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Community pharmacy numbers in England declined by 82 in the past year, according to figures released by NHS Digital

FIP fun run to raise money for Pharmacist Support

Charity Pharmacist Support is partnering with the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) for its annual congress fun run in Glasgow

From the pill to MMR: top 10 NHS medicines listed

The contraceptive pill, beta blockers and the MMR vaccine are among the most important medicines to be introduced since the creation of the NHS, medicines experts say in a new report

£1.5m digital pharmacy opens in Liverpool

Now Healthcare Group, which is behind the ‘Now Patient’ app, says the service will be particularly helpful to those who “have suffered through recent community pharmacy cuts”

Vaping not risk-free, study suggests

A new study suggests that vaping may not be as safe as some have thought – but Public Health England has warned that the news should not deter any smokers from switching to e-cigarettes

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

Pharma companies behind on FMD preparation

The Belgian non-profit, which was set up to keep falsified medicines out of the European medicines supply chain, said that many pharma companies were behind on the ‘on-boarding’ process

Exercise improves mood – but ‘more isn’t always better’, says study

A major US study points to a clear association between regular exercise and a reduction in poor mental health – but suggests that ‘more exercise is not always better’

Superdrug sells HIV test kit giving results in 15 minutes

Superdrug is to sell an HIV testing kit, allowing customers to self-test at home using a finger-prick blood sample and see a result in 15 minutes

EMA: Recalled valsartan could cause 1 extra cancer case per 5,000 patients

The European Medicines Agency has issued an update on its investigation into the health risks of taking valsartan medicines containing an impurity that may have carcinogenic potential

All London GP practices making use of EPS

Every eligible GP practice in the capital has switched to sending electronic prescriptions directly to pharmacies, NHS Digital has announced

Panorama finds some online prescribers making risky sales

A BBC Panorama programme will “reveal online doctor sites putting profit before patient care” by prescribing and selling certain medicines, the broadcaster says

Severe obesity hits record high in 10-11 year olds

Severe obesity in 10 to 11 year olds has reached a record high, according to figures from the National Child Measurement Programme

Campaign to increase BAME organ donors

The campaign follows figures that show 21% of people who died on the waiting list last year were from a BAME background. The figure was 15% a decade ago

Flu vaccination guidance for 2018-19 issued

New guidance for pharmacy contractors and GP surgeries on providing the 2018-19 flu vaccination service has been issued by NHS England, PSNC and the BMA

Adult smoking falls to 14.9%

Smoking prevalence in England has fallen to 14.9 per cent, compared to 15.5 per cent last year, according to A new study from PHE and PNS

Social prescribing schemes get £4.5m

GPs will be able to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing after the Government announced a £4.5m investment

Biosimilars & generics saved NHS £324m last year

The NHS saved £324 million by switching from using 10 medicines to “better value and equally effective alternatives” in 2017-18 – and additional savings are expected this year

Dispensed items in Scotland up 20% in a decade

The total number of items dispensed over the last 10 years by community pharmacies in Scotland has increased by 20.5 per cent from 85.8 million to 103.4 million items

NHS England and Capita lambasted in critical PAC report

"NHS England paid only lip service to engagement with doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacists on service changes", according to the PAC report
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