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HRT products to return earlier than expected

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Supplies of some hormone replacement therapies will be resupplied earlier than expected, following a decision to fast-track their manufacture.

Pharmacy Research UK and Diabetes UK launch funding scheme for diabetes research

Pharmacy Research UK and Diabetes UK have joined forces to provide funding for research exploring the role of pharmacy in diabetes care.

Liberal Democrats support write access to medical records for pharmacists

The Liberal Democrats have said their policy is to give pharmacists write access to patient’s medical records in advance of the general election, on 12 December 2019.

Almost half of pharmacists worry about mistakes or poor service, reveals wellbeing survey

Almost half of pharmacists who responded to a survey on workforce wellbeing said they worry about making mistakes or providing a poor-quality service to their patients.

Proportion of primary care pharmacists increases by five percentage points in six years

The proportion of pharmacists working in primary care has increased by five percentage points in the past six years, according to a survey by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

MHRA considering 'further action' after metformin diabetes drugs recalled in Singapore over impurities

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is considering whether to take “further action” after metformin products were recalled in Singapore over reports of contamination.

GPhC drops proposed changes to pharmacy support staff training

The General Pharmaceutical Society will continue the accreditation of training courses of pharmacy support staff, following responses to a consultation in which it proposed to drop this role.

Well Pharmacy to fulfil 43 million prescriptions per year through centralised dispensing

Well Pharmacy is expecting to fulfil six in ten of its repeat prescriptions from a central dispensing hub following a year-long rollout to hundreds of its pharmacies in the UK.

'Abusive' feedback sent to exam board after September 2019 registration exam

A number of pharmacy graduates who sat the September 2019 preregistration exam have sent “abusive” and “unprofessional” feedback to exam board members, it has emerged.

GP receptionists to electronically book patients for community pharmacy consultations

GP practices will soon be able to electronically book patients for a consultation with their local pharmacist, as part of an ongoing scheme for patient referrals.

Switching from MDIs could reduce carbon impact of inhalers and save money

Switching patients who use metered-dose inhalers, which contain hydrofluoroalkane propellants, to cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternatives could lead to major cost savings, as well as reduced NHS greenhouse gas emissions.

Benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing linked to socioeconomic deprivation

Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are prescribed more frequently in areas of greater socioeconomic deprivation, a study published in Family Practice has shown.

Before the dawn: the tough regulatory climate holding back insomnia relief

A new class of sleep medicines, could provide relief for people living with insomnia, but pharmaceutical companies are struggling to get them to market.

Generics manufacturers call for drugs manufacturing to move back to Europe from India and China

Generics manufacturers have called for European leaders to move drugs manufacturing out of India and China to provide stability to help stabilise the medicines supply chain.

European Respiratory Society says it 'cannot recommend' e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid

Recommending the use of e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or new heated tobacco products to smokers instead of conventional cigarettes, is just “replacing a very harmful product with a less, but still harmful, product”, the European Respiratory Society has said.

More than 40% of adults in England have a long-term condition, survey reveals

Results from a survey of almost 8,200 adults has found that more than 40% of adults in England are living with at least one long-term medical condition.

Pharmacy negotiators consider move to quarterly margins survey

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee is considering whether a quarterly margins survey would provide an “overall smoother delivery of margin” for community pharmacy.

Poor evidence available on cannabinoids in mental health conditions

There is a lack of high-quality evidence supporting the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of mental disorders, the authors of a meta-analysis published in the Lancet Psychiatry have concluded.

Pharmacy negotiators launch review of local sector representation

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and Local Pharmaceutical Committees will undergo an independent review to ensure that they are making make the most of their representation and support for community pharmacy contractors.

Opioids linked to more than half of hospital admissions for drug misuse poisoning

More than half of all hospital admissions for drug misuse poisoning in England are related to opioids other than heroin, figures from NHS Digital have shown.