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

'New virus' discovered in human gut

Scientists say they have stumbled upon a common virus that has never been described before. more →

Cancer blood test moves step closer

A British team of researchers has developed what might be a simple blood test for cancer, scientists from the University of Bradford say. more →

Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola

All entries into Nigeria are placed on red alert after the authorities confirm the first death from the Ebola virus in the capital Lagos. more →

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Truce as deaths in Gaza pass 900

A 12-hour truce is observed in Gaza as diplomats seek longer Israel-Hamas ceasefire, and the scale of damage in Gaza becomes clear. more →

Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola

All entries into Nigeria are placed on red alert after the authorities confirm the first death from the Ebola virus in the capital Lagos. more →

English councils propose 'Tesco tax'

A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets, a plan dubbed the "Tesco tax". more →

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