Pharmacy News

Emergency admissions for typical primary care conditions drop

The number of emergency admissions for conditions that are normally dealt with by GPs has fallen slightly in the past year. more →

GPs under pressure to dish out antibiotics

A poll of 1,000 GPs has revealed that the vast majority - a whopping 93 per cent - feel under pressure to prescribe antibiotics from pushy patients. more →

Drug restores hair in alopecia areata

Scientists have shown how hair growth is restored when T cells responsible for hair loss in alopecia areata are eradicated using ruxolitinib — a drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat myelofibrosis. more →

RPS calls for 7-day hospital pharmacy services

Introducing seven day services in NHS hospitals gives pharmacists the chance to prove they are not an “office-hours” clinical service, says a new report by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). more →

Pharmacists to supply foil as part of drug treatment services

Pharmacists involved in running drug treatment services in England will be able to supply foil sheets to patients to encourage them to smoke heroin rather than inject it, following changes to regulations which come into effect on 5 September 2014. more →

Cannabinoid Sativex approved in Wales to treat MS symptoms

Wales has become the first country in the UK to approve the use of the cannabinoid product delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol (Sativex) on the NHS to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). more →

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Latest BBC Health News

Salmonella 'from single egg source'

The outbreak of salmonella in England is likely to have come from a single source of eggs, according to Public Health England. more →

Rapid 'doctor's assistant' expansion

The NHS is to rapidly expand the number of physician associates, who take histories of patients, examine them and make simple diagnoses. more →

Double vaccines 'could end polio'

Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the crippling and potentially fatal disease, research suggests. more →

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Latest BBC General News

UK won't work with Assad - Hammond

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says. more →

Dozens killed in Iraq mosque attack

Militants kill at least 64 worshippers at a mosque in an area of eastern Iraq that has seen fierce fighting between the government and IS militants. more →

Russian aid convoy 'invades Ukraine'

Ukraine's President Poroshenko accuses Russia of a "flagrant violation of international law" after Russian humanitarian aid lorries crossed the border without permission. more →

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