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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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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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Government should make health checks available through high street pharmacies, says RPS

The SalvaDore says an overhauled national contract for community pharmacy in England could increase the profession’s influence in shaping the NHS of the future.

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Antidepressant prescribing in Scotland rises by almost 3 million items per year over a decade

The number of antidepressants prescribed in Scotland has risen by almost 3 million items per year over the past decade, new figures show.

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Pharmacists asked to help manage 'restricted' aseptic compounding capacity

The NHS is facing “considerable challenges” in supplying enough aseptically prepared injectable medicines, and chief pharmacists are responsible for ensuring adequate contingency plans are put in place.

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NHS hospital says medical research has been halted because of Brexit uncertainty

A US medical research company has halted the recruitment of UK patients to a global clinical trial, with the NHS hospital involved saying it was stopped because of uncertainty over Brexit.

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Antimicrobial resistance campaign to include all community pharmacies

Community pharmacists have been given a role to play in a national campaign by Public Health England to fight antimicrobial resistance.

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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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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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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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Triple combination antihypertensive pill effective for blood pressure controlSubscription

A fixed-dose triple combination antihypertensive pill was more effective at controlling blood pressure than usual care, the results of a randomised trial in Sri Lanka show

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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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