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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.

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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.

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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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Have legislative changes curbed use of ‘legal highs’?Subscription

While the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 appears to have controlled circulation of novel psychoactive substances, formerly known as ‘legal highs’, on the high street, a Home Office review has proved what many experts predicted — that the legislation would drive sales onto the streets and the dark web.

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Why are pharmacy schools struggling to fill places?Subscription

A decline in the number of applications to pharmacy schools and more students being accepted through clearing has led to concerns over the future pharmacy workforce.

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Pharmacy: underpaid and stressed?Subscription

The Salvadore salary and satisfaction survey 2018 provides a snapshot of the profession’s pay and working conditions.

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Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

Follow the latest updates on the proposed 12% funding cuts to community pharmacy, which could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies in England.

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