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Issue : PJ December 2015 online

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  • Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland are to work alongside GPs. Some £2.6 million is to be invested in the initiative next year increasing to £14 million by 2020/21, says Northern Ireland Assembly health minister Simon Hamilton (pictured)

    Pharmacists in Northern Ireland to work in GP practices Subscription

    8 DEC 2015 15:35

    Community pharmacists in Northern Ireland are to work alongside GPs in a multimillion scheme unveiled on 7 December 2015. 

  • Pulvinal discontinued Subscription

    8 DEC 2015 14:12

    Chiesi has discontinued Pulvinal (beclometasone dipropionate) 100μg, 200μg and 400μg, and Pulvinal (salbutamol) 200μg dry powder inhalers in the UK. The company anticipates that Pulvinal (beclometasone dipropionate) 100μg, 200μg and 400μg will be unavailable by the end of 2015 while a limited supply of Pulvinal (salbutamol) will be available until the middle of January 2016. More information is available from the Chiesi Medical Information Service on 0161 488 5555.

  • GPs who refuse to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics to patients are likely to receive poorer patient satisfaction scores, a study shows. In the image, a GP speaks to a patient

    GPs who prescribe fewer antibiotics get lower patient satisfaction scores Subscription

    8 DEC 2015 14:07 By Ingrid Torjesen

    GPs who refuse to prescribe antibiotics to patients are likely to receive poorer patient satisfaction scores, study suggests.

  • The price of originator cancer drugs varies widely between high-income countries and the UK pays one of the lowest prices in Europe, according to research. In the image, a hospital pharmacist prepares chemotherapy drug for a cancer patient

    UK pays less than European neighbours for cancer drugs Subscription

    7 DEC 2015 16:43 By Ingrid Torjesen

    The price of originator cancer drugs varies widely between high-income countries and the UK pays one of the lowest prices in Europe.

  • Giving metformin in addition to insulin does not improve glycaemic control in overweight or obese young people with type 1 diabetes, according to research. In the image, the back of a young obese boy

    Metformin in overweight adolescents with type 1 diabetes does not improve blood glucose control Subscription

    7 DEC 2015 15:05 By Debbie Andalo

    Giving metformin in addition to insulin does not improve glycaemic control in overweight or obese young people with type 1 diabetes, research suggests.

  • Elotuzumab (Empliciti, Bristol-Myers Squibb), a new immune-stimulating treatment for multiple myeloma (micrograph pictured) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    FDA approves new multiple myeloma drug elotuzumab Subscription

    3 DEC 2015 9:58

    A new immune-stimulating treatment for multiple myeloma has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • Paracetamol overuse puts children at risk Subscription

    2 DEC 2015 16:22

    29 November 2015: The Sunday Times reported on concerns from a paediatrician that parents’ overuse of paracetamol-based medicines is putting children’s health at risk. RPS spokesperson Steve Tomlin spoke to the paper: “Where we go wrong is when people carry on using [paracetamol] at high doses. Children often go from one care setting to another – with the grandparents or school – and the chances of them getting extra doses might be quite high. You only need two or three days ...

  • Boots UK Professional Learning and Development has been accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Training Provider. In the image, the Boots team show their accreditation certificate

    Boots UK accredited as RPS Foundation Training Provider Subscription

    2 DEC 2015 14:06 By Julia Robinson

    Boots UK Professional Learning and Development has been accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Training Provider. 

  • Junior doctors in England have suspended their strike action planned after agreement was reached with the government to resume negotiations over their new contract. In the image, Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt

    Junior doctors suspend strike action Subscription

    2 DEC 2015 10:18

    Junior doctors in England have suspended their strike action planned for December 2015 after agreement was reached with the government to resume negotiations over their new contract. 

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