Health & NHS

New strategy for measles and rubella prevention

PHE says immunity levels within some age groups are well below the levels needed to prevent measles from spreadin

Government tackles air pollution

The UK is the first major economy to adopt air quality goals based on WHO recommendations

NHS productivity outstrips the wider economy

New ONS data reveals that NHS productivity for the financial year ending 2017 grew by three per cent in England

Government to target 'unhealthy' food promotion

The Government is consulting on plans to restrict promotions of food and drink products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS)

Action taken to prevent medicine price hikes, Hancock says in Brexit Q&A

Hancock was presented with concerns about the possibility of “soaring costs” in the event of a no deal Brexit

Flu now circulating in the community

Most sufferers have a flu strain that is “well matched” to this year’s vaccine, PHE reports

Patients willing to discuss drinking habits during MURs

The pharmacist’s “personalised and caring approach” facilitated discussions, study participants said

Three-fold rise in gabapentinoid scripts

A study using UK data suggests that gabapentinoid prescribing has tripled since 2007

Rise in drugs that are harmful for infants

There are 51 drugs of which a single adult dose could kill an infant, according to a new list

‘Further efficiencies’ for community pharmacy outlined in Long-Term Plan

The role of “clinical pharmacists” will grow while community pharmacy may undergo “further efficiencies”

MHRA updates ‘no deal’ Brexit guidance

Prescriptions from EU countries will continue to be recognised in the UK after Brexit, says the MHRA in updated guidance  

Keith Ridge to lead NHS over-prescribing review

The review will look to address ‘problematic polypharmacy’ and the management of non-reviewed repeat prescriptions

Hancock warns HCPs against stockpiling

Healthcare professionals should not build stockpiles of their own and any “over-ordering” will be investigated, he said

NHS 111 referral pilot extended to London, Devon and East Midlands

NHS England is extending the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service pilot to London, Devon and the East Midlands

Drug related admissions in over-45s up 85%

Admissions have increased by 85 per cent in those aged 45 and over since 2007/08 (from 638 to 1,182)

Regional funding to support hospital ePMA

£78m has been made available to support electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA)

NHS diabetes programme to pilot low calorie diets

Patients will be prescribed a liquid diet of just over 800 calories a day for three months

EPS Phase 4 pilot to include more patients

The pilot will see electronic prescriptions extended to patients who have not nominated a regular dispenser

Hancock: Pharmacists should support Brexit plan

Pharmacists should support May if they wish to avoid the patient safety implications of no deal, Hancock claimed

Brine: Axing head lice prescriptions will not cause epidemic

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine recently defended NHS England’s decision to reduce OTC prescriptions

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