Pharmacy News

Warfarin patients should self-monitor their coagulation status, says NICE

NICE recommends two point-of-care coagulometers for use by patients – Roche Diagnostic’s CoaguChek XS system and Alere’s INRatio2 PT/INR monitor. more →

Combination inhaler Anoro Ellipta launched for COPD

Anoro Ellipta, a novel inhaler containing a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist and a selective long-acting beta-2 adrenergic receptor, may find a limited place in therapy for a small group of patients. more →

Drones to deliver drugs to remote German pharmacy

An unmanned ‘parcelcopter’ will deliver drugs and other urgent supplies to a remote island in the North Sea, a few miles off the coast of Germany. more →

UK considers adding boys to HPV vaccination programme

Public health authorities are considering whether the UK human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme should be extended to teenage boys. more →

Risks of online pharmacies prompts review by UK regulator

The General Pharmaceutical Council wants feedback on draft guidance for the regulation of online pharmacy sales as it aims to strike the right balance between supporting innovation and keeping patients safe. more →

Be Clear on Cancer: ‘Blood in pee’ campaign announced

Public Health England (PHE) has announced this year’s national campaign to raise awareness of blood in urine as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers. more →

Councils 'swamped' by rights checks

Councils in England and Wales are being overwhelmed with requests to ensure the human rights of vulnerable people are not being abused. more →

Alcohol floor price under fire

Government measures to reduce the sale of cheap alcohol have been criticised by health researchers. more →

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Latest BBC General News

RAF jets strike first IS targets

RAF jets attack two Islamic State targets in Iraq - the first strikes since Parliament approved military action on Friday. more →

Hong Kong set for holiday protests

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong prepare for what they hope will be the biggest rallies in their campaign so far, as China marks National Day. more →

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. more →

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