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  • The £11m cost of introducing a common ailment scheme in Wales would be outweighed by savings made from reduced GP appointments. In the image, the storefront of a pharmacy in Usk Town Centre, Gwent, Wales

    National common ailment scheme for Wales could save the NHS £43m Subscription

    10 AUG 2015 17:28 By Gareth Malson

    It would cost £11m to roll out a common ailment scheme nationally across Wales, according to an evaluation of a pilot scheme, but doing so could save £43m in terms of reduced GP appointments.

  • AWMSG medicines approvals Subscription

    27 JUL 2015 9:53

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): Darunavir, in combination with other antiretrovirals, for treating human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection in children aged at least three years and weighing 15kg and over; peginterferon beta-1a for treating adults with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis; regorafenib for treating adults with unresectable or metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumours who progressed ...

  • The role of advanced practice pharmacists in primary care is being developed in Wales as part of the government’s workforce plans for the next three years. The project was launched by Mark Drakeford (pictured), Welsh health minister

    Welsh government pledges support for advanced practice pharmacists Subscription

    20 JUL 2015 16:53

    The role of advanced practice pharmacists in primary care is being developed in Wales as part of the government’s workforce plans for the next three years.

  • MenACWY vaccine in Wales Subscription

    17 JUL 2015 11:29

    A combined vaccine that protects against the A,C,W and Y strains of meningococcal disease (MenACWY) is being introduced in Wales, replacing the existing meningitis C jab. From August 2015, the vaccine will be offered to all students aged under 25 years who are attending university for the first time this autumn. There will also be a catch-up programme for all 14–18 year olds over the next two years. 

  • July 2015: AWMSG approvals Subscription

    10 JUL 2015 13:04

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): Fostair (beclometasone/formoterol; Chiesi) inhaler for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and Adcetris (brentuximab; Takeda) for adults with relapsed or refractory CD30+ Hodgkin lymphoma who have undergone an autologous stem cell transplant or following at least two other therapies. The drug is not recommended for treating systemic anaplastic large cell ...

  • Mair Davies will continue as chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society after being re-elected by members of the board on 1 July.

    Mair Davies re-elected as Welsh Pharmacy Board chair Subscription

    7 JUL 2015 10:06 By Stephen Robinson

    Welsh board elects chair and vice-chair at meeting in Cardiff.

  • A team of six have saved North Bristol NHS Trust an estimated £1million per year with their medicines reconciliation project. Jane Smith (left) and Julie Hamer (centre) discuss the project during the Pharmaceutical Care Awards

    Pharmacy-led project leads England and Wales in medicines reconciliation Subscription

    23 JUN 2015 11:16 By Emma Page

    A team of six, who secured a place in the final of the Pharmaceutical Care Awards, have saved North Bristol NHS Trust an estimated £1m per year with their medicines reconciliation project.

  • Reviewing the medication of patients presenting at hospital promptly was not found to have an impact on the length of hospital admission, mortality or re-admissions, finds a systematic review

    Study finds pharmacist-led medication reviews may not improve health outcomes Subscription

    23 JUN 2015 11:00 By Ingrid Torjesen
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    Reviewing the medication of patients presenting at hospital promptly was not found to have an impact on the length of hospital admission, mortality or re-admissions, finds a systematic review.

  • England, Scotland and Wales have become the first countries in the world to offer babies a vaccine against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal B infection as part of a national immunisation programme

    Britain leads the way with meningococcal vaccination programmes Subscription

    22 JUN 2015 16:08

    England, Scotland and Wales have become the first countries in the world to offer babies a vaccine against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal B infection as part of a national immunisation programme.

  • Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) has announced that £7.5m from the primary care infrastructure fund will this year be used to support community pharmacists help GPs in England deliver a seven day a week service

    Funding for pharmacists will support GPs to deliver seven-day service Subscription

    22 JUN 2015 15:44 By Ingrid Torjesen

    Around £7.5m from the primary care infrastructure fund will be used to support community pharmacists with training to help GPs in England deliver a seven-day-a-week service.

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