Tuesday, August 4, 2020

UK begins trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

Scientists at Oxford University have started a clinical trial to investigate the effects of an HIV medicine and a steroid drug in UK patients admitted...

UK Covid-19 death toll passes 55,000 including suspected cases: Reuters tally

The United Kingdom’s suspected COVID-19 death toll has hit 55,398, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources that underline the country’s status...

UK was too slow to act on COVID-19 initially: Keir Starmer

Britain was initially too slow to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak and did not learn quickly enough from other countries, opposition Labour Party leader...

Pharmacies advised to plan for ‘different scenarios’ as they prepare to deliver annual flu...

Anticipating an increased demand for annual flu vaccinations due to Covid-19, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has advised pharmacy contractors to plan for...

‘No-swab’ saliva test for Covid-19 piloted in Britain

A weekly coronavirus testing regime using a "no-swab" saliva test is being trialled in Southampton, southern England, and could result in a simpler and...

South Asian virus patients in UK hospitals 20 per cent more likely to die:...

Hospitalised Covid-19 patients of South Asian ethnicity in Britain are 20 per cent more likely to die from the disease than white people, a large-scale study...

Pharmacists in midst of ‘greatest public health crisis in history’: Scottish health chief

Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director of Healthcare Quality & Improvement, has praised pharmacists for reaching out to vulnerable people during the coronavirus...

NHS gets record number of medical staff

The numbers of professionally qualified clinical staff, doctors, nurses, scientific, therapeutic and technical staff and support to clinical staff in the NHS are at...

Pharmacies asked to urgently review flu vaccine orders amid fears of Covid-related rise in...

Community pharmacy contractors have been asked to ensure that they have sufficient stock for this autumn's flu vaccine as demand will likely spike due to...

Roche bid to retool arthritis drug for Covid-19 fails

Roche's attempt to retool its rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra/RoActemra to treat patients hospitalised with severe Covid-19-related pneumonia has failed in a late-stage trial, the...