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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.

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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.

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A third of students on experiential learning programme had no 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 with patients during their placement.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A&E could refer patients to community pharmacy under new five-year contract

Patients in A&E could be sent to see a community pharmacist instead of a doctor under a future expansion of the scheme that currently refers patients from NHS 111 and general practice.

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NHS launches pharmacy UTI test and treat pilot

The NHS has launched a pilot test and treat service for patients who suspect they have a urinary tract infection.

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Most patients with hospital discharge delays blame medicines wait

Nearly three in four patients who were delayed on discharge from hospital said it was because they had to wait for medicines, a Care Quality Commission survey has found.

Martin Sawer, director of the Healthcare Distribution Agency

No-deal Brexit could put UK at greater risk from falsifed medicines, HDA director tells MPs

Leaving the EU without a deal would likely result in the UK being “unplugged” from the Falsified Medicines Directive, Martin Sawer, executive director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, has told a select committee of MPs.

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Pain or insomnia main reasons for cannabis use in those without medical certificateSubscription

Customers who buy cannabis from “adult use” dispensaries, where no medical certificate is required, commonly report that they use it for pain relief or to help them sleep.

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Most antidepressants reduce mortality for patients with diabetes and depressionSubscription

Use of certain antidepressants to treat depression in patients with diabetes is associated with a reduction in mortality, according to a population-based study.

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Low vitamin D status in early life linked to future high blood pressureSubscription

Children with persistently low plasma vitamin D levels at birth and in early childhood have an increased risk of elevated systolic blood pressure later in childhood, research has suggested.

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Efficacy of tramadol reduced by concurrent use of some antidepressantsSubscription

Taking certain antidepressants reduces the efficacy of the opioid medicine tramadol, according to research published in Pharmacotherapy.

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Statin treatment associated with reduced risk of glaucomaSubscription

Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.

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SGLT2 inhibitor lowers risk of kidney failure in type 2 diabetesSubscription

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.

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App helps patients cut opioid use after knee replacementSubscription

Patients who underwent knee replacement who used an app to monitor their analgesic use had better pain control and took fewer opioids post surgery, study results show.

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Concerns raised over non-medical alprazolam useSubscription

The benzodiazepine alprazolam is being obtained for non-medical use in the UK, particularly among young people, a survey has found.

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The General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment is just around the corner — so here is a range of Tomorrow’s Pharmacist content to help preregistration trainees prepare for the big day.

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