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DHSC rejects proposals to lower cost-effectiveness spending benchmark for vaccines

The government has rejected proposals to lower its spending benchmark on vaccines based on their cost-effectiveness, after concerns were raised about how it would “detrimentally impact” public health.

More than stockpiling needed to limit disruption of no-deal Brexit, warns generics manufacturers' body

Medicine stockpiling alone will not ensure a disruption-free no-deal Brexit, the British Generic Manufacturers Association has said.

Less than 10% of eligible adults had NHS health check last year

Fewer than one in ten eligible adults had a NHS Health Check over the past year, figures published by the NHS have revealed.

DNP: the dangerous diet pill pharmacists should know about

As concerns over deaths related to diet pill 2, 4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) increase, healthcare professionals — including pharmacists — are being called on to play their part in raising awareness and preventing DNP-related harm.

Pharmacists working with global AMR teams made CPO fellows

Some sixteen pharmacists who are part of teams tackling antimicrobial resistance in the developing world have been appointed ‘chief pharmaceutical officer global health fellows’.

Community pharmacies help weight loss and fall in cholesterol in men with prostate cancer, study finds

Community pharmacies have helped cancer survivors to lose weight, lower their cholesterol and improve their strength by providing accessible lifestyle interventions, a phase II feasibility study in BMJ Open has found.

Dulaglutide injection reduces risk of cardiovascular outcomes in type 2 diabetes mellitus by 12%

A weekly dulaglutide injection in addition to existing medication reduces the risk of cardiovascular outcomes in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus, compared with placebo, a study published in The Lancet has found.

Better price concession system among NPA demands for community pharmacy contract negotiations

The National Pharmacy Association has outlined a list of eight demands for the next community pharmacy contract in a letter sent to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

Biologic injection for severe asthma approved in Scotland

A biologic injection intended for the treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma has been accepted for restricted use by the Scottish Medicines Consortium, providing another option for patients who fail to respond to other treatments.

Effect of statin on MS progression not related to cholesterol reduction

A previously demonstrated effect of simvastatin in delaying progression of an advanced form of multiple sclerosis is not related to its effect on cholesterol levels, a study published in PNAS has shown.

Union to ballot NHS Tayside staff over pharmacy support staff pay

Staff working for NHS Tayside are being balloted on industrial action over treatment of pharmacy support staff.

Serious shortage protocols to be introduced into NHS terms of service

Legal amendments that introduce serious shortage protocols into the terms of service for NHS community pharmacies are due to come into force from 1 July 2019, subject to approval from Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary.

NHS savings from adalimumab biologic switching hit earlier than expected

The NHS will make financial savings from switching to biosimilar versions of adalimumab earlier than originally anticipated, according to NHS England’s regional pharmacist for the south of England.

RPS publishes guide for pharmacy leaders

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published an online guide for pharmacists who lead, or aspire to lead, multidisciplinary healthcare teams in English NHS systems.

Tax changes could make work as a locum 'untenable', pharmacy bodies warn

Changes to off-payroll working rules could deter pharmacists from working as locums, according to a joint statement from six pharmacy bodies.

GP practices to directly refer patients to digital minor ailments scheme

GP practices are to refer patients direct to the pharmacy Digital Minor Illness Referral Service from June 2019.

Lelly Oboh to represent RPS in government overprescribing review

Lelly Oboh will represent the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in a government review of overprescribing in the NHS.

Pharmacies out of pocket after 'surge' in diabetes sensor prescribing

Pharmacy negotiators are in discussions with the government over reports that community pharmacists are being left out of pocket following a “surge” in prescriptions of a flash glucose monitoring device for people with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Pharmacists should work across health and social care to improve medicines safety, CQC says

All health and social care providers should have pharmacy staff on their team to improve medicines safety, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

Majority of Welsh community pharmacists have never submitted a Yellow Card report, study finds

More than half of community pharmacists in Wales have never submitted a Yellow Card report, according to survey results published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.