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Depression under-recognised in older adults during acute hospital stays

Diagnosis of depression is infrequently recorded on older adults’ patient notes, a survey of 27 acute hospitals across England has shown.

Government says petition based on 'misunderstanding' of responsible pharmacist proposals

The government has responded to a petition calling for responsible pharmacist proposals to be rejected saying that it has no current plans to remove the requirement that a pharmacist must supervise the sale or supply of pharmacy or prescription only medicines at or from a registered pharmacy.

RPS concerned over 'lack of communication' on pharmacy apprenticeships

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has written to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to express concern “about the lack of communication” on proposals to develop a five-year pharmacist apprenticeship.

England hits WHO 2020 hepatitis C target three years early

Deaths from liver disease related to serious hepatitis C fell by more than 16% between 2015 and 2017, according to data published by Public Health England.

Welsh government almost doubles pharmacy training places with £5m funding boost

The number of pharmacy training places in Wales is set to nearly double in the next four years, the Welsh government has announced.

Sleeping tablets linked to increased antihypertensive use

Older adults with hypertension who take sleeping tablets are more likely to receive an increased number of antihypertensive medicines over time, study results have shown.

Government will 'review its position' on no-deal Brexit drug stockpiles

The government has said it will “review its position” on drug stockpiles held in case of a no-deal Brexit after the UK agreed an extension to its date for leaving the EU.

Half of patients taking statins fail to reach optimal cholesterol levels within two years

Over half of patients started on statin therapy do not achieve optimal therapeutic reduction of their cholesterol within two years, a study published in Heart has found.

Researchers begin looking into how drones could deliver medicines in the UK

A research team is studying whether drones could be used to deliver hospital medicines or blood to isolated patients in rural areas of Wales.

Restricting prescription OTC products produces much lower savings than promised

NHS spending on over-the-counter items in England fell by £25.9m in the year to January 2019, despite NHS England promising up to £100m of savings when it published guidance on reducing the number of prescriptions for OTC medicines.

Online pharmacies required to verify patient ID before prescribing, under new GPhC guidelines

Online pharmacies will have to verify the identities of patients they are prescribing for, under new guidance published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Painkiller link to childhood asthma unlikely to be causal, researchers say

A previously reported association between analgesic use in pregnancy and childhood asthma is likely to result from confounding factors, researchers have concluded.

Five-year pharmacy apprenticeship proposals published

Proposals to develop a five-year apprenticeship scheme for pharmacists have been criticised as “highly disruptive to the profession”.

Beta interferons improve survival in people with MS

Beta interferons improve survival in patients with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis when used for at least three years, research has shown.

Everything you need to know about unannounced GPhC inspections

The General Pharmaceutical Council has introduced a new regime for the inspection of pharmacies, including three different types of inspections and inspections generally being unannounced.

Antibiotic OTC treatments for sore throat could be fuelling antimicrobial resistance, researchers warn

Over-the-counter treatments that do not contain antibiotics should be considered for the symptomatic management of sore throat to help protect against antimicrobial resistance, researchers have recommended.

Cannabis trade body will also focus on clinical trials

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has announced plans to extend its remit to focus on clinical trials.

Seven women pharmacists entered into the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Seven female pharmacists have been added to the latest update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Students at Welsh Annual Professional Debate vote against OTC sale of medical cannabis products

Pharmacists should not sell cannabis-derived medical products over the counter, according to pharmacy students at the 2019 Annual Professional Debate.

GPhC would back CQC move to take on regulation of pharmacist-run online services

Exclusive: The General Pharmaceutical Council has said it would be “fully supportive” of the Care Quality Commission taking on the regulation of pharmacist-run online services outside of a registered pharmacy.