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Most deprived areas in the UK bear the brunt of public health cuts, finds report

Cuts to public health budgets have been six times larger in the UK’s most deprived areas compared with cuts made in the country’s least deprived areas, a report has found.

NICE recommends first cannabis-based medicines for use on the NHS

NICE recommends first cannabis-based medicines for use on the NHS

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended two cannabis-based medicinal products for reimbursement under the NHS.

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Healthcare regulator asks pharmacists to 'consider the limitations' of providing online services

The General Pharmaceutical Council has asked pharmacists to “consider the limitations” of providing services online when deciding on the scope of practice they can provide.

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Reports of lost and stolen controlled drugs increase by 19% in one year

Reports of lost, stolen or missing controlled drugs in England increased by 19% between 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.

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Labour Party clarifies plans to nationalise hospital pharmacies

A Labour Party government would bring hospital pharmacies run by private companies back into NHS ownership, a party spokesperson has said.

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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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Fluoroquinolone use linked to heart problems, research suggestsSubscription

Patients exposed to fluoroquinolone antibiotics are more than twice as likely to develop aortic or mitral regurgitation, compared with patients taking amoxicillin, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Nivolumab improves survival in non-small cell lung carcinoma, study results suggestSubscription

Patients treated with nivolumab for advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma had a better survival rate at five years than those who received chemotherapy, a follow-up trial has shown.

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Lost and found: concerns raised over controlled drug diversion

Open to abuse: gaps highlighted in controlled drug system Subscription

With almost 1,400 reports of controlled drugs being lost, stolen or missing in the past year, 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.


How pharmacy is helping to contain the resurgence of gonorrhoea and syphilisSubscription

As the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections continues to rise and sexual health services remain under financial strain, pharmacists are increasingly being called upon to do more to bridge the gap.

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New pharmacist consultation service could provide just £35 per month for pharmaciesSubscription

The government’s latest scheme to tackle thinly stretched NHS services is set to launch on 29 October 2019, and it places community pharmacy at its core.

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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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