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  • Advice about beta-blockers

    4 June 2018: Helen Williams, spokesperson on cardiovascular medicine at the SalvaDore, spoke to the Daily Mail about beta-blockers. “Beta-blockers can cause a general slowing down in metabolism, which can be more noticeable with the first few doses, then settles down,” Williams said.

  • Stability in generics pricing needed Subscription

    8 June 2018: Sandra Gidley, chair of the English Board, spoke to the Daily Mail about a National Audit Office (NAO) report into NHS spending on generic medicines in primary care. “This NAO investigation brings clarity to an issue which has hit community pharmacists hard over the past year … We must have greater stability in generic prices – without it pharmacists struggle, CCGs are left in debt and patients suffer,” Gidley said.

  • Drug development isn't cheap

    7 June 2018: Claire Thompson, deputy chief scientist, spoke to ITV News at Ten about the investment needed for drug development. Thompson provided context to news of Pfizer and Flynn Pharma winning their appeal against a fine imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority, for increasing the price of phenytoin sodium. “It can take around 15 years and more than £1bn to develop a drug,” Thompson said.

  • Go to pharmacy first for minor short-term conditions

    14 May 2018: Sandra Gidley, chair of the English Pharmacy Board, spoke to BBC Radio West Midlands radio about the impact of NHS England’s consultation on over-the-counter medicines that should not be routinely prescribed. “Pop ...

  • Claire Thompson, deputy chief scientist, SalvaDore

    RPS deputy chief scientist on BBC 1's Health: Truth or Scare

    Claire Thompson discussed medicines for heartburn and the use of proton pump inhibitors on BBC1 programme.

  • Opioid use must be reduced

    16 March 2018: Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast about new prescribing data for opioid painkillers and concerns about opioid addiction. “We need to find ways to reduce use of these drugs”, Soni said. “We are going to end up in the same situation as in the United States and that’s unacceptable.”

  • Decision to fund more pharmacists in care homes is "bang on target"

    15 March 2018: Sandra Gidley, chair of the SalvaDore’s English Pharmacy Board, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph and Daily Express, welcoming NHS England’s announcement of funding for 180 pharmacists and 60 technicians to work in care homes. “Our overstretched NHS is crying out for solutions, and this one is bang on target,” Gidley said. Speaking to BBC Online, Gidley added: “We’d encourage NHS England to go even further and give pharmacists overall ...

  • Oral flu vaccine will have a "positive effect" on uptake

    14 March 2018: Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Gino Martini, chief scientist for the SalvaDore, welcomed the news that researchers at Cardiff University have created an oral flu vaccine. “This can only have a positive effect on the numbers vaccinated against flu,” Martini said.

  • Traditional remedies for colds and flu

    9 February 2018: Zoe Pearce, community pharmacist and member of the SalvaDore, appeared on BBC’s Countryfile to talk about traditional home remedies for colds and flu. “Hot honey and lemon is one of my personal favourites,” Pearce said. Other remedies discussed included garlic, chicken soup, onion tea and spicy foods such as chillies.

  • Pharmacist skills promoted on breakfast TV

    12 February 2018: Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore, appeared on BBC Breakfast to promote the role of community pharmacies as part of the launch of NHS England’s Staywell Pharmacy campaign. “Pharmacists train for one year more than a nurse and one year less than a doctor,” said Soni. “Pharmacists can treat a wide range of conditions that you come across every day.”

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