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Survey shows strong support for NHS Near Me video consultations among patients and cliniciansSubscription

Some 87% of patients and 94% of clinicians said that video consultations should be an option, according to an engagement exercise carried out for NHS Near Me in Scotland. 


Health bodies make ‘urgent’ call to Matt Hancock to intervene in the proposed withdrawal of bipolar drugSubscription

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has been urged to “personally intervene” so that bipolar drug Priadel remains available in the UK with an appropriate pricing structure.

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Foundation year independent prescriber training will not begin in 2021, GPhC confirms Subscription

Pharmacists who begin the new national foundation training year in 2021 will not undergo independent prescriber training.

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GP referrals to community pharmacy consultation service will roll out across England this autumn Subscription

GP referrals to community pharmacy through the community pharmacy consultation service will roll out across England this autumn.

Rethinking our approach to chronic pain

‘Deep concern’ over ‘not fit for purpose’ draft NICE guidance on chronic painSubscription

Experts in pain medicine have said they are “deeply concerned” with the “confusing” terminology used in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s draft guidance on chronic pain.

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Half of pharmacists say they are never given protected learning time Subscription

Just over half of the pharmacists who took part in The Pharmaceutical Journal’s 2020 salary survey said they are never given protected learning time.

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Novel once-daily fixed-dose ICS–LABA improves lung function over ICS monotherapy, research findsSubscription

A once-daily fixed-dose combination of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonist significantly improved lung function over inhaled corticosteroids alone, a phase III study has concluded.

Oral therapy abrocitinib effective in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis

Oral therapy abrocitinib is effective in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitisSubscription

Abrocitinib, an oral Janus kinase 1 selective inhibitor, is effective and well-tolerated in patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a study in JAMA Dermatology has suggested.

Prescribing ward round, with pharmacist involvement, cuts errors on paediatric ICU

Prescribing ward round with pharmacist involvement cuts errors on paediatric ICUSubscription

A daily prescribing round in a paediatric intensive care unit led to a reduction in prescribing errors and overall time spent on medicines queries and prescribing.

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Point-of-care testing for influenza could improve antimicrobial use, feasibility study concludesSubscription

Point-of-care testing for influenza is feasible in primary care and may improve antimicrobial use, a study in the British Journal of General Practice has concluded.

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Once-daily ICS-LABA-LAMA superior to ICS-LABA in improving lung function, research suggestsSubscription

A study in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine indicates that ICS-LABA-LAMA once daily is better than ICS-LABA in improving lung function.

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Sepsis risk factors could help inform antimicrobial stewardship in primary care, study suggestsSubscription

Risk of sepsis and benefit from antibiotics following a GP consultation for infection are more substantial among those who are older, frail or who have had a urinary tract infection, a study has found.

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