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Health & NHS

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

‘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

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

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

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.

Government to address medication errors in NHS

The Government is launching a series of measures to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety

Lib Dem panel calls for ring-fenced health tax

A new tax earmarked solely for the NHS and social care is among the recommendations in a new report on healthcare reform

Update: Green light for e-cigs?

PHE has published a new independent expert evidence review of e-cigarettes, advising anyone struggling to quit smoking to try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help.

Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Gluten-free staples to remain on prescription

Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Painkillers better for sore throat, says NICE

Sore throat lozenges make little difference to symptoms, according to NICE. Sufferers should stick to simple analgesics instead

Healthcare websites to be awarded quality ratings

The DH has granted the CQC further powers to rate independent healthcare providers, such as those that offer prescriptions from GPs online

The sick men and women of Europe?

The increase in life expectancy in the UK is slowing down and there remains a persistent north-south health divide

Pharmacies need to be more trans-inclusive

A survey asking trans people about their experiences of healthcare suggests pharmacies need to improve their approach

New trivalent flu jab approved for 2018-19

A new trivalent flu vaccine (Fluad from Seqirus) has been licenced and is available for use next winter

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