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Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding deal

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and NHS England have finally agreed a new funding contract for community pharmacy in England for 2014–2015. more →

Keep Buscopan and baclofen separate to avoid errors

Many patients being given the wrong medicine has led to a recommendation that Buscopan (hyoscine butylbromide) and baclofen be stored separately. more →

New melanoma treatment approved by NICE

Dabrafenib will be the second melanoma drug targeting the BRAF V600 mutation to be available on the NHS after NICE approved vemurafenib in December 2012. more →

Statins lower risk of diabetic complications

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing microvascular complications but the impact of prior statin use on these complications is unclear. more →

Pharmacy exam date may change for Ramadan, says GPhC

The date for next summer’s professional registration assessment for pharmacy students, which again falls during the holy month of Ramadan, may be rescheduled to allow Muslim students to observe obligations. more →

Pharma industry pays £150m back to NHS

The pharmaceutical industry has paid £150million to the NHS in the first six months of 2014 under the new terms of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS), which was agreed with the Department of Health in November 2013. more →

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Go TV-free to fight fat, says NICE

Adults and children should consider having TV-free days or limiting viewing to two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. more →

Children 'failed in early years'

The future prospects of children in England are being hampered because society fails them in the early years, a leading health academic says. more →

NHS whistleblowing 'problems persist'

Whistleblowers still face real problems in speaking out in the health service - despite the push to create a more open culture, campaigners say. more →

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US strikes Islamic State in Syria

The US and five Arab nations launch a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. more →

Barclays hit by record £38m fine

Barclays Bank has been fined a record £38m by UK regulators for failing to keep its clients' money separate from its own. more →

Second video of UK hostage released

A second video has been released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants. more →

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