More than 700 pharmacy staff apply to join NHS COVID-19 vaccination team
Some 715 pharmacy staff members have applied to vaccinate patients as part of the NHS ’s COVID-19 vaccine team. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Further 65 community pharmacy sites to start vaccinating patients against COVID-19
An additional 65 community pharmacy-led vaccination sites will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines over the coming week. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy contractors asked to audit patient consultations for ‘improper referrals’ from GPs and NHS 111
Pharmacy negotiators have asked contractors to audit their patient contacts over concerns about “improper referrals” from general practice and NHS 111. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

We talk a lot about ‘multidisciplinary’ working, but our PCN’s COVID-19 vaccine service truly would not exist without all our professions
Sowe Valley ’s rapid rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine service is testament to the value of PCN-working, says clinical pharmacist Umeh Ali. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Late-night pharmacy offers to vaccinate until 22:30 as it joins COVID-19 programme
A pharmacy in Greenwich, London, is to start offering the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and could provide vaccinations until 22:30  if needed. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Drug shortage means prescribers asked to switch treatment for acute respiratory problems in COVID-19 patients
A shortage of the drug methylprednisolone to support “business as usual” has led to organisations being asked to stop prescribing it for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome in patients with COVID-19. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Our pharmacy team is leading our PCN ’s COVID-19 vaccination service — and it feels electric
Spirits are running high at  Chesterfield and Dronfield Primary Care Network, which has given 4,500 vaccinations since Christmas, says lead pharmacist Isobel Bancroft. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government should use community pharmacies to deliver 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination service, says Labour leader
The government should capitalise on community pharmacies ’ offers to support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to help deliver a faster, 24/7 programme by the end of February 2021, Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Six pharmacies become first in the sector to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations
Community pharmacies in six locations in England have become the first in the sector to start administering COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 14, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government backs UK-wide pharmacy codeword for domestic abuse safe spaces
A codeword scheme to help people experiencing domestic abuse to access help from their local pharmacy has launched across the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 14, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacies ‘in all parts’ of Wales to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, says first minister
The first community pharmacy in Wales will deliver a COVID-19 vaccine this week, ahead of a roll out to pharmacies “in all parts” of the country. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 13, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Almost a third of hospitals report ‘complete outages’ of medicines during COVID-19 pandemic
Around a third of acute hospitals reported experiencing “complete outages” for specific medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 13, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

COVID-19 vaccines: your questions answered (audio, part 2)
We answer another set of readers ’ questions on COVID-19 vaccines and how the UK vaccination programme is being rolled out. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Some antiepileptic drugs are safer than others for use during pregnancy, MHRA review concludes
Lamotrigine and levetiracetam are safer than other antiepileptic drugs in pregnancy, according to a safety review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Critically ill COVID-19 patients unlikely to benefit from convalescent plasma, early results from UK trial show
Convalescent plasma has no benefit for patients with COVID-19 who are severely ill and in intensive care, according to early findings from the ‘Randomised, Embedded, Multifactorial, Adaptive Platform trial for Community-Acquired Pneumonia’ trial. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

The UCL Square Alumni Foundation realised my childhood dream to study pharmacy in Botswana
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Case-based learning: shingles
This article outlines how to recognise shingles, its causes and risk factors, and the role of pharmacists in managing treatment and preventing spread. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 12, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Trade bodies in talks with government to expand pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination programme
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has confirmed that pharmacy trade bodies are in talks with the government about “using more community pharmacies” in the national COVID-19 vaccination effort. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

March assessment for provisionally registered pharmacists to go ahead as planned, regulator says
The General Pharmaceutical Council expects the delayed summer 2020 preregistration assessment for provisionally registered pharmacists  to go ahead as planned in March 2021. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How to make the most of 2021
Pharmacy professionals share the lessons they have learnt during 2020 and how to make this coming year a more positive one. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists have a role in the early detection of head and neck cancer
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

COVID-19 vaccine: let ’s be honest about serendipity in clinical trials
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Further 2,500 jobs cut from Boots workforce, company says
Boots UK will increase its number of job cuts from 4,000 to 6,500, the company has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Boots will cut an extra 2,500 jobs, company announces
Boots UK will increase its number of job cuts from 4,000 to 6,500, the company has announced. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Nearly 200 naloxone kits provided through ‘click-and-deliver’ service during pandemic
A “click-and-deliver” naloxone service in Scotland has provided 187 take-home naloxone kits to people’s homes since the service began in May 2020. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacy will transform post-hospital care in 2021
The discharge medicines service, a  new service launching in all community pharmacies in England, is set to improve transfer of care on discharge from hospital. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Regulators approve Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in the UK
A third COVID-19 vaccine,  developed by Moderna, has been authorised for temporary supply in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Catherine Page
In September 2020,  Catherine Page MRPharmS, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. Mrs Page, known to Boots Birmingham and North East customers and colleagues as ‘Smiler’, registered with the Society in 1995.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Oral poliomyelitis vaccine, 1960s
An example of an oral attenuated live-virus vaccine pack, developed by Albert Sabin. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Provisionally registered pharmacists stepped up for us during the pandemic — why are we not stepping up for them now?
(Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Clinicians encouraged to consider tocilizumab or sarilumab in treatment of hospitalised COVID-19 patients
The rheumatoid arthritis drugs, tocilizumab and sarilumab, should be considered in the treatment of COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care, according to updated NHS guidance. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Contractors can ‘proactively approach’ trusts to secure staff COVID-19 vaccinations, say pharmacy negotiators
Pharmacy contractors can “proactively approach” clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts to secure staff vaccinations, according to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

How working at NHS Track and Trace landed me a role heading my university ’s COVID-19 case management team
Pharmacist and lecturer Gurinder Singh ’s pharmacy skills proved invaluable during his work as a clinical contact caseworker at NHS Test and Trace — then he was headhunted to lead the University of Reading’s COVID-19 case management team. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS backs changes to interval between COVID-19 vaccination doses
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said it strongly supports changes to the planned interval between currently licensed COVID-19 vaccine doses in the UK. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

RPS launches 180-year anniversary celebrations with a new online history resource
In 2021, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society celebrates its 180th  anniversary. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: John Harold Richards
On 31 December 2020,  John Harold Richards, aged 85 years, of Great Glen, Leicester. Dr Richards was a former member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

I often confuse my plain white tablets — shouldn't they have markings?
I am simply an ordinary patient of my local GP practice. I have several medical conditions controlled by a considerable number of tablet medications of various shapes, colours and sizes. I normally sort these into daily doses for seven  days. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government to consult on national falsified medicines detection system
The government has said it plans to consult the public on a national scheme to detect falsified medicines in the supply chain within a year after laws enabling the potential new scheme are enacted. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Taking the P: why the founder of < I > P < /I > -values would be turning in his grave
How P-values are used today has gradually morphed further and further from their intended use and scientists are now questioning the prominence they are given when interpreting clinical trial data. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Government signs up 'hundreds' of community pharmacies to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, says prime minister
The government has signed up “hundreds” of community pharmacies to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to patients, the prime minister has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

A pharmacy resolution for 2021: let's improve the way patients with addiction are treated
There ’s evidence that community pharmacy’s disrespect for people with addiction is deterring them from seeking the drug treatments designed to aid their recovery — putting them at risk of drug-related death. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Free access to pharmacy journals under five-year deal with Oxford University Press
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Oxford University Press to give its members free access to a portfolio of research in pharmacy, pharmacology and the pharmaceutical sciences. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacists should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as frontline workers
In the December 2020 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal,  there was a fitting tribute to the pharmacy staff in the UK who lost their lives to COVID-19. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 6, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: Derrick Henry Dorken
On 3 January 2021,  Derrick Henry Dorken MRPharmS, aged 91 years, of Hertford, Hertfordshire. Mr Dorken registered with the Society in 1959.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Deaths: John Alexander Ware
On 27 December 2020, John Alexander Ware FRPharmS, aged 90 years, of  Seymour, Victoria, Australia. Mr Ware registered with the Society in 1950 and was conferred with Fellowship in 2008.  (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Tribute: John Alexander Ware
I was very sorry to hear of the death of my distinguished friend and colleague John Ware, Order of Australia (OAM). (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

COVID-19 vaccinations will be provided in 'local pharmacies', Welsh health minister says
People in Wales will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from their “local GP practice or pharmacy”, Vaughn Gething, the Welsh health minister, has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Case study: an error with a medicine containing arachis oil
Many common pharmaceutical products contain refined peanut oil, which is contraindicated in patients with a known peanut allergy. This hospital pharmacy-based case study demonstrates the steps taken after a prescribing incident. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 5, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Pharmacy technicians told they can administer Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine under government protocol
Pharmacy technicians in England are able to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the Association of Pharmacy Technicians has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Community pharmacy-led vaccination sites to start administering COVID-19 vaccines from 11 January 2021
COVID-19 vaccination sites led by community pharmacies will start administering vaccines to patients in England from the week beginning 11 January 2021, NHS England has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - January 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research