Health & NHS

Urgent controls on supply of 150mcg AAIs

Pharmacies have been asked to implement controls on the supply of 150microgram adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with immediate effect due to stock level issues reaching a “critical” stage

Pregabalin and gabapentin reclassified as class C drugs

The Government says there has been an increase in fatalities linked to the drugs, which are used to treat nerve pain, epilepsy and anxiety but can cause addiction

PAC: New DHSC powers may not prevent future medicine price hikes

The Public Accounts Committee has voiced concerns that the Department of Health and Social Care has no “clear plan” for using new powers to obtain information on the generic medicines market

Cannabis products available on prescription from 1 November

Cannabis-based health products will be available on prescription to patients in England, Wales and Scotland from 1 November, home secretary Sajid Javid has announced

Mental health is our ”defining challenge” says Hancock

On World Mental Health Day 2018, health secretary Matt Hancock described mental health as the “defining challenge of our age” and acknowledged the issue has not been adequately resourced to date

New triaging tool aims to make EHC purchases “less intimidating”

The tool was inspired by a survey that found that 72 per cent of women between 18 and 35 would prefer to complete a short questionnaire than have to do a face-to-face consultation

New HIV diagnoses down 17 per cent in 2017

Annual HIV data shows new diagnoses of HIV have fallen for the second year in a row, decreasing by 17 per cent from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017 – the lowest level since 2000

Controlled drug EPS pilot to start in October

NHS Digital is preparing to pilot the prescribing and dispensing of EPS Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in England. Vision and EMIS will begin piloting at 10 GP practices this month at sites in the north and London

Council delivers stop smoking support via vape shops

A project funded by Essex County Council which delivers stop smoking support through outlets selling e-cigarettes is to be supported into the next financial year

Defibrillator network aims to improve cardiac survival

Over the next 12 months the partnership hopes to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, with the intention of making them available for ambulance services to use in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

NPA: Pharmacy services can help NHS achieve long-term goals

Investing in screening, diagnostic and monitoring services in pharmacy will drive better outcomes in cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and cancer, the NPA is saying

Early onset type 1 diabetes has effect on life expectancy

Patients whose type 1 diabetes emerges before 10 years of age are about 30 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) and acute myocardial infarction (MI), new research has found

Osteoporosis linked to dementia risk

Osteoporosis is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to German research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Adult smoking increases chronic pain

Smoking cigarettes during adulthood, even for a short time, may increase the risk of experiencing chronic widespread pain in later life, according to a new report

Poor sleep increases cardiovascular risk

After adjusting for obesity and diabetes at baseline, men who reported sleeping for five hours or less a night were twice as likely to experience a cardiovascular event as those who slept for seven to eight hours

Alcohol and pneumonia linked

A new meta-analysis of 14 studies offers “clear evidence” that drinking alcohol increases the risk of community-acquired pneumonia

Age UK warns of loneliness crisis in over-50s

The charity predicts that unless this issue is tackled, the number of people aged 50 and over who are often lonely will have increased by 49 per cent between 2015-16 and 2025-26

Fluad manufacturer: We are on track to meet delivery plan

Seqirus told Pharmacy Magazine that despite “processing challenges” it is on track to meet its delivery schedule and will seek to “identify any opportunities to bring additional doses of Fluad into the UK"

RPS welcomes Avastin AMD ruling

The RPS welcomed the news that the NHS will be able to prescribe Avastin for age-related macular degeneration after winning a high court battle with manufacturers of existing treatments 

No change to flu vaccine guidance despite supply issues

With many contractors experiencing difficulties obtaining the flu vaccine indicated for over-65s, PSNC has confirmed that pharmacists should not resort to using alternative vaccines
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Urgent controls on supply of 150mcg AAIs

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