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Unclear guidelines mean four in five patients with severe asthma do not get proper care

2 hours 58 sec ago
Some four out of five people in England with severe asthma are not getting the care they need as a result of unclear clinical guidelines, a report by Asthma UK has said.

Shortage of epilepsy medicine to continue until end of October, manufacturer says

2 hours 5 min ago
All strengths of the epilepsy medicine Gabitril will be out of stock in the UK until the end of October 2019, the drug’s manufacturer has said.

RPS co-signs letter to prime minister calling for patient safety to be 'at the heart' of Brexit talks

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and 16 other health organisations have written to prime minister calling on him to “put patient safety and protecting the nation’s health at the heart of Brexit negotiations”.

Health board sees 40% reduction in <em>Clostridium difficile</em> cases after cutting antibiotic prescribing

A Welsh health board has seen an almost 40% reduction in the number of cases involving the ‘superbug’ Clostridium difficle as a result of cuts to antibiotic prescribing.

NHS England to fund 'life-changing' haemophilia drug

NHS England is to fund a treatment for severe haemophilia that will “dramatically” cut risk of life-treatening bleeds for thousands of patients.

One in seven five-year olds are not fully protected against MMR, warns PHE

Around 90,000 five-year-olds in England are not fully up to date with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to data from Public Health England.

Asif Sadiq to lead RPS's inclusion and diversity campaign

Asif Sadiq MBE will chair the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s new ‘Pharmacy Inclusion and Diversity Programme’, the Society has confirmed.

Pharmacy workers begin strike over pay dispute amid claims of government interference

Pharmacy support workers at NHS Tayside have begun strike action, following the breakdown of talks between NHS officials and Unite the Union over a pay dispute.

Cigarette use in young people hits all-time low as e-cigarette use remains constant

The proportion of young people who have smoked a cigarette has reached an all-time low, official figures from NHS Digital have found.

Pharmacists warned to look out for 'drug-seeking behaviour' in NUMSAS patients

Community pharmacy representatives have warned pharmacists to look out for “drug-seeking behaviour” from patients accessing NUMSAS through NHS 111 Online.

NHS guidance on progressive neurological conditions calls for more input from specialist pharmacists

Including specialist pharmacists in multidisciplinary care teams for patients with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis could help to avoid up to 2,500 emergency admissions to hospital each year, according to NHS England.

Leaked government document warns of 'severe delays' to medicines supply after no-deal Brexit

Exiting the EU with no deal in place will leave the UK’s supply of drugs “particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays” at the Channel crossing, a leaked government report has warned.

NHS England to look at offering childhood vaccinations in healthcare settings other than general practice

NHS England will consider allowing other healthcare settings outside of general practice to offer vaccinations as part of a government strategy to tackle vaccine coverage in the UK.

Government to consider a more personalised and 'intelligent' approach to NHS Health Checks

A government-led review of the NHS Health Check programme will look into providing patients with “personalised interventions” based on where they live, their age and their genetics.

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales reach record levels, says ONS

The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales has reached a record high, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

A third of students on experiential learning programme had no contact with patients, finds report

A third of undergraduate pharmacy students who answered a survey after taking part in an experiential learning pilot programme in Scotland said they had not had any contact with patients during their placement.

Government tenders £25m contract for 'express freight service' to transport urgent medicines after Brexit

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking for bids on a contract to set up an “express freight service” ahead of the UK leaving the EU at the end of October 2019.

Drug manufacturer offers to pay NHS £8m to resolve CMA allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

A drug manufacturer has offered to pay the NHS £8m to resolve concerns around allegations of anti-competitive behaviour over the supply of a prescription drug.

Government appoints Jo Churchill as new pharmacy minister

Jo Churchill has been appointed as the new parliamentary under-secretary of state for prevention, public health and primary care at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Community pharmacies should have same business rate support as GPs, says LloydsPharmacy parent company

Community pharmacies should have their business rate tax reimbursed by the NHS in the same way as GP practices and dental surgeries, the head of a high street pharmacy chain has said.