Alliance 'working hard to replenish' lateral flow supplies

Wholesaler advises contractors to visit website to monitor availability of test kits.

Phoenix: Pharmacies must be fairly funded to help GPs in pandemic

Phoenix group MD Steve Anderson said pharmacies can provide patients with routine check-ups and screening .

WHO advises against use of convalescent plasma for Covid

Current evidence shows that convalescent plasma does not improve survival rates.

NHS rolling out nMABs for high risk Covid patients

Non-hospitalised high risk patients will be offered treatments from December 16.

MHRA reminder of adverse effects of haloperidol in the elderly

MHRA warns of increased risk of adverse neurological and cardiac effects in elderly patients on haloperidol.

Cut 'red tape' so pharmacies can vaccinate, Government urged

More flexibility needed to help pharmacies meet the Government's ramped-up booster targets, say bodies.

Start trialling injecting facilities to drive down drug deaths, says RPS

There were 4,561 drug-related deaths in England and Wales and 1,339 in Scotland last year.

Dapagliflozin no longer authorised for treatment of type 1 diabetes

Dapagliflozin no longer indicated for type 1 diabetes for commercial reasons.

NHS chief gets pharmacy jabs

Amanda Pritchard got a shot in each arm when she received a flu vaccine and a Covid-19 booster on the same day.

50 years on: 8 million lives lost from smoking

Research has found that smoking killed nearly eight million people in the UK over the last 50 years.

Pharmacy Forum NI elects new chair

Eamon O'Donnell to replace Sheelin McKeagney as chair of professional body.

News review

November's round up of the main news, with links for further information 

SGLT2 inhibitors: A new hope for heart failure?

New research suggests SGLT2 inhibitors could revolutionise heart failure treatment.

Colchicine may not lessen Covid-19 severity

Colchicine doesn’t lessen Covid-19 severity or stave off the risk of death in hospital patients.

Boots pharmacists reject second pay offer by 'very clear majority'

Increased chance of industrial action as new pay offer rejected by PDAU members at Boots.

FIP: Global co-operation needed to regulate online pharmacies

The General Pharmaceutical Council said it was not aware of the report but will 'follow up' on it.

RPS: Nine out of 10 pharmacists at high risk of burnout

Nine out of 10 are at high risk of burnout and one in three have considered leaving the profession.

Scottish contractors to be paid lower base rate for Pharmacy First

Base rate to drop by a fifth in January as activity funding pool set to increase.

Poor adherence in RA patients linked to lack of involvement in treatment

A survey links poor adherence among RA patients to a lack of involvement in treatment choices.

Alliance Healthcare appoints new managing director

Marie Evans replaces Julian Mount as MD of the wholesaler.

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