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Flu jab uptake among over-65s 10% higher than last year

The number of GP-registered patients aged 65 and over receiving flu vaccines in England is rising.

HRT: breast cancer risk depends on formulation and duration of use

The risk that women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will develop breast cancer depends on the formulation and duration of use, a new analysis suggests.

Pharmacist interventions prevent pregnancy after EHC

Pharmacist interventions result in a significant increase in effective use of a contraceptive pill following emergency hormonal contraception.

Use of hormonal contraceptives linked to reduced asthma risk

A study claims the use of hormonal contraceptives may reduce the risk of severe asthma in women.

Covid treatment for people who can't have vaccine on horizon

People who can't have a vaccine because they are immunocompromised may get access to a Covid-19 treatment.

Over-50s flu jabs to begin on December 1

DHSC will advise which wholesalers have been allocated stock via the NHSBSA website.

Modafinil carries significant risk of birth defects, warns MHRA

A drug used to treat sleep disorders carries a risk of birth defects when taken in pregnancy.  

Most side effects of statins down to 'nocebo effect'

Most of the side-effects people suffer after taking statins are due to their negative associations with the drug, researchers have found.  

Ridge: Only use dexamethasone for oxygen patients

Dexamethasone should be used to treat patients with critical or severe Covid-19 but not patients with ‘non-severe’ illness, Keith Ridge says. 

Aspirin could protect against severe Covid-19

Taking aspirin may reduce the need for admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) and in-hospital mortality among people hospitalised with Covid-19.

Parents told to keep child vaccine appointments during second lockdown

Parents have been urged to ensure children receive routine vaccinations during the latest lockdown.

MHRA asks pharmacists for views on acne medicine risks

The MHRA has asked pharmacists for views on the possible risks associated with the acne medicine isotretinoin.

NHS in urgent talks with PSNC on Covid jabs

Pfizer/BioNTech says its vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19.

One in 50 scripts need to be modified by pharmacists

Community pharmacists modify almost one in 50 prescriptions to avoid a potential drug-related problem (DRP), according to a Dutch study.

Pharmacies should sell EHC as a GSL, urges charity

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service is calling for EHC to be switched to GSL, citing privacy concerns in pharmacies.

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men at 20-year low

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men is at its lowest level in 20 years.

Intranasal spray may offer Covid protection, study suggests

An intranasal spray product using a mucoadhesive gel may offer some protection against coronavirus infection, new research suggests.

Fluoxetine 30mg capsules out of stock until December

Fluoxetine 30mg capsules are out of stock until mid-December, the PSNC has warned.

Once-promising Covid drug has ‘little to no survival impact’

Remdesivir – hailed in May as a potential breakthrough – has little impact on survival rates for patients hospitalised with the virus, says WHO.

NPA backs temporary use of unlicensed Covid vaccines

The NPA supports plans for a temporary authorisation allowing health workers to provide tested but unlicensed Covid-19 vaccines.

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