PJ mind the gap

Twitter chat on the ethnicity pay gap in pharmacy to be held

On Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 20:00 (GMT), The Salvadore will be hosting an hour-long Twitter chat to discuss the issue of ethnicity and pay in UK pharmacy using #PJMindTheGap.

Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary

Medicines could be delayed at the UK/EU border for six months under a 'no-deal' Brexit, warns DHSC

The government has warned the health and social care sector that medicines could be delayed at the UK border for a period of up to six months in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

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Pharmacists in GP surgery scheme achieves almost blanket coverage in city

A programme designed to increase joint working between community pharmacists and GPs has deployed a pharmacist in all but two of a city’s GP surgeries.

Simon Dukes, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, leaning on a pillar

PSNC proposes change to NHS rules to allow pharmacists to refuse prescriptions

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has called for pharmacists to be allowed to refuse to dispense prescriptions if a drug is in short supply.

Keith Ridge, NHS England’s chief pharmaceutical officer

Keith Ridge to lead government review of 'problematic polypharmacy' in the NHS

The government has ordered a review of over-prescribing in the NHS to improve the safety of patient care.

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Government consults on giving pharmacists powers to substitute drugs during shortages

Pharmacists could be given new powers to switch patients’ prescriptions without consulting a doctor in the event of a national medicines shortage.

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Nearly 90% of adults have at least one lifestyle risk factor

Nearly nine in ten adults in England have at least one lifestyle trait that puts their health at risk, an NHS Digital survey has revealed.

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Government commits to review of e-cigarette regulations after Brexit

The government has committed to reviewing how its regulations on e-cigarettes could be changed after the UK leaves the EU as scheduled for March 2019.

Warwick Smith, British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) director general

NHS to save £152m on medicines as government demands higher rebates from pharmaceutical companies

The government is set to increase the amount of funding pharmaceutical companies will have to rebate the NHS on drug sales, resulting in an estimated £152m of savings by 2021.

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Bolton pharmacy claims to be first in UK to become FMD compliant

A pharmacy in Bolton says it is the first in the UK to become fully compliant with the requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive.

General Pharmaceutical Council

No mentoring required for prescribers who supervise independent pharmacy prescriber trainees

Prescribers who will supervise pharmacist independent prescribers in training will not have to be mentored, contrary to earlier proposals, the General Pharmaceutical Committee has proposed

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All patients to have their prescriptions processed electronically under EPS pilot extension

Patients are now able to have their prescriptions processed electronically by any pharmacy in England under the latest electronic prescription service pilot.

Dr Owl from the Scottish 'Be Health-Wise This Winter' wellness campaign

Winter pressures campaign urges Scots to check repeat prescriptions

Patients in Scotland are being urged to check their repeat prescriptions as part of a campaign targeting people with minor ailments and illnesses.

Sharon 'Sibby' Buckle

PSNC says pharmacists should be able to substitute drugs to ease Brexit supply pressures

Pharmacy negotiators have suggested that community pharmacists should be able to automatically substitute an alternative medicine if they cannot dispense the prescribed item, as a way to help deal with any possible drugs shortages post-Brexit.

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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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Cannabinoids have limited impact on MS symptomsSubscription

Following a systematic review and meta-analysis researchers have concluded that cannabinoids have limited therapeutic effect on symptoms of multiple sclerosis

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Raised urate levels more strongly linked to genetics than diet, study findsSubscription

Diet contributes much less towards the development of high serum urate levels than genetic factors, study results reported in The BMJ suggest.

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Triple therapy cuts exacerbations in COPD regardless of baseline reversibilitySubscription

Triple therapy reduces the number of moderate-to-severe exacerbations in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a study presented at the CHEST annual meeting has shown.

Obese people

Weight loss drug reduces risk of diabetes in overweight and obese peopleSubscription

Taking lorcaserin and making lifestyle changes can help prevent diabetes in people who are overweight or obese, study findings indicate.

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Special report

FIP 2018

The theme of the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is 'Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes!'.

The 2018 FIP congress in Glasgow, Scotland, brought together pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to consider ways of extending the role of pharmacists so that they play a full part in ensuring patients, and health systems, achieve full benefit from the medicines people take.

This is the first time that the FIP World Congress has been held in the UK for nearly 40 years. The last time was in 1979, making this a truly unique learning opportunity for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Great Britain.

UK healthcare company RB was Gold Sponsor of this year’s congress.

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