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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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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.

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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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How precarious antibiotic supplies are putting patients at riskSubscription

The antibiotic supply chain is “at risk of collapsing”, which could lead to major problems treating serious infections and add to resistance levels.

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Is it worth all community pharmacies having an online presence?Subscription

With multiples tackling the threat of online retailers head on, should smaller chains and independents try to compete with the big boys?

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NHS70: major moments in pharmacy 1948–2018Subscription

The lives of pharmacists and the medicines they manage have changed dramatically since the NHS was created. Here, we chart the milestones that shaped the profession.

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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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