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NEWS IN BRIEF: Nurofen; Boxing champ; Free flu jabs; Tinder


14 Dec 2015

Nurofen ordered off Australian shelves

The drug giant Reckitt Benckiser was ordered on Monday to pull some of its popular Nurofen painkiller brands off shelves in Australia after a court ruled it had made misleading claims, the Guardian has reported.

The company has admitted to selling identical products that were marketed to treat specific types of pain, and for almost double the price of its standard painkiller.

UK’s oldest boxing champ fights for flu jabs

The UK’s oldest boxing champion has teamed up with Careway, a partnership programme that supports independent pharmacies, to urge everyone to get their jab in this year, and stay fighting fit for winter, the Southern Daily Echo has reported.

Jack ‘Mr Boxing’ Bishop, 92, is a Southampton hero and gym owner and claims his good health is down to regular exercise, a balanced diet and having the flu jab every winter.

Pharmacists offer free flu jabs to homeless

Two public-spirited pharmacists are set to take their health care skills to the street to help some of the most vulnerable people in the county, the Lancashire Evening Post has reported.

Mark Oak and Mike Ball from Broadway Pharmacy in Fulwood are set to offer free flu vaccinations to clients of Preston’s homeless shelters this week.

The flu jab programme is a Christmas gesture marking the culmination of a health care project with Lancashire County Council.

NHS hooks up with Tinder

The NHS has partnered with dating app Tinder to raise awareness about organ donations, the BBC has reported. The app is used to find people a good personality match but for the next fortnight it will also encourage users to become a donor.

People who swipe on some pictures on the app will be encouraged to sign up to the NHS organ donor register.

The NHS said that it wants more younger people to join its campaign.


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