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Single-click access to patient records for pharmacists officially launched

20/06/2019
More than 3,000 community pharmacies in England can now access their patients’ summary care records (SCRs) through a new one-click function.

WHO urges countries to adopt antibiotic classification tool to protect against AMR

20/06/2019
The World Health Organization is encouraging global adoption of a tool designed to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

CMA accuses four pharmaceutical companies of breaking competition law on supply of antidepressant

20/06/2019
The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found four pharmaceutical companies to have broken completion law in relation to supply of nortriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant.

'NHS Long Term Plan' will only succeed with higher investment, think tank warns

20/06/2019
Urgent government action is needed to address critical staff shortages and increase the productivity of NHS trusts in order to deliver the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’, the Health Foundation has warned.

Is a complete ban on OTC opioids the solution?

20/06/2019
Misuse of over-the-counter opioids often slips under the radar. Some experts say the UK should follow other countries and ban them altogether, but others argue that there is more that pharmacists can do to help tackle this problem.

EpiPen rationing introduced again

19/06/2019
A prescription-only process for EpiPen 0.3mg adrenaline autoinjectors has been issued, meaning that patients are limited to a maximum of two per prescription.

Weekly contact with pharmacist improves medicine adherence in people with heart failure

19/06/2019
Regular consultations with pharmacists lead to improved medicine adherence in people with chronic heart failure (HF), research results show.

PCNs will be 'required' to involve community pharmacy from April 2020, says NHS England

19/06/2019
All primary care networks will be required to collaborate with community pharmacies from April 2020, NHS England has said.

Claire Anderson elected as chair of English Pharmacy Board

19/06/2019
Claire Anderson, professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, has been elected to chair the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board.

GPhC to spend up to £100k on recruiting new council members in March 2020

19/06/2019
The General Pharmaceutical Council will spend up to £100,000 on increasing the diversity of candidates to take up its council positions from 2020.

Reductions in antibiotics achievable if guidelines on prescribing duration observed, says NICE

18/06/2019
Substantial reductions in antibiotic exposure could be achieved by ensuring that the duration of prescriptions fall in line with national guidance, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has said.

Electronic prescribing does not prevent most harmful paediatric prescribing errors, study finds

18/06/2019
Electronic prescribing systems in England do not prevent the majority of harmful prescribing errors from occurring in the hospital paediatric setting, study results published in The BMJ show.

PSNC warns AstraZeneca's direct-to-pharmacy distribution model may impact medicines supply chain

18/06/2019
The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca’s move to supply its medicines through one wholesaler may decrease resilience in the supply chain, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas takes fourth term as chair of Welsh Pharmacy Board

17/06/2019
Suzanne Scott-Thomas has been re-appointed as chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Welsh Pharmacy Board. Her appointment was agreed during a meeting of the Board held at the Society’s Cardiff offices on 12 June 2019, after no other candidates were nominated.

Room for improvement in UK heart failure care, researchers find

17/06/2019
National reporting and incentive schemes, such as the Quality and Outcomes Framework, have not prevented suboptimal management of heart failure in the UK, research published in PLoS Medicine has concluded.

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

14/06/2019
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

14/06/2019
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

14/06/2019
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

13/06/2019
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

13/06/2019
Some sixteen pharmacists who are part of teams tackling antimicrobial resistance in the developing world have been appointed ‘chief pharmaceutical officer global health fellows’.

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