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Cancer drugs fund did not provide meaningful value to patients, say researchers

The NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has not provided meaningful value to cancer patients and wider society and may have unnecessarily exposed patients to adverse drug reactions, according to a study published in the Annals of Oncology.


Drug firms call for next UK government to set sights high for NHS and life sciences

The trade body representing medicines manufacturers has called on the next government to bring current healthcare spending of 9.9% of GDP into line with the G7 average of 11.3%, in order to help the NHS become one of the best health services in the world.

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Statins benefit patients with hepatitis B and C related cirrhosis

Statins may benefit patients with cirrhosis of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B (HBV) or Hepatitis C (HCV) virus, according to the results of a Taiwan study published in Hepatology[1] (online, 20 March 2017).


Pharmaceutical industry urges European Council to decide new site for EMA

The pharmaceutical industry is urging the European Council to make a decision on the location of the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), preferably by June 2017, because of the potential “alarming” impact Brexit could have on medicines regulation.


FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol in children

The US drug regulator has issued restrictions on codeine and tramadol in children’s medicines.


Restricting dietary amino acids found to improve survival in cancerous mice

Source: Wikimedia Commons Anticancer effect of high-dose metformin was amplified by a diet free of the amino acids ...

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GPhC consultation on religious beliefs generates record number of responses

Proposals that would prevent a pharmacist from referring a patient elsewhere on the grounds that their personal religious beliefs prevented them from providing the necessary care have triggered a record number of responses, the General Pharmaceutical Council says.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England

NHS report promises 'over 1,300' pharmacists in GP surgeries by 2019

‘Next steps on the NHS five year forward view’ outlines progress made so far and highlights priorities for the next few years, including plans for 900 clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries by 2018 and over 1,300 by 2019.

Supermarket shelves

DH launches consultation on prescribing of gluten-free foods

The Department of Health (DH) has launched a consultation to gather views on the prescribing of gluten-free foods, saying that putting an end to prescribing these items could save the NHS over £25m a year.

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Healthcare professionals can report adverse effects of legal highs through new website

UK regulators have launched a pilot of a Yellow Card-type scheme for reporting adverse effects associated with legal highs and other illicit drugs.

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NPA argues its case against community pharmacy cuts in High Court

The National Pharmacy Association, a trade association representing independent pharmacy owners, has added its weight to the legal attack on government plans to slash £320m off the community pharmacy budget. 

Vaughan Gething, health secretary in Wales

Reforms to Individual Patient Funding Request system in Wales approved

Patients in Wales will no longer have to prove they have “exceptional clinical circumstances” in order to access drugs that are not routinely available on the NHS.

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High Court told community pharmacy cuts introduced without 'basic fairness'

The impact of the government slashing more than £320m from the community pharmacy budget in England was spelt out to a High Court judge on 21 March 2017 as the legal challenge to the cuts began.

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Communication training cuts antipsychotic use in nursing homesSubscription

Training nursing home staff to understand the personhood of patients with dementia reduces off-label prescribing of antipsychotics, New England study results show.

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Brain scans could match patients to best depression treatment Subscription

Neuroimaging may help identify the optimal treatment for patients with depression, study results show.

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Stem-cell screening finds statin alternative for hypercholesterolaemiaSubscription

Researchers discover a stem-cell based approach that may help identify new treatments for inherited liver diseases

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HPV vaccination during early pregnancy does not increase adverse risksSubscription

Exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the early stages of pregnancy is not associated with a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, researchers claim.

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Intracranial haemorrhage risk of warfarin unrelated to INR controlSubscription

Study results show that choosing apixaban over warfarin could reduce the risk of anticoagulation-related intracranial haemorrhage.

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Anti-rheumatic works with anti-cancer drug to boost tumour cell deathSubscription

Researchers find that auranofin and RAPTA-T can work together to kill tumour cells.

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ADHD drug shows promise for treating dyslexiaSubscription

Researchers find that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder drug atomoxetine could benefit children with dyslexia.

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Peptide inspired by Komodo dragon blood promotes wound healingSubscription

Researchers in the United States use peptide from Komodo dragon to enhance wound healing in mice.

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Special report

RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections 2017

During May 2017, members and fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will vote to elect candidates to the National Pharmacy Board. Read letters from the hopefuls on this special election page. Voting opens 4 May.

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