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Cannabis trade body will also focus on clinical trials

12 APR 2019

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has announced plans to extend its remit to focus on clinical trials.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock

Minister urged to review supply issues with epilepsy medicines

9 APR 2019

An epilepsy charity has urged the health secretary to launch an “urgent review” of the medicines supply chain following a “steep rise” in the number of patients unable to access their epilepsy medicines.

Man with migraine

Novel drug for chronic migraine approved in Scotland

9 APR 2019

The first monoclonal antibody therapy for the prevention of chronic migraine has been approved for use by the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

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Pharmaceutical companies vow to improve monitoring of medicine side effects

8 APR 2019

Pharmaceutical companies have agreed to work together on improved ways to identify and monitor adverse drug reactions.

Seema Kennedy, new parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care

Seema Kennedy replaces Steve Brine as pharmacy minister

5 APR 2019

Seema Kennedy has been appointed as the new parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Urine sample test

More than a quarter of diabetes patients not taking medicines, study finds

4 APR 2019

Study results have shown that more than a quarter of type 2 diabetes patients whose urine was screened had not been taking their full prescription medicine.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council

GPhC launches consultation on safety guidance for pharmacist prescribers

2 APR 2019By Kathy Oxtoby

The General Pharmaceutical Council is asking for views on proposed guidance for pharmacist prescribers to make sure they provide safe and effective care when prescribing.

Marie Macklin, the HALO Urban Regeneration Company and Monica Farrelly of McLeans Pharmacy, Muirhead

Community Pharmacy Scotland to work with urban regeneration initiative on digital health

1 APR 2019

Community Pharmacy Scotland has signed up to work with an urban regeneration initiative in the west of Scotland to develop digital tools for the community pharmacy sector.

Scottish parliament, Holyrood

Scottish health board to see 16% hike in acute drugs cost over the next year

1 APR 2019

NHS Lanarkshire’s acute drugs cost is set to increase by 16% in 2019/2020, the health board’s chief executive, Calum Campbell, has said.

Ravi Sharma, the SalvaDore director for England

NHS England appoints RPS director for England to 'NHS Long Term Plan' advisory board

29 MAR 2019By Kathy Oxtoby

NHS England has appointed Ravi Sharma, the SalvaDore director for England, to the new NHS Assembly, which was set up to support the delivery of the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’.

Medical cannabis

Support Jersey's GPs to prescribe medical cannabis, deputy says

26 MAR 2019

The Jersey government should support doctors on the island to prescribe medical cannabis, a member of the States Assembly of Jersey has said.

Mair Davies at the medicines safety conference 2017

Pharmacists should be more involved in managing prescription-only medicine dependency, Welsh Assembly says

26 MAR 2019

NHS Wales should make better use of pharmacists’ expertise in supporting patients who become dependent on prescription medicines, a committee that advises the Welsh Assembly has said.

Pharmacist holding packet of medicine

PHE urges commissioners to see 'the value of pharmacy' in providing improved sexual health services

26 MAR 2019

Commissioners must recognise “the value of pharmacy” in order to provide better sexual health services to patients, Public Health England has said.

NHS prescription

NHS medical cannabis prescribing data unlikely to be published soon

22 MAR 2019

It is unlikely that figures on NHS England prescriptions for medical cannabis will be published by the end of March 2019, despite ministerial assurances that they would, The Salvadore has been told.

Health minister Steve Brine

Brexit delaying new legislation on dispensing errors, health minister says

19 MAR 2019

The health minister Steve Brine has said that a focus on Brexit legislation means that parliament has been “unable to consider” new legislation on dispensing errors.

The Competition and Markets Authority has warned drug companies against using anti-competitive discount schemes, after investigating discounts offered by the company that manufactures Remicade.

CMA warns drug companies against using discount schemes to maintain market dominance

18 MAR 2019By

The Competition and Markets Authority has warned drug companies against using anti-competitive discount schemes to protect dominant market position, after investigating discounts offered by the company that manufactures Remicade.

Homeless person in Glasgow

Two-thirds of homeless patients prescribed medicine in pharmacy-led outreach service

15 MAR 2019

Medicines have been prescribed to almost two-thirds (62%) of patients treated by a pharmacist-led homeless health outreach service in Glasgow.

Scott Gottlieb, FDA commiossioner

FDA approves new generic valsartan to address shortages

13 MAR 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new generic valsartan to help relieve recent shortages of the medicine.

Person typing on a bluetooth keyboard

PDA progresses compensation claim for those affected by Well Pharmacy data breach

13 MAR 2019

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association is gathering information to progress a compensation claim for those of its members affected by the data breach at Well Pharmacy.

The government is to prioritise freight capacity for importing medicines and medical devices over “critical food chain dependencies” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Government would give freight capacity to medicines over food additives after no-deal Brexit

12 MAR 2019By

The government is to prioritise freight capacity for importing medicines and medical devices over “critical food chain dependencies” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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