home.

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More lifestyle support needed for patients starting medicines for cardiovascular disease, study concludesSubscription

People who initiate statins or antihypertensive medicines are more likely to become obese or physically inactive compared with people who do not, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests. 

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Case-finding intervention helps GPs identify and treat patients with hepatitis CSubscription

An intervention designed to help GP practices identify and refer patients for hepatitis C testing and treatment is both effective and cost-effective, research published in the BMJ has found.

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Lower-GI bleeding should be investigated in anticoagulated patients, researchers saySubscription

Lower gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation who are being treated with oral anticoagulants is associated with a higher risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.

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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.

Three strategies to halt the rise of sexually transmitted infections

Stopping the spread: ending the resurgence of gonorrhoeaSubscription

The incidence of sexually transmitted infections is increasing and antimicrobial resistance is adding fuel to the fire, particularly in the case of gonorrhoea. In response, researchers are working on three major areas to help reduce its spread and maintain susceptibility to antibiotics.

Going against type  the new class of cancer therapies targeting mutations rather than tissues

Going against type: the new class of cancer therapies targeting mutations rather than tissuesSubscription

‘Tumour agnostic’ drugs offer a more effective and tolerable therapy for a wide range of people with cancer, so why has the NHS rejected its first one?

The real impact of the UK’s hormone replacement therapy shortages

The true impact of the UK’s hormone replacement therapy shortagesSubscription

More than 18 months of hormone replacement therapy product shortages have had a drastic impact on the lives of people who rely on them, but nobody seems to know why they are happening.

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COVID 19 Infographic March 2020 Vaccine development

The race to stop COVID-19

As a new strain of coronavirus threatens public health systems across the globe, researchers are racing to develop a vaccine.

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