Health & NHS

Keith Ridge to lead NHS over-prescribing review

The review will look to address ‘problematic polypharmacy’ and the management of non-reviewed repeat prescriptions

Hancock warns HCPs against stockpiling

Healthcare professionals should not build stockpiles of their own and any “over-ordering” will be investigated, he said

NHS 111 referral pilot extended to London, Devon and East Midlands

NHS England is extending the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service pilot to London, Devon and the East Midlands

Drug related admissions in over-45s up 85%

Admissions have increased by 85 per cent in those aged 45 and over since 2007/08 (from 638 to 1,182)

Regional funding to support hospital ePMA

£78m has been made available to support electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA)

NHS diabetes programme to pilot low calorie diets

Patients will be prescribed a liquid diet of just over 800 calories a day for three months

EPS Phase 4 pilot to include more patients

The pilot will see electronic prescriptions extended to patients who have not nominated a regular dispenser

Hancock: Pharmacists should support Brexit plan

Pharmacists should support May if they wish to avoid the patient safety implications of no deal, Hancock claimed

Brine: Axing head lice prescriptions will not cause epidemic

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine recently defended NHS England’s decision to reduce OTC prescriptions

New drug for eosinophilic oesophagitis

The company describes it as “the first globally licensed drug” approved for eosinophilic oesophagitis

Atrial fibrillation increases risk of dementia

Women with AF were 46 per cent more likely to develop dementia than those without the arrhythmia in a recent study

ACE inhibitors linked to lung cancer?

Using angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a study

Notifiable disease rates cause concern

Data from Public Health England (PHE) highlights the burden imposed by statutory notifiable diseases

AEDs increase stroke risk in AD

Compared with controls, Alzheimer's patients on AEDs were 37 per cent more likely to experience a stroke

Pharmacists linked to care homes as part of £3.5bn investment

Pharmacists and GPs are to be assigned to care homes in a measure Theresa May says will be "better for patients"

Two new flu vaccines for over-65s next year

The aTIV vaccine will continue to be recommended, along with two soon-to-be-licensed products, NHS England said

Aspirin may cut ovarian cancer risk

Aspirin may reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer, reports JAMA Oncology

New flu jab close to approval

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recently offered a positive opinion for Seqirus’s QIVc

LloydsPharmacy’s sore throat service launches across 600 stores

The multiple says it is aimed at alleviating GP pressures and addressing the growing issue of antibiotic resistance

Warnings of funding threat to NI medicines supply

Suppliers and wholesalers have warned the DHNI that medicines supply will be affected

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