At least 15 children have died in Syria during a measles vaccination programme after a muscle relaxant, atracurium, was believed to have been added to the vaccine instead of diluents.
The professional registration exam may be rescheduled next year to allow Muslim students to observe Ramadan.
Combining a GLP-1 receptor agonist plus insulin proves more effective than other diabetes therapiesSubscription
An alternative to insulin achieved robust glucose control for diabetes with no increased risk of hypoglycaemia or weight gain, conclude the authors of a systematic review of therapies.
The Pharmacist’s Defence Association Union has lost the latest round in its battle to win the right to represent almost 7,000 Boots pharmacists in a battle over pay and hours.
The General Pharmaceutical Council will hold a seminar with the charity Equality Challenge Unit to help investigate why pre-registration pharmacists from a Black-African background have the lowest pass rate for registration assessment.
A London pharmacist’s claim that he was making emergency supplies when he sold prescription-only medicines (POMs) to an undercover reporter was not plausible, a fitness-to-practise (FTP) committee ruled as it struck him off.
Off-label macular degeneration therapy has similar safety to costly licensed drug, study findsSubscription
Bevacizumab is similarly safe to use for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as the more expensive ranibizumab, but has a risk of causing gastrointestinal disorders, a Cochrane review has found.
Micafungin well tolerated by leukaemia patientsSubscription
Micafungin is as effective at preventing fungal infections in leukaemia patients but better tolerated than older formulations of posaconazole, interim results from a study suggested.
A cigarette-shaped nicotine inhaler has become the first of its kind to be licensed by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
A comprehensive antibiotic stewardship programme at a New York city hospital saved money, reduced drug-resistant infections and led to an increase in the reporting of adverse events.
Older adults who are prescribed benzodiazepines for longer than three months are up to 50% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, new research indicates.
Combination therapy Contrave is the third weight loss drug to be approved by the US FDA in recent years.
Ukraine is at risk of a polio outbreak as the war ravaged nation has run out of vaccine stockpiles for the disease, as well as for other infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
Simply controlling blood sugar will not prevent diabetes-induced cardiovascular disease, but preventing cellular inflammation limits the capacity for cells to take in glucose, a study has found.
Mass spectroscopy technique used directly on blood samples could lead to quicker use of correct antibioticsSubscription
A diagnostic technique can identify a microbe within two to three minutes, while traditional analysis can take up to 48 hours.
A new single-dose antibiotic could benefit patients, such as intravenous drug users, whose lifestyle makes it difficult to comply with a week-long course of vancomycin.
International award for former RPSGB PresidentSubscription
Colin Hitchings, former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, has been awarded the Joseph A Oddis Award posthumously for exceptional service to the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
A new experimental anti-fungal treatment is no less effective than its predecessor, but exposes patients to fewer side effects, a study has found.
Counterfeit medicines are being designed specifically to deceive pharmacists, the annual Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference heard.
Still feeling the Vioxx painSubscription
Ten years after Vioxx was abruptly withdrawn from the market, its story is still affecting society’s perception of the drug regulatory system and the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
OTC medicines: a breakdownSubscription
Sales of over-the-counter medicines totalled £2.45bn in 2013, up by £52.3m compared with the previous year.
Many aspects of pharmacy will be affected if Scotland becomes an independent country.
Pharmacists working in West Africa have spoken about the overwhelming scale of the challenges they have faced in Liberia in the battle against the Ebola virus.
Pharmaceutical industry pays £150m back to NHS Subscription
RPS media appearancesSubscription
Drug shortage views airedSubscription
A new study suggests that patients taking lipid-lowering drugs may be protected against diabetic microvascular complications.
Improved glycaemic control with fixed-ratio combination of insulin degludec and liraglutideSubscription
A new trial shows that patients who took IDegLira (Xultophy) for 26 weeks experienced a significantly greater mean reduction in HbA1c than patients taking either insulin degludec or liraglutide.
Paradoxical bronchoconstriction occurs in 5% of COPD patients treated with beta-2-agonistsSubscription
African–American patients with COPD are more likely to be affected by therapy-induced bronchoconstriction, study suggests.
A trial involving more than 1,600 patients with multiple myeloma showed improvement in progression-free survival with a new combination therapy.