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Kar-go delivery bot begins delivery trials from Hounslow pharmacy

The autonomous vehicle is the first such vehicle to travel on roads in the UK.

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.  

Number of pre-regs to GP practices through split scheme rises

A split pre-reg scheme has increased the number of trainees to surgeries this year.

Abdominal cancer campaign launches

The ‘Help Us Help You – Abdominal Symptoms of Cancer’ campaign launched on 9 November 2020.

Earlier NHS intervention for eating disorders

Young people with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are to gain access to specialist support across England.

Moderna vaccine deal brings UK total secured to 355m doses

Government say Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford vaccines could be available before year end

Viatris formed with merger of Upjohn and Mylan

New company will rival Teva in global generics market.

GPhC to implement new education standards 'as early as possible'

New standards include the aim of people being independent prescribers at the point of registration.

First wave of November concessions includes Ciprofloxacin

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced the first wave of concessions for November.

Boots parent suffers as Amazon Pharmacy launches in US

Stocks in Walgreens plummeted by 10 per cent today following the announcement that Amazon has launched an online pharmacy in the US.

MPs launch inquiry into the impact of pandemic on pharmacy

The All-Party Pharmacy Group is warning that Covid-19 is posing an existential threat to the sector.

FMD checks in Britain will cease from December 31

Community pharmacies in England, Scotland and Wales are to switch off or disconnect from their FMD systems by December 31.

Pharmacist education 'must address racial inequalities'

BPA president Elsy Gomez Campos warns pharmacy is hindered by a “deep-rooted denial” of racial inequality.

Practice pharmacists to be freed up for Covid jabs

Pharmacists working in general practice are likely to find themselves deployed as part of the workforce that will vaccinate the population against the coronavirus.

Self Care Week addresses wellbeing in lockdown

This year's Self Care Week is promoting the importance of looking after wellbeing during the second lockdown. 

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. 

Boots creates 30k ‘quiet shopping slots’ for key workers

Boots customers who wish to pick up their items when the store is less busy are now able to book ‘quiet shopping slots,’ the multiple has said.

PSNC clarifies DH comments on Covid-19 payments

The PSNC has issued a clarification concerning comments made by a Department of Health spokesperson on Covid-19 funding for pharmacies.

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.

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