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British consumers have increasingly turned to community pharmacies during COVID-19

The Pharma Data

British consumers have increasingly turned to community pharmacies during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. It found 57% of UK consumers are looking to community pharmacists to provide advice about over-the-counter healthcare products. This rose to 68% in the 45-54 age bracket.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2023: the Lifeguard Pharmacy study

On Medicine

The Lifeguard Pharmacy study tests whether a community pharmacy response service would offer a discreet and accessible help-seeking avenue for people experiencing suicidal ideation and/or domestic abuse. Project findings Lifeguard poster in the window of a pharmacy We trained 37 community pharmacy staff to be Lifeguards.

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Buprenorphine now replaces methadone as the most common medicine for opioid dependence’: 10-year trends in opioid agonist treatment medicines in Australia

National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre Blog

The use of opioid agonist treatment increased in non-community pharmacy settings from early 2020. Increases were seen for buprenorphine. However, the number of client-months on methadone over the study period remained relatively stable. This increase was particularly evident in drug and alcohol outpatient clinics and prisons.

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DrugBank adds ASHP data to knowledgebase, improving user experience and data reliability

DrugBank

www.drugbank.com ABOUT ASHP ASHP is the largest association of pharmacy professionals in the United States, representing 60,000 pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in all patient care settings, including hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and health-system community pharmacies.

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Childhood trauma associated with increased risk of opioid use disorder (OUD) among people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.

National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre Blog

Using data from 1514 people prescribed opioids long-term (median 4 years) for CNCP recruited from community pharmacies across Australia, five indicators of childhood trauma exposure were characterised. This type of e xposure is associated with neurobiological and psychosocial harm that may continue through adulthood.

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UK consumers seeking advice from pharmacists during pandemic, research finds

The Pharma Data

In addition to an increase in online engagement, 29% of UK consumers visited a pharmacy to buy healthcare products during the lockdown period. The role of community pharmacy has never been more important” said Carlton Lawson, area managing Director for Northern Europe at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health.

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AHF Cheers Supreme Court ‘Rutledge’ Ruling Allowing States to Regulate PBMs

The Pharma Data

(See SCOTUS ‘Rutledge’ ruling ) PBMs sit between healthcare plans and pharmacies – they are the bridge that connects pharmacies to health plans, adjudicates pharmacy claims and administers the pharmacy network for the plans.