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Forgotten patients: thousands left on risky anticoagulant combinations

Combinations of drugs involving anticoagulants are one of the most frequent causes of medicine-related hospital admissions, but pharmacists can help reduce the risk.

HRT stock update shows that supply problems are set to continue into 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has said that six hormone replacement therapy products will be out of stock for the foreseeable future, with others facing ongoing problems well into 2020.

First patient dies amid outbreak of respiratory illness potentially linked to e-cigarette use

The first death related to an outbreak of severe respiratory illness in e-cigarette users has been reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Half of all safety warnings issued to drug manufacturers in India and China

The majority of warnings from European and US drug regulators are to drug manufacturing sites in India and China, raising concerns about the fragility of the global supply chain.

India and China spark concerns for UK drug supplies

Recent regulatory breaches at drug manufacturing sites in India and China have raised questions about whether the UK needs to repatriate production of critical medicines. 

Opioids users should have annual reviews to protect them from potential harm, says updated Scottish guidelines

Patients who are given opioids for pain relief should have their medicines reviewed soon after they are prescribed and at least annually after that, according to updated guidance from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

Polypill cuts risk of heart attacks by more than a third in patients aged over 50 years, study finds

A four-in-one daily pill has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by more than 30% in patients aged over 50 years, according to a five-year study published in The Lancet.

First CCG enables all GPs to send prescriptions to pharmacies electronically

Portsmouth clinical commissioning group has become the first in the country in which all GP practices are able to send electronic prescriptions that can be processed by any pharmacy.

Community Pharmacy Scotland 'hopeful' pharmacists will be paid per consultation under universal minor ailments service

Community pharmacists in Scotland are asking to be paid per consultation under the revamped national minor ailments service.

Pharmacists to receive 10p more for every flu vaccine

Pharmacists will receive 10p more per flu vaccination administered from 1 September 2019.

US authorities investigate 150 cases of respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette use

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating nearly 150 cases of respiratory illness, primarily in teenagers and young people, that are potentially linked to e-cigarette use.

Triple targeted therapy for advanced bowel cancer improves survival

Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who have a BRAF mutation have improved survival after treatment with three targeted therapies instead of standard chemotherapy, results from a phase III trial have shown.

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

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

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

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.