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MHRA 'assessing reports' of respiratory illness outbreak linked to e-cigarettes in the United States

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is reviewing information about a respiratory illness that has been linked to e-cigarette use in the United States.

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Government reforms of Category M reimbursement risk 'exacerbating' drug shortages, says PSNC

The government risks making drugs shortages worse with its generics reimbursement reforms, unless the proposals are rolled out gradually, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

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Point-of-care testing cuts antibiotic use in COPDSubscription

Point-of-care C-reactive protein testing reduces antibiotic use in people with acute COPD exacerbations, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

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Potential interaction between diuretics and laxatives foundSubscription

Researchers have identified a plausible drug–drug interaction between laxatives and non-potassium-sparing diuretics.

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Novel migraine therapy relieves pain and bothersome symptomsSubscription

Rimegepant, a medicine belonging to a new class of migraine treatments, relieves pain and other symptoms in patients with moderate or severe migraine pain, research published in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

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Switching inhalers can boost adherenceSubscription

Inhaler switching in asthma and COPD is not associated with negative impacts on patients’ health, study results published in Thorax have shown.

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NICE guidance linked with rising antidepressant use in childrenSubscription

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines from 2005 may have inadvertently led to increased antidepressant prescribing in children aged under 18 years.

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Tramadol and methadone users are at increased risk of hypoglycaemia, study reveals Subscription

Patients who take tramadol and methadone are at a higher risk of developing hypoglycaemia compared to those who take other opioids, a study has found.

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Oral Insulin

Binning the sharps: the quest for oral insulinSubscription

The pharmaceutical industry has been trying to develop oral formulations of insulin since the 1920s without success, but, over the past few years, several new oral delivery systems have shown promise in clinical trials.

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Five important features of the new community pharmacy contractSubscription

A summary of the main points of the new contract that community pharmacists in England need to know about before October 2019.

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Hay fever OTC: management

Hay fever: OTC managementSubscription

More patients may seek advice on hay fever in the future since NHS England has advised GPs not to routinely prescribe products that are available over the counter for this condition.

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