PDA issues 'urgent' guidance following serious incidents involving primary care pharmacist prescribers
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has issued “urgent” guidance for its members following several “serious incidents”, including reported fatalities, involving pharmacist independent prescribers working in primary care.
Pharmaceutical industry must fund clinical trials of medical cannabis, Royal College of Psychiatrists says
There is a “pressing need” for high-quality research into the use of cannabis-based medicinal products for psychiatric disorders, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said.
The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has endorsed recommendations that tofacitinib could increase the risk of blood clots in the lungs and should be used with caution in all patients already at high risk.
NHS staff shortages are putting patient safety and care at risk, according to a NHS Confederation survey of leaders across the health service in England.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has added five medicine shortages to its list of notifactions from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, bringing the total to 21 medicines shortages in the UK.
A national minor ailments service should be commissioned across England, according to a community pharmacy election manifesto published jointly by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the National Pharmacy Association and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.
Omega-3 fish oil supplements improve attention and vigilance in young people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, who have low levels of omega-3, a study in Translational Psychiatry suggests.
Taking antihypertensive medications in the evening, rather than the morning, improves blood pressure control and reduces the risk of cardiovascular events, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.
Using an oral spray to deliver vitamin D is just as effective as a capsule, research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown.
Decision aids could help GPs and patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants, researchers have said.
Oral antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, but a reduced risk of rectal cancer, a study in Gut suggests.
Patients exposed to fluoroquinolone antibiotics are more than twice as likely to develop aortic or mitral regurgitation, compared with patients taking amoxicillin, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.