High Court funding decision upheld

Appeals by both the PSNC and the NPA against the October 2016 High Court funding decision have been dismissed.

Honey first for coughs, says NICE

Clinicians are being advised in most cases not to offer antibiotics as they make little difference to a person’s symptoms.

RPS backs greater use of pharmacist independent prescribers

The RPS has published a new GB-wise policy on independent prescribing. 

New conference addresses pharmacy's travel clinic potential

The first Pharmacist Travel Health Conference is to take place in London on 3-4 November.

E-cigarette key weapon in NHS arsenal, say MPs

E-cigarettes should not be treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes, say MPs.

FIP Fun Run to raise money for Pharmacist Support

The 5km fun run has been a popular social event at the congress for the past seven years.

It's good to talk, says new RPS campaign

The ‘Good care starts with a conversation’ campaign urges the public to #talktopharmacy.

Mixed reception for unannounced inspection proposal

Some national bodies welcome the move, some express concern.

Flarin competition winners

Two lucky pharmacy assistants have each won a luxury coffee maker after completing a competition from painkilling brand, Flarin

Aggressive lowering of systolic BP reduces dementia risk

Reductions in the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the combination of MCI and dementia, have been shown for the first time.

Breast remains best for infants

The first official review of infant feeding practices in over 20 years continues to recommend that babies are exclusively breastfed until around 6 months of age.

Z-drugs linked to rise in harmful side effects in dementia

Medication commonly prescribed to people with dementia has been linked to an increase in harmful side-effects

NICE: antibiotics should be restricted for COPD

Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Healthwatch - August 2018

Brian Collet brings you the month's research news. 

Ravi Sharma joins RPS as Director for England

Ravi Sharma has been appointed as the new RPS Director of England.

Dementia now accounts for 13% of deaths

In 2017, there were 67,641 deaths attributed to the condition, up from 62,948 in 2016.

Number of smokers down nearly 20% in five years

And the number of vapers in England appears to have levelled off.

Severe obesity reaches record levels in 10-11 year olds

The new report findings also show stark health inequalities continue to widen.

RPS recognises risks of no-deal Brexit

The RPS has commented on the risks of any failure to secure a deal that ensured the "effective movement" of pharmaceutical products between the UK and the EU.

Numark develops sore throat 'test and treat' resources

A 'test and treat' service is able to identify if a sore throat is due to a Streptococcus A bacterial infection.

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