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Older adults taking herbal remedies alongside prescription medicines at risk of harmful interactions

More than a million older adults in the UK could be at risk of a potential herb-drug or supplement-drug interactions, research shows.

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New antibiotic and migraine drug among 13 medicines recommended by EMA

The European Medicines Agency has recommended 13 medicines for approval, including three orphan medicines.

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Mobile apps could offer cheap route to FMD compliance

Smartphones or tablet devices could be used by pharmacists instead of scanners to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive, manufacturers have claimed.

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Talks between Boots and PDA Union end without agreement

Talks between Boots and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union over the future representation of Boots pharmacists have ended without agreement.

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Majority of US consumers would be willing to buy prescription drugs through Amazon

Over 70% of Amazon customers in the United States would be willing to buy prescription drugs through the online retailer, according to the results of a survey carried out by Deutsche Bank. 

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MMR vaccine coverage in England falls for fourth year in a row

Childhood vaccination coverage declined in 9 of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at ages one, two or five years in 2017/2018, compared with the previous year, according to statistics released by Public Health England.

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PDA Union advises members not to repay bonus money to LloydsPharmacy until it explains calculation error

More than 100 members of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union have contacted them for advice after being asked by LloydsPharmacy to repay a portion of their bonus payments.

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PSNC and NPA brief NHS England on role of pharmacy in ten-year plan

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the National Pharmacy Association have submitted three briefing documents to NHS England to highlight how community pharmacy could help meet specific challenges that the NHS is trying to address in its ten-year plan.

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Legal ruling on off-label drug use could save NHS money

A landmark ruling on treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration that could save the NHS millions of pounds has been welcomed by healthcare leaders and clinicians.

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RPS sets out tests for primary care networks

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to NHS England calling for community pharmacists to play a role in primary care leadership and for medicines optimisation advocates to be involved in local leadership.

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New pay deal for NHS staff in Wales 'goes beyond' deal for England

NHS staff in Wales are set to benefit from a new pay deal over the next three years which is set to match, if not go beyond, the pay deal for England, according to the Welsh government.

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Pharmacy2U to open 7.5m-items-per-month dispensing facility

Online pharmacy Pharmacy2U is to open a new dispensing facility that will enable it to increase its dispensing capacity to 7.5 million items a month, more than 16 times its current capacity.

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Co-op returns to pharmacy market with purchase of repeat prescription app

The Co-op, which sold off its high street pharmacy business for £620 million in 2014, is returning to the market by buying the repeat prescription smartphone app Dimec.

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Number of vapers in Great Britain has quadrupled since 2012

The number of vapers in Great Britain has reached an estimated 3.2 million in 2018, compared with 700,000 in 2012, according to figures from an Action on Smoking and Health survey.

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Triple combination antihypertensive pill effective for blood pressure controlSubscription

A fixed-dose triple combination antihypertensive pill was more effective at controlling blood pressure than usual care, the results of a randomised trial in Sri Lanka show

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Obesity may increase influenza A virus transmission riskSubscription

Obese adults shed influenza A virus for almost 50% longer than non-obese adults, research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases shows.

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Transdermal buprenorphine poorly tolerated in people with dementiaSubscription

A study of transdermal analgesics in people living with dementia has shown that more than half discontinue buprenorphine owing to adverse events.

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More exercise not always better for mental health, study findsSubscription

Researchers from the United States have found that exercise is associated with a reduced mental health burden, but this benefit does not always continue to increase with duration and frequency.

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Asthma care in England needs to be more proactive, researchers saySubscription

An audit of data from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group in England has found inconsistencies in asthma care that could leave high-risk patients unidentified and at risk of death.

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Healthy diet linked to improved asthma symptomsSubscription

Research across a large cohort using three different quality measures has shown that a healthy diet is associated with a reduced likelihood of experiencing asthma symptoms

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Continuing metformin when introducing sulfonylureas is safer than switching in T2DM, research showsSubscription

Switching to sulfonylureas increases the risk of serious adverse events compared with remaining on metformin in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to research published in The BMJ.

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GP-based audit intervention helps cut high-risk prescribingSubscription

Results from a pharmacist-delivered audit pilot show that it reduced levels of high-risk prescribing in general practice, study results have 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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