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Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

RPS supports reclassifying cannabis for medicinal use

20 JUN 2018By

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to home secretary Sajid Javid to express the Society’s support for the rescheduling of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Charlotte Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell

Government to review medicinal use of cannabis

20 JUN 2018By

The government will consider whether medicinal cannabis should be rescheduled, Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has announced.

John Nuttall, chief executive of Well Pharmacy

No plans to close pharmacies, says Well chief executive

20 JUN 2018

John Nuttall, chief executive of Well Pharmacy, has told The Pharmaceutical Journal that the business has no plans to close pharmacies.

Tess Fenn, president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK)

Tess Fenn to step down as president of APTUK

19 JUN 2018

Tess Fenn, president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, has announced her decision to step down from the role at the end of 2018. 

Dementia patient

NHS mid-life health checks to include dementia risk

19 JUN 2018

Dementia risk will now be included in the NHS Health Check, Public Health England has announced.

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Gabapentinoids prescribed prior to a fifth of drug-related deaths in Scotland

18 JUN 2018

Official figures show a steep rise in the proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland in patients who had a gabapentin or pregabalin prescribed in the 90 days before death.

Rose Marie Parr, Scottish chief pharmaceutical officer

Funding for Scottish pharmacies to rise by £2.6m

15 JUN 2018

Community pharmacies in Scotland are to receive an increase in funding of £2.6m in 2018–2019.

Blood pressure measurement

Single-pill combination for hypertension linked with improved clinical outcomes and adherence, study finds

13 JUN 2018

Single-pill fixed-dose combination treatment for hypertension improves medication adherence and is linked with a significantly lower risk of heart attack, heart failure or stroke, a study has found.

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Arbitration body ends Boots-BPA deal

13 JUN 2018

Bargaining arrangements between Boots and the Boots Pharmacists’ Association have been terminated by the body responsible for resolving collective workplace disputes.

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Aspirin combined with high-dose PPIs reduces cancer risk in Barrett’s oesophagus, research shows

7 JUN 2018

Taking aspirin in combination with proton-pump inhibitors reduces the risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus, according to research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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Over 400,000 sexually transmitted infections reported in England in 2017, PHE report reveals

6 JUN 2018

The number of confirmed cases of gonorrhoea and syphilis in England in 2017 rose by 22% and 20%, respectively, according to data released by Public Health England.

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Survivors of sexual abuse to receive lifelong mental health support

6 JUN 2018

NHS England has announced plans to provide life-long mental health care support to people who have been sexually abused, as part of a new five-year strategy to tackle sexual abuse and assault in England. 

Mark Lyonette, NPA chief executive

New NPA chief executive takes up post

5 JUN 2018

Mark Lyonette has now taken up his position as the new chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association.


First monoclonal antibody for migraine recommended for approval by EMA

5 JUN 2018

The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for erenumab for migraine prevention.

Micrograph of a serous papillary carcinoma (adenocarcinoma) of ovary

Targeted pill for recurrent ovarian cancer approved for use on NHS

1 JUN 2018

A once-a-day pill for the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer could benefit up to 850 women in England and Wales after it was approved for use on the NHS through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

Public Health England's Active 10 poster, reading "Take steps to move more"

Pharmacists asked to encourage patients to walk for ten minutes each day

31 MAY 2018

Public Health England is encouraging community pharmacy teams to get involved in its campaign to motivate adults to complete ten minutes of brisk walking each day.

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Prescription couriers not breaking data protection rules, Community Pharmacy Scotland reassures

30 MAY 2018

Pharmacists in Scotland have been reassured that companies delivering their prescriptions will not be breaking new data protection rules.

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Hunt pledges to eradicate gender pay gap in NHS doctors

29 MAY 2018

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review into how much the NHS in England pays male and female doctors in an effort to eliminate the 15% gender pay gap. 

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Milan challenges EMA move to Amsterdam

29 MAY 2018

The city of Milan is continuing to challenge the decision to relocate the European Medicines Agency’s headquarters from London to Amsterdam post-Brexit.

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Severe eczema linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, large UK study finds

25 MAY 2018

Severe and predominantly active atopic eczema are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular outcomes, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

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