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Free masters-level training offered to community pharmacists in EnglandSubscription

Community pharmacists can now access free masters-level training supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund

The winner’s prototype will be installed in this Day Lewis pharmacy in Woodley, Reading

Pharmacists invited to compete to design AMR pharmacy installation

Pharmacists have been invited to help design a pharmacy installation that will raise public awareness of antimicrobial resistance.

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Antidepressants more effective than placebo for adults with acute major depressive disorder

Antidepressants are more effective than placebo for the acute treatment of adults with unipolar major depressive disorder, according to a new meta-analysis.

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CAC rules on which Boots pharmacists can vote in union ballot

Only Boots-registered pharmacists at levels 5, 6 and 7 and pre-registration pharmacists will be allowed to vote in a ballot to decide whether to de-recognise the Boots Pharmacists’ Association

Asthmatic women using only short-acting treatments take longer to conceive, study finds

Asthmatic women who only use short-acting treatment are more likely to have difficulty conceiving compared with women who rely on longer-acting medication to manage their condition.

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Which? uncovers lack of advice from pharmacies

Three in ten pharmacies are failing to give important safety advice to customers buying over-the-counter medicines, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.


Pharmacists invited to bid for £8.5m contract to run pharmacy services in Scottish prisons

Pharmacists are being invited to tender for an £8.5m contract to provide pharmacy services to prisons in Scotland.

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Jeremy Hunt has plans to introduce a contract for a new model of healthcare organisation

Select committee chair calls for delay in new model of care contract

The chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee has asked health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt to postpone plans to introduce a contract for a new model of healthcare organisation.

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NICE publishes draft guidance on how community pharmacies can promote health and wellbeing

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance on how community pharmacy can promote health and wellbeing. 

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Think tank calls for royal commission to look at long-term future of NHS

Conservative peer Lord Saatchi has called for a royal commission to consider how to secure the long-term future of the NHS.

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Decision to expand health secretary's remit welcomed

NHS leaders and GPs have welcomed the decision to give health secretary Jeremy Hunt the additional responsibility of social care.

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Re-analysis calls into question efficacy of anti-nausea pregnancy drugSubscription

Researchers have re-analysed individual-level data from the only trial of doxylamine-pyridoxine.

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Smoking cessation drug linked to cardiovascular adverse eventsSubscription

In a study of new varenicline users, researchers found that the incidence of cardiovascular events was 34% higher during the 12-week treatment period than in the year before or after use

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Prenatal paracetamol exposure linked to language delay in girlsSubscription

Study finds that girls whose mothers took paracetamol six times or more in the first trimester had a 5.9-fold greater chance of language delay.

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Chronic pain medication linked to poor cardiometabolic outcomesSubscription

Research raises questions about the impact of chronic pain medication on cardiometabolic health 

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Coarse, as well as fine, particulate matter increases asthma risk in childrenSubscription

Study finds that exposure to coarse particulate matter is significantly associated with an increased relative rate of asthma diagnosis, independent of exposure to fine particulate matter.

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Model predicts patient response to antidepressant therapySubscription

Researchers have developed a model to help predict the efficacy of antidepressants for patients with major depressive disorder. 

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Lack of evidence to support pharmacological prevention of dementiaSubscription

It is uncertain whether the lack of evidence supporting the use of pharmacological interventions against dementia is because they are not effective or because of poor trial design.

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Methylphenidate use in pregnancy linked to increased congenital cardiac malformation riskSubscription

Researchers say the findings could help inform the risk–benefits of treatment with methylphenidate in early pregnancy

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Special report

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

The Falsified Medicines Directive is a new law aimed at preventing fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain, which comes into force in February 2019. This special report from The Salvadore looks at how the directive is already affecting the way manufacturers and wholesalers package and verify medicines and is about to have a major impact on pharmacy dispensing and management, requiring pharmacists to update their systems and train their staff.

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