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  • New guidelines issued by the Department of Health have lowered limits for alcohol consumption after research found that any level of drinking raises the risk of disease, and mouth, throat and breast cancers. In the image, a man holds a pint of beer

    UK health departments set lower limits for safe drinking Subscription

    8 JAN 2016 15:11

    New guidelines issued by the Department of Health have set lower limits for the consumption of alcohol after research found that any level of drinking raises the risk of disease, including mouth, throat and breast cancers.

  • December 2015: AWSMG approvals Subscription

    5 JAN 2016 16:18

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): Abasaglar (a biosimilar of insulin glargine; Eli Lilly and Company) for diabetes mellitus in patients aged 2 years and above. Sucroferric oxyhydroxide (Velphoro; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma) for controlling serum phosphorus levels in adults with chronic kidney disease who are on haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis where non-calcium based ...

  • Several pharmacists and former pharmacists have been recognised in the New Year’s honours list, with four being made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), among them is Bill Scott (pictured), former chief pharmaceutical officer

    Pharmacists recognised in 2016 New Year’s honours list Subscription

    4 JAN 2016 16:37

    Several pharmacists and former pharmacists have been recognised in the New Year’s honours list, with four being made Officers of the Order of the British Empire.

  • The use of multiple medicines is still a major problem in British care homes, from the impact on residents to the strain on NHS resources, but ‘deprescribing’ can mitigate these risks. In the image, illustration of an elderly woman in a wheelchair

    Deprescribing drugs for care home residents could improve quality of life Subscription

    11 DEC 2015 14:15 By Elizabeth Sukkar
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    The use of multiple medicines is still a major problem in British care homes, from the impact on residents to the strain on NHS resources, but ‘deprescribing’ can mitigate these risks.

  • A barcoding system for dispensing medicines in 30 care homes in Wales is saving staff time, improving patient safety and reducing medicines waste. In the image, a nurse from Bethany Residential Home, Chepstow, scans a medicine pack with the new system

    Medication barcoding system tested in Welsh care homes improves patient safety Subscription

    1 DEC 2015 16:25 By Gareth Malson

    A pilot project trialling a barcoding system for dispensed medicines administered in care homes in Wales has shown that the system saves staff time, improves patient safety and reduces medicines waste.

  • Hospital stock control of antidotes to treat poisoned patients have improved but there is still “significant” differences between NHS trusts, according to research published. In the image, stock of medicines in a hospital pharmacy

    Hospitals have variable stock levels of antidotes Subscription

    27 NOV 2015 16:58
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    Hospital stock control of antidotes to treat poisoned patients have improved but there is still “significant” differences between NHS trusts.

  • Welsh government deputy minister for health Vaughan Gething (pictured) acknowledged the importance of pharmacists being granted access to individual patient records

    Welsh government backs pharmacists’ access to healthcare record Subscription

    23 NOV 2015 15:17 By Julia Robinson

    Pharmacists need access to patient healthcare records to do their job effectively, Welsh government deputy minister for health Vaughan Gething says.

  • AWMSG November medicines approvals Subscription

    20 NOV 2015 16:22

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): Xultophy (insulin degludec and liraglutide) for use with oral antidiabetic drugs to treat adults with type 2 diabetes — it can only be used when oral treatments combined with basal insulin do not provide adequate glycaemic control; Fomicyt (fosfomycin) to treat acute osteomyelitis, complicated urinary tract infections, nosocomial lower respiratory tract infections or bacterial ...

  • Everolimus has been made available to treat patients in Wales with certain types of renal, pancreatic or breast cancers, or non-cancerous brain or kidney tumours associated with tuberous sclerosis complex. In the image, CT scan of a kidney tumour

    Everolimus is available to patients in Wales after deal agreed with Novartis Subscription

    20 NOV 2015 16:07
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    Everolimus has been made available to treat patients in Wales with certain types of renal, pancreatic or breast cancers, or non-cancerous brain or kidney tumours associated with tuberous sclerosis complex.

  • Study shows insulin pump (pictured) use in England and Wales was 30% of that in other countries. Researchers say the lower level of pump use in England/Wales may be due to relatively restrictive national guidelines on their use in paediatrics

    England and Wales lag behind other countries for paediatric insulin pump use Subscription

    18 NOV 2015 16:31

    International study shows insulin pump use in England and Wales was 30% of that in other countries.

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