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Community pharmacies offering minor ailment schemes fall by a third in 2018/2019

The number of community pharmacies offering minor ailment schemes has fallen by a third since 2017/2018, data published by NHS Digital have shown.

‘No ethnicity pay issue,’ claim pharmacy multiples’,

'No ethnicity pay issue' claim pharmacy multiples

The UK’s four largest community pharmacy multiples currently do not collect ethnicity pay data for their pharmacist employees, with two of the high street chains telling The Pharmaceutical Journal that there was no ethnicity pay gap within their respective organisations.

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Pharmacy staff return to work after three-month strike, despite unresolved pay dispute

Pharmacy staff in NHS Tayside, who went on strike over a pay dispute, returned to work on 11 November 2019 after three months without a resolution.

NICE recommends first cannabis-based medicines for use on the NHS

NICE recommends first cannabis-based medicines for use on the NHS

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended two cannabis-based medicinal products for reimbursement under the NHS.

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Healthcare regulator asks pharmacists to 'consider the limitations' of providing online services

The General Pharmaceutical Council has asked pharmacists to “consider the limitations” of providing services online when deciding on the scope of practice they can provide.

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Reports of lost and stolen controlled drugs increase by 19% in one year

Reports of lost, stolen or missing controlled drugs in England increased by 19% between 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.

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Oral spray delivers vitamin D as effectively as capsules, research suggestsSubscription

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.

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Better tools needed to aid antidepressant discontinuation, researchers saySubscription

Decision aids could help GPs and patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants, researchers have said.

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Effect of antibiotics on colorectal cancer risk varies along the gutSubscription

Oral antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, but a reduced risk of rectal cancer, a study in Gut suggests.

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Fluoroquinolone use linked to heart problems, research suggestsSubscription

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.

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Nivolumab improves survival in non-small cell lung carcinoma, study results suggestSubscription

Patients treated with nivolumab for advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma had a better survival rate at five years than those who received chemotherapy, a follow-up trial has shown.

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Sertraline may reduce anxiety more quickly than depressive symptomsSubscription

Sertraline is unlikely to reduce depressive symptoms within six weeks, according to findings from a randomised controlled trial in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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