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Boots suspends flu vaccinations for under 65s as pharmacies report huge demand Subscription

The UK’s largest pharmacy chain, Boots, has suspended flu vaccination bookings for anyone aged under 65 years.

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National medication errors project shows reduction in hazardous prescribingSubscription

An evaluation of the national roll-out of the ‘Pharmacist-led Information Technology Intervention for Medication Errors’ (PINCER) project has shown that it has led to reductions in hazardous prescribing.

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Addition of abemaciclib to hormonal therapy for high-risk early breast cancer reduces recurrence by 25%, research suggestsSubscription

Combining abemaciclib with hormonal therapy reduces the risk of cancer recurrence by 25% in patients with high-risk early hormone receptor positive (HR+) human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) breast cancer, interim analysis of a phase III study has suggested.

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'Strong expectation' that COVID-19-vulnerable patients will be prioritised for new medication reviews, guidance says Subscription

There is a “strong expectation” that primary care network pharmacists delivering new structured medication reviews will prioritise patients at greater risk from COVID-19, NHS England guidance on the service has stated.

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Survey shows strong support for NHS Near Me video consultations among patients and cliniciansSubscription

Some 87% of patients and 94% of clinicians said that video consultations should be an option, according to an engagement exercise carried out for NHS Near Me in Scotland. 

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Novel once-daily fixed-dose ICS–LABA improves lung function over ICS monotherapy, research findsSubscription

A once-daily fixed-dose combination of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonist significantly improved lung function over inhaled corticosteroids alone, a phase III study has concluded.

Oral therapy abrocitinib effective in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis

Oral therapy abrocitinib is effective in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitisSubscription

Abrocitinib, an oral Janus kinase 1 selective inhibitor, is effective and well-tolerated in patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a study in JAMA Dermatology has suggested.

Prescribing ward round, with pharmacist involvement, cuts errors on paediatric ICU

Prescribing ward round with pharmacist involvement cuts errors on paediatric ICUSubscription

A daily prescribing round in a paediatric intensive care unit led to a reduction in prescribing errors and overall time spent on medicines queries and prescribing.

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Point-of-care testing for influenza could improve antimicrobial use, feasibility study concludesSubscription

Point-of-care testing for influenza is feasible in primary care and may improve antimicrobial use, a study in the British Journal of General Practice has concluded.

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Once-daily ICS-LABA-LAMA superior to ICS-LABA in improving lung function, research suggestsSubscription

A study in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine indicates that ICS-LABA-LAMA once daily is better than ICS-LABA in improving lung function.

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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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Is pharmacy prepared for a resurgence of COVID-19?

As cases of COVID-19 start to rise again in the UK, what can pharmacy staff do to prepare for a potential second surge of infections?

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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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Beyond antibiotics: harnessing bacteria’s natural predatorsSubscription

With antibiotic resistance set to cost 10 million lives per year by 2050, there is a renaissance of interest in the potential of bacteriophages to be the next generation of bacteria killers.

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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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