Health & NHS

NICE goes green on asthma inhalers

Metered dose inhalers, containing hydrofluorocarbons, have estimated carbon footprints of 500g CO2eq per dose, compared to 20g in dry powder inhalers

New guidance on data sharing between care settings

Newly published data sharing guidance is aimed at improving standards of safety when transferring patients between primary and secondary care

Wales backs away from OTC prescribing restrictions

The restrictions on prescribing OTC medicines for certain confitions that were introduced in England in March 2018, will not be introduced in Wales

HIV test kits on Boots shelves a “turning point”

The makers of a HIV self testing kit say they hope launching their product on Boots shelves will be a “turning point” in encouraging more to get tested

Get to grips with public health issues

A series of new e-learning tools to boost health professionals’ knowledge in dealing with some of the big issues in public health has been rolled out

Opioid drugs to carry addiction warnings, says Hancock

All opioid medicines dispensed in the UK will need to have prominent addiction warnings to help protect people from the “darker side of painkillers”

CPPSG wants your views on patient safety

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has launched a survey to capture honest opinions on current patient safety incident reporting

HPV vaccine to be offered to boys in NI

Boys aged 12-13 in Northern Ireland are to be offered human papillomavirus vaccination to protect them against HPV-related cancers

OTC prescribing in care home - FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions to help implement policies to curb the prescribing of OTC medicines for people living in care homes has been published

“High prophylactic use of antibiotics” in care homes, Boots finds

A study commissioned by Boots UK has found “high prophylactic use of antibiotics” in UK care facilities prompting calls to offer staff better training

Sexual health services ‘not accessible enough’

Sexual health service users have serious concerns around the accessibility of services, a report from the Commons Health Select Committee indicates

NHS England: £100m OTC savings are a “long-term” goal

NHS England has told Pharmacy Magazine it “did not claim that it would save £100m in the first year” after introducing OTC prescription guidance

Pharmacy minister reveals shortfall in OTC prescription savings

Savings from NHS England’s OTC prescription guidance appear to be falling far short of an expected target of up to £100m each year

GPhC tightens rules around online pharmacies

Carrying out patient ID checks and liaising with GPs are among the safeguarding measures required of online pharmacies under new guidance

Wales gets additional £1.4m pharmacy funding

The additional funding will secure further changes to contractual arrangements in 2019-20 to offer innovative services

Wales cracks down on script drug dependence

NHS Wales has been told to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists to support evidence-based prescribing

CCGs merge in Devon and Derbyshire

Two new clinical commissioning groups came into being on April 1 following the merger of existing CCGs

Drug names to change in no deal Brexit scenario

In the event of a no deal Brexit drug names in the UK will revert back to their original British Approved Name (BAN)

NMS pledge boosts adherence rates in Boots study

Asking patients to acknowledge that failure to take prescribed medicines endangers their health may improve adherence

Dramatic drop in prescriptions spend in 2018, report shows

The number of prescriptions dispensed in the community grew modestly in 2018 while overall costs fell dramatically

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