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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

‘Perfect storm’ behind generics price hikes, PAC hears

A recent Public Accounts Committee hearing was told that a “perfect storm” of events was behind the dramatic price increases on generic medicines in 2017

Imported malaria cases rise by 10 per cent

The number of cases is 11% higher than reported in 2016 and 15% above the mean number of 1,558 cases reported between 2008 and 2017

New law introduced to protect vulnerable people in care

New legislation was introduced into the House of Lords on July 3 to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care

Invest in community pharmacy, says Health Secretary

Investment in community pharmacy will be part of measures for primary care “so people don’t need to go to hospital,” the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has said

APPG calls for NHS England to take lead on integration

Provider contracts, including that for community pharmacy, should be aligned to ensure that patients experience coordinated and consistent care, says a report

Tobacco use is not falling fast enough

Targets agreed globally for tobacco use reduction are being missed, says WHO

Smokers incorrectly think cold turkey best quit strategy

Many smokers still try to quit by going ‘cold turkey’ despite this being the least effective way, Public Health England has said

Lloyds reaches diabetes milestone

LloydsPharmacy has now tested over 10,000 patients since the NHS launched its Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016.
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Community pharmacy numbers in England declined by 82 in the past year, according to figures released by NHS Digital

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