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Medicine cabinet for controlled drugs

Pharmacist given 28-month jail sentence for supplying controlled medicines to black market

16 JAN 2020

A pharmacist from West Bromwich has been sentenced to 28 months in jail for diverting controlled medicines to the black market.

Opioid pills spilling out of pill bottle

WHO retracts opioid guidance following concerns of pharmaceutical industry influence

14 JAN 2020

The World Health Organization has retracted guidance on opioid use, following concerns raised in the United States that the guidance had been influenced by opioid manufacturers.

Novartis office

NHS to make unapproved heart disease drug available to patients by 2021

14 JAN 2020

A new heart disease drug is expected to be made available to patients by 2021, through a collaboration between Novartis, NHS England, the National Institute for Health Research and Oxford University.

Pharmacist choosing medicine in pharmacy

Accord's phenytoin sodium 100mg capsules out of stock until early May 2020

13 JAN 2020

The pharmaceutical manufacturer Accord has said that its phenytoin sodium NRIM 100mg capsules, used for the management of epilepsy, will be out of stock until early May 2020.

Older person flu vaccine

NICE quality standard calls for 'timely' flu vaccination data transfer from pharmacists to GPs

10 JAN 2020

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a new quality standard for increasing uptake of flu vaccination among eligible groups of patients.

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Smokers less motivated to quit smoking despite being less dependent, says researchSubscription

10 JAN 2020

People in England who smoke are less dependent on their habit than they were a decade ago, but are also less inclined to quit, researchers have said.

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Dedicated research time could improve recruitment and retention of NHS staff, say academics

9 JAN 2020

Guaranteeing healthcare professionals — including pharmacists — protected time to devote to research has the potential to be “transformational,” according to a report by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Talculm powder

Study finds no link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer

9 JAN 2020

A study by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Science has found no link between ovarian cancer use of talcum powder.

Closed boots pharmacy on highstreet

Walgreens Boots Alliance confirms that 28 Boots stores have been closed

8 JAN 2020

Walgreens Boots Alliance has confirmed that 28 Boots stores in the UK have been closed, out of a planned programme of 200 store closures.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the GPhC

GPhC proposes 40% increase in annual pharmacy registration costs

7 JAN 2020

The General Pharmaceutical Council is consulting on whether to increase annual registration fees for pharmacy premises by £103 from October 2020.

Doctor at computer

Government invests £40m into speeding up IT logins for NHS staff

6 JAN 2020

Hospital staff could soon be able to log into hospital IT systems with their fingerprint, following a government investment of £40m.

Older person receiving flu vaccine

Pharmacy flu vaccine uptake tops previous year's figure with three months to go

6 JAN 2020

Almost 1.5 million flu vaccines have been administered under the community pharmacy flu vaccination service in the 2019/2020 winter season, according to the latest statistics from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

Patients in a GP waiting room

Pharmacist-led medication reviews free 28 hours of GP time

6 JAN 2020

A redesigned clinical pharmacist-managed medication review process has enabled GPs in the Midlands to provide 168 more appointments per month.

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Researchers unable to identify batches of biologic drugs from 85% of Yellow Card reports

3 JAN 2020

Only 15% of biologic drug batches can be identified from Yellow Card adverse drug reaction reports, a study published in Drug Safety has found.

SSP Haloperidol

Serious shortage protocol issued for haloperidol

3 JAN 2020

A serious shortage protocol for haloperidol 500 microgram capsules has been issued for England and Wales.

Pharmacist receiving training

Training for accuracy checking now open to all pharmacy technicians

24 DEC 2019

All pharmacy technicians are now able to access a fully funded training programme to become final accuracy checkers.

A woman blowing her nose

Number of flu cases in general practice rises by more than 1,700 in one week

24 DEC 2019

The number of flu cases has risen by 1,748 in one week, according to data collected by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

MAG / The Pharmaceutical Journal

'Tens of thousands' of patients referred to pharmacy through consultation service

23 DEC 2019

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service has seen “tens of thousands” of referrals directed to community pharmacy from NHS 111 since its launch, NHS England has said.

epidiolex cannabidiol cbd bottle and packaging

NHS England to fast-track funding for Epidyolex

23 DEC 2019

Patients will be able to access the cannabidiol medicine Epidyolex from the NHS from 6 January 2019, NHS England has announced.

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