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Flu jabs rise 20 per cent in 2019/20 season in England

Community pharmacies in England completed 1.71 million NHS flu vaccinations in 2019-20 – a 19.6 per cent jump on the previous year.

PSNC pushing for shop floor flu jabs to be allowed

PSNC is seeking flexibility from the Government and NHS regarding where in the pharmacy patients can receive their flu jab.

Remdesivir gets EU approval as Trump hoovers up supplies

The European Commission granted a conditional marketing authorisation for the drug earlier today

Boots launches online cancer consultation service

Boots launches online video cancer consultation service for people shielding at home during the pandemic.  

Nearly half of school children not using soap

The Global Hygiene Council has found that 42 per cent of children aged five-10 are not always using soap when they wash their hands in school.

NICE recommends steam treatment for enlarged prostate

Rezum recommended as a treatment option for moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms.

HIV drug has ‘no benefit’ in Covid-19 patients

The HIV medicine lopinavir-ritonavir has “no beneficial effect” in patients hospitalised with Covid-19, Oxford researchers have said.

Covid-19 prevention trial given green light to recruit more subjects

The MHRA has approved the recruitment of further participants for an Oxford trial investigating the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent Covid-19.

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New £1.3m programme to evaluate Covid-19 tests

CONDOR will provide a single national route for evaluating new coronavirus tests

Covid-19 risk prediction model in development

A risk prediction model to allow clinicians to identify patients who are at higher risk from Covid-19 is being developed  

Covid-19 saliva test being piloted in Southampton

A weekly coronavirus testing model using a new ‘no-swab’ saliva test is being piloted over four weeks

Pharmacists 'should be given training in suicide prevention'

A pharmacist and academic has called for pharmacists to be given formal training on suicide prevention.  

Low cost steroid hailed as breakthrough Covid-19 treatment

The low-cost steroid dexamethasone has become the first drug proven to significantly reduce deaths in patients hospitalised with Covid-19.

Involve technicians in Covid vaccination programme says APTUK

Pharmacy technicians should be allowed to administer Covid-19 vaccinations, says APTUK president.

Hydroxychloroquine 'ineffective in treating Covid-19'

Preliminary results from RECOVERY trial show hydroxychloroquine has no effect on mortality.

Guidance for pharmacy teams on making hand sanitiser

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association's training video supports production of WHO formula hand sanitiser. 

SSP for Fluoxetine 10mg tablets extended until September

A serious shortage protocol for fluoxetine 10mg tablets has been extended until September 11.

Covid safety measures could hurt pharmacy’s flu jab advantage says Dukes

Covid-19 safety measures may undermine community pharmacies’ unique selling point over GPs in providing flu jabs, PSNC chief Simon Dukes has said.

Smokers at greater risk of Covid-19 says Government

Tobacco smokers "generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections such as COVID-19" says the Government.

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