Pharmacy News

Poor public understanding of primary care

The term “primary care” needs defining so the public understands its scope. more →

Paracetamol ‘no better than placebo’ for acute low-back pain

There is ‘no evidence’ to support guideline-recommended use of paracetamol as the first-line analgesic for treating acute lower back-pain, researchers have found. more →

Poor GP services do not lead to missed A&E targets

Poor quality GP services that fail to meet patient expectations do not lead to more pressure on A&E departments to the extent that they miss waiting time targets, concludes a report published today. more →

NPA criticises timeframe for responding to inspection reports

Representatives of independent pharmacy owners call on regulator to grant independents flexibility over premises inspection reports. more →

More taking atorvastatin following NICE recommendation

Atorvastatin is set to become the most prescribed drug in the UK following changes to cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). more →

Co-operative Group sells pharmacies to Bestway

Staff at Co-operative Pharmacy’s 770 outlets across the UK will be transferred to a new business under its purchase by Bestway, a global business with interests in wholesale cash and carry, cement and banking. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

Pause NHS privatisation - Labour

NHS privatisation is "being forced through at pace and scale", and should be halted until the general election, says Labour's shadow health secretary. more →

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola

Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading. more →

'Brain hub predicts negative events'

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression. more →

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Latest BBC General News

Migrant benefits to be tightened

The UK is to cut from six to three months the amount of time out-of-work EU migrants can claim benefits without realistic job prospects. more →

Israel warns of 'prolonged' Gaza war

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warns of a "prolonged" military campaign in Gaza, amid one of the most intense nights of shelling in the conflict. more →

US: Russia 'violated missile treaty'

Russia has violated an arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, the US says, as Barack Obama discusses sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. more →

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