National organisations will be required to standardise the way they issue patient safety alerts within the next 12 months, following the launch of national patient safety alerts.
The Department of Health and Social Care has suggested pharmacists share their medicine supply with other pharmacies to mitigate the impact of shortages on patients.
Testing individuals with any risk factor for the hepatitis C virus is more cost effective than restricting screening to people with a history of injecting drugs, a study based in the Isle of Wight has found.
Hospital treatment for patients with poorly controlled diabetes cost the NHS more than £3bn in avoidable costs in 2017/2018, a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes’s Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain has revealed.
The General Pharmaceutical Council has placed conditions on the supply of medicines by three online pharmacies following patient safety concerns raised during its inspection process.
Pharmaceutical contractor fraud could be costing the NHS in England around £111m each year.
The European Medicines Agency is to start a review of ranitidine medicines after tests revealed that some products contain the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine.
The penalty charge notice system in England, which fines people up to £100 for wrongly claiming a free prescription, is not fit for purpose and needs to be overhauled, MPs have said.
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.
Point-of-care C-reactive protein testing reduces antibiotic use in people with acute COPD exacerbations, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.
Researchers have identified a plausible drug–drug interaction between laxatives and non-potassium-sparing diuretics.
Rimegepant, a medicine belonging to a new class of migraine treatments, relieves pain and other symptoms in patients with moderate or severe migraine pain, research published in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.
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Inhaler switching in asthma and COPD is not associated with negative impacts on patients’ health, study results published in Thorax have shown.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines from 2005 may have inadvertently led to increased antidepressant prescribing in children aged under 18 years.
Patients who take tramadol and methadone are at a higher risk of developing hypoglycaemia compared to those who take other opioids, a study has found.
Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who have a BRAF mutation have improved survival after treatment with three targeted therapies instead of standard chemotherapy, results from a phase III trial have shown.
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.