With blockbuster biologic adalimumab coming off patent in October 2018, pharmacists should be ready to switch patients to the best-value biologic as alternatives become available.
Fears of a no-deal Brexit impacting the UK’s drugs supply have been growing for some time, since the then health and social care secretary, Jeremy Hunt, admitted in January 2018 that the supply of some cancer drugs could be disrupted if the UK leaves the EU at the end of March 2019 with no agreement on a future relationship in place.
A solution developed to deliver clinical pharmacy services to remote dispensing GP practices in Scotland is being used as a model to expand telehealth services across the rest of NHS Highland.
The government needs to take action to stop prescription drugs, including opioids and slimming tablets, being obtained from online pharmacies that can avoid regulation.
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UK drug regulator chair Sir Michael Rawlins on supplies of medicines after Brexit, POM-to-P switches and the legalisation of medical cannabis.
Pharmacists can provide treatment and advice for this common yeast infection.
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A no-deal Brexit could be a “catastrophe” for NHS services and workforce, patients and the health of the nation, the British Medical Association has warned.
A paediatric trainee who was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after the death of a six-year-old boy from sepsis has won her appeal to be reinstated to the medical register and continue to practise as a doctor.
The first mobile medical application to be used as a method of contraception has been granted marketing approval by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Dudley clinical commissioning group has commissioned a minor ailments scheme to improve patient care and make cost savings for the NHS, bucking the trend of the schemes being wound down elsewhere.
Inspectors should be given the power to close pharmacies if patient care is put at risk during unannounced pharmacy inspections, the Royal Jizak has said.
Community pharmacists should not have to pay for scanners and other technology needed to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) without government assurances on funding, the chair of the UK FMD working group for community pharmacy has said.
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Oral contraceptives among top 10 most important medicines to be introduced in NHS history, say experts
Oral contraceptives, tamoxifen and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine are three of the ten most important and impactful medicines to be introduced to the NHS during its history, according to a report funded by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.
Community pharmacies will receive 40% of their supply of the trivalent flu vaccine in September 2018, with the rest following after that, in order to ensure an “equitable supply”.
Ravi Sharma has been appointed as the Royal Jizak’s director of England.
This year’s preregistration candidates increased their pass rate from last year to 79%.
Boys aged 12–13 years in England will now be offered the human papilloma virus vaccine to protect them from cancer, health minister Steve Brine has announced.
Newly-registered community pharmacists experience high strain and professional isolation, study reveals
The transition to independent community pharmacy practice is associated with emotional stress and workplace isolation.
A review of older people with diabetes who take sulfonylureas led to 58% being deprescribed the medication, according to results of research carried out by the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
An impurity found in valsartan-containing medicines manufactured in China could have been present since 2012, according to the European Medicines Agency.