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‘Closing the gap’, report from The King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation

Over 3,000 more pharmacists needed in general practice to tackle GP shortages, says think tank report

A minimum of 3,000 extra pharmacists are needed in general practice across England by 2024 to help tackle rising patient demand and GP shortages, a report compiled by three major think-tanks warns.

Nigel Ratcliffe

Universities could drop MPharm programmes if student placements are not funded under GPhC education proposals

Universities may drop MPharm from their undergraduate programme if they are expected to pick up the bill for student placements as part of five-year integrated degrees, the head of the Pharmacy Schools Council has warned.

Warwick Smith, British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) director general

Generics manufacturers have spent €700m on FMD implementation, says BGMA

Generics manufacturers across the EU have spent €700m on implementing the Falsified Medicines Directive, the British Generics Manufacturers Association has estimated.

Medical cannabis

Medical Cannabis Clinicians' Society publishes guidance for prescribers

Guidance for the prescription of medical cannabis has been issued by the by the Medical Cannabis Clinicians’ Society and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Medical Cannabis under Prescription.

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Pharmacists with additional skills can take 'overall clinical responsibility' for patients in A&E, study finds

Pharmacists with additional clinical skills training can take clinical responsibility for patients in hospital emergency departments, according to research published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dame Sally Davies

Pharma industry should fund trials for medical cannabis, chief medical officer tells MPs

The pharmaceutical industry should fund randomised controlled trials of medical cannabis, to improve access to drugs for patients, Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, has told MPs.

Medical cannabis

Daily use of high-potency cannabis increases risk of psychosis by four times, study finds

Use of high-potency cannabis on a daily basis increases the risk of psychosis by four times, and in some cities the risk is more than nine times higher, according to a study published in The Lancet on 19 March 2019.

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NHS medical cannabis prescribing data unlikely to be published soon

It is unlikely that figures on NHS England prescriptions for medical cannabis will be published by the end of March 2019, despite ministerial assurances that they would, The Pharmaceutical Journal has been told.

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Suppliers opt to stockpile 16 weeks' worth of insulin in UK ahead of Brexit

Insulin suppliers have increased their UK stocks to include 16 weeks’ worth of extra supplies as part of their no-deal Brexit planning.

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New GPhC education standards could affect recruitment of pharmacy students, warns CPS

New standards for pharmacy education and training could have a “negative impact” on recruitment of pharmacy students, Community Pharmacy Scotland has said.

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health and social care secretary

Pharmacy drug-switching protocols a ministerial 'power grab', says shadow health secretary

Amendments to legislation allowing pharmacists to switch patients’ medicine without consulting their GP is “an extraordinary power grab” by health ministers, the shadow health secretary has said.

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Government slashes annual spend on generic price concessions by half in just one year

The Department of Health and Social Care has halved its expenditure on price concessions in the past year, according to a recent analysis.

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Social media use linked to poor mental health in young people, APPG finds

Over a quarter of young people who spend three or more hours per day on social media have symptoms of mental illness, according to a parliamentary report.

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Primary care networks should 'harness' benefits of community pharmacy, says clinical senate

The senate said it hopes that its local recommendations will be adopted nationally by the NHS England pharmacy commissioning team, NHS Digital and Public Health England.

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Treat UTIs early in older adults 'to minimise sepsis risk'Subscription

Delaying or withholding antibiotics in older adults with urinary tract infections is associated with an increased risk of bloodstream infection and all-cause mortality, research published in The BMJ has shown.

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Aspirin increases bleeding risk in patients receiving warfarinSubscription

Compared with patients taking warfarin monotherapy, those taking aspirin and warfarin were at a higher risk of a bleeding event but the rate of thrombotic events was similar.

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Early intensive therapy may delay MS progressionSubscription

Early aggressive therapy for multiple sclerosis is associated with improved long-term outcomes compared with an escalation approach, a study in JAMA Neurology has shown.

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High-risk HPV infection linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease Subscription

Women with high-risk human papillomavirus infection are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those without, the results of a study published in Circulation Research suggest.

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Exercise interventions reduce falls in older adultsSubscription

The rate of falls in older adults living in the community can be effectively reduced with exercise interventions, the authors of a recent Cochrane review have concluded.

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Prodrug opioids less effective in patients on SSRIsSubscription

Direct acting, rather than prodrug, opioids should be considered for postoperative pain relief in patients with depression receiving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, researchers have found.


Enzyme mouth spray could shorten cold durationSubscription

An oral spray containing a proteolytic enzyme reduced the severity and duration of the common cold, a randomised study has found.

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Needle and syringe programmes cost effective in reducing HCV transmissionSubscription

Study shows needle and syringe programmes reduce transmission of hepatitis C while delivering cost savings.

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FIP 2018

The theme of the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is 'Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes!'.

The 2018 FIP congress in Glasgow, Scotland, brought together pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to consider ways of extending the role of pharmacists so that they play a full part in ensuring patients, and health systems, achieve full benefit from the medicines people take.

This is the first time that the FIP World Congress has been held in the UK for nearly 40 years. The last time was in 1979, making this a truly unique learning opportunity for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Great Britain.

UK healthcare company RB was Gold Sponsor of this year’s congress.

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