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DHSC reveals latest concessions list for September

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the final list of drug price concessions for September.

European authorities approve cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy

European authorities have for the first time approved a cannabis-based medicine for use in severe childhood epilepsy.

PHE launches Stoptober 2019

It’s time to split up with smoking, according to PHE, as preparation for 2019 Stoptober campaign gets underway.

Labour announces pledge to scrap prescription fees

Labour's plans would bring England in line with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

FIP: Pharmacists can fight WHO global health threats

The president of FIP said pharmacists can help address 10 threats to global health identified by the World Health Organization.

Prescription charge system not fit for purpose, says report

The prescription penalty charge system often wrongly presumes guilt and needs clarity, says a House of Commons report.

Contractor fraud costing NHS England £111m annually

Pharmaceutical contractor fraud could be costing the NHS in England around £111m each year, according to an NHS England report.

Two pharma companies admit to illegal collusion over nortriptyline

Two companies involved in an investigation into the supply of nortriptyline have confessed to illegal collusion.

Health Watch

This month's latest clinical news.

'Standards not all met' by 12% under new inspection system

Failure to record errors, not having enough staff and storage issues among reasons for 'not meeting' standards.

Gabapentin, pregabalin and oxycodone scripts rise sharply

Prescriptions for gabapentin, pregabalin, and oxycodone rose consistently each year between 2013 and 2018.

Regulator cracks down on online supply of high-risk meds

The regulator is taking “robust” enforcement action against online pharmacies who inappropriately supply high-risk medicines.

Reusable inhalers ‘could reduce NHS carbon footprint’

The newly launched reusable Respimat inhalers can be used with up to six refill cartridges.

Community pharmacies more likely to fail GPhC inspections

Community pharmacies are more likely to fail a GPhC inspection but also account for all pharmacies rated excellent.

GPhC publishes pharmacy inspection reports for first time

The GPhC said this would improve transparency and “drive improvement in pharmacy services.”

RPS tasked with analysing pharmacy technicians’ roles

The early career report was commissioned by the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and Health Education England.

Deprived areas see twice as many A&E visits

The 10 per cent of people in the most deprived areas accounted for twice as many A&E visits than those in least deprived areas. 

Majority back 5-year MPharm but funding questions remain

The majority of respondents to a GPhC survey said they favour integrated standards for pharmacists’ education and training.

Suicide rates up for first time in 6 years

The number of suicides in the UK has risen for the first time since 2013, according to the Office of National Statistics.

New HIV diagnoses fall more than a quarter

HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen by more than a quarter since 2015, according to Public Health England.

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