Community pharmacists in England could help save the NHS up to £1bn a year if they were contracted to run a national minor ailments service.
The new medicine service is here to stay for the foreseeable future, according to the chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.
A call by an eating disorder charity for tougher controls on the sale of laxatives has been rejected by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
Medication errors common in childrenSubscription
A child is subject to a medication error every eight minutes in the United States, according to research that analysed calls to national poison hotlines.
Day Lewis Pharmacy, which has more than 220 pharmacies in the UK, is piloting a two-pharmacist model within its pharmacies in a bid to win services.
The NHS wastes at least £1bn – and possibly as much as £2.5bn – on preventable errors, many of which are related to improper use of medication, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Health.
The maximum price pharmaceutical companies can charge the NHS for branded medicines could be reduced by 25% under proposals by the Department of Health.
Scientists have developed a “photoswitchable” version of the diabetes drug glimepiride that is activated through exposure to blue light, allowing insulin release by pancreatic cells to be optically controlled.
Review recommends that valproate should not be prescribed to treat bipolar disorder or epilepsy in pregnant women or women or girls of childbearing age unless there is no alternative product.
Fight against Ebola growing stronger in LiberiaSubscription
Pharmacists in Liberia report that the fight against Ebola is gaining momentum with traditional leaders in rural villages implementing measures to stop transmission.
Researchers have found a way to utilise prostate cancer cells’ voracious appetite for copper as a weapon to kill them.
Oral delivery of faecal microbiota to eliminate Clostridium difficile infection is as successful as more invasive methods of the treatment.
A campaign to promote greater use of pharmacists to relieve mounting pressures on urgent and emergency NHS services has been launched.
The UK is expected to have a “handful” of Ebola cases in the next three months, health secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs.
An electronic “pharmaceutical care plan” should be introduced to improve the integration of care, according to a report on the future of pharmacy in Wales.
Should pharmacies sell electronic cigarettes?Subscription
As the UK sees the massive growth of vapers, the e-cigarette industry and pharmacy leaders debate the merits of selling e-cigarettes in pharmacies at the Pharmacy Show.
In a step towards developing a cell therapy for type 1 diabetes, stem cell researchers at Harvard University have sucessully implanted human insulin-producing cells.
Changes to clinical trial procedures for new cancer drugs will prevent duplication, reduce bureaucracy and speed-up patient access to new products.
The 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) has reduced the incidence of antibiotic resistant pneumococcal infections in children.
Researchers are investigating a number of ways to combat the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, including using existing drugs.
Creating a culture of whistleblowing for pharmacists Subscription
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Gene therapy: a treatment coming of ageSubscription
A decade ago many people had written off gene therapy altogether but now there are dozens of trials in progress around the world.
With a total of 90 representatives from Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon at this year’s FIP congress in Thailand, Ebola was a recurrent theme.
Pharmacy student numbers will not be controlledSubscription
Scientists have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle’s ability to penetrate skin which could have implications for the delivery of medicines.
Visual acuity improved in the eyes of patients with macular degeneration being treated with embryonic stem cells.
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting (PTAS) and medical therapy is linked with a higher risk of stroke than medical therapy alone.
A clinical trial has evaluated alternatives to first-line therapy efavirenz in treatment-naïve HIV-infected patients.
Emergence of HIV in humans traced to Kinshasa Subscription