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New prescribing rules for isotretinoin address safety concerns

Treatment with isotretinoin for patients under 18 must now be approved by two prescribers, under new MHRA rules.

31 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article


Diabetes drug shortages not expected to resolve until mid-2024

Supply problems having “significant impact” on clinicians and causing “anxiety and concern” for patients.

24 Aug 2023 , 4 Min Article


Study finds GORD leads to poor sleep quality

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease impairs sleep quality, a new US study shows.

21 Aug 2023 , 2 Min Article


Tirzepatide not recommended in latest NICE diabetes guidance

More evidence needed on the clinical and cost-effectiveness before it can be recommended for use in type 2 diabetes, says NICE

27 Jun 2023 , 1 Min Article

Asthma & COPD

Poor inhaler technique remains a problem

Pharmacists need to place more emphasis on improving inhaler technique, say researchers.

26 Jun 2023 , 2 Min Article

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Twelve serious shortage protocols for HRT products extended by DHSC

The SSPs were due to expire on October 28 but have been extended across the UK.

03 Nov 2022 , 1 Min Article


MHRA recalls batches of stemetil

Sanofi recalls batches of Stemetil Syrup, while SSP for Combisal 125mcg/25mcg inhalers ends today

07 Oct 2022 , 1 Min Article

Public health

GPhC failing to take proactive approach to aesthetics safety

Contractor says GPhC has never approached him about his non-medical aesthetics work.

03 Oct 2022 , 1 Min Article

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Women's health

Mixed reaction to proposed oxybutynin POM to P switch

Some pharmacists have criticised a proposal to reclassify the drug for overactive bladder in women.

25 Apr 2022 , 2 Min Article

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GPhC condemns 'unacceptable' reports of valproate supply without warning leaflet

A Sunday Times report revealed prescribers are supplying pregnant women with the drug without proper information.

20 Apr 2022 , 1 Min Article

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Two new antimicrobial drugs set to launch in UK market

NICE issues draft recommendation for drugs developed through new 'subscription' payment model.

13 Apr 2022 , 1 Min Article

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Sexual health

Gay and bisexual men and over-15s to get two HPV doses

People with HIV and the immunocompromised will continue to receive three doses.

31 Mar 2022 , 1 Min Article

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Pharmacists to play 'essential role' in NHS pharmacogenomic testing

RPS backs new report looking at the opportunities presented by genomic testing.

29 Mar 2022 , 1 Min Article