asthma inhaler

Unclear guidelines mean four in five patients with severe asthma do not get proper care

Some four out of five people in England with severe asthma are not getting the care they need as a result of unclear clinical guidelines, a report by Asthma UK has said.

Medicine manufacturing

Shortage of epilepsy medicine to continue until end of October, manufacturer says

All strengths of the epilepsy medicine Gabitril will be out of stock in the UK until the end of October 2019, the drug’s manufacturer has said.

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Health board sees 40% reduction in Clostridium difficile cases after cutting antibiotic prescribing

A Welsh health board has seen an almost 40% reduction in the number of cases involving the ‘superbug’ Clostridium difficle as a result of cuts to antibiotic prescribing.

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NHS England to fund 'life-changing' haemophilia drug

NHS England is to fund a treatment for severe haemophilia that will “dramatically” cut risk of life-treatening bleeds for thousands of patients.

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One in seven five-year olds are not fully protected against MMR, warns PHE

Around 90,000 five-year-olds in England are not fully up to date with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to data from Public Health England.

Jeane Freeman, cabinet secretary for Health and Sport in Scotland

Pharmacy workers begin strike over pay dispute amid claims of government interference

Pharmacy support workers at NHS Tayside have begun strike action, following the breakdown of talks between NHS officials and Unite the Union over a pay dispute.

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Cigarette use in young people hits all-time low as e-cigarette use remains constant

The proportion of young people who have smoked a cigarette has reached an all-time low, official figures from NHS Digital have found.

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Jo Churchill MP

Government appoints Jo Churchill as new pharmacy minister

Jo Churchill has been appointed as the new parliamentary under-secretary of state for prevention, public health and primary care at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Ambulance

A&E could refer patients to community pharmacy under new five-year contract

Patients in A&E could be sent to see a community pharmacist instead of a doctor under a future expansion of the scheme that currently refers patients from NHS 111 and general practice.

Urine sample kit

NHS launches pharmacy UTI test and treat pilot

The NHS has launched a pilot test and treat service for patients who suspect they have a urinary tract infection.

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Pain or insomnia main reasons for cannabis use in those without medical certificateSubscription

Customers who buy cannabis from “adult use” dispensaries, where no medical certificate is required, commonly report that they use it for pain relief or to help them sleep.

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Most antidepressants reduce mortality for patients with diabetes and depressionSubscription

Use of certain antidepressants to treat depression in patients with diabetes is associated with a reduction in mortality, according to a population-based study.

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Low vitamin D status in early life linked to future high blood pressureSubscription

Children with persistently low plasma vitamin D levels at birth and in early childhood have an increased risk of elevated systolic blood pressure later in childhood, research has suggested.

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Efficacy of tramadol reduced by concurrent use of some antidepressantsSubscription

Taking certain antidepressants reduces the efficacy of the opioid medicine tramadol, according to research published in Pharmacotherapy.

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Statin treatment associated with reduced risk of glaucomaSubscription

Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.

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SGLT2 inhibitor lowers risk of kidney failure in type 2 diabetesSubscription

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.

Older person using smartphone

App helps patients cut opioid use after knee replacementSubscription

Patients who underwent knee replacement who used an app to monitor their analgesic use had better pain control and took fewer opioids post surgery, study results show.

Xanax

Concerns raised over non-medical alprazolam useSubscription

The benzodiazepine alprazolam is being obtained for non-medical use in the UK, particularly among young people, a survey has found.

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