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Scotland registered 1,187 drug-related deaths in 2018, the largest number ever recorded, official data reveals. According to the latest report from National Records of Scotland, the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has increased by 27 per cent year on year. The number has more than doubled in a decade when it stood at 547 in […]
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LloydsPharmacy Reusable Hot/Cold Pack, an own label product of McKesson Europe, has won the International Salute to Excellence Award from the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA). PLMA represents more than 4,400 member companies in various industries across the globe. The announcement was made at the organisation’s World Private Label International Trade Show at the RAI […]
Patients with advanced breast cancer can now access ribociclib with fulvestrant, a potential life-extending drug combination, through the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended the treatment in final draft guidance published today. The draft guidance recommends ribociclib, also known as Kisqali made by Novartis, used with fulvestrant […]
Boots has rolled out a cystitis test and treat Service to around 300 stores across the UK, following a successful pilot in London and Sheffield. The service includes a urine self-testing kit and a mobile app, and one can easily test for a possible urinary tract infection (UTI) using a compatible smartphone. It also ensures […]
Former chair of the English Pharmacy Board, Sandra Gidley, has been elected as the new president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) by the RPS Assembly. She ran against Sibby Buckle, a member of the English Pharmacy Board, and won by a ‘clear majority’. Her election makes her the first female RPS president since the body, […]
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The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) has issued two separate warnings regarding shortages of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup and Nardil (phenelzine sulfate) 15mg tablets. The advice confirmed that the manufacturers of salbutamol in the UK, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pinewood, are experiencing temporary disruptions. GSK has advised a resupply date of early August 2019, while Pinewood is […]
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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) today announced the first wave of drug price concessions for July. The list of prices, revealed by PSNC, is below. Drug Pack size Price Concession Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £1.37 Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £2.50 Ibandronic acid 150mg tablets 1 £9.95 Losartan 12.5mg tablets 28 £3.82 Pantoprazole […]
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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today launched a consultation on how to best engage patients and the public in the agency’s work. With this 12-week long consultation, MHRA wants to adopt a more systematic approach to listening to and involving patients. “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and it’s […]
Category M reimbursement prices will increase by £15 million a month from August, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed today. It follows recent discussions the Pharmaceutical Service Negotiating Committee (PSNC) had with DHSC to correct a predicted shortfall in the margin delivery rate for the current financial year. The increase aims to […]
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The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) today announced Sue Killen as its non-executive chair. She is replacing Sir Michael Pitt who completes four years as chair at the end of August. Killen would take up the post on September 1. Her role at PSNC would include chairing all PSNC meetings, overseeing the governance of PSNC […]
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