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EpiPen autoinjector epinephrine adrenaline

EpiPen rationing introduced again

19 JUN 2019

A prescription-only process for EpiPen 0.3mg adrenaline autoinjectors has been issued, meaning that patients are limited to a maximum of two per prescription.

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Pharmacists working with global AMR teams made CPO fellows

13 JUN 2019

Some sixteen pharmacists who are part of teams tackling antimicrobial resistance in the developing world have been appointed ‘chief pharmaceutical officer global health fellows’.

NHS Logo on paper

Union to ballot NHS Tayside staff over pharmacy support staff pay

12 JUN 2019

Staff working for NHS Tayside are being balloted on industrial action over treatment of pharmacy support staff.

Mark Bather

Mark Bather named as managing director of Rowlands Pharmacy

5 JUN 2019

Mark Bather has been appointed as Rowland Pharmacy’s new managing director, after joining the company in December 2018 as retail operations director.

Drug manufacturing in factory

Generics manufacturer Bristol Laboratories regains full good manufacturing practice status

4 JUN 2019

Generics manufacturer Bristol Laboratories’ good manufacturing practice status has been fully restored, the company has announced. 

Kenny Black, the managing director of Rowlands Pharmacy

Kenny Black to leave Rowlands Pharmacy after 20 years

4 JUN 2019

The managing director of Rowlands Pharmacy, Kenny Black, is to leave the company after 20 years to “pursue new career opportunities”.

Emergency hormonal contraception

MPs call for new sexual health strategy

3 JUN 2019

MPs are calling for a new national strategy for sexual health services in England.

A woman in a consultation with a psychiatrist

National guidance for antidepressant withdrawal too fast for some patients, says RCPsych

31 MAY 2019By

The Royal College of Psychiatrists wants the national clinical guideline governing withdrawal from antidepressants changed because it says the timescale is too quick for some patients.

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Financial pressures make it 'difficult' to maintain a safe service, NPA survey says

29 MAY 2019

The vast majority of respondents to a National Pharmacy Association member survey said that current financial pressures were making it “more difficult for pharmacies to maintain a safe service to patients”.

Child having MMR vaccination

More than 230 cases of measles recorded in first three months of this year

24 MAY 2019

Public health chiefs have urged any eligible people to be vaccinated against measles after 231 confirmed cases were recorded in England in the first quarter of 2019.

Emergency contraception in pharmacy

Emergency contraception services should be commissioned nationally as part of community pharmacy contract, CCA says

23 MAY 2019

The Company Chemists’ Association has called on NHS England and other healthcare bodies to establish a single national pharmacy specification for emergency hormonal contraception services to be used by all healthcare commissioners in England.

Woman taking cough syrup

EMA committee says cough medicines containing fenspiride should not be marketed

23 MAY 2019

A European Medicines Agency committee has recommended that marketing authorisations for cough medicines containing fenspiride should be revoked, meaning they will no longer be marketed in the EU.

Pharmacy degree apprenticeship proposals on hold

Pharmacy degree apprenticeship proposals on hold

22 MAY 2019By

Proposals for a five-year pharmacy apprenticeship will not go through to the next stage of development until representatives from the wider pharmacy industry are included in the trailblazer group, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has announced.

Cannabis plant

House of Commons backs call for easier access to medical cannabis

21 MAY 2019

 The House of Commons has backed a motion calling on the government to ensure medical cannabis is made available to “appropriate patients”.

Measles rash

Measles vaccinations should be compulsory for pre-school children, study concludes

21 MAY 2019

Measles vaccinations should be compulsory for children before they start school to help prevent the disease becoming endemic in the UK within 30 years, researchers have suggested.

Co-op store signage

Co-op to trial 'Amazon Locker-style' prescriptions service

20 MAY 2019By

The Co-operative Group is to trial what it says is the first click-and-collect ‘Amazon-style’ locker service for medicine prescriptions in the UK.

European Medicines Agency logo

EMA launches 'urgent safety review' of alemtuzumab after two patient deaths

20 MAY 2019

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a safety review of alemtuzumab following reports of two deaths and several other cases of people experiencing life-threatening reactions shortly after taking the medicine.

DNA genome study

Funding for Genomics England to reduce by £40m under 2019/2020 DHSC spending plans

20 MAY 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has put forward plans to reduce its funding to Genomics England by £40m in 2019/2020 as the body receives a new funding model to match its latest target to sequence five million genomes in five years.

Cannabis oil

Three NHS prescriptions for medical cannabis dispensed in the community

17 MAY 2019By

The NHS has confirmed that three prescriptions for medical cannabis were dispensed for use in primary care in January and February 2019.

Opioids in plastic bottles

Opioid overdose deaths 'rising sharply' in England and Wales, OECD says

17 MAY 2019

Deaths from opioid overdose are “rising sharply” in England and Wales as part of a continuing global crisis, according to an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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