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Asthma UK clarifies who is at high risk from Covid-19

Preventer inhaler plus preventer oral medication plus continuous oral steriods equals high risk.

Coronavirus testing scheme open to pharmacy staff

Test will be free and available from drive-through locations.

COVID-19: Breakneck pace in drug and vaccine pipeline

John Cahill of PharmaLex Ireland looks at the pipeline for candidates being developed in the fight against COVID-19.

Use paracetamol for COVID-19 in preference to NSAIDs

Patients who have confirmed COVID-19, or believe they have the virus, should use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs.

£16 million to roll out PrEP after 'years of fighting'

Local authorities will receive £16 million in 2020 to 2021 to deliver the preventative HIV treatment PrEP.

NICE approves first anti-CRGP preparation for migraine

Fremanezumab now available on the NHS in England and Wales for up to 10,000 people.

Pharmacies help women with UTIs in new study

Community pharmacy test and treat services provide “accessible and timely care” for women with UTIs, a study has found.

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NHS publishes coronavirus guidance for community pharmacies

The government has published new guidance on coronavirus for community pharmacy teams.

Sharp increase in diabetes-related lower limb amputations

Diabetes leads to more than 176 leg, toe or foot amputations every week in England, according to Diabetes UK.  

Medicines reconciliation 'prevents hospital readmission'

Medicines reconciliation could become an essential service in the 2020-21 community pharmacy contractual framework.

Pharmacy teams urged to make Yellow Card reports

MHRA is raising awareness about the importance of reporting suspected side effects using the Yellow Card Scheme.

Pancreatic cancer survival rate more than doubles

The five-year pancreatic cancer survival rate in the UK has increased from three per cent to a record high of 7.9 per cent since 2010.

Coronavirus guidance for pharmacists issued

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has issued new guidance for community and hospital pharmacists.

Alcohol behind 360k hospital admissions in 2018-19

Alcohol consumption was the biggest cause of more than 350,000 hospital admissions in 2018-19.

Signs of success with MenB vaccination programme

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases.

HIV transmission rate continues to fall

UK on the way to reaching goal of eliminating HIV transmission by 2030.

Wuhan coronavirus reaches the UK

CMOs raise risk to the public from low to moderate.

Pharmacists asked to be vigilant for suspected vaping harm

Outbreak of vaping associated lung injury in the USA sparks alert in UK.

Pharmacy safety organisation targets LASA errors

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group cites reducing look alike, sound alike errors as one of its top priorities for 2020.

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