RPS pays tribute to pharmacy law and ethics pioneer Joy Wingfield
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has  expressed its sadness at the death of Joy Wingfield, honorary professor of Pharmacy Law and Ethics at the University of Nottingham. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Half of asthma patients in the UK overusing SABAs, study finds
More than half of patients with asthma in the UK are “potentially overusing” short-acting β2-agonists, according to research. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy negotiators discuss patient registration with community pharmacies
Pharmacy negotiators have discussed proposals to take “a patient registration-based approach” to the community pharmacy contractual framework. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

New drug cuts the risk of death in bladder cancer by 30% compared with chemotherapy, study suggests
A new type of drug that targets chemotherapy directly to cancer cells reduces the risk of death from the most common type of bladder cancer by 30%,  a phase III trial in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Chiesi launches postal asthma inhaler recycling scheme
The UK ’s first postal inhaler recycling scheme has been launched by pharmaceutical company Chiesi to support a more sustainable way of living for people with respiratory illnesses. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS England lowers threshold for COVID-19 vaccination site applications
Community pharmacies able to administer up to 400 COVID-19 vaccines per week can now apply to become designated vaccination sites, NHS England has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Health boards say around half of pharmacies have expressed interest in providing COVID-19 vaccines
Around half of Wales ’ community pharmacies have expressed interest to health boards in providing COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the national programme. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Overseas candidates will be allowed to sit registration assessment remotely, regulator says
The General Pharmaceutical Council has said most candidates living in countries with a two-hour or more time difference from the UK will be able to apply to sit the registration assessment at home. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacies estimated to receive one referral per month through hospital-to-pharmacy referral service
Community pharmacies will receive an estimated 12 referrals from the Discharge Medicines Service per year. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

MHRA to consult on making two progestogen-only contraceptives available without a prescription
Consultations on the reclassification of two progestogen-only contraceptive pills from prescription-only to pharmacy medicines have been launched. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Semaglutide effective for weight loss in non-diabetic adults, research suggests
The type 2 diabetes mellitus drug semaglutide is effective for weight loss  in non-diabetic overweight or obese adults, when taken alongside a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, researchers have found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nearly 200 women were prescribed valproate during pregnancy between April 2018 and September 2020
Some 180 women were  prescribed valproate, a medicine used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, during their pregnancy within a 2.5 year interval, NHS data has revealed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Risk of mortality drops in COVID-19 patients given anticoagulation within a day of hospital admission, research finds
Starting COVID-19 patients on prophylactic  anticoagulation within 24 hours of being admitted to hospital has been linked to a reduced risk of mortality. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Regulator looking at 'flexibility' that would allow overseas candidates to sit registration assessment
The General Pharmaceutical Council has said it is “double, treble, quadruple-checking” for any “flexibility” that would allow all overseas candidates to sit the March 2021 registration assessment exam in their countries of residence. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Prime minister vows to reimburse community pharmacy's COVID-19 costs 'as soon as possible'
Community pharmacies should be reimbursed for their additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic “as soon as possible”, the prime minister has told The Pharmaceutical Journal. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy negotiators in talks over plans to distribute COVID-19 treatments in primary care
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee is in talks with the government over potential plans to distribute COVID-19 treatments in primary care. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government 'miscommunicated' PPE stock levels to pharmacies during first COVID-19 wave, MPs told
The government implied wholesalers had more personal protective equipment  in stock than was the case during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Healthcare Distribution Association has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 10, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS and pharmacy students' association call for rethink over overseas exam decision
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the British Pharmaceutical Students ’ Association have called for all overseas candidates to sit the March 2021 registration assessment in their home countries. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

PDA Union to represent LloydsPharmacy pharmacists
The Pharmacists ’ Defence Association Union has signed a voluntary recognition agreement with LloydsPharmacy, allowing pharmacists to negotiate on employment matters. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacies advised to order 'at least' enough flu vaccines for 2021 –2022 to match current season's record demand
Community pharmacies should order enough flu vaccines for the 2021 –2022 flu season to match the number of vaccines administered in 2020–2021. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS trusts advised to conserve propofol because of high demand from COVID-19 patients
Hospital pharmacists should work with clinical teams to conserve ‘limited supplies’ of the sedative propofol, owing to increased demand from COVID-19 patients, the government has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Candidates barred from sitting registration exam overseas live in countries with six-hour or more time difference
Registration assessment candidates affected by the pharmacy regulator ’s decision to no longer hold exam sittings overseas are those living in countries with a six-hour or more time difference from the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Gout drug could cut length of hospitalisation in patients with moderate to severe COVID-19
A trial investigating the gout drug colchicine as a treatment for COVID-19 has suggested it reduces the length of both supplemental oxygen therapy and hospitalisation in patients with moderate to severe COVID-19. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nearly 30 pharmacies become first to express interest in delivering COVID-19 vaccinations in Scotland
Nearly 30 community pharmacies have expressed an interest in administering COVID-19 vaccines in one health board in northern Scotland. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Lack of community pharmacies commissioned for COVID-19 vaccinations is 'a ticking time bomb', say sector leaders
Four pharmacies in north Wales have begun vaccinating patients against COVID-19,  amid warnings that the lack of pharmacy involvement in is a “ticking time bomb”. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Some overseas candidates told they cannot sit March preregistration assessment
Some candidates for the March 2021 registration assessment, who are living overseas, have been told they will not be able to sit the exam outside of the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

‘My job is fairly easy compared with yours, isn’t it?’ — what this < em > PJ < /em > reporter learned volunteering for the COVID-19 vaccination service
Pharmacy journalist Corrinne Burns saw the profession in a new light when she signed up to support her local pharmacy ’s COVID-19 vaccine effort. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government to fund COVID-19 clinical trial using different vaccines for first and second doses
A clinical trial to determine the effects of using different COVID-19 vaccines for the first and second dose of a two-dose regimen has been launched in the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Public Health England changes guidance to allow pharmacies to provide some point-of-care COVID-19 tests
Rapid point-of-care COVID-19 antigen tests can now be used in community pharmacies for patients with symptoms. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy teams have done brilliantly on COVID-19 vaccinations
Let ’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible contribution pharmacy teams are making to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Bill that could allow wider hub-and-spoke dispensing expected to become law in February 2021
Legislation paving the way for wider use of hub-and-spoke dispensing is expected to receive royal assent in February 2021. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How our hospital pharmacy team delivered the world ’s first COVID-19 vaccine
Mark Easter, director of pharmacy at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, shares his immense pride at being part of a world-first. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

GPhC fitness-to-practise case did not address anti-Semitism
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Is the GPhC institutionally antisemitic?
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

More than a fifth of English pharmacies sign up to digitally check patients' eligibility for free NHS prescriptions
A scheme allowing pharmacists to check patient entitlement to free NHS prescriptions has been rolled out to around 2,400 community pharmacies. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Azithromycin and doxycycline should not be used in the management of COVID-19, DHSC advises
Azithromycin and doxycycline should not be used in the management of COVID-19,  the Department of Health and Social Care has advised. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

'Timing' of letters to patients may be causing low COVID-19 vaccination booking rates for pharmacy sites
The “timing of sending and arrival” of letters sent to patients eligible for COVID-19 vaccination may be the cause of low booking rates in some community pharmacy-led sites. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 29, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nearly four pharmacies per week closed last year, with deprived areas hit worst
More than four times as many pharmacies closed in the most deprived parts of England in 2020 than in the most affluent areas of the country. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 29, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy ‘first ports of call’ are disappearing in struggling communities
A disproportionate number of community pharmacies are closing in the most deprived areas of England, analysis by  The Pharmaceutical Journal has found. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 29, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Home Office to consult this year on adding DNP to list of regulated poisons
The  diet pill 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) could be added to the list of regulated poisons, the UK government has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Why our community pharmacy is one of just 15 London sites to go live on the COVID-19 vaccine so far
The Woolwich Late Night Pharmacy ’s set-up makes it perfect for delivering the COVID-19 vaccination service, and here’s how they’re going to live up to their name. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacies deliver 2.5 million flu vaccinations so far during the 2020/21 flu season
More than 2.5 million influenza vaccinations have been delivered through community pharmacies in England  so far during the 2020/2021 flu season. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

‘Hard, but extremely rewarding’ — setting up a COVID-19 vaccination scheme covering 75,000 patients (audio)
Listen to lead clinical pharmacist Fazila Jumabhoy ’s experiences of getting Central North Leeds Primary Care Network ready to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Candidates sitting registration assessment at home will be unable to leave their computer during exam
Candidates taking their registration assessment from home risk failing their exam if they leave the room for any reason. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy-led COVID-19 vaccination site in a mosque is beating vaccine hesitancy, says contractor
A pharmacy-led vaccination site in a Birmingham mosque is campaigning against vaccine hesitancy among the local black, Asian and minority ethnic community. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

NHS investigation body launches inquiry into medication errors in children
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the risks involved in prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines to children. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How I'm leading my health centre's COVID-19 vaccination as the only pharmacist on the GP coordinating board
Pharmacist Shilpa Patel put her travel clinic experience to good use when she stepped up to lead the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre ’s COVID-19 vaccination service. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS maintains support for up to 12-week dosing interval between COVID-19 vaccines
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said it maintains its support for leaving up to 12 weeks between administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Everything you should know about the coronavirus pandemic
The latest information about the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China, and advice on how pharmacists can help concerned patients and the public. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

We must celebrate the huge contribution pharmacists of all kinds have already made in the COVID-19 vaccine programme
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research