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Do psychotropic drugs used during COVID-19 therapy have an effect on the treatment process?

People with mental disorders are more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 than the general population due to the risk of infection (including pneumonia), barriers to timely access to healthcare facilities due to their isolation in the psychiatric ward, and the fear, anxiety and depression accompanying the pandemic process.1 Beyond that, though the psychological impact …

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Epinephrine use in COVID-19: friend or foe?

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is now overwhelming, spreading throughout the world, and has been declared a global pandemic by the WHO. So far, more than 4 million confirmed cases have been reported by WHO worldwide, including more than 290,000 deaths. And the treatment for the …

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Providing medicines adherence support to areas of high deprivation in England: community pharmacists’ experience

Abstract Introduction and aim: Pharmacists provide a range of services in the community to support the use of prescribed medicines, including the delivery and dispensing of medicines into multicompartment compliance aids (MCAs). However, there is little research exploring pharmacists’ experiences of providing these services, with existing literature focusing on patient outcomes or costs. This study …

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Public statement for collaboration on COVID-19 vaccine development

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.  Chinese authorities identified the SARS-CoV-2 as the causative virus on 7 January 2020, and the disease was named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by WHO on 11 …

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Sick from stress: 'presenteeism' in pharmacy

Source: Mclean / Shutterstock.com The problem A pharmacist reveals to you that they have recently been experiencing increasing stress at work and at home. Despite being short-staffed, their employer recently announced that, owing to increasing financial pressures, the existing vacancies within their team will not be filled. This has meant working longer shifts and the pharmacist …

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