Pharmacy News

Hand washing plugged as way of cutting infection rates

Thorough hand washing before and after every episode of direct patient contact or care will help reduce the transmission of healthcare-associated infections, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). more →

Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir gains £18.7m in NHS funding

NHS England has allocated £18.7m for sofosbuvir, despite the hepatitis C drug having not yet been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The medicine was launched earlier this year. more →

GPs consider charging for orthotics

South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has drawn criticism for suggesting patients pay for their own crutches, walking sticks and neck braces which are at present free. more →

'Financial crisis' for NHS next year, warns King's Fund

Confidence in the state of the National Health Service's finances is fading fast as it heads for a financial crisis in 2015/16, was the key message from think-tank The King's Fund latest quarterly report. more →

Study links atrial fibrillation risk with NSAIDs

Current or recent use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), suggest long-term follow-up data from the Rotterdam Study published in BMJ Open. more →

Pharmacists are involved in extended hours GP pilots

Community pharmacists are involved in three of the 20 pilots launched yesyerday to enable patients in England to see their GP between 8am and 8pm and at weekends. more →

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Breast cancer drug price cut urged

Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds. more →

Cancer teen hits £1m charity target

A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises more than £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers. more →

'A third' can't afford healthy food

High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests. more →

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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war. more →

Three children found dead in London

A woman believed to be the mother of three children who were found dead at a south-west London home is arrested on suspicion of murder. more →

Duchess of Cornwall's brother hurt

The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, is taken to a New York hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall. more →

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