Pharmacy News

Can we afford not to self care?

One in five accident and emergency visits are unnecessary and cost the NHS £290 million a year, according to new research commissioned by PAGB. more →

SMART Conference 2015: MCA training under spotlight

More than six out of 10 customers buying OTC medicines from pharmacies are given advice by medicines counter assistants – but concerns remain about the quality and consistency of that advice, said PM editor Richard Thomas. more →

SMART Conference 2015: protecting your brand

The OTC industry needs a major rethink if it is to meet the needs of the general public, delegates at this year’s SMART conference were told. more →

IPF and NPA to merge

The National Pharmacy Association and the Independent Pharmacy Federation are joining forces "to strengthen support and leadership for the independent pharmacy sector", both organisations say. more →

Analysts predict surge in ‘blockbuster drugs’ entering the market in 2015

Over the next twelve months there will be 11 “blockbuster” drugs entering the market, according to business intelligence company Thomson Reuters. more →

Numark calls for clarity over practice pharmacists

Numark has welcomed the proposals from the RPS and Royal College of GPs for pharmacists to be based in surgeries, but has called for clarity on their roles and funding. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

Blood test for Down's syndrome hailed

Testing a pregnant woman's blood for disorders in her unborn child promises 'dramatic' advances in medicine, say researchers. more →

Drug giant 'blocks' eye treatment

A drugs firm has been accused of trying to block access to what some doctors believe is a cheap, safe and effective drug to treat a common eye condition. more →

Care system gets 'biggest shake-up'

Major changes to the care system in England, dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years, are being introduced, while Scotland merges NHS and care budgets. more →

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Latest BBC General News

Leaders prepare for election debate

The leaders of seven political parties gear up for a live, two-hour televised general election debate later. more →

Alps crash video 'must be handed in'

A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash calls for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities. more →

Beatle's wife Cynthia Lennon dies

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, dies at her home in Spain following a "short but brave" battle with cancer. more →

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