Practice

Update: EHC debate rages on

Compulsory pharmacist consultation for EHC isn’t medically necessary and it should be available on general sale, the FRSH’s Dr Jane Dickson has told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Call for greater role for pharmacists in AMS

A campaign to raise awareness of the importance of antimicrobial stewardship amongst pharmacists has been launched by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Dovonex ointment switched from POM to P

Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment (calcipotriol 50mcg/g) has been reclassified as a P medicine, the MHRA has announced

Pharmacists key to reducing polypharmacy in over-70s

Medication reviews by clinical pharmacists will reduce polypharmacy in the over-70s, new research suggests

Inspire healthier lifestyles to reduce dementia risk

Three-quarters of adults would consider changes to their lifestyle to reduce their risk of developing dementia

NMS could save £518m for NHS, study finds

Researchers estimate that the NMS offers the NHS short-term savings of £75.4 million and long-term savings of £517.6 million

Pharmacists must improve their examination skills

Reluctance to examine patients limits pharmacists’ clinical reasoning skills, according to Manchester University

RPS urges caution on changes to antibiotics advice

More research is needed before the recommendation that patients always complete a course of antibiotics can be revised, the RPS has said

Pharmacist CD prescriptions almost double

A CQC report has found that pharmacists prescribed almost twice as many controlled drugs (CDs) in 2016 as in the previous year

Safety incident reports on the rise, NPA says

The number of medication safety incidents being reported to the NPA is increasing consistently, the Association said

NHS England wants extensive prescribing blacklist

The national commissioning body wants to see the end of prescribing of over 3,000 treatments for common conditions

Pharmacist reviews improve diabetes outcomes

Pharmacists can increase the number of patients with diabetes being treated and improve overall outcomes

Superdrug offers chickenpox vaccination service

Superdrug “delighted” to offer chickenpox vaccination service at 58 of its nurse and pharmacist health clinic stores

Pharmacies in London supporting shingles jab

Pharmacies in London are helping to raise awareness of the national NHS shingles vaccination programme

Antimalarial Maloff Protect switched

Maloff Protect has been reclassified as a Pharmacy-only medicine, the MHRA has announced

Pharmacy should grab travel health opportunity, says Boots

Community pharmacy will be key in providing travel health services if the NHS stops funding for travel vaccines

More needs to be done to explain pharmacists' role

Patients are failing to recognise the nature of community pharmacists’ extended roles, researchers find

Improving home medication delivery safety

A discussion paper has been published on improving home medication delivery services for vulnerable patients

Patients failing to grasp impact of medicines non-adherence

Research for National Medication Adherence Week finds patients don’t understand the impact of non-adherence

Time for a fresh look at medicines information, experts say

A new report highlights the difficulties people face in accessing clear information about their medicines and calls for reforms to patient information leaflets

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