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Generics manufacturers have called for European leaders to move drugs manufacturing out of India and China to provide stability to help stabilise the medicines supply chain.
Recommending the use of e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or new heated tobacco products to smokers instead of conventional cigarettes, is just “replacing a very harmful product with a less, but still harmful, product”, the European Respiratory Society has said.
Results from a survey of almost 8,200 adults has found that more than 40% of adults in England are living with at least one long-term medical condition.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee is considering whether a quarterly margins survey would provide an “overall smoother delivery of margin” for community pharmacy.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and Local Pharmaceutical Committees will undergo an independent review to ensure that they are making make the most of their representation and support for community pharmacy contractors.
Switching patients who use metered-dose inhalers, which contain hydrofluoroalkane propellants, to cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternatives could lead to major cost savings, as well as reduced NHS greenhouse gas emissions.
Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are prescribed more frequently in areas of greater socioeconomic deprivation, a study published in Family Practice has shown.
There is a lack of high-quality evidence supporting the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of mental disorders, the authors of a meta-analysis published in the Lancet Psychiatry have concluded.
Having a flu vaccination during pregnancy helps to prevent infection and admission to hospital in babies, a study funded by Public Health England has found.
Use of antidepressants among older people has more than doubled over the past 20 years, despite little change in the prevalence of depression, research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown.
A new class of sleep medicines, could provide relief for people living with insomnia, but pharmaceutical companies are struggling to get them to market.
Despite the rise of resistant infections, national figures show that antibiotic use continues to grow in hospitals. However, some trusts in England are stepping up their stewardship efforts and achieving significant reductions. Here, three trusts share the secrets to their success.
A closer look at the progress made so far on introducing a nationwide foundation training scheme.
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As the ‘NHS long-term plan’ is implemented in England, community pharmacy will become the heart of the new primary care landscape, delivering clinical services and receiving referrals from other health providers.