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Pneumovax 23 out of stock until mid-May

Supplies of Pneumovax 23 pre-filled syringes will be out of stock until the middle of next month.

Blood test will detect early signs of bowel cancer

A blood test that can detect the early signs of bowel cancer will be rolled out in GP practices.

Covid vaccine will not 'invalidate' fast, says EPB member

EPB member professor Mahendra Patel has insisted the Covid vaccine is fine for people about to fast. 

Asthma drug shortens at-home recovery from Covid-19

Early treatment with inhaled budesonide shortens recovery time among Covid-19 patients being treated in the community, PRINCIPLE has shown. 

Group adds fourth pharmacy to portfolio for £575k

Tuffour Pharm Group Ltd has taken its portfolio of pharmacies to four after buying Woodbridge Pharmacy in Suffolk. 

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral supplies expected in late summer

Haloperidol 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar-free is out of stock and further supplies are not expected until late summer.

NHS to offer device to zap cluster headaches

gammaCore device is held against the neck and delivers a low-level electric current to block pain signals.

Drug supply chains holding up post Brexit says DH

There has been a lower than expected level of disruption to the medicines supply chain since the end of the withdrawal period on January 1 says DHSC.

Pharmacies to target 50-64 year old cohort in 2021/22 flu programme

Pharmacies should plan flu vaccines orders for 2021/22 on the basis of meeting at least the numbers of vaccinations achieved this year.

Free PPE provision extended to March 2022

The government is extending the provision of free Covid-19 PPE to health and social care providers until the end of March 2022.

Pharmacist urges AZ jab uptake after 'unlucky' brother's death

A pharmacist whose brother died after having the AstraZeneca vaccine has urged people not to be put off and get vaccinated.

MHRA approves self-inject treatment for relapsing MS

The MHRA has approved ofatumumab for adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS), manufacturer Novartis has announced. 

PDA urges members to be aware of remote prescribing risks

The PDA has warned members they are putting patients at risk if medicines they prescribe are not made known to their GP.

MHRA says benefits of AZ vaccine far outweigh the risks

Current data suggests that incidence of cerebral blood clots is around 4 per million first doses of the AZ vaccine.

Improving Boots performance ‘a top priority’ for WBA

Boots UK parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has said turning around the fortunes of the struggling multiple will be one of its “top priorities”. 

Patients should register with pharmacies says RPS Scotland

By 2030 patients should be registered with their local community pharmacy to ensure continuity of care, says RPS Scotland.

Number of student calls to charity down on previous years

Pharmacist Support says the number of calls it has received from students about March's assessment is down on previous years.

RPS president: I will not seek re-election to EPB

RPS president Sandra Gidley has said she will not run for re-election to the English pharmacy board.

New NICE guidance on chronic pain

People with chronic primary pain should be offered a range of treatments to help them manage their condition, says NICE in a new guideline.

Boots retail sales slump 18% ‘due to lockdown’

Boots stores continue to suffer as a result of lockdown restrictions with retail sales down 17.9 per cent on the previous year, says WBA.

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