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Most expensive NHS drug comes off patent

Adalimumab (Humira; AbbVie) is a biological medicine used to treat conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease

Cannabis prescription changes kick in

The Government’s reclassification of cannabis-based products for medicinal use came into force on Thursday November 1, meaning specialist doctors may now prescribe them

Inhaled corticosteroids may increase lung infections

New research suggests that ICS, especially at high doses, increase the risk of lung infections with non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM)

Hypoglycaemia: especially dangerous in dementia

Severe hypoglycaemia is more deadly in people with diabetes and dementia than in those with diabetes alone, according to research presented in Berlin recently

100 days to FMD deadline

With 100 days to go before the February 9 deadline for the Falsified Medicines Directive, community pharmacies should not delay in ensuring they are FMD-ready, the National Pharmacy Association has said

Medicines supply a concern in no-deal Brexit scenario

With less than six months to go before the UK leaves the European Union, there are still major concerns around medicines supply in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the commons health committee heard last week

GSK temporary stock shutdown: latest

GSK has placed a temporary hold on stock distribution to facilitate its move towards a reduced wholesaler model

Autumn 2018 budget announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (Monday 29 October) delivered his 2018 budget, describing it as bringing an end to the “age of austerity”

Community pharmacy clinical audit published

NHS England has published the paperwork for the 2018-19 national community pharmacy clinical audit, which all contractors must complete by the end of the year

Smoking increases risk of dementia?

Smoking may increase the risk of developing dementia, according to research published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology

“Bank at my back”: pharmacists’ category M concerns

Contractors in England have expressed dismay at the news their margins will be squeezed between November and March by a £50m category M clawback (£10m per month) and a 3p drop in the single activity fee

Aspirin could cut cancer deaths, study finds

Low-dose aspirin seems to increase survival and reduce metastatic spread in people being treated for some cancers, according to a new metaanalysis

Funding levels pegged as cat M clawbacks return

There will be no more money for contractors in England for 2018/19 as PSNC agrees settlement with Government

PSNC: “Difficult decision" to accept 2018-19 funding offer

PSNC chief Simon Dukes acknowledged that many contractors would be “disappointed to hear that there is no more money available for pharmacies” and said accepting the offer had been a “difficult decision”

NHS Trafford CCG sets up pharmacy care home team

The Medicines Optimisation Care Homes Team will be working with GPs to help residents get the most out of their medication, says the CCG

WannaCry cyber attack cost the NHS £92m

The figure includes ‘lost output’ of patient care caused by reduced access to information and cancelled appointments, and additional IT support provided to restore data and systems

MHRA no-deal Brexit consultation closes soon

The consultation deals with how legislation and regulatory processes would have to be modified in the event of the UK not securing a deal with the EU after the UK’s exit, with no implementation period

APTUK plans to recruit salaried CEO

Tess Fenn has seen her tenure extended to February 2019 while members are consulted and legal work takes place to update the Association’s Memorandum and Articles

NHS England sets out vision for technology in healthcare

The policy paper from NHS Digital says the state of online services, basic IT and clinical tools in health and care is far behind where it needs to be

Hancock’s half hour…

The new(ish) health secretary Matt Hancock has shown he has a sense of humour and at least some idea of how community pharmacists contribute to primary care

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