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Parents advised to use out-of-date EpiPens, but call 999, as shortage continues

NHS England has written to parents and carers of children that use EpiPen Jr, advising on them on what to do in the event of a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction as the shortage of EpiPens continues

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Boots store given all clear to re-open after Novichok clean-up

A Boots pharmacy that has been shut since the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 6 July 2018 has now re-opened after it was declared safe following extensive testing by specialist teams.

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GPhC proposes a rise in fees

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that it will consult on increases to its fees.

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More women than men on GPhC committees

Women now outnumber men as members of the statutory committees run by the General Pharmaceutical Council, according to latest figures.

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EMA to scale back work further after Christmas because of Brexit relocation

The European Medicines Agency has warned that it will have to cut down its work even further as it relocates from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit.

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MPs concerned that government does not know how to tackle generics price hikes, despite new powers

MPs have criticised the Department for Health and Social Care for the way it handled the generics drugs price problems in 2017 and said they have little confidence in new government powers designed to prevent history repeating itself.

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Coroner calls on MHRA to take action over 'inherently unsafe' EpiPen

The coroner who investigated the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse has said the EpiPen’s “inadequate dose of adrenaline for anaphylaxis and an inadequate length needle” raises serious safety concerns.

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Pharmacists turning patients away as flu vaccination supplies dwindle

Pharmacists across England have been forced to turn patients away after running out of the new enhanced flu vaccine for the those aged over 65 years.

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Medical cannabis will be available on prescription from 1 November 2018, UK government announces

Medical products derived from cannabis will be available on prescription from 1 November 2018, the home secretary Sajid Javid, has announced.

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Faulty digital pregnancy tests recalled

Faulty digital pregnancy tests that give a false positive result are being recalled from the UK, the drugs safety watchdog announced on 4 October 2018.

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Health secretary says 5 million genomes will be sequenced in next five years

From 2019, all seriously ill children and adults with certain rare diseases or hard-to-treat cancers will be offered whole-genome sequencing as part of their care, Matt Hancock has said.

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Pharmacy organisations join forces to promote role of pharmacy in long-term future of NHS

A “future-proof” funding model is needed to ensure that pharmacy can maximise its contribution to the long-term future of the NHS, the Company Chemists’ Association has said in its response to an NHS England consultation.

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GSK to move to 'simplified' distribution model

Pharmaceutical company GSK has announced that it will move from its current direct-to-pharmacy model to a reduced wholesaler model.

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NICE guidelines on antidepressant withdrawal in ‘urgent need of correction’, say researchers

More than half of antidepressant users experience withdrawal, with the majority of these describing their withdrawal as ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’, according to results of a systematic literature review of 23 studies.

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Semaglutide reduces cardiovascular risk across risk subgroupsSubscription

GLP-1 agonist semaglutide significantly decreases risk of cardiovascular events and death across different risk groups of patients with type 2 diabetes, secondary analysis of clinical trial data has found.

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Lifestyle interventions reduce need for antihypertensive medication in overweight peopleSubscription

Researchers found that assigning overweight patients to the DASH diet and a behavioural weight management programme cut the number of patients eligible for antihypertensive medication

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Study results do not support widespread use of statins in old and very old populationsSubscription

Statins do not prevent the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people without diabetes aged 75 years and over, according to a study published in the BMJ.

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Benzodiazepines linked to risk of Alzheimer’s diseaseSubscription

Although data showed benzodiazepine and Z drug use was linked to only a 6% increase in the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say their prescribing should be avoided if possible.

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Researchers find that e-cigarette fluid becomes more toxic during vapingSubscription

Vaping fluid becomes more toxic to cells after it has gone through the vaping process, study results show.

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Antibiotics 'do not cut hospitalisation risk' in children with respiratory infectionsSubscription

Analysis of children presenting in primary care has found that delaying or withholding antibiotics is the most appropriate way of treating suspected respiratory tract infections.

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People with dementia less likely to receive oral anticoagulants despite stroke riskSubscription

People with atrial fibrillation who have dementia are less likely to receive oral anticoagulants (OACs) than those without cognitive impairment, research has shown.

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No benefit to daily aspirin in healthy older peopleSubscription

Daily low-dose aspirin does not increase the duration of disability-free life in healthy older people, trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine have shown.

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Special report

FIP 2018

The theme of the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is 'Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes!'.

The 2018 FIP congress in Glasgow, Scotland, brought together pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to consider ways of extending the role of pharmacists so that they play a full part in ensuring patients, and health systems, achieve full benefit from the medicines people take.

This is the first time that the FIP World Congress has been held in the UK for nearly 40 years. The last time was in 1979, making this a truly unique learning opportunity for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Great Britain.

UK healthcare company RB was Gold Sponsor of this year’s congress.

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