The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations — which will fund the research and development of vaccines to prevent emerging infectious diseases — was launched at the World Economic Forum 2017 annual general meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Antidepressants increase the risk of hip fracture in older people living in the community, including those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to research published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The UK government says it will “shortly” bring forward the necessary legislative changes that will put in place a defence for pharmacists against criminal prosecution for making an inadvertent dispensing error.
Researchers have raised concerns that antiretroviral drugs given to HIV patients may be increasing susceptibility to syphilis.
The independent regulator for pharmacy in Great Britain has launched the first of two online workshops to help it work out how best it can support and promote professionalism and quality in pharmacy services.
Analysis of ‘real-life’ data comparing newer direct oral anticoagulants with warfarin has identified adverse drug reactions (ADRs) ‘not previously associated’ with the new treatments, including hip fracture.
NHS England says it will not be responding to the recommendations made in the independent Murray review of community pharmacy in January 2017, despite claims made by health minister David Mowat.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and Pharmacy Voice have launched the next phase of the ‘Community pharmacy forward view’ in the form of a ‘Making it happen’ document and website.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has denied that the government’s decision to cut the community pharmacy budget in England will deepen the current NHS crisis.
The Scottish government has reiterated its commitment to employ 140 prescribing pharmacists to work directly with general practices by the end of 2018.
NHS England has announced it will supply an additional £112m investment to roll out a pilot scheme embedding clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries.
The Patients Association says it wants clinical pharmacists to become part of the established primary care team, with one in every GP practice in England, following the results of a survey that asked patients and carers about pharmacists’ emerging role.
Murray review calls for redesign of MURs and practical steps to establish national minor ailments scheme
Medicines use reviews (MURs) should be redesigned to include ongoing monitoring and regular patient follow-up, giving community pharmacists a much greater role in the management of patients with long-term conditions, according to a long-awaited review of community pharmacy services.
NHS England has published details of a new service that will see patients referred by NHS 111 to community pharmacies for urgent repeat medicines.
Researchers say their findings suggest that a “significant proportion” of hearing loss is owed to paracetamol or NSAID-related ototoxicity.
Inconclusive data review leads researchers to advise clinicians to continue warning patients about the risk of hearing loss resulting from platinum-based cancer treatment.
Antisense drug nusinersen was well tolerated in trial of 20 babies with SMA, with majority showing improved muscle skills and function after treatment.
Researchers say 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring could benefit people with prehypertension following trial of 888 people.
Inclusion of a pharmacist in the multidisciplinary team could detect more cases of potentially inappropriate prescribing, study results suggest.
Researchers found an inverse relationship between vitamin D levels in dried blood spots up to seven days after birth and the risk of developing MS in later life.
Data from 244,679 patients that had undergone endoscopy show that stroke incidence was 19% higher in patients who filed a prescription for a PPI compared with those with no PPI exposure
Researchers say perindopril or bisoprolol may increase patients’ chance of receiving full course of trastuzumab, which is often stopped at the first sign of heart failure.