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Industrial strategy white paper to be published

24 NOV 2017

The government’s industrial strategy white paper is expected to be published on 27 November 2017

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MHRA launches social media campaign to promote Yellow Card reporting

24 NOV 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched a social media campaign to promote the reporting of suspected side effects from over-the-counter medicines

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First two-drug HIV treatment approved by FDA

24 NOV 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first two-drug treatment regimen for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)

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Pharmacy First service rolled out across health boards in Scotland

22 NOV 2017

A service allowing patients to receive prescriptions direct from a pharmacist without consulting a GP is being rolled out across Scotland in time for the 2017–2018 winter period.

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Amsterdam to be new home of the EMA

20 NOV 2017By Graham Clews

Amsterdam has been chosen as the next host of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Digital pilot launched to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes

17 NOV 2017

NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with a number of healthcare technology companies to try to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes

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Health minister announces innovative schemes to tackle HIV

16 NOV 2017

The world’s first national radio service for prisons is developing a project to reduce the stigma around HIV, following funding from the Department of Health.


Alcohol-related deaths on the rise in Wales

16 NOV 2017

The number of alcohol-related deaths in Wales rose to 504 in 2016 — an increase of 8.9% in 12 months, according to the latest annual report tracking progress on the government’s 10-year substance misuse strategy.

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PDAU moves a step closer to representing Boots pharmacists

15 NOV 2017

The Central Arbitration Committee has accepted a legal application from Boots pharmacists to dissolve the agreement between Boots and the non-independent trade union, Boots Pharmacists’ Association.

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UK most obese country in Western Europe, says OECD report

15 NOV 2017

Nearly 27% of adults in the United Kingdom are obese, according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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GSK head of research confirmed as new government chief scientist

13 NOV 2017

Patrick Vallance, head of research and development at GlaxoSmithKline and former head of medicine at University College London, is the government’s new chief scientific advisor.

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Patients to undergo blood test before being given antibiotics

13 NOV 2017

Patients will be required to undergo a blood test to decide if they require antibiotics to treat their symptoms as part of a pilot scheme in the north of England.

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Bradford University Pharmacy Team win innovative teaching award

10 NOV 2017

Staff in the pharmacy department at the University of Bradford have won a national award for ‘transforming the student learning experience’.

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NICE stresses importance of early identification of inherited high cholesterol

10 NOV 2017

People with an inherited risk of high cholesterol should be identified with DNA tests and started on statins as soon as possible, NICE has recommended.

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Downing Street announces full inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

7 NOV 2017

A full statutory public inquiry will be held to examine how thousands of people were given contaminated blood transfusions during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Ask your Pharmacist Week kicks off

7 NOV 2017

Hundreds of community pharmacy open days are being held across the country as part of a week-long awareness campaign.

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Community pharmacists should be used more as GP numbers continue to fall, says PDA

6 NOV 2017

Despite the government’s commitment to ramp up GP numbers by an extra 5,000 by 2020, a scathing new report from the Health Foundation has found that the number of doctors working in the community is continuing to fall.

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Pharmaceutical industry contributes nearly £200m to PPRS in 2017

3 NOV 2017

The pharmaceutical industry paid nearly £200m during the first two quarters of 2017 to help support the use of branded medicines by the NHS, the Department of Health has revealed.

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New standards on sharing digital child health records launched

3 NOV 2017

Information standards setting out how important information about a child’s health should be shared digitally among healthcare professionals and parents have been launched.

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Managing director of Celesio UK resigns with immediate effect

2 NOV 2017

The managing director of Celesio UK, the parent company of LloydsPharmacy, has resigned with immediate effect, it has been announced.

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