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Greater integration could bring better health in care homes, King's Fund says

Closer co-ordination between care homes and other health services could help improve care for elderly residents, according to a King’s Fund report


Launch of new medicines in UK face two-year delay post-Brexit, MPs told

The launch of new medicines in the UK may be delayed by two years post-Brexit as it is “relegated” in the global medicines market, the House of Commons Health Select Committee was told

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Many drivers unaware of prescription drugs risk, US study findsSubscription

Researchers found that 19.7% of drivers reported taking a potentially driver-impairing medication within the previous two days.

Molecular structure of lamotrigine

Lamotrigine taken during pregnancy not linked to malformations in infantsSubscription

Researchers found that children exposed in utero to lamotrigine did not have an increased likelihood of birth defects or postnatal complications

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Ketamine provides short term relief from chronic migraineSubscription

A retrospective study showed that ketamine infusions improved short-term analgesia for refractory headaches

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Lack of evidence into paediatric cannabinoid useSubscription

The researchers found the strongest evidence of cannabinoid benefit in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and in epilepsy

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Magic mushrooms as a treatment for depression Subscription

Study sheds light on magic mushrooms’ mechanism in the brain in depression

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Older adults at risk of medication-related dry mouthSubscription

In a meta-analysis of 26 studies, researchers found that medication use was significantly associated with dry mouth

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2017: Pharmacy's roller-coaster yearSubscription

It has been an unsettling 12 months for pharmacy and as 2017 draws to a close there are still a number of unresolved issues hanging over the New Year.

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Artificial Intelligence: will it change the way drugs are discovered?Subscription

The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to invest in artificial intelligence (AI), with many large pharmaceutical companies partnering with AI start-ups in 2017 in order to develop better diagnostics or biomarkers, to identify drug targets and to design new drugs. But when will the first AI-designed drugs reach the market and will AI permanently change the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are discovered?

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January 2017

2017: the year in pharmacySubscription

Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

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Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

Follow the latest updates on the proposed 12% funding cuts to community pharmacy, which could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies in England.

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