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Pharmacy safety organisation targets LASA errors

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group cites reducing look alike, sound alike errors as one of its top priorities for 2020.

Pharmacist-led AF screening reduces strokes by a fifth

A pharmacy-led AF screening programme in the North West of England found over 100 strokes could be prevented each year.

WHO retracts opioid guidelines amid allegations

WHO retracted the guidelines amid allegations that drug manufacturers had undue influence on their development.  

NICE fast-tracks epilepsy recommendation

Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex with clobazam, a seizure-preventing cannabis-based treatment.

Drug deaths in England and Wales hit record levels

Misuse of heroin pushes drug misuse deaths up by 17 per cent to 2,917.

Use pharmacies to support cancer patients, says RPS

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society calls for pharmacies to be utilised to support people with cancer.

GP consultations for flu on rise in last seven days

Hospital and intensive care admission rates for flu has decreased over the last week but GP consultations increased.      

New MHRA website for PILs and SPCs

New site provides information on SPCs, PILs and PARs

NHS issues flu vaccine reimbursement guidance

Advice on which flu vaccines to order for 2020-21 has been issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Health Watch January 2020

We bring you the latest clinical news.

SSP issued for haloperidol 500mcg capsules (Serenace)

SSP04 allows for haloperidol 500 microgram tablets to be supplied in place of capsules.

Pharmacists help CCG save £44k on insulin needles

Pharmacists assessing needle use in diabetics helped Isle of Wight CCG make an annual saving of £44,000.

Prescribing rates of vitamin D high for children

Prescribing rates of high doses of vitamin D are at an all-time high for British children.

Health Watch 

The latest clinical news.

New guidance for pharmacist prescribers from GPhC

The GPhC has approved new guidance for pharmacist prescribers.

Fifth MHRA alert recalls more ranitidine products

This latest recall follows recalls of ranitidine products on 8 October, 17 October, 25 October and 19 November.

UK leads Europe in early clinical research, but faces challenges …

The UK leads on early stage clinical trials but falls behind Germany and the US when it comes to later-stage research.

First cannabis-based medicines approved for reimbursement

Pharmacists in England are to be reimbursed for dispensing cannabis-based products for the first time.

Antibiotic resistant infections up 9pc since 2017

There are 165 antibiotic resistant infections in England every day.

Fluoxetine 30mg and 40mg SSPs extended into next month

The DHSC has extended the end date of the serious shortage protocols (SSPs) for Fluoxetine 30mg and 40mg capsules.

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