Sir Chris Wormald, permanent secretary of the Department of Health and Social Care, was unable to reassure MPs that UK patients would still get the essential medicines they need if there is a no-deal Brexit.
Supplies of adrenaline auto-injectors for children are now “critical” and are being rationed with new national guidance for community pharmacists being introduced across England.
Pharmacy minister Steve Brine has claimed there is no flu vaccine shortage despite reports that pharmacists are having to turn older patients away because they do not have supplies of the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV).
Up to £32m of funding will be awarded to the NHS, universities and research organisations for research into antimicrobial resistance, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.
Pharmacists across England have been forced to turn patients away after running out of the new enhanced flu vaccine for the those aged over 65 years.
NHS England has written to parents and carers of children that use EpiPen Jr, advising on them on what to do in the event of a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction as the shortage of EpiPens continues
A Boots pharmacy that has been shut since the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 6 July 2018 has now re-opened after it was declared safe following extensive testing by specialist teams.
The health service’s most expensive drug has come off patent, which could save it at least £150 million per year by 2021.
Pregabalin and gabapentin are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances from April 2019, the government has announced.
Medical products derived from cannabis will be available on prescription from 1 November 2018, the home secretary Sajid Javid, has announced.
Faulty digital pregnancy tests that give a false positive result are being recalled from the UK, the drugs safety watchdog announced on 4 October 2018.
From 2019, all seriously ill children and adults with certain rare diseases or hard-to-treat cancers will be offered whole-genome sequencing as part of their care, Matt Hancock has said.
A “future-proof” funding model is needed to ensure that pharmacy can maximise its contribution to the long-term future of the NHS, the Company Chemists’ Association has said in its response to an NHS England consultation.
Pharmaceutical company GSK has announced that it will move from its current direct-to-pharmacy model to a reduced wholesaler model.
Pharmacists have good understanding of biosimilars but concerns over switching, study results showSubscription
UK pharmacists have a high level of understanding of biosimilars but have concerns about the safety and efficacy of switching patients to the drugs, research has shown.
GLP-1 agonist semaglutide significantly decreases risk of cardiovascular events and death across different risk groups of patients with type 2 diabetes, secondary analysis of clinical trial data has found.
Lifestyle interventions reduce need for antihypertensive medication in overweight peopleSubscription
Researchers found that assigning overweight patients to the DASH diet and a behavioural weight management programme cut the number of patients eligible for antihypertensive medication
Statins do not prevent the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people without diabetes aged 75 years and over, according to a study published in the BMJ.
Although data showed benzodiazepine and Z drug use was linked to only a 6% increase in the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say their prescribing should be avoided if possible.
Vaping fluid becomes more toxic to cells after it has gone through the vaping process, study results show.
Analysis of children presenting in primary care has found that delaying or withholding antibiotics is the most appropriate way of treating suspected respiratory tract infections.
People with atrial fibrillation who have dementia are less likely to receive oral anticoagulants (OACs) than those without cognitive impairment, research has shown.