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  • AWMSG medicines approvals Subscription

    27 MAY 2015 13:40

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): bedaquiline for pulmonary multidrug‑resistant tuberculosis in adult patients as part of an appropriate combination regimen; daclatasvir for chronic hepatitis C virus infection in adults with significant fibrosis or compensated cirrhosis (as part of combination treatment); defibrotide for severe hepatic veno-occlusive disease alongside haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation ...

  • Chris McGuigan, Chairman of the new Life Sciences Hub Wales and professor of medicinal chemistry at Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Chris McGuigan: driving drug development Subscription

    21 MAY 2015 10:27 By Jenny Bryan

    Chris McGuigan, chairman of the Life Sciences Hub Wales, discusses the business side of research, his proudest invention and what the future holds for innovation in Wales.

  • Health board says all its pharmacists should become RPS Faculty members Subscription

    27 APR 2015 15:13 By Stephen Robinson

    Welsh health board says Faculty membership will show its pharmacists “are working to the highest level”.

  • Study reveals that 5.8% of primary-school children (10–11 years) and 12.3% of secondary school children (11–16 years) have used e-cigarettes. In the image, a young boy uses an e-cigarette

    More than 1 in 10 secondary school children have used e-cigarettes Subscription

    20 APR 2015 16:46

    Study reveals that 5.8% of primary school children (10–11 years) and 12.3% of secondary school children (11–16 years) have used e-cigarettes.

  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has written to all of its GPs advising them to signpost patients to pharmacies where appropriate for over-the-counter medicines

    ‘Buy your own drugs’: an unreasonable request or sensible policy? Subscription

    26 MAR 2015 10:23 By Gareth Malson

    One Welsh health board made national headlines on 18 March 2015 when, in the words of the Daily Mail, it told patients to “Buy your own drugs”. This was, perhaps, a little misleading.

  • Stroke campaigns focus on helping patients reduce risks Subscription

    10 FEB 2015 16:52

    Community pharmacists in Wales are warning patients that high blood pressure, irregular heart beat or atrial fibrillation can increase their risk of stroke.

  • Conjunctivitis, vaginal thrush, hay fever and head lice have been the conditions treated most often through the Welsh common ailment service.

    Interim report reveals 'positive outcomes' from Welsh common ailment service Subscription

    9 FEB 2015 17:35 By Gareth Malson

    Conjunctivitis, vaginal thrush, hay fever and head lice have been the conditions treated most often through the Welsh common ailment service.

  • Cabozantinib and follitropin alfa recommended in Wales Subscription

    6 FEB 2015 9:35

    Cabozantinib has been recommended for use by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group for progressive, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma. The group has also approved follitropin alfa for use in NHS Wales to stimulate follicular development in women: With anovulation unresponsive to clomiphene Undergoing superovulation for assisted reproduction With severe luteinising hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone deficiency It ...

  • An alternative buzzword for 'medicines optimisation' Subscription

    28 JAN 2015 9:50 By Allan G. Jones

    ‘Medicines optimisation’ may indeed be the new buzzword but it does not lend itself to the acronym. Neither does it suit the Plain English brigade because it is rather ponderous. I suggest something far snappier which should please all sides: “best use of medicines”. Allan G. Jones Rhuddlan, Rhyl

  • Inhaled nicotine age limit Subscription

    15 JAN 2015 10:02

    The Department of Health and Welsh government have issued a consultation on whether there should be a lower age limit imposed on the sale of inhaled nicotine products, including e-cigarettes. Responses to the consultation can be submitted until 11.45am on 28 January 2015. Further information can be found on the UK government’s website. 

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