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All healthcare professionals responsible for deprescribing, say network co-chairs

Deprescribing is not just the responsibility of pharmacists, co-chairs for the English Deprescribing Network (EDeN) have stressed.

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Cost of medicines prescribed in hospitals and primary care increases by 4% in one year

The cost of medicines prescribed by hospitals and in primary care has increased by 4% to of £18.9bn in 2018/2019.

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More funding needed to meet 'NHS long-term plan', pharmacy leads warn

Pharmacy leads responsible for an area that covers 1.5 million people have warned that “urgent action” to increase pharmacy training funds is needed if the pharmacy workforce is to deliver on the ‘NHS long-term plan’. 

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GPs to vote on giving pharmacists power to substitute medicines during shortages

GPs are set to vote on whether pharmacists should be “responsible for identifying appropriate and available alternatives” when medicines are in short supply.

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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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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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Sertraline may reduce anxiety more quickly than depressive symptomsSubscription

Sertraline is unlikely to reduce depressive symptoms within six weeks, according to findings from a randomised controlled trial in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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