The risk of death caused by use of antipsychotic drugs in people with dementia is greater than previously thought, and increases in line with dose, research suggests.
GP travel health funding could shift to pharmacySubscription
NHS funding provided to GPs for them to deliver travel health services to their patients could be shifted to community pharmacy, according to a travel health expert.
Study links use of macrolide antibiotics in pregnancy to infant epilepsy and cerebral palsy Subscription
A slightly increased risk of epilepsy or cerebral palsy for babies whose mothers take macrolide antibiotics during pregnancy has been found by UCL researchers.
US consumers prefer generic over branded drugsSubscription
Over 80% of US consumers say they would purchase generic drugs more often than brand name drugs and 42% said they would “always” choose a generic.
Brentuximab vedotin (BV) has shown “remarkable” efficacy when used after autologous stem-cell transplantation in patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
One Welsh health board made national headlines on 18 March 2015 when, in the words of the Daily Mail, it told patients to “Buy your own drugs”. This was, perhaps, a little misleading.
A human genome sequencing project conducted among the population of Iceland has revealed important new insights into human evolution and susceptibility to disease.
A test that uses cells from a single donor’s blood to predict whether a new drug will cause a severe immune reaction in humans has been developed by researchers at Imperial College London.
Over the next twelve months there will be 11 “blockbuster” drugs entering the market, according to business intelligence company Thomson Reuters.
The MHRA is calling for information that will help establish whether there is a link between the hormonal pregnancy test used in the 1960s and 1970s and birth defects.
Redesigning the labels of intravenous medicine bags can “significantly” reduce the risk of administering the wrong drugs during an operating theatre emergency.
Cholic acid, a drug used to treat bile acid synthesis disorders and peroxisomal disorders, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Short nucleic acids mounted on to nanoparticles could prove to be novel immunomodulators, according to research published in PNAS.
The National Pharmacy Association and the Independent Pharmacy Federation are merging to become a single membership body for independent community pharmacies.
Shutting down a metabolic pathway that fuels misfiring neurons can suppress seizures in mice, find researchers who predict a fresh approach to developing antiepileptic drugs.
A radical review of how insulin pumps are approved for use and then monitored once on the market is required, according to diabetes groups in United States and Europe.
What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month.
The over-the-counter cough suppressant dextromethorphan boosts insulin levels and improves glucose tolerance in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to the findings of a study.
Repurposing the bisphosphonate bone drug alendronate relieves symptoms of emphysema associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by targeting alveolar macrophages, according to a study in mice
Genetic analysis can point to patients who are at increased risk of suffering from bleeding during treatment with the blood thinner warfarin, a study published in The Lancet confirms.
HRT has little if any benefit in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and causes an increase in the risk of stroke and venous thromboembolic events.
Researchers have shown that statin use increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and suggest that the higher risk is due to decreases in insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion.
A study of children with a first episode of psychosis reveals that a subset produced specific autoantibodies, supporting the involvement of immune-mediated mechanisms.
Few trial sponsors meet data reporting deadlinesSubscription
Drug companies and others have an ethical and, increasingly, legal obligation to promptly report results of clinical trials to registers but few meet the reporting deadlines.
The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) paroxetine inhibits G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 2, an enzyme that hastens the onset of heart failure.
The association between cardiovascular disease mortality and vitamin D levels has been investigated in an observational study.
Researchers have called into question the practice of sedating patients before they are anaesthetised for surgery, finding no benefit in terms of patient experience.
Research suggests that the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist goserelin can help protect against ovarian failure in women treated for breast cancer.