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Rapid tests for Strep A not recommended for sore throat by NICE

Rapid tests for group A streptococcal infections have not been recommended for routine adoption for people with a sore throat.

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Hepatitis A and B vaccine added to export ban list

The hepatitis A and B vaccine has been added to the list of medicines that cannot be parallel exported from the UK.

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GPhC raises concerns after fitness-to-practise complaints reach record high

The General Pharmaceutical Council has raised concerns over a 7% increase in the number of fitness-to-practise complaints brought to the regulator between July 2019 and September 2019.

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Greggs vouchers offered to encourage drug users to get tested for hepatitis C

Substance misuse and needle exchange patients in Newcastle will be given “up to £25 of Greggs vouchers” if they present for a blood spot test for hepatitis C in a community pharmacy.

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First patient in Wales to begin CAR-T personalised therapy

A patient in Wales will become the first in the country to start chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy after other treatments for his lymphoma were unsuccessful.

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Oral spray delivers vitamin D as effectively as capsules, research suggestsSubscription

Using an oral spray to deliver vitamin D is just as effective as a capsule, research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown.

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Better tools needed to aid antidepressant discontinuation, researchers saySubscription

Decision aids could help GPs and patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants, researchers have said.

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Effect of antibiotics on colorectal cancer risk varies along the gutSubscription

Oral antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, but a reduced risk of rectal cancer, a study in Gut suggests.

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Fluoroquinolone use linked to heart problems, research suggestsSubscription

Patients exposed to fluoroquinolone antibiotics are more than twice as likely to develop aortic or mitral regurgitation, compared with patients taking amoxicillin, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Nivolumab improves survival in non-small cell lung carcinoma, study results suggestSubscription

Patients treated with nivolumab for advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma had a better survival rate at five years than those who received chemotherapy, a follow-up trial has shown.

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Everything you need to know about foundation trainingSubscription

A closer look at the progress made so far on introducing a nationwide foundation training scheme.

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‘Urgent action’ needed on pharmacist shortagesSubscription

NHS workforce planners warn that they are running out of pharmacists as demand for the profession rises.

Lost and found: concerns raised over controlled drug diversion

Open to abuse: gaps highlighted in controlled drug system Subscription

With almost 1,400 reports of controlled drugs being lost, stolen or missing in 2018/2019, there are concerns regarding the increasing sophistication of those trying to subvert the system.

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Cognitive cannabis: the emerging evidence for treating mental health problemsSubscription

One year since UK law changed to enable medical cannabis to be prescribed, researchers are exploring the drug’s potential for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Is hormone replacement therapy worth the risks?Subscription

The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have long been the source of confusion and controversy. Here we summarise the latest evidence to assist pharmacists in supporting patients thinking about HRT.

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