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Pharmacies in Scotland to receive a further £4.5m for COVID-19 costs

Pharmacy contractors in Scotland will receive an additional £4.5m in COVID-19-related financial support.

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NHS England to choose 'selected' number of pharmacies to deliver at least 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines per week

Pharmacies designated as COVID-19 vaccination sites by NHS England will need to administer “at least 1,000 vaccines each week” if they are to become part of the national vaccine delivery programme.

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Family of pharmacy technician approved for £60k COVID-19 death-in-service benefit

The family of a pharmacy technician who died from COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic has spoken of their relief after their application for a death-in-service benefit was approved.

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Generic drug price increases of up to 1,700% have cost the NHS £76mSubscription

An investigation by The Pharmaceutical Journal reveals that drug tariff prices for 33 generic “Category A” medicines were found to have more than doubled between July 2018 and October 2020.

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Pharmacies should be allowed to set aside time solely for vaccination delivery, pharmacy negotiator says

Pharmacy teams should be able to spend part of the day focusing entirely on vaccination delivery during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

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IV antibiotics no more effective than oral for eradicating infection in cystic fibrosis patients, study suggestsSubscription

Intravenous antibiotics are not superior to oral antibiotics for eradicating Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis patients, according to a randomised controlled trial in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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Patients’ perspectives on polypharmacy are highly personal, systematic review concludesSubscription

Healthcare professionals should actively seek to understand individual patients’ perspectives on polypharmacy and its challenges, research in BMJ Open has concluded.

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Fremanezumab safe and effective for preventing migraine over longer term, study suggestsSubscription

Patients with migraine continue to benefit from preventive treatment with fremanezumab over the longer term, with sustained reductions in monthly migraine and headache days, a study in Neurology has suggested.

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Routine NSAID use not associated with poorer outcomes in patients hospitalised with COVID-19

Routine use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs might confer “modest” survival benefit for patients hospitalised with COVID-19 and is not associated with poorer outcomes, the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine have suggested.

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Cefiderocol effective for carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative infectionsSubscription

The clinical and microbiological outcomes of cefiderocol, a new antibiotic, were similar to the best available therapy for patients with life-threatening carbapenem-resistant infections, a phase III study has suggested.

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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.

Ten things pharmacists should know about COVID 19 vaccines

Ten things pharmacists should know about COVID-19 vaccines

Work towards a COVID-19 vaccine is progressing rapidly and new information is emerging every day. Here we aim to summarise the most important details of COVID-19 vaccine development from a pharmacy perspective.

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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.

Revealed: the generic price hikes costing the NHS millions

Revealed: the generic price hikes increasing the NHS drugs billSubscription

Far from being a money saver, the generic medicines market has cost the NHS an additional £76m over the past two years.

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Nov 20 Infographic Becoming a pharmacist in numbers

Becoming a pharmacist: in numbersSubscription

The path to becoming part of the profession can be a rocky one for some. Here are an aspiring pharmacist’s chances at each stage of the process, based on the best available data. Would you make it now?

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