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March 20, 2019
One in four people with coeliac disease were previously misdiagnosed with IBS

With only 3% of British adults aware that the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are also common symptoms of coeliac disease, Coeliac UK, is calling on greater awareness of the similarity of symptoms and urges anyone with IBS to ask their GP for a coeliac disease blood test, if they have not already had one.
 

March 20, 2019
Precision-Panc seeks to uncover the molecular profile of individual patients with pancreatic cancer, to learn more about the disease and to pave the way for patients entering clinical trials in a way that matches their tumour biology to the type of treatment

A groundbreaking pancreatic cancer trial, which aims to match patients with more targeted and effective treatment for their tumours, has successfully recruited its 100th patient.
 

Run by Precision-Panc, a research programme and clinical trials project led by the University of Glasgow with major funding from Cancer Research UK, the trial brings a precision medicine approach to pancreatic cancer treatment for the first time in the UK.
 

March 19, 2019
Study shows that Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners can combine traditional clinical pharmacy with more hands-on medical practice including being designated care providers

The first evaluation of pharmacists based in accident and emergency departments has concluded that with additional clinical skills, they are able to take on overall clinical responsibility for patients.
 

Daniel Greenwood a PhD student from The University of Manchester, UK, studied the work of people they termed Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners (EDPPs) from 15 NHS Trusts across the UK over 10 days.
 

March 19, 2019
Medicines manufacturers have responded to last week’s slew of Parliamentary Brexit votes to warn against a no-deal situation.

Medicines manufacturers have responded to last week’s slew of Parliamentary Brexit votes to warn against a no-deal situation.

March 18, 2019
44-week UNIFI data presented for the first time during plenary session at 14th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation
Janssen has announced new data from the Phase III UNIFI maintenance study. 
 
March 18, 2019
Professor Evelien Dekker discusses the rising burden of colorectal cancer in Europe and the need for consistent and successful screening programmes across the continent
Colorectal cancer is Europe’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming the lives of nearly 200,000 people across the continent each year. Current trends predict that the burden of colorectal cancer could increase by 12% by 2020, affecting 502,000 Europeans a year by 2020.1
 
March 14, 2019
Rod Tucker on what pharmacists should tell patients interested in high intensity exercises

The NHS has described exercise as a

March 12, 2019
Research led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has been awarded €7m to investigate new treatments for Parkinson’s over three years.

Research led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has been awarded €7m to investigate new treatments for Parkinson’s over three years.
 
The grant from the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) will help researchersincrease their understanding of how the mitochondria of cells in the brain become damaged in Parkinson’s.
 
There is growing evidence of the role that malfunctioning mitochondria play in Parkinson’s.
 

March 7, 2019
A report commissioned by the European Biosafety Network was launched at a roundtable on preventing exposure to hazardous drugs in healthcare, held in the European Parliament in Brussels attended by MEPs, unions, employers, professional associations, representatives of Member States and the European Commission
A report commissioned by the European Biosafety Network has shed light on conditions in hospitals across the EU which are endangering the lives of nurses and pharmacists, other hospital staff, carers and patients.
 
The report was launched on 7 March at a roundtable on preventing exposure to hazardous drugs in healthcare, held in the European Parliament in Brussels attended by MEPs, unions, employers, professional associations, representatives of Member States and the European Commission. 
 
March 7, 2019
Vitamin D supplements have widely been touted as the next bigthing. But are they actually useful, asks Rod Tucker

In July 2016, the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommended that to protect bone and muscle health, everyone should take a daily dose of 10 micrograms (equivalent to 400 IU) of vitamin D.
 

March 7, 2019
With so little clarity about the terms of Brexit, how can pharmacists know how the medicines supply chain will be affected, ponders our editor-in-chief Beth Kennedy

It feels as though all anybody in the UK has been talking about for the past two-and-a-half years is Brexit. Everything has been discussed; from how Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) will affect transport and farming to research and, importantly, medicines supply.
 
The unfortunate thing is that we are still no closer to finding out just how all of these important facets of life will be affected than we were at the time of the Brexit vote, such is the UK Government’s complete inability to come to any sort of agreement with Brussels.

March 6, 2019
Giving children the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism, according to the results of a major new study.

Giving children the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism, according to the results of a major new study.
 
Of 657,461 children born in Denmark between 1999 and December 2010, 6517 children were diagnosed with autism. MMR-vaccinated compared with MMR-unvaccinated children saw a fully-adjusted autism record of 0.93%.
 

March 4, 2019
Napp Pharmaceuticals' Pelmeg, a pegfilgrastim biosimilar, has been launched in the UK following its European Commission approval in November 2018
Napp Pharmaceuticals has announced the UK launch of Pelmeg®, a biosimilar of pegfilgrastim, following European Commission (EC) approval in November 2018.  
 
March 4, 2019
Iron deficiency anaemia is frequently seen in inflammatory bowel disease and is difficult to treat, partly because many patients are intolerant to traditional oral iron therapies
Shield Therapeutics and Norgine have announced positive results from the AEGIS Head-to-Head (H2H) clinical trial, which compared Feraccru® (ferric maltol), a novel oral iron replacement therapy, to Ferinject® (ferric carboxymaltose (FCM)), a market-leading intravenously delivered iron replacement therapy.1
 
February 28, 2019
NHS prescriptions are set to rise by 20p per item from 1 April 2019, the Government has announced

NHS prescriptions are set to rise by 20p per item from 1 April 2019, the Government announced on Thursday (21 February).
 
The raise from £8.80 to £9 will apply to each medicine or appliance dispensed, while the cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPC) has been frozen for a year at £29.10 for a three-month PPC and £104 for a 12-month PPC.
 
PPCs are available for patients who require four or more items in three months or more than 12 in a year.
 

February 28, 2019
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will spend around £11m on warehouse contracts to store medicines as a contingency measure for a no-deal Brexit, Hospital Pharmacy Europe understands.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will spend around £11m on warehouse contracts to store medicines as a contingency measure for a no-deal Brexit, Hospital Pharmacy Europe understands.
 

February 27, 2019
The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly used group of drugs fails patients with Crohn’s disease has concluded that standardised drug doses are often too low

A UK wide collaboration led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, part-funded by Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Guts UK, and supported by the NIHR  has concluded that trials are needed to investigate whether early personalised dosing, guided by blood level monitoring, might help reduce the rate of treatment failure.
 

February 27, 2019
A genetic discovery could make treatment for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis safer, by identifying patients who are at risk of potentially deadly drug side effects

A ground-breaking and large-scale NHS research collaboration, led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has discovered a gene mutation that allows the identification of patients at risk of a drug side effect, allowing clinicians to tailor alternative treatments to these individuals.

 

February 21, 2019
Manufacturers may have to rethink the way they transport stock to avoid ‘at least’ six months of border delays in a no-deal Brexit, a letter from a health minister has warned.

Manufacturers may have to rethink the way they transport stock to avoid ‘at least’ six months of border delays in a no-deal Brexit, a letter from a UK health minister has warned.
 

February 14, 2019
Fears that the UK is heading towards a no-deal Brexit mean British pharmacists should continue preparing for the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) ‘with appropriate caution’, NHS England has warned.

Fears that the UK is heading towards a no-deal Brexit mean British pharmacists should continue preparing for the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) &

February 12, 2019
Medicines manufacturers have warned that a no-deal Brexit ‘makes no sense’ because the UK would no longer be a part of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).

Medicines manufacturers have warned that a no-deal Brexit "makes no sense" because the UK would no longer be a part of the Falsified Medicin

February 8, 2019
Most medicines can still be dispensed even if they return an alert from the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) database, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has advised.

Most medicines can still be dispensed even if they return an alert from the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) database, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has advised.
 
The FMD is a series of European anti-counterfeiting measures that will see pharmacists scan packs of medication to very their authenticity before they are dispensed. It comes into effect tomorrow (9 February).
 
In the early days of the directive, medicines should only not be dispensed if there is “a clear indication” that they are fake, the NPA advised.

February 8, 2019
Pharmacists must work towards full compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) deadline despite implementation delays in the supply chain, pharmacy bodies have said.

Pharmacists must work towards full compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) deadline despite implementation delays in the supply chain, pharmacy bodies have said.
 
The UK FMD working group for community pharmacy said there will be a ‘significant quantities’ of medicines without the FMD safety features – including a 2D barcode and anti-tamper device – in circulation after the February 9 deadline, but pharmacists should still make sure they have everything in place for the change.
 

February 8, 2019
Allowing pharmacist to dispense alternatives to GP prescriptions in case of shortages is likely to increase workload for pharmacists but simultaneously reduce pressure on them.

Allowing pharmacist to dispense alternatives to GP prescriptions in case of shortages is likely to increase workload for pharmacists but simultaneousl

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