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Ranitidine among drugs added to export ban

1 hour 23 min ago
The Department of Health and Social Care has added our more medicines to list of those that cannot be parallel exported from the UK.

Almost half of community pharmacists admit to self-checking their own dispensing

4 hours 24 min ago
Nearly half of community pharmacists in Great Britain have admitted that they self-check their own dispensing, results of The Pharmaceutical Journal 2019 salary and satisfaction survey have shown.

Building vital connections between hospital and home

Communication between hospital and community pharmacists when patients are discharged is often absent, which can have a detrimental impact on patients’ health. The transfers of care around medicines — or ‘TCAM’ — scheme is beginning to change this, but there are several obstacles to overcome.

Community pharmacy can help tackle health inequalities, pharmacy organisations say

Tackling health inequalities, referring patients and signposting are major areas in which community pharmacy can improve quality of care for patients, pharmacy organisations have said.

SGLT-2 inhibitors reduce heart failure risk across patient groups

Sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors are associated with a reduced risk of heart failure compared with dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors, even in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, a study published in The BMJ has shown.

UPS one of three companies awarded government contracts for 'express' medicines delivery service

The delivery company UPS is one of three transport firms to be given contracts worth £25m to ensure medicines can be delivered quickly if Brexit goes ahead at the end of October 2019.

Pharmacy students raise concerns over quality of teaching on MPharm degrees

The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association has called for MPharms lecturers to improve their teaching skills after concerns were raised by students at the association’s annual conference.

Emergency contraception and smoking cessation should be commissioned nationally, say pharmacy organisations

Pharmacy organisations are calling for a single national service specification for prevention services in community pharmacy, such as smoking cessation and the provision of emergency hormonal contraception.

Pharmacist prescribing increases by 55% in one year, says healthcare regulator

Pharmacist prescribing increased by 55% in 2018/2019, according to a Care Quality Commission report which called for greater use of pharmacists in primary care networks.

Researchers find strong link between vitamin D deficiency and diabetes-related deaths

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased mortality and is particularly associated with diabetes-related deaths, according to research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting.

Almost 30% of UK men who have sex with men 'very likely' to use PrEP if it was available

Just under 10% of men who have sex with men in the UK take pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis on demand compared to almost 30% who would be “very likely” to use PrEP if it was available to them.

Pharmacy regulator opts to keep same three reflective account standards for revalidation

Pharmacists will be asked to choose from the same three standards for their reflective accounts for revalidation next year, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced.

Government spends £87m on contracts to deliver extra freight capacity for no-deal Brexit

The government has signed contracts with four transport companies worth £87m in total, which it says will help to ensure the continued supply of medicines.

UK should remain temporarily connected to EU FMD database in a no-deal Brexit, SecurMed says

The UK should remain temporarily connected to the EU-wide database that houses the Falsified Medicines Directive in case of a no-deal Brexit, SecurMed has said.

Wholesalers 'hoarding' medicines could face criminal charges, says government

Wholesale dealer licence holders could face criminal charges if they hoard certain medicines that have been placed under restrictions by the government, guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care states.

Prescribing of 'low-risk' drugs to be expanded to wider range of healthcare professionals, government proposes

The government has said it will introduce legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals in the NHS to prescribe “low-risk” medicines.

UK ranked as most resistant to tobacco industry lobbying

The UK is the most resistant country to the tobacco industry’s influence in policy making, a global analysis has revealed.

Barcode database errors could see wrong medicines dispensed to patients, warns pharmacy negotiator

Pharmacists have been asked to “remain vigilant” when dispensing certain packs of medicines after a discrepancy was found between barcodes on the packs and corresponding data stored in an NHS Business Services Authority database.

CQC registers first standalone medical cannabis clinic

The Sapphire Medical Clinic has become the first dedicated medical cannabis clinic in the UK to be registered by the Care Quality Commission. 

Give all pharmacists access to NHS-funded mental health support, RPS says

All pharmacists should be able to access NHS-funded mental health support, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.