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Impurity found in valsartan manufactured by second company in China, EMA says

Low levels of the potentially harmful impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine have been detected in batches of valsartan produced by a second pharmaceutical company, the European Medicines Agency has learnt.

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Bawa-Garba wins appeal to be reinstated to medical register

A paediatric trainee who was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after the death of a six-year-old boy from sepsis has won her appeal to be reinstated to the medical register and continue to practise as a doctor.

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Direct oral anticoagulants carry lower risk of major bleeding versus warfarin, data showSubscription

Research from primary care suggests apixaban may be the safest of the direct oral anticoagulants overall.

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Gabapentinoids ineffective for lower back pain, review findsSubscription

A review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has backed up guidance stating that anticonvulsants are ineffective for treating lower back pain.

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Impulse-control disorders common in Parkinson’s patients taking dopamine agonistsSubscription

Researchers find that after five years of follow-up, more than half of people taking dopamine agonists for management of Parkinson’s disease developed impulse-control disorders.

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Access to personalised cardiovascular risk information boosts lifestyle changeSubscription

Research has shown that giving patients personalised information about their disease risk can motivate them to make lifestyle changes.

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Pembrolizumab effective in some men with advanced prostate cancerSubscription

A study of 258 men with otherwise untreatable prostate cancer shows that the rate of disease control or response lasting six months or more was 11%, with two patients showing complete response.

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Sleep disruption linked to atrial fibrillation riskSubscription

Sleep disruption is an important risk factor for developing atrial fibrillation, study results show.

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Making the switch — preparing for the patent expiry of the NHS's most costly biologic

With blockbuster biologic adalimumab coming off patent in October 2018, pharmacists should be ready to switch patients to the best value biologic as alternatives become available.

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Web therapy: how pharmacists are leading the way on telehealthSubscription

A solution developed to deliver clinical pharmacy services to remote dispensing GP practices in Scotland is being used as a model to expand telehealth services across the rest of NHS Highland. 

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A quick guide to medical cannabis infographic

A quick guide to medical cannabisSubscription

With medical cannabis now legal in 44 countries around the world, and the UK likely to follow suit, here is what pharmacists need to know.

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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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