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Cigarette use in young people hits all-time low as e-cigarette use remains constant

The proportion of young people who have smoked a cigarette has reached an all-time low, official figures from NHS Digital have found.

Pharmacists warned to look out for 'drug-seeking behaviour' in NUMSAS patients

Community pharmacy representatives have warned pharmacists to look out for “drug-seeking behaviour” from patients accessing NUMSAS through NHS 111 Online.

NHS guidance on progressive neurological conditions calls for more input from specialist pharmacists

Including specialist pharmacists in multidisciplinary care teams for patients with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis could help to avoid up to 2,500 emergency admissions to hospital each year, according to NHS England.

Leaked government document warns of 'severe delays' to medicines supply after no-deal Brexit

Exiting the EU with no deal in place will leave the UK’s supply of drugs “particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays” at the Channel crossing, a leaked government report has warned.

NHS England to look at offering childhood vaccinations in healthcare settings other than general practice

NHS England will consider allowing other healthcare settings outside of general practice to offer vaccinations as part of a government strategy to tackle vaccine coverage in the UK.

Government to consider a more personalised and 'intelligent' approach to NHS Health Checks

A government-led review of the NHS Health Check programme will look into providing patients with “personalised interventions” based on where they live, their age and their genetics.

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales reach record levels, says ONS

The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales has reached a record high, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

A third of students on experiential learning programme had no contact with patients, finds report

A third of undergraduate pharmacy students who answered a survey after taking part in an experiential learning pilot programme in Scotland said they had not had any contact with patients during their placement.

Government tenders £25m contract for 'express freight service' to transport urgent medicines after Brexit

The Department of Health and Social Care is looking for bids on a contract to set up an “express freight service” ahead of the UK leaving the EU at the end of October 2019.

Drug manufacturer offers to pay NHS £8m to resolve CMA allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

A drug manufacturer has offered to pay the NHS £8m to resolve concerns around allegations of anti-competitive behaviour over the supply of a prescription drug.

Government appoints Jo Churchill as new pharmacy minister

Jo Churchill has been appointed as the new parliamentary under-secretary of state for prevention, public health and primary care at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Community pharmacies should have same business rate support as GPs, says LloydsPharmacy parent company

Community pharmacies should have their business rate tax reimbursed by the NHS in the same way as GP practices and dental surgeries, the head of a high street pharmacy chain has said.

Industry and pharmacy bodies confirm signing government 'gagging orders' over no-deal Brexit plans

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee is one of several pharmacy bodies to have signed non-disclosure agreements preventing them from disclosing the UK government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit.

Only 25% of patients with a UTI give a urine sample to confirm diagnosis

Most patients with urinary tract infections receive antibiotics on the day of diagnosis, but just a quarter have evidence of a urine sample being taken in their electronic health records, study results show.

Plans for importing medical isotopes changed after government review of no-deal Brexit proposals

Plans for daily importing of medical isotopes by plane after a no-deal Brexit were found to be inefficient following a government review, the NHS Confederation has said.

Patients do not prefer GP over pharmacist for hypertension management, study finds

Patients are just as happy to have their hypertension managed by a pharmacist as by their GP, a study in the British Journal of General Practice has shown.

Sharing discharge information with community pharmacy cuts hospital readmissions, study finds

The number of emergency hospital readmissions among older people using a compliance aid was reduced by hospital discharge information being shared with community pharmacies, a study has found.

HRT shortages prompts guidance on availability

Shortages of hormone replacement therapy have prompted the British Menopause Society to issue guidance on the supplies that are currently available.

E-prescribing in hospital: ten ways to make it a success

Some hospital trusts are making progress towards replacing paper prescriptions with their electronic counterparts, but others are yet to make the switch. Here are ten tips for successful implementation of electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems.

Asthma deaths in the UK reach a ten-year high

Deaths from asthma in England and Wales are the highest they have been in the past decade, an analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics by the charity Asthma UK has shown.