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Mixed news for AstraZeneca’s drug development portfolio

25 MAY 2017

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has released mixed news about the performance in clinical trials of two of its products: benralizumab for severe asthma and non-insulin diabetes drug Bydureon.

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WHO to be headed by an African for the first time

24 MAY 2017

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected the new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) by its member states at the World Health Assembly.

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ABPI rejects calls for greater pricing transparency

24 MAY 2017

Calls from the World Health Organization (WHO) for greater transparency over medicines pricing have been rejected by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

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Oxervate gets EMA approval for rare degenerative eye disease

24 MAY 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which evaluates medicinal products for use in Europe, has recommended Oxervate (marketed by Dompé) for marketing authorisation for the treatment of moderate or severe neurotrophic keratitis.

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Pharmacists need to step up to the challenge of precision medicines, says QuintilesIMS Institute

24 MAY 2017

Pharmacists have an important role to play in understanding precision medicines in order to ensure the right patients receive the right treatments, says Murray Aitken, executive director of the QuintilesIMS Institute.

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'Vast majority' of UK medical students are competent prescribers, study reveals

24 MAY 2017

A total of 95% of all final-year UK medical students have passed an online test that challenged their knowledge, judgment and skills around prescribing and their supervision of medicines use.

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FDA approves first treatment for giant cell arteritis

24 MAY 2017

Subcutaneous tocilizumab (marketed as Actemra) has been approved by the US drug safety watchdog to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, a type of vasculitis.

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Industry voices concern as Amazon considering pharmacy move

23 MAY 2017

UK pharmacists have responded with concern to reports that internet giant Amazon is considering a move into the pharmacy market.

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Balloon pill may offer surgery alternative for obese patients

23 MAY 2017

An obesity pill that contains a balloon designed to swell up in the stomach could help patients lose up to two stone in only a few months, research presented at an obesity conference suggests.

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UK lags behind European neighbours in healthcare index because of performance on cancer

23 MAY 2017

The UK lags behind some of its neighbours in terms of quality of and access to healthcare, results from a study published in The Lancet

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Welsh Assembly passes Bill to change issuing requirements for new pharmacy dispensing contracts

23 MAY 2017

A bill that includes a provision to replace arrangements for issuing new pharmacy dispensing contracts with a system based on pharmaceutical needs assessments was passed by the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff on 16 May 2017.

Tomás Sou, a researcher at the Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University in Sweden, presented the study at the International Pharmaceutical Federation's Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2017

New compound could improve treatment of lung infection in cystic fibrosis patients

23 MAY 2017

Scientists have developed a new compound that could improve the quality of life of cystic fibrosis patients by increasing the effectiveness of antibiotics in tackling chronic lung infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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UK air pollution deaths are ‘public health crisis’

22 MAY 2017

People in the UK are more likely to die from air pollution than many other countries in Europe as well as the US, Brazil and Mexico, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

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Patients prescribed opioids for minor injuries at high risk of long-term use

19 MAY 2017

Exercising caution when prescribing opioids for patients with minor injuries in A&E departments is critical for the prevention of prolonged opioid use, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.

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FDA issues amputation warning for diabetes drug canagliflozin

19 MAY 2017

The drug regulator in the United States has issued a warning on diabetes drug canagliflozin after two large clinical trials found that it was associated with an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.

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Wild plant compounds could act as male contraceptive, researchers find

19 MAY 2017

Two compounds normally found in wild plants have the potential to act as a male contraceptive, according to the results of research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Christine Bond being awarded her honorary fellowship at the Royal College of General Practitioners

Pharmacist professor Christine Bond made fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners

18 MAY 2017By

Christine Bond, an emeritus professor (primary care) at the Institute of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, was awarded an honorary fellowship at the Royal College of General Practitioners on 12 May 2017.

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WHO calls for action to improve adolescent health

18 MAY 2017

The World Health Organization has called for action across the globe to improve adolescent health following the publication of data which show that more than 3,000 adolescents die each year from preventable causes.

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High Court judge expresses regret but concludes that pharmacy funding cuts are lawful

18 MAY 2017By Strand News,

Thousands of small community pharmacies could face closure after the High Court upheld £320 million in government cuts to the pharmacy sector.

Luc Besancon, chief executive of FIP

FIP reviews global systems for reporting medicines shortages

17 MAY 2017

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has carried out a review of how six different countries report medicines shortages in an attempt to spread best practice.

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