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Vaughan Gething, cabinet secretary for health, well-being and sport

Single core training programme for preregistration pharmacists in Wales

22 FEB 2017

Preregistration training for pharmacists in Wales is being transformed into an integrated community and hospital scheme, health secretary Vaughan Gething announced on 20 February 2017.

Contraceptive pill

New Zealand pharmacists will soon be able to dispense OTC oral contraception

22 FEB 2017

Pharmacists in New Zealand will soon be able to dispense certain types of oral contraceptive to women without a prescription.

moderate to severe psoriasis

FDA approves brodalumab for psoriasis with notice about risk of suicide

17 FEB 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an injectable biologic, brodalumab (Siliq), for psoriasis in adults that comes with a warning about the risk of suicide. 

David Mowat, UK health minister

Murray review of community pharmacy services will ‘direct’ government policy, says health minister

15 FEB 2017

UK health minister David Mowat says that the Murray review into the provision of community pharmacy services will “direct” government policy.

Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association

Brexit won’t stop UK implementation of Falsified Medicines Directive

15 FEB 2017

The UK government has confirmed that Brexit will not put a stop to its plans to implement the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive, Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, told delegates at the Sigma conference in Rio de Janeiro on 14 February 2017.

Pakistani president Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

Pharmacists caught up in Lahore blast

15 FEB 2017

Pharmacists in Pakistan protesting about new government regulations were caught up in what is thought to be a suicide bomb attack in Lahore on 13 February 2017, which claimed at least 13 lives and saw scores of others injured.

Sir Malcolm Grant chair NHS England

NHS England drops requirement for clinicians to declare earnings from private work

15 FEB 2017

NHS clinicians will not have to declare their income from private practice following a change of heart by NHS England.

UK FMD source website

Hub on EU falsified medicines directive developed for UK pharmacists

13 FEB 2017

A community pharmacy working group has launched a website containing information to help community pharmacists prepare for the introduction of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).

Steve Williamson, chair of the British Oncology Pharmacy Association

Biosimilar anticancers get support from British oncology pharmacists

13 FEB 2017

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), a charity of cancer specialist pharmacists, has backed the use of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (MABs) as part of cancer treatment.

man smoking electronic cigarette

Smokers who swap cigarettes for e-cigarettes or NRT have lower carcinogen levels

8 FEB 2017

E-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy are less toxic and safer if used instead of conventional cigarettes, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

anaphylaxis skin reaction

FDA insists on warning labels for OTC chlorhexidine products

7 FEB 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told manufacturers of over-the-counter antiseptic products that contain chlorhexidine gluconate to add warning labels to their products about the possibility of a serious but rare allergic reaction.

Jeremy Hunt, UK health secretary

Overseas patients to pay fees to the NHS under new plans

6 FEB 2017

Hospitals in England will have to check overseas patients’ and migrants’ entitlement to free non-urgent NHS care from April 2017 when new regulations are due to be introduced, the Department of Health has announced.  On ...

pharmacist looking for medicine

Pharmacist and drug associations want better data on medicine shortages

6 FEB 2017

European bodies representing pharmacists, drug manufacturers and distributors have issued recommendations on how data on medicines shortages could be better used to mitigate the impact on patients.

Micrograph of Plasmodium falciparum malarial parasite

African parasite shows signs of resistance to widely used malaria treatment

3 FEB 2017

Artemether-lumefantrine, the most widely used antimalaria treatment in Africa and the one recommended for treating imported cases of the disease in the UK, is starting to fail, experts have warned.

Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice

Pharmacy Voice to disband following NPA departure

3 FEB 2017

Pharmacy Voice, the lobbying group and trade association that represents community pharmacy in England, has revealed that it will disband following the National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) decision to leave.

Pharmacist and report editor Katri Hämeen-Anttila, head of R&D at the Finnish Medicines Agency

Global pharmacist body wants strategies to boost safe medicine use

3 FEB 2017

Governments and pharmacy organisations should introduce national medicines information strategies to improve the safe and effective use of medicines, according to a report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

Donald Trump at a White House meeting on 31 January 2017

President Trump demands lower drug prices but vows to overhaul drug approvals process

2 FEB 2017

The US president has told pharmaceutical company executives that they must reduce drug prices in the United States, but promised them he will streamline US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) processes to speed up new drug approvals.

European Medicines Agency

EMA recommends approval of tofacitinib for rheumatoid arthritis

2 FEB 2017

A drug to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis is now being recommended for use across the EU – four years after the same product was refused a licence because of safety concerns.

General Pharmaceutical Council signage

Preregistration pharmacist trainee dissatisfaction widens, report finds

1 FEB 2017

The gap is widening between preregistration pharmacist trainees who are satisfied with their preregistration training and those who are not, according to a report published for the General Pharmaceutical Council on 26 January 2017.

woman with acne

European drug safety agency concludes Valette can be used for moderate acne

1 FEB 2017

The hormonal contraceptive Valette (dienogest/ethinylestradiol; Bayer) can continue to be used to treat women with moderate acne, following a safety review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 

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