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John D'Arcy to retire as Numark MD

20 JUL 2017

John D’Arcy is retiring as managing director of the Numark pharmacy membership organisation at the end of next January, it has been announced.

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NPA produces identification checker for insulin dispensing

20 JUL 2017

The National Pharmacy Association has produced a series of tables to help pharmacists and staff select the correct insulin when dispensing against generic prescriptions.

Jeremy Hunt, UK health secretary

First tranche of STP investment announced by health secretary and NHS England

20 JUL 2017

Funding worth £325m has been announced to support Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) by health secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens

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More than 250,000 people in UK taking benzodiazepines and Z-drugs for longer than recommended

20 JUL 2017

More than a quarter of a million people in the UK are likely to be taking dependency-forming benzodiazepines and Z-drugs (BZD) far beyond the recommended usage of 2–4 weeks, according to a study in The British Journal of General Practice.

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Combination treatment for hepatitis C approved by FDA

20 JUL 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the combination treatment Vosevi (sofosbuvir, velpatasvir and voxilaprevir) for the treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1–6 without cirrhosis or with mild cirrhosis.

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Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is first to pass CQC inspection across all categories of care

19 JUL 2017By

Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is the first online service to be passed as providing safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led services in accordance with the relevant regulations in the latest round of inspections of online providers of primary care, carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

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New guidelines on Parkinson’s disease released by NICE

19 JUL 2017

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England’s health technology assessment body, has released new clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease in adults aged 18 years and over.

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Deaths from dementia have increased but population has more years of good health, says PHE report

18 JUL 2017

Since 2000, the population in England has been living longer and spending more years in good health, according to a new report combining Public Health England data and knowledge on the health of the population in England in 2017.

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Psoriasis drug approved by FDA

18 JUL 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tremfya (guselkumab) for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

Dr Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner

US pharmacists to get opioid addiction training

18 JUL 2017

US drug regulators have called for pharmacists to have access to training on appropriate prescribing of opioid medicines to help tackle addiction.

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Three-year PrEP pilot begins in Wales

17 JUL 2017

A trial has begun in Wales to assess the use of the antiretroviral combination treatment emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil (marketed as Truvada) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection.

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Community pharmacy services to be cut owing to reduced public spending, says King's Fund

14 JUL 2017

An analysis of data from the Department of Communities and Local Government suggests stop smoking schemes will be among the hardest hit services.

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Public invited to take part in EMA valproate safety review

13 JUL 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is holding its first public hearing to ask patients for their experience of taking valproate.

Baby receives vaccination

All babies to receive hepatitis B vaccination

13 JUL 2017

All babies born in the UK from 1 August 2017 will be vaccinated against hepatitis B virus, health officials have announced.

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PSNC seeks feedback on minor ailments commissioning toolkit

13 JUL 2017

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) is seeking opinion on a toolkit that it has developed to help get local services commissioned fairly and at the right cost.

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Chickenpox vaccine available for first time on the high street

13 JUL 2017

Superdrug has introduced a chickenpox vaccination service in 58 of its stores in an attempt to reduce hospital visits.


Two new biosimilars 'could save NHS millions'

12 JUL 2017

Two biosimilar medicines for the treatment of patients with specific blood cancers and a range of inflammatory conditions have been made available for patients in the UK.

Senior woman receives shingles vaccine

London pharmacies to boost shingles vaccination in July campaign

12 JUL 2017By

London pharmacies are taking part in a month-long campaign to boost uptake of shingles vaccine in older patients.

Graeme Richardson, the new president of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP)

New president of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists begins his term

11 JUL 2017

The new president of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) has set out his key priorities going forward.

Leyla Hannbeck, chief pharmacist of the National Pharmacy Association said: 'The tone of the letters, which accuse recipients of breaching Section 10 of the Health & Social Care Act is alarming'

NPA to meet CQC to discuss 'criminal offence' letter

11 JUL 2017

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has confirmed it will meet representatives from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to discuss the meaning of a letter recently sent to community pharmacies suggesting they may have committed a criminal offence.

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