2016 brought with it the first fall in deaths from hepatitis C in the UK in more than a decade, likely the result of increased treatment with new direct acting antiviral drugs
In October, twelve NHS clinical commissioning groups across northeast England and Cumbria agreed a policy to offer patients in the region with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration the choice of ‘off-label’ use of bevacizumab (Avastin) as preferred treatment, with potential savings of up to £13.5m over the next five years.
The United States is in the grip of an opioid misuse epidemic, with 142 opioid-related deaths every day. Could prescription painkiller misuse reach crisis levels in the UK too?
The crucial role of pharmacists in mental health Subscription
Pharmacists’ role in mental health is wide ranging and spans different sectors and settings. However, pharmacists often lack confidence in this area. More hands-on experience early in a pharmacist’s training could help build confidence and raise awareness of the specialty as a possible career path.
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Scientists want to make a type of insulin that would need to be injected only once a day and would become active only in the presence of high glucose concentrations, freeing patients with type 1 diabetes from counting carbohydrates and injecting insulin several times a day.
On 14 November, an Order was laid before Parliament purporting to introduce a statutory defence to the offence committed when patients are supplied with the wrong prescription medicine.
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Introduction to Acute and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice, Second Edition, by David A. Holdford.
The obesity epidemic. Why diets and exercise don’t work and what does, by Robyn Toomath
Why dieting is a battle of the mindSubscription
The hungry brain. Outsmarting the instincts that make us overeat, by Stephan Guyenet
July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.
Community pharmacists are uniquely placed to deliver hepatitis C virus testing and treatment, and could help efforts in reaching the World Health Organization target for elimination of the disease by 2030.
Technology enables better healthcare, so it comes as no surprise that many pharmacists are dedicating their careers to developing digital solutions to optimise patient health outcomes.
Working on areas of healthcare where there is true innovation and value can be challenging but is also rewarding, says Jas Khambh.
The pharmacy workforce is an investment not a cost, says Sarah Marshall.
An unprecedented delay in reaching a national agreement on drug price concessions for generic products has led to community pharmacists facing the “worst month for 30 years”
A new pharmacotherapy service could be developed in Scotland as part of a proposed new GP contract.
The first pill which can be digitally tracked as it makes its way through the body has been approved for use by the US safety drugs watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration.
Pharmacy leaders have welcomed new legislation that will protect community pharmacists from prosecution over dispensing errors.
The outgoing managing director of Celesio UK, the parent company of LloydsPharmacy, has said he resigned because he “needs to go back to [his] family.”
A ‘no deal’ Brexit would do serious damage to an already overstretched NHS, the Nuffield Trust has cautioned
News in brief
Amsterdam has been chosen as the next host of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
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.
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.
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.
Staff in the pharmacy department at the University of Bradford have won a national award for ‘transforming the student learning experience’.
Pharmaceutical Expert Advisory Panel says Brexit negotiations must protect UK pharmaceutical industry Subscription
Brexit must be negotiated in a way that guarantees UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries access to European markets, a paper released by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Science Expert Advisory Panel (PSEAP) has warned.
Long-term use of aspirin can reduce the risk of several major types of gastrointestinal cancer and some non-gastrointestinal cancers, a 10-year population-based study has found.
Public health inspectors in the Netherlands and the UK’s drugs safety watchdog have both concluded that the English-language version of a Dutch-based website selling tapering kits to patients to help wean them off antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, does not break the law.
Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to allow women to complete medical abortion procedures at home.
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