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Drugs companies asked to maintain a six-week stockpile for six months in the event of 'no-deal' Brexit

Pharmaceutical companies have been asked to maintain a rolling six-week stockpile of medicines for six months in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the government has confirmed.

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University of Sussex confirms closure of MPharm course

The University of Sussex has confirmed that it is to close its Master of Pharmacy course.

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Early life exposure to antibiotics and acid suppressants increases obesity riskSubscription

Exposure to antibiotics and acid suppressants in the first two years of life is associated with an increased risk of obesity later in childhood, particularly if prescribed in combination, study results show.

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Antibiotic with novel mode of action effective against gonorrhoea infectionSubscription

A novel antibiotic, which prevents bacterial cells from replicating DNA, is effective in the treatment of uncomplicated urogenital gonorrhoea, results from a phase II clinical trial have shown.

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Androgen deprivation therapy 'increases heart failure risk'Subscription

Patients with prostate cancer treated with androgen deprivation therapy were 72% more likely to experience heart failure than those unexposed to the therapy, a study has shown.

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Neurotransmitter-affecting medicines used in pregnancy not linked to autism risk in offspringSubscription

Maternal use of medicines targeting neurotransmitter systems is unlikely to directly affect the risk of autism spectrum disorder in offspring, the authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry have concluded.

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First-year statin discontinuation and non-adherence common in older adultsSubscription

A substantial proportion of older people who begin taking statins do not take them as intended, according to an Australian study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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ACEIs linked to increased risk of lung cancerSubscription

An observational study of almost one million people suggests a link between angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and an increased risk of lung cancer.

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Eat or treat? How cuts to minor ailment schemes could hit patients hardSubscription

Commissioners have saved millions of pounds by decommissioning a fifth of minor ailment schemes and restricting sales of over-the-counter medicines, but pharmacists are concerned that vulnerable patients may not be being protected.

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NHS looks to pharmacy as it faces a tough winterSubscription

As winter demands on the NHS rise, pharmacists are being reallocated to offer ward-based prescribing and seven-day pharmacy services to relieve the pressure. 

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2018: The twists and turns

Pharmacy 2018: The twists and turnsSubscription

The main events in pharmacy throughout 2018 and a preview of the year ahead.

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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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