Health & NHS

Prescription charge rises to £9.00

Primary care “must play its part” in NHS savings and the cost hike is part of this programme, the Government says

GP pharmacists not the only answer, MPs told

Policy makers need to look to the innovative potential of community pharmacy to solve the NHS access crisis

MHRA recalls heart and blood pressure medication

The MHRA has recalled three batches of blood pressure and heart medication Irbesartan due to contamination fears

New GP contract bans advertising private services

GPs are banned from advertising and offering private healthcare services in their surgeries under their new contract

Hancock sets 2030 target for zero HIV transmission

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has committed to ending the transmission of HIV in England by 2030

DHSC moves onto war footing for 'no-deal' Brexit

The new national Operational Response Centre (ORC) includes NHS England and Public Health England

Pharmacy BP services good for patients and NHS, commissioners told

Pharmacy-based hypertension services have potential to improve both public health and NHS efficiency, the CCA said

BMA concerns on shortages powers for pharmacists

The BMA says pharmacists dispensing “therapeutic equvalents” to prescribed medicines may lead to unforeseen risks

Call for pharmacies to take part in Help Us, Help You campaign

It will promote the advice and clinical services on offer in community pharmacy to help people with minor ailments

NHS App being rolled out but most functions on hold

PSNC is encouraging pharmacy teams to get to grips with the app, which will allow patients to manage repeat prescriptions

£20-a-dose flu jab off the table for 2019-20

Costing the NHS £20 per dose, TIV-HD is more than twice as expensive as the next most costly licensed vaccine

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

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