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GP body teams up with parkrun UK to improve patient fitness and cut medications

GPs are encouraging patients with long-term conditions to take part in their local ‘Parkrun’ in a national initiative to boost physical activity and, where possible, help reduce medication.

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Pharmacy smoking quit rates half those from specialist services, Scottish government says

More than two-thirds of smokers who want to quit go to their community pharmacy for support, but specialist stop smoking services have a higher success rate, according to the new Scottish Tobacco Action Plan.

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Pharmacist prescribers improve patient outcomes, review highlights

Pharmacist prescribers are associated with increased access to healthcare services and enhanced patient outcomes according to results of a review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Over 80% of pharmacists support reclassifying cannabis for medicinal use

Cannabis should be rescheduled within the Misuse of Drugs Act to allow research to take place, say the vast majority of respondents to a Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey.

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NICE depression advice could 'seriously impede' care, say experts

The latest NICE draft guidelines on adult depression are “not fit for purpose”, say leading mental health experts.

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High pollen levels trigger 'particularly bad' hay fever

Airborne pollen could reach the highest levels seen for 12 years, the Met Office has warned.

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Doctors recommend 50 more ways to cut unnecessary treatment

Women taking the contraceptive pill should be given repeat 12-month prescriptions, rather than three or six months’ worth of supplies, guidance from leading doctors has said.

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Tess Fenn, outgoing president of APTUK

'I hope to see APTUK continue to grow and evolve' says outgoing president

Tess Fenn, who announced her decision to step down as president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK at its annual conference on 17 June 2018, has said that she hopes the next president will work to ensure pharmacy technicians are equally valued and utilised as pharmacy professionals.

Bishop James Jones

No evidence pharmacists challenged use of high-dose opioids, concludes review of 450 deaths

Pharmacists have been criticised for not questioning prescribing at Gosport War Memorial Hospital after an independent review found that at least 456 patients died after being given inappropriate doses of opioid painkillers.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

RPS supports reclassifying cannabis for medicinal use

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to home secretary Sajid Javid to express the Society’s support for the rescheduling of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Charlotte Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell

Government to review medicinal use of cannabis

The government will consider whether medicinal cannabis should be rescheduled, Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has announced.

NHS England’s outsourcing of primary care support increased the workload for community pharmacy

Outsourcing of primary care support by NHS England increased pressure on community pharmacy, says PSNC

NHS England’s outsourcing of primary care support increased the workload for community pharmacy, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council

Government launches double consultation on dispensing errors legislation and role of responsible and superintendent pharmacists

The government has launched a consultation on extending the new defence for dispensing errors from community pharmacists to other parts of the profession, and a second consultation on clarification of how registered pharmacies should be governed.

Theresa May

Pharmacy leaders bid for a slice of £20bn NHS funding boost

Pharmacy can help ensure the NHS gets value for money from the £20.5bn planned increase in its funding by 2023–2024, pharmacy leaders say.

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Aspirin lowers risk of death in people with concomitant heart failure and diabetesSubscription

Aspirin reduces the risk of all-cause death or hospitalisation for heart failure in patients with concomitant type 2 diabetes and heart failure but increases the risk of non-fatal heart attack or stroke.

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MDMA could enhance psychotherapy outcomes in people with PTSDSubscription

Research has shown ‘marked improvements’ in PTSD symptoms after MDMA use during psychotherapy.

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Proton pump inhibitors linked to pneumonia risk beyond first year of useSubscription

Research into long-term proton pump inhibitor use among older adults has led to cautions over pneumonia risk.

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'Real-life' gait analysis can guide MS treatment, researchers saySubscription

Use of a body-worn sensor to track movements could help grade a person’s severity of multiple sclerosis, guiding treatment, research has shown.

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7-day antibiotic course ‘non-inferior’ to 14 days for treatment of Gram-negative bacteraemiaSubscription

Research has shown that shorter antibiotic courses are not inferior to longer courses for the treatment of Gram-negative bacteraemia.

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Prescribing alerts could cut opioid and benzodiazepine coprescribingSubscription

An electronic medical record alert system could potentially reduce coprescribing and related overdose deaths, researchers have found.

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Preconception blood pressure linked to pregnancy loss riskSubscription

Interventions to reduce blood pressure may help to improve reproductive outcomes in healthy young women, research has found.

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Addition of pembrolizumab to chemotherapy extends survival in advanced lung cancerSubscription

Introducing first-line immunotherapy could benefit long-term outcomes in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a study has revealed.

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Special report

RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections 2018

During May 2018, members and fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will vote to elect candidates to the National Pharmacy Board. Read letters from the hopefuls on this special election page. Voting opens 30 April and closes on 18 May.

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