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New antibiotic and migraine drug among 13 medicines recommended by EMA

25 SEP 2018

The European Medicines Agency has recommended 13 medicines for approval, including three orphan medicines.

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Majority of US consumers would be willing to buy prescription drugs through Amazon

20 SEP 2018

Over 70% of Amazon customers in the United States would be willing to buy prescription drugs through the online retailer, according to the results of a survey carried out by Deutsche Bank. 

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MMR vaccine coverage in England falls for fourth year in a row

20 SEP 2018

Childhood vaccination coverage declined in 9 of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at ages one, two or five years in 2017/2018, compared with the previous year, according to statistics released by Public Health England.

Vaughan Gething, secretary for health and social services in Wales

New pay deal for NHS staff in Wales 'goes beyond' deal for England

19 SEP 2018

NHS staff in Wales are set to benefit from a new pay deal over the next three years which is set to match, if not go beyond, the pay deal for England, according to the Welsh government.

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Pharmacy2U to open 7.5m-items-per-month dispensing facility

19 SEP 2018By

Online pharmacy Pharmacy2U is to open a new dispensing facility that will enable it to increase its dispensing capacity to 7.5 million items a month, more than 16 times its current capacity.

Raj Aggarwal

RPS Fellow Raj Aggarwal receives top Navy honour

18 SEP 2018

Raj Aggarwal FRPharmS has been awarded the title of Honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy.

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Number of vapers in Great Britain has quadrupled since 2012

18 SEP 2018

The number of vapers in Great Britain has reached an estimated 3.2 million in 2018, compared with 700,000 in 2012, according to figures from an Action on Smoking and Health survey.

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Online pharmacy offers GPs free use of video consultation app

17 SEP 2018

NHS GP practices have been offered free use of video consultation technology by a firm that produces a prescription app.

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Half of EU clinical trials not complying with guidelines, study finds

14 SEP 2018

Half of all clinical trials on the EU Clinical Trial’s Register do not comply with the European Commission’s requirement that all trials post results to the registry within 12 months of completion.

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Contaminated valsartan does not increase short-term risk of cancer, study finds

14 SEP 2018

Valsartan contaminated with the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) does not increase the short-term risk of overall cancer, according to research published in The BMJ.

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Healthcare regulators publish first joint report on whistleblowing disclosures

13 SEP 2018

The General Pharmaceutical Council received six whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, according to a joint report from the healthcare professional regulators.

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Charity launches petition calling for NICE to rethink MS drug decision

11 SEP 2018

The MS Society has launched a petition calling for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NHS England and drug manufacturer Roche to rethink the decision to reject the first treatment to be licensed for the treatment of primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England

Front line staff should be vaccinated against flu or face redeployment, say NHS leaders

11 SEP 2018

All front line staff are expected to be vaccinated against flu in 2018, and those who are not should be asked why or even be redeployed to other areas, NHS leaders have said.

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First UK case of monkeypox identified

11 SEP 2018

The first UK case of monkeypox, a rare viral infection, has been confirmed by Public Health England.

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Pharmacists hold teleconsultations with doctors under nationwide Swiss scheme

6 SEP 2018By

A scheme to allow pharmacists to teleconference a physician for help with managing a patient exists across Switzerland.

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Children with cancer set to benefit from personalised treatment within weeks, announces NHS England chief

6 SEP 2018

Children and young people in England with a specific form of leukaemia could benefit from personalised cancer treatment within weeks, in the form of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, according to Simon Stevens, chief executive at NHS England.

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Doctors encouraged to write directly to patients using plain English

5 SEP 2018

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has developed guidance to help and encourage hospital doctors to write their outpatient clinic letters in plain English.

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New HIV diagnoses in the UK continue to decline, says PHE

5 SEP 2018

New HIV diagnoses in the UK have continued to decline over the past decade, with a substantial decrease between 2015–2017, according to the annual HIV report from Public Health England, published on 4 September 2018.

Jeane Freeman

Half of GP surgeries have pharmacy support, says Scottish health minister

3 SEP 2018

Pharmacy services are taking a “crucial role” in Scotland, with half of GP surgeries now able to access a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician with advanced clinical skills, the Scottish health minister says.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ash Soni elected FIP vice president

3 SEP 2018

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was elected as one of three new vice presidents of the International Pharmaceutical Federation on 1 September 2018.

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