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Pharmacotherapy service may have to be altered owing to workforce shortages

Plans for every GP practice in Scotland to have the support of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician may have to be adjusted owing to workforce shortages, pharmacy leaders have warned.

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More blood pressure services should be commissioned through community pharmacy, says Company Chemists’ Association

More blood pressure services should be commissioned through community pharmacy to support goals set out in the ‘NHS Long-Term Plan’, the Company Chemists’ Association has said.

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Naltrexone not associated with serious adverse events, review findsSubscription

The opioid antagonist naltrexone does not appear to increase the risk of serious adverse events over placebo, researchers from the University of Manchester have found.

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Study questions link between antidepressants and hip fracturesSubscription

A previously identified link between antidepressant use and hip fractures needs further examination, the authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry have concluded.

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Monthly vitamin D dosing has no significant effect on bone mineral densitySubscription

Monthly dosing of vitamin D3 supplements in older adults does not increase bone mineral density, the results of a recent study show.

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Patient-centred clinic improves outcomes after myocardial infarctionSubscription

A post-myocardial infarction medicines optimisation clinic, led primarily by a pharmacist with support from a cardiologist, has resulted in improved medicines adherence and guideline concordance, study results published in Open Heart show.

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Uncertainty on long-term efficacy of osteoarthritis medicinesSubscription

There is a lack of evidence that medicines for osteoarthritis are effective in the long term, according to a review in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sulfonylureas and basal insulin linked to elevated cardiovascular riskSubscription

Sulfonylureas and basal insulin confer an increased risk of cardiovascular events compared with newer second-line medicines for type 2 diabetes mellitus, research has found.

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The GP pharmacists leading a life-saving medicines safety projectSubscription

A major initiative by pharmacists to reduce risky medicines use in the community will be rolled out across the country after it was found to reduce serious adverse events.

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Train not blame: how one hospital trust boosted error reporting by over 100%Subscription

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has dramatically improved medicines safety through pharmacy-led initiatives to address mistakes in prescribing and improve error reporting.

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The Carter review: how are hospitals measuring up?Subscription

Two years on from Lord Carter’s 2016 review of hospital efficiency, The Pharmaceutical Journal looks at the progress pharmacy departments in England are making towards meeting his challenging targets.

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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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