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Prescribing of 'low-risk' drugs to be expanded to wider range of healthcare professionals, government proposes

The government has said it will introduce legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals in the NHS to prescribe “low-risk” medicines.

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UK ranked as most resistant to tobacco industry lobbying

The UK is the most resistant country to the tobacco industry’s influence in policy making, a global analysis has revealed.

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Barcode database errors could see wrong medicines dispensed to patients, warns pharmacy negotiator

Pharmacists have been asked to “remain vigilant” when dispensing certain packs of medicines after a discrepancy was found between barcodes on the packs and corresponding data stored in an NHS Business Services Authority database.

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CQC registers first standalone medical cannabis clinic

The Sapphire Medical Clinic has become the first dedicated medical cannabis clinic in the UK to be registered by the Care Quality Commission. 

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Skill-mix more important for quality of community pharmacy services than staffing levels, study finds

Skill-mix in community pharmacy has a bigger influence on the quality of services a pharmacy provides than overall staffing numbers, a study has found.

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Pharmacists to 'proof check' GPhC registration assessment questions after errors found in exam

The General Pharmaceutical Council has introduced “a blind proof check” of its exam questions after three errors were found in the regulator’s June 2019 registration assessment.

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Chemotherapy more effective than second targeted hormone therapy in resistant prostate cancerSubscription

Men with advanced prostate cancer who stop responding to targeted hormone therapy but are then treated with modern chemotherapy have better survival rates than those given a second targeted treatment, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

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Vitamin D supplementation boosts insulin sensitivitySubscription

Vitamin D supplementation increases peripheral insulin sensitivity in people newly diagnosed with or at high risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, study results published in the European Journal of Endocrinology have shown.

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Nearly 30 million US adults could be taking aspirin for primary CVD preventionSubscription

Nearly 30 million adults without cardiovascular disease in the United States could be at risk of harm from taking daily aspirin as a preventative medicine.

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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.


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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