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Patient organisations call for faster access to orphan drugs

Faster access to medicines for rare diseases across Europe will help reinforce European competitiveness in the global medicines marketplace, a rare disease patient organisation has said

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Over-55s should have more regular asthma checkups

Patients with asthma aged over 55 are more likely to experience symptom ‘flare-ups’ and need more regular check-ups than younger asthmatics, according to research presented at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting

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Pharmacists can help reduce GP non-attendance, Scottish pharmacists say

Scottish patients should be encouraged to use community pharmacists more to reduce non-attendance at primary care appointments, Community Pharmacy Scotland has said

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Dutch government sets up relocation help desk for EMA staff

A help desk has been established at the London headquarters of the European Medicines Agency to support staff on relocating to its new headquarters in Amsterdam

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Labour says it will reverse pharmacy cuts

The Labour Party has confirmed that it will reverse the government’s controversial pharmacy funding cuts if elected

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Scientists for EU co-founder questions UK participation in EU science post-Brexit

A leading data scientist has cast doubt on whether the UK can continue to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme after it leaves the European Union.

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NHS 111 minor ailments pilot rolled out across north-east of England

More than 600 pharmacies in the north-east of England are being given the chance to take part in a new patient referral pilot scheme.

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'No deal' Brexit would cause 'extensive problems' for the NHS, says Nuffield Trust

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would do serious damage to an already overstretched NHS, the Nuffield Trust has cautioned

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Rebalancing Board will discuss supervision at its next meeting

Supervision within pharmacies is expected to be discussed early next year, the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board has announced.

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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.

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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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Statin therapy in obese patients and the risk of diabetesSubscription

Study highlights importance of people at high risk of diabetes being monitored during statin therapy

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Insulin pumps lead to better clinical outcomes compared with injection Subscription

Observational study compared rates of severe hypoglycaemia in diabetes patients using insulin pump and injection therapy.

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World AIDS Day: the long battle against the HIV epidemic

Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 29 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission. One of the biggest barriers to achieving this aim is the stigma that is still rife in many countries.

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