Ilaria Passarini, PGEU secretary general

Community pharmacy vital to deploying 'Big Data' and artificial intelligence in practice, says PGEU

The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union says community pharmacy could use new technologies to dedicate more working time to providing patient care, use patient data to provide a more personalised healthcare service and utilise mobile health tools to identify at-risk patients.

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Most NHS 111 referrals for urgent repeat prescriptions are supplied by pharmacy

More than half of NHS 111 referrals for urgent repeat prescription medications now send patients to pharmacies providing an NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Supply Service, figures show.

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Needle and syringe programmes cost effective in reducing HCV transmissionSubscription

Study shows needle and syringe programmes reduce transmission of hepatitis C while delivering cost savings.

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Long-term follow-up allays fears that finasteride increases mortality Subscription

Initial concerns that finasteride could increase risk of prostate cancer death have been found to be unwarranted in a long-term follow-up study.

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Naltrexone not associated with serious adverse events, review findsSubscription

The opioid antagonist naltrexone does not appear to increase the risk of serious adverse events over placebo, researchers from the University of Manchester have found.

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Study questions link between antidepressants and hip fracturesSubscription

A previously identified link between antidepressant use and hip fractures needs further examination, the authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry have concluded.

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Monthly vitamin D dosing has no significant effect on bone mineral densitySubscription

Monthly dosing of vitamin D3 supplements in older adults does not increase bone mineral density, the results of a recent study show.

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Patient-centred clinic improves outcomes after myocardial infarctionSubscription

A post-myocardial infarction medicines optimisation clinic, led primarily by a pharmacist with support from a cardiologist, has resulted in improved medicines adherence and guideline concordance, study results published in Open Heart show.

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A joint effort – the pivotal role of pharmacists in joint pain management

Pharmacists have an important role to play in the management of osteoarthritis and joint pain, but they also face significant barriers to becoming integrated within the multidisciplinary team.

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The GP pharmacists leading a life-saving medicines safety projectSubscription

A major initiative by pharmacists to reduce risky medicines use in the community will be rolled out across the country after it was found to reduce serious adverse events.

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Medication errors: where do they happen?Subscription

Reducing medicines-related harm requires a clear understanding of where and when errors occur. This visual summary shows the latest estimates in England per year.

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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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