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Introduction of compulsory measles vaccination for children before they enter primary school can remarkably enhance the fulfilment of WHO targets, experts suggest. The study, published in BMC Medicine, underlines that current vaccination policies are not sufficient to achieve and maintain measles elimination. Researchers from the Bruno Kessler Foundation and Bocconi University in Italy simulated the […]
Pharmacist Support is seeking inputs from pharmacists across the country and from all sectors of the profession to shape its new strategy. The charity is conducting a series of one-to-one interviews and an online survey to “understand the issues facing those in the profession today” and “what those in the profession want from the charity […]
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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched an urgent safety review of alemtuzumab following reports of immune-mediated reactions and serious cardiovascular events, according to Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The use of alemtuzumab for multiple sclerosis has been restricted while the review is ongoing, MHRA said in a drug safety update. Two reactions […]
In the wake of customer complaints on plastic prescription bags, Boots UK on Friday clarified that they would only use 100 per cent recyclable bags. The plastic bags are only for prescriptions assembled at a central location, the company said, as it helps to deliver medicines to patients in a safe, clean, dry and durable […]
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on Friday announced the results from this year’s RPS National Pharmacy Board elections. Candidates Andre Yeung, Tracey Thornley, Sibby Buckle, Duncan Petty and David Carter have elected to the five substantive vacancies on the English Pharmacy Board. Brendon Jiang is appointed as a sixth place candidate as a casual vacancy […]
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General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), regulatory bodies for pharmacists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are considering the possibility of moving to a four-country registration assessment. According to the recently published GPhC meeting papers, a council workshop held on April 11 had a detailed discussion on merging the pre-registration […]
The incidences of Bowel cancer is rising among young adults, according to studies conducted in Europe and high-income countries. They show declines in the overall incidence among people aged 50 years or above. One study, published in the journal Gut, analyses data from 143.7 million people aged 20-49 years from 20 European countries, of whom […]
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The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has launched a £75 million ‘anti-evolutionary’ drive to tackle cancer’s lethal ability to evolve resistance to treatment. The initiative will bring world-leading researchers from different disciplines together to create new resistance-busting treatments. According to scientists at the new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery – ICR, the world’s first drugs designed to […]
The Co-operative Group, better-known as the Co-op, is entering the digital pharmacy market by launching a smartphone app this weekend. Following the acquisition of the healthcare technology start-up, Dimec, last year, the British consumer co-operative created a new app that will enable patients to order medication, including repeat prescriptions, in real time over their handheld […]
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The NHS 111 online service received more than a million calls seeking medical help since its launch in 2017, NHS Digital revealed. The one-millionth triage was on May 10. The most common symptoms for which people use NHS 111 online are related to abdominal pain and dental problems. “This is a significant milestone for the […]
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