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Pregabalin formulations included in January concessions

The Department of Health and Social Care yesterday announced the second wave of price concessions for January.

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.

Constipation the cause of over 200 hospital admissions a day

In 2019/2020 approximately 81,000 people in England forecast to be admitted to hospital suffering from constipation

Locums want to join Covid vaccination effort

An agency has found that nearly all of the locums on its books are willing to administer the Covid vaccine.

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. 

Funding for CPCS IT system extended until September 30

Funding for pharmacy CPCS IT systems has been extended until September 30.

Running Covid vaccinations ‘hugely rewarding’ for pharmacist

A pharmacist running Covid-19 vaccinations in Brighton describes her involvement in the national immunisation programme as “hugely rewarding”.

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. 

Urgent plea from NI pharmacies for support from colleagues

Northern Ireland’s CPhO Cathy Harrison has urged pharmacists “with any spare capacity” to assist colleagues in community pharmacies. 

RPS launches survey on diversity & inclusion

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society wants to know if its membership base is representative of the profession as a whole. 

Another 65 pharmacies begin Covid vaccinations

Sixty-five community pharmacy-led vaccination sites have this week become part of the coronavirus vaccination programme in England.

‘Biggest change to pharmacy education in 20 years’ introduced

The GPhC's new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists described as a sea change for the profession.

Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray batch recalled

A batch of Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray solution has been recalled following safety concerns.

Six in 10 struggling to stay positive in third lockdown

Many in the UK are struggling to maintain a positive mental outlook during the current lockdown, a recent Ipsos MORI poll reveals.

GPs bypassing consultation service, PSNC reports

The PSNC has said it is concerned that some general practice teams are referring patients to pharmacies “informally”.

Fatigue, insomnia and anxiety are long term consequences of Covid-19

Study in The Lancet looks at Covid patients six months after discharge.

Patients in Hampshire were told to go elsewhere for Covid vaccines

Michael Holden said health leaders and surgeries in Hampshire redirected patients to other PCN areas for vaccines.  

Covid vaccine indemnity extended to June 30

The Government has decided to extend state-backed clinical negligence indemnity for pharmacies providing Covid-19 jabs until June 30.

Smoking cessation transfer of care pilot underway in Oldham

An Oldham pilot is allowing hospitals to test the referral of patients to community pharmacies to continue stop smoking treatment begun in hospital.

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