Health & NHS

Charity appoints pharmacists as clinical champions

Twenty healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, have been appointed as clinical champions for Diabetes UK

Prescribing for diabetes rising rapidly

The number of items prescribed for diabetes is growing twice as fast as the overall increase in prescriptions in primary care

New report looks at under-nutrition in UK children

Health and care professionals should work with parents to improve nutritional awareness the Patients Association said as it published a new report

Boots apologises over EHC price controversy

Boots says it is “truly sorry” in the heated row over the retail price of its OTC morning-after pill

Reappointed Hunt envisages ‘bigger role’ for pharmacy

Jeremy Hunt is prepared to engage personally with pharmacists on a manifesto pledge to make greater use of the sector in healthcare, he told Confed17

Charity opposes axing GF prescriptions

Coeliac UK is “fundamentally opposed” to the complete removal of access to gluten-free food on prescription, as proposed in the Department of Health’s consultation.

Judge expresses ‘regret’ on pharmacy cuts decision

Judge dismisses PSNC and NPA judicial reviews in savage blow for sector

Labour leak shows commitment to pharmacy

The leaked draft Labour manifesto outlines a halt to pharmacy closures and a review of pharmacy provision

Boots launches mole scanning service

Boots aims to raise awareness of melanoma among young people with new service in 50 of its branches

Pharmacy bodies launch General Election resource

The national pharmacy bodies have launched www.pharmacymanifesto.com, with resources to use during the General Election campaign

Smoking rates lowest ever but quit services at risk

One in six adults smoked in 2015 – the lowest level on record – but funding cuts could leave quit services at risk

Self-management benefits asthma patients

Asthma self-management, including patient education, an action plan and regular review, improves care, research finds

20 million Brits at risk of heart disease

More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, increasing their risk of heart disease, says new British Heart Foundation report.

Judicial review case decision may be weeks away

Community pharmacy now waits for a ruling from the judge considering the PSNC and NPA court case

Court case scenario played out at conference

Pharmacy lawyers from Charles Russell Speechlys put together a summary of key points from the judicial review

Cuts hearing Day 2: Treasury plans exposed

It has emerged that Chancellor Philip Hammond wrote to the Prime Minister last August recommending that the community pharmacy network be dismantled in favour of warehouse dispensing

Pharmacy cuts judicial hearing: Day 1

The long-awaited high court hearing relating to the October 2016 funding package begins Tuesday 21 March, with PSNC and the NPA bringing their cases jointly

HIV myths still widespread in Britain

A survey by Terrence Higgins Trust for World AIDS Day has revealed widespread misconceptions about HIV in the UK

AF-related stroke risk campaign hits the beat

A new campaign is raising awareness of AF-related stroke risk through the medium of rhythm and music

Simpler health information key to self care

Improving health literacy with simpler health information could support self care, suggests a new survey by RB
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Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment (calcipotriol 50mcg/g) has been reclassified as a P medicine, the MHRA has announced

Pharmacists key to reducing polypharmacy in over-70s

Medication reviews by clinical pharmacists will reduce polypharmacy in the over-70s, new research suggests

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Sandra Gidley has been re-elected as chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board

NPA offers media training to independents

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Antimalarial Maloff Protect switched

Maloff Protect has been reclassified as a Pharmacy-only medicine, the MHRA has announced