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SSP for Levothyroxine extended to March 12

The serious shortage protocol for Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets has been extended by the DHSC.

Vaccines 'highly effective' in reducing severe Covid-19 in older adults

First dose protection ranged between 57-61 per cent for Pfizer vaccine and between 60-73 per cent for the Oxford-AZ vaccine (ChAdOx1)

GPs ‘staggered’ by pharmacist antibiotics pilot

A pilot that saw pharmacists work with GP surgeries to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing achieved “staggering” results.

Sodium valproate prescribed to 180 pregnant women in England

Sodium valproate was prescribed to almost 200 pregnant women in England between April 2018 and September 2020, new NHS data shows. 

Campaign launched to address dangers of air pollution

The British Lung Foundation and Perrigo have launched a campaign to address air pollution.

Reclassifying the pill will increase access says RPS

Making the contraceptive pill available over the counter will increase access and “enable women to make an informed choice" says RPS.

GPhC: We are not trying to prevent trans hormone supply

The GPhC has attempted to fend off concerns that its decisions may have had a negative impact on young transgender individuals. 

MHRA analysis confirms Covid vaccine safety

The MHRA has said an analysis on approved Covid vaccines shows they are safe despite mild side-effects.

DH activates shortage protocol for thyroid drug

The Government has issued a serious shortage protocol for levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets in response to “significant ongoing disruption” to supply.

Role for community pharmacy in gene testing says Boots

Pharmacists could help test patients to see whether they are genetically predisposed to adverse effects from certain drugs, Boots has said.

Possible link between Covid and psychiatric disorders

As many as one in eight who have had Covid-19 may be diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological condition for the first time within six months.

RPS urges government to immediately de-list DNP products

RPS chief pharmacist Gino Martini has called on the government to immediately de-list DNP products. 

Pharmacy flu jabs up almost 40% in Wales year on year

The number of flu jabs administered in a community pharmacy in Wales has risen by 37 per cent in the current flu season compared to last year.

Moderna vaccine not suitable for pregnant women warns WHO

The World Heath Organisation warns that pregnant women should not take Moderna's Covid vaccine.

2020 saw increase in sales of pharmacies

More pharmacies were bought and sold in 2020 than in the previous year, in part due to the sector's high public profile during the Covid-19 crisis.

Community pharmacists vaccinating housebound patients

A team of 22 community pharmacists in South Tyneside have begun vaccinating housebound patients against coronavirus in a new local scheme. 

Opioid prescribing varies widely across England

Opioid prescribing varies considerably across England and is especially marked in areas of high socio-economic deprivation, a study shows. 

Experimental RSV drug ‘promising’ says MHRA

The MHRA has granted a ‘promising innovative medicine’ designation to experimental RSV drug nirsevimab. 

Covid vaccines rolled out to over-70s

From today, the NHS is inviting people aged 70 and over to have a coronavirus vaccine in areas where the first priority groups have had their jab. 

Men especially vulnerable to Covid-19, study confirms

Men almost three times more likely to be admitted to intensive care with coronavirus, a new study confirms. 

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