Health & NHS

Video gaming recognised as addictive disease

Meeting in May at the 72nd World Health Assembly, 194 members of the WHO unanimously agreed to recognise 'gaming disorder' as a condition.

CCG mergers gather pace

Four CCGs – South Worcestershire, Redditch & Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, and Herefordshire - are planning to merge by April next year.

NUMSAS continues to grow

Over 4,020 pharmacies in England are now registered to offer the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS).

Recall of paracetamol 500mg tablets

M&A Pharmachem has recalled batches of paracetamol 500mg tablets because of “a small number" of contaminated pots.

DHSC releases first list of price concessions for June

The Department of Health and Social Care has today published the first list of drug price concessions for June.

Phenytoin 50mg Infatabs “unavailable,” warns PSNC

The PSNC has warned contractors that Pfizer's licensed phenytoin 50mg Infatabs is unavailable.

No PCN funding “earmarked for pharmacy”

No portion of PCN funding has been “earmarked exclusively for pharmacy,” says the deputy chief pharmaceutical officer.

Fraud investigation in 2019-20 will partly focus on contractors

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority says its investigation into fraud during 2019-20 will partly focus on pharmacy contractors

Online support for type 2

Advice to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition is to be made available via a NHS online portal.  

Flour power

A 12-week public consultation on plans to add folic acid to flour in the UK has started. 

Scarlet fever warning

Parents still need to be aware of scarlet fever symptoms in children according to Public Health England (PHE).

Inhalers and antidepressants most common NUMSAS items

The number of referrals made through the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) has more than doubled in the past year

Cannabis delays driving opioid use, MP claims

In a backbench debate in the House of Commons on Monday May 20, MPs shared stories of the effect prescribing restrictions were having on their constituents

Pharmacists urged to make Yellow Card reports

While Yellow Card reports doubled between 2009 and 2017, 2018 saw a “significant decrease in reports from some healthcare professional groups”

Obesity a factor in 711k hospital admissions

There were 711,000 in-patient hospital admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2017-18

Acnecide face gel and face wash going GSL?

The MHRA is consulting on a proposal to make Acnecide Face 5% w/w Gel and Acnecide Face Wash 5% w/w Gel available from general sales outlets

Coverage down in routine vaccinations

Vaccine coverage of children in England declined in 2017-18 compared to the previous year in nine of 12 routine vaccinations

Three NHS prescriptions for CBD, says Kennedy

Three prescriptions for cannabis products were dispensed in primary care in January and February of this year, pharmacy minister Seema Kennedy said

Pharmacy minister grilled on epilepsy drug shortages

The DHSC will reiterate its “great concern” to the suppliers of an epilepsy drug that has been affected by shortages, Seema Kennedy told the Commons

NHS productivity grows faster than wider economy

A study has shown that the productivity of the NHS has improved almost two and a half times as fast than the wider economy over the last 12 years

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