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Health & NHS

WHO retracts opioid guidelines amid allegations

WHO retracted the guidelines amid allegations that drug manufacturers had undue influence on their development.  

NICE fast-tracks epilepsy recommendation

Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex with clobazam, a seizure-preventing cannabis-based treatment.

England's top doctor warns against fad diets

Warnings against fad diets and nutritional quick-fixes have been highlighted by professor Stephen Powis.

NHS to trial anti-cholesterol jab in pioneering collaboration with Novartis

NHS will conduct trials of as yet unlicensed inclisiran in bid to cut deaths from heart disease.

Drug deaths in England and Wales hit record levels

Misuse of heroin pushes drug misuse deaths up by 17 per cent to 2,917.

Help Us Help You Pharmacy Advice campaign launch

NHS England and NHS Improvement to launch an updated Help Us Help You Pharmacy Advice campaign on 20 January.

GP consultations for flu on rise in last seven days

Hospital and intensive care admission rates for flu has decreased over the last week but GP consultations increased.      

NHS App users ‘more than double’ in four months

NHS Digital has reported that the number of patients using the NHS App has more than doubled since September.

Consultation underway on draft PCN service specs

Consultation under way on first draft PCN service specifications.

Flu cases continue to rise

The final days of 2019 saw influenza activity continuing to increase in the community.

NHS issues flu vaccine reimbursement guidance

Advice on which flu vaccines to order for 2020-21 has been issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Scottish govt to recruit 120 primary care pharmacists

Pharmacists and pre-reg posts part of Scottish National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan.

Hancock: ‘We will unleash the potential of our pharmacies’

Matt Hancock: "We will unleash the potential of our pharmacies because there really is so much more they are capable of doing."

Commuters link public transport and winter illness

The study of 2,000 people found that 66 per cent are worried they will catch a sore throat or cough while using public transport. 

Co-ordinated approach to PCN engagement needed, says Patel

Local approaches to PCNs should be co-ordinated, says North East London LPC chief officer Hemant Patel. 

Illegal diazepam sold by online pharmacies seized by Border Force

The UK’s Border Force seized 1.3 million illegal diazepam tablets last year - some supplied by online pharmacies.

MHRA explores POM to P switch for the pill and HRT

MHRA looking at reclassification of HRT and OCs to Pharmacy medicines.

NHS data reveals state of the nation's health

Some 43 per cent of adults aged 16 and over have at least one longstanding medical condition according to NHS Digital.

PAGB calls for national self care strategy

NHS structures and a risk-averse culture are among the barriers to more self care, says the PAGB.  

GE19: What do the manifestos say about pharmacy?

Where do the main parties stand on health, and what are their plans for pharmacy?

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