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Senior NHS figures say staff shortages are putting patient care at risk

NHS staff shortages are putting patient safety and care at risk, according to a NHS Confederation survey of leaders across the health service in England.

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Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee adds five medicines to list of shortages

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has added five medicine shortages to its list of notifactions from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, bringing the total to 21 medicines shortages in the UK.

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Pharmacy bodies publish joint general election manifesto

A national minor ailments service should be commissioned across England, according to a community pharmacy election manifesto published jointly by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the National Pharmacy Association and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

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NICE urged to broaden evaluation criteria for medical cannabis

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence must consider observational data from whole-plant products when it evaluates the clinical and cost-effectiveness of cannabis-based medical products for chronic pain and epilepsy, the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has said.

Asif Sadiq, chair of the Society’s inclusion and diversity strategy

RPS to publish ethnicity pay data

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will publish its ethnicity pay data, its chief executive announced at the Society’s 2019 annual conference.

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Omega-3 supplements can improve ADHD symptoms in some young peopleSubscription

Omega-3 fish oil supplements improve attention and vigilance in young people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, who have low levels of omega-3, a study in Translational Psychiatry suggests.

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Antihypertensive medicines most effective when taken at nightSubscription

Taking antihypertensive medications in the evening, rather than the morning, improves blood pressure control and reduces the risk of cardiovascular events, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.

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Oral spray delivers vitamin D as effectively as capsules, research suggestsSubscription

Using an oral spray to deliver vitamin D is just as effective as a capsule, research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown.

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Better tools needed to aid antidepressant discontinuation, researchers saySubscription

Decision aids could help GPs and patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants, researchers have said.

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Effect of antibiotics on colorectal cancer risk varies along the gutSubscription

Oral antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, but a reduced risk of rectal cancer, a study in Gut suggests.

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everything you need to know about foundation training ss19

Everything you need to know about foundation trainingSubscription

A closer look at the progress made so far on introducing a nationwide foundation training scheme.

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‘Urgent action’ needed on pharmacist shortagesSubscription

NHS workforce planners warn that they are running out of pharmacists as demand for the profession rises.

Lost and found: concerns raised over controlled drug diversion

Open to abuse: gaps highlighted in the controlled drug system Subscription

With almost 1,400 reports of controlled drugs being lost, stolen or missing in 2018/2019, there are concerns regarding the increasing sophistication of those trying to subvert the system.

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Cognitive cannabis: the emerging evidence for treating mental health problemsSubscription

One year since UK law changed to enable medical cannabis to be prescribed, researchers are exploring the drug’s potential for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Is hormone replacement therapy worth the risks?Subscription

The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have long been the source of confusion and controversy. Here we summarise the latest evidence to assist pharmacists in supporting patients thinking about HRT.

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