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More blood pressure services should be commissioned through community pharmacy, says Company Chemists’ Association

More blood pressure services should be commissioned through community pharmacy to support goals set out in the ‘NHS Long-Term Plan’, the Company Chemists’ Association has said.

Antimicrobial surveillance members during RPS summit

Commonwealth antimicrobial stewardship partnerships announced

A total of 12 pharmacy-led teams from the UK are set to work with their counterparts in 4 African Commonwealth countries in a bid to exchange expertise in antimicrobial resistance stewardship.

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Pharmacy practice has improved 'significantly' since the Gosport tragedy, says new guidance

The pharmacy profession has “moved on significantly” since the events at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, which led to the deaths of hundreds of patients, new guidance has said.

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NHS review finds 'majority' of pharmacy aseptic services cannot fund maintenance

Most aseptic pharmacy services in England are unable pay for maintenance and servicing due to a poor understanding of the costs involved, an NHS report has said.

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Electronic intervention in GP practices reduces antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections

Integration of antimicrobial stewardship interventions into GP practices reduces antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections, research from King’s College London has found.

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IT provider to adjust system after 'ghost branded generics' cost NHS £12m

A GP IT service provider has said it will change its systems after it was revealed that GPs were able to prescribe “ghost branded generics”, costing the NHS an extra £11.6m per year in reimbursement to community pharmacy.

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FMD system goes down on its first working weekday

The computer system for the Falsified Medicines Directive crashed on the first weekday morning since after its 9 February 2019 launch.

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GPhC to review impact of fitness-to-practise process on pharmacists' mental health

The regulator is looking at how its fitness-to-practise procedure impacts the mental health of pharmacists who are under scrutiny.

Dame Sally Davies, CMO for England

No-deal Brexit could see UK locked out of EU infectious disease surveillance data, chief medical officer warns

A no-deal Brexit could see the UK lose access to an EU-wide online tracker of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, has told The Pharmaceutical Journal.

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GPhC expects more than 2,000 pharmacists to leave the register by end of 2018/2019

More than 2,000 pharmacists are expected to leave the pharmacy register in 2019, according to forecasts from the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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Pharmacy multiples to ensure FMD compliance 'as soon as practicably possible'

Pharmacy multiples in the UK have admitted they are unlikely to be ready for full implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive before it comes into force across the EU on 9 February 2019.

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer

Community pharmacy will receive more NHS 111 referrals than general practice, says NHS England

NHS England expects NHS 111 to direct more patients to community pharmacists than to GPs as a result of schemes set out in the ‘NHS Long-Term Plan’ and the new GP contract.

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Less than half of UK pharmacies will be ready for FMD

Exclusive: More than 50% of pharmacies in the UK are not expected to meet the Falsified Medicines Directive deadline, the body running the system in the UK has said.

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Every primary care network to get £38,000 to fund new clinical pharmacist role in 2019

Every primary care network in England is to receive £38,000 in recurrent funding to hire a “clinical pharmacist” from July 2019.

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Study questions link between antidepressants and hip fracturesSubscription

A previously identified link between antidepressant use and hip fractures needs further examination, the authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry have concluded.

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Monthly vitamin D dosing has no significant effect on bone mineral densitySubscription

Monthly dosing of vitamin D3 supplements in older adults does not increase bone mineral density, the results of a recent study show.

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Patient-centred clinic improves outcomes after myocardial infarctionSubscription

A post-myocardial infarction medicines optimisation clinic, led primarily by a pharmacist with support from a cardiologist, has resulted in improved medicines adherence and guideline concordance, study results published in Open Heart show.

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Uncertainty on long-term efficacy of osteoarthritis medicinesSubscription

There is a lack of evidence that medicines for osteoarthritis are effective in the long term, according to a review in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sulfonylureas and basal insulin linked to elevated cardiovascular riskSubscription

Sulfonylureas and basal insulin confer an increased risk of cardiovascular events compared with newer second-line medicines for type 2 diabetes mellitus, research has found.

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Statins and metformin could be used to treat serious mental illnessSubscription

Existing medicines for physical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension could be used to treat serious mental illness, concluded the authors of a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Cannabinoids could help manage spasticity in motor neurone diseaseSubscription

An oral spray containing cannabinoids is effective at reducing spasticity symptoms in motor neurone disease, study results have shown.

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Palbociclib slows tumour growth in early breast cancerSubscription

Adding the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib to hormone therapy can slow or stop tumour growth in women with early breast cancer, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown.

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Special report

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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