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UK pharmacists demand powers to change whooping cough prescriptions

Pharmacists are calling for fresh powers to provide patients with alternative prescriptions as they warned that drugs shortages are hampering their ability to tackle whooping cough.

More than 2,700 cases have been reported across England so far in 2024 – more than three times the number recorded in the whole of last year.

But some pharmacies have been forced to turn away families seeking help for their children because they have run out of clarithromycin, a key antibiotic used to treat the condition.

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Source: Guardian, 20 May 2024


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