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Warwick Smith, British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) director general

Generics manufacturers have spent €700m on FMD implementation, says BGMA

Generics manufacturers across the EU have spent €700m on implementing the Falsified Medicines Directive, the British Generics Manufacturers Association has estimated.

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Medical Cannabis Clinicians' Society publishes guidance for prescribers

Guidance for the prescription of medical cannabis has been issued by the by the Medical Cannabis Clinicians’ Society and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Medical Cannabis under Prescription.

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Treat UTIs early in older adults 'to minimise sepsis risk'Subscription

Delaying or withholding antibiotics in older adults with urinary tract infections is associated with an increased risk of bloodstream infection and all-cause mortality, research published in The BMJ has shown.

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Aspirin increases bleeding risk in patients receiving warfarinSubscription

Compared with patients taking warfarin monotherapy, those taking aspirin and warfarin were at a higher risk of a bleeding event but the rate of thrombotic events was similar.

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Early intensive therapy may delay MS progressionSubscription

Early aggressive therapy for multiple sclerosis is associated with improved long-term outcomes compared with an escalation approach, a study in JAMA Neurology has shown.

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High-risk HPV infection linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease Subscription

Women with high-risk human papillomavirus infection are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those without, the results of a study published in Circulation Research suggest.

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Exercise interventions reduce falls in older adultsSubscription

The rate of falls in older adults living in the community can be effectively reduced with exercise interventions, the authors of a recent Cochrane review have concluded.

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Prodrug opioids less effective in patients on SSRIsSubscription

Direct acting, rather than prodrug, opioids should be considered for postoperative pain relief in patients with depression receiving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, researchers have found.

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Cuts to preregistration pharmacy training: education chiefs slam the brakes onSubscription

On 19 February 2019, Hazel Smith from Health Education England wrote to hospital chief pharmacists about cuts to funding for the training of hospital preregistration pharmacists for the second time in six weeks.

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From the archives: Margaret Buchanan and the position of women in pharmacy

Margaret Buchanan, a founder of the Association of Women Pharmacists and the Pharmaceutical Society’s first female council member, inspired women pharmacists to aim high and strive for equality.

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Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

Follow the latest updates on the proposed 12% funding cuts to community pharmacy, which could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies in England.

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