Pharmacists could be given new powers to switch patients’ prescriptions without consulting a doctor in the event of a national medicines shortage.
Nearly nine in ten adults in England have at least one lifestyle trait that puts their health at risk, an NHS Digital survey has revealed.
Patients are waiting almost a year and a half longer for new cancer drugs to be made available on the NHS than they were a decade ago, a report from the Institute of Cancer Research has found.
The 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal to sequence 100,000 genomes from NHS patients by the end of 2018, Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary, has announced.
Community pharmacies forced to 'limit' services to comply with safe staffing guidance, pharmacy owners say
Pharmacy owners have told the General Pharmaceutical Council that they have been forced to limit services, including evening and weekend opening hours, in an effort to operate safely.
The cost of medicines prescribed in hospitals has increased by nearly 11% over the past year, according to official NHS data.
Women who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse are twice as likely to have a consultation for emergency contraceptives, according to research.
The government is set to increase the amount of funding pharmaceutical companies will have to rebate the NHS on drug sales, resulting in an estimated £152m of savings by 2021.
A pharmacy in Bolton says it is the first in the UK to become fully compliant with the requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive.
Prescribers who will supervise pharmacist independent prescribers in training will not have to be mentored, contrary to earlier proposals, the General Pharmaceutical Committee has proposed
Patients are now able to have their prescriptions processed electronically by any pharmacy in England under the latest electronic prescription service pilot.
Patients in Scotland are being urged to check their repeat prescriptions as part of a campaign targeting people with minor ailments and illnesses.
Pharmacy negotiators have suggested that community pharmacists should be able to automatically substitute an alternative medicine if they cannot dispense the prescribed item, as a way to help deal with any possible drugs shortages post-Brexit.
Public Health England has hailed the UK’s efforts to prevent the spread of HIV a success, as the number of new patients diagnosed with the infection continues to decline.
A substantial proportion of older people who begin taking statins do not take them as intended, according to an Australian study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
ACEIs linked to increased risk of lung cancerSubscription
An observational study of almost one million people suggests a link between angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and an increased risk of lung cancer.
Cannabinoids have limited impact on MS symptomsSubscription
Following a systematic review and meta-analysis researchers have concluded that cannabinoids have limited therapeutic effect on symptoms of multiple sclerosis
Diet contributes much less towards the development of high serum urate levels than genetic factors, study results reported in The BMJ suggest.
Triple therapy reduces the number of moderate-to-severe exacerbations in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a study presented at the CHEST annual meeting has shown.
Taking lorcaserin and making lifestyle changes can help prevent diabetes in people who are overweight or obese, study findings indicate.
A new antibiotic designed to overcome multi-drug resistance is at least as effective as the current standard of care in complicated urinary tract infection, according to trial results published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Low-dose aspirin cuts ovarian cancer riskSubscription
Use of low-dose aspirin is associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, results from a cohort study show.