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Cannabis delays driving opioid use, MP claims

In a backbench debate in the House of Commons on Monday May 20, MPs shared stories of the effect prescribing restrictions were having on their constituents

Pharmacists urged to make Yellow Card reports

While Yellow Card reports doubled between 2009 and 2017, 2018 saw a “significant decrease in reports from some healthcare professional groups”

Obesity a factor in 711k hospital admissions

There were 711,000 in-patient hospital admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2017-18

Acnecide face gel and face wash going GSL?

The MHRA is consulting on a proposal to make Acnecide Face 5% w/w Gel and Acnecide Face Wash 5% w/w Gel available from general sales outlets

Coverage down in routine vaccinations

Vaccine coverage of children in England declined in 2017-18 compared to the previous year in nine of 12 routine vaccinations

Three NHS prescriptions for CBD, says Kennedy

Three prescriptions for cannabis products were dispensed in primary care in January and February of this year, pharmacy minister Seema Kennedy said

Pharmacy minister grilled on epilepsy drug shortages

The DHSC will reiterate its “great concern” to the suppliers of an epilepsy drug that has been affected by shortages, Seema Kennedy told the Commons

NHS productivity grows faster than wider economy

A study has shown that the productivity of the NHS has improved almost two and a half times as fast than the wider economy over the last 12 years

NICE goes green on asthma inhalers

Metered dose inhalers, containing hydrofluorocarbons, have estimated carbon footprints of 500g CO2eq per dose, compared to 20g in dry powder inhalers

New guidance on data sharing between care settings

Newly published data sharing guidance is aimed at improving standards of safety when transferring patients between primary and secondary care

Wales backs away from OTC prescribing restrictions

The restrictions on prescribing OTC medicines for certain confitions that were introduced in England in March 2018, will not be introduced in Wales

HIV test kits on Boots shelves a “turning point”

The makers of a HIV self testing kit say they hope launching their product on Boots shelves will be a “turning point” in encouraging more to get tested

Get to grips with public health issues

A series of new e-learning tools to boost health professionals’ knowledge in dealing with some of the big issues in public health has been rolled out

Opioid drugs to carry addiction warnings, says Hancock

All opioid medicines dispensed in the UK will need to have prominent addiction warnings to help protect people from the “darker side of painkillers”

CPPSG wants your views on patient safety

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has launched a survey to capture honest opinions on current patient safety incident reporting

HPV vaccine to be offered to boys in NI

Boys aged 12-13 in Northern Ireland are to be offered human papillomavirus vaccination to protect them against HPV-related cancers

OTC prescribing in care home - FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions to help implement policies to curb the prescribing of OTC medicines for people living in care homes has been published

“High prophylactic use of antibiotics” in care homes, Boots finds

A study commissioned by Boots UK has found “high prophylactic use of antibiotics” in UK care facilities prompting calls to offer staff better training

Sexual health services ‘not accessible enough’

Sexual health service users have serious concerns around the accessibility of services, a report from the Commons Health Select Committee indicates

NHS England: £100m OTC savings are a “long-term” goal

NHS England has told Pharmacy Magazine it “did not claim that it would save £100m in the first year” after introducing OTC prescription guidance

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