Community pharmacists are unlikely to face a fitness-to-practise hearing if they report a patient safety incident that occurred in their pharmacy, regulators say.
It will no longer be compulsory for pharmacists, doctors and other healthcare professionals in the UK to report all suspected adverse drug reactions in children to the Yellow Card scheme, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced.
Half of patients taking opioids for at least three months are still taking them five years later, with long-term use associated with serious risk of overdose or addiction.
An unmanned ‘parcelcopter’ will deliver drugs and other urgent supplies to a remote island in the North Sea, a few miles off the coast of Germany.
Anoro Ellipta, a novel inhaler containing a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist and a selective long-acting beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist, may find a limited place in therapy.
NICE recommends two point-of-care coagulometers for use by patients – Roche Diagnostic’s CoaguChek XS system and Alere’s INRatio2 PT/INR monitor.
Public health authorities are considering whether boys should receive the HPV vaccine.
Nepal adopts inactivated polio vaccineSubscription
Nepal is to become the country to incorporate inactivated polio vaccine into routine childhood vaccination programmes with the support of GAVI.
Patients more likely to stick to using generic rather than brand-name statins, US study suggestsSubscription
The use of generic statins generally led to better health outcomes for patients than those using brand-name drugs, a study showed – because the lower cost of the generic version usually meant better adherence.
England’s health technology body will not push ahead with its proposed introduction of value-based assessments — including burden of illness and societal impact — in the evaluation of new drugs for use by the NHS.
The antibiotic telavancin (Vibativ) has been made available in Europe for the treatment of adults who have contracted pneumonia in hospital, including ventilator associated pneumonia, caused by meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
John Cromarty, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board, has asked for assurances that all stakeholders will be consulted on any decisions affecting pharmacy or healthcare in Scotland following vote to remain a part of the UK.
Report finds ‘dramatic’ reduction in the number of childhood deaths between 1990 and 2013Subscription
The number of deaths among children under five years of age fell by 49% worldwide between 1990 and 2013, according to Unicef, the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
The settlement includes £2bn, which will be delivered in fees and allowances, with the remaining £800m to be delivered through agreed drug purchase margins.
New melanoma treatment approved by NICESubscription
The National Institute for Health and care Excellence has issued draft guidance recommending that dabrafenib should be available on the NHS for the treatment of melanoma that has spread or can’t be completely removed by surgery in patients with a BRAF gene mutation.
The General Pharmaceutical Council is appealing against the decision by three senior Scottish judges to overturn a fitness to practise ruling, will go to the Supreme Court in order to clarify its disciplinary options.
Several occurrences of patients being given the wrong medicine has led to a recommendation that Buscopan (hyoscine butylbromide) and baclofen be stored separately.
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.
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With a total of 90 representatives from Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon at this year’s FIP congress in Thailand, Ebola was a recurrent theme.
Community pharmacists in France take strike action Subscription
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Inhibition of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase is partly responsible for the increased risk of type 2 diabetes seen with statin treatment.
Researchers have found that some bacteria cannot create a complete ribosome in the presence of lamotrigine.
New research suggests that few children in the United States taking ADHD medication are also receiving psychotherapy.
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