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November 22, 2018
The amount of money medicines cost the NHS has more than doubled in less than 10 years, official figures have revealed

The amount of money medicines cost the NHS has more than doubled in less than 10 years, official figures have revealed.
 

November 8, 2018
UK building ‘refrigeration capacity’ in case of Brexit drug shortages

The UK's health secretary has said that the Government is building extra "refrigeration capacity" in case a no-deal Brexit leaves the country short of certain medicines.
 
Speaking to ITV’s Peston show, Matt Hancock urged patients not to stockpile medicines, and said the Government is working with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure patients are able to obtain necessary medication.
 

November 5, 2018
Easier access to medical cannabis in UK will only benefit a ‘few people’, says NHS England

New legislation making it easier to access medical cannabis will only benefit a few patients, NHS England has said.
 

November 5, 2018
Easier access to medical cannabis in UK will only benefit a ‘few people’, says NHS England

New legislation making it easier to access medical cannabis will only benefit a few patients, NHS England has said.
 

October 29, 2018
Medicines watchdog seizes over £2m counterfeit medicines in UK drugs bust

More than £2m worth of falsified medicines have been seized in the UK in less than three weeks, the Government’s medicines watchdog has revealed.
 
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Wednesday (24 October) that it intercepted one million doses of counterfeit medicines worth over £2m between 9 and 27 October including diazepam, modafinil and dermal fillers.
 

October 25, 2018
Six-week no-deal Brexit drugs stockpile could take over a year to prepare

Stockpiling six weeks worth of medicines after a no-deal Brexit could take over a year due to creating extra storage for drugs that need to be kept in certain conditions, a Government committee has heard.
 
Speaking before the Health and Social Care Committee on Tuesday [23 October], wholesalers’ body the Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) executive director Martin Sawer explained that building new cold-chain warehouses for medicines that need refrigeration might take more than a year.
 

October 17, 2018
Pregabalin and gabapentin will be reclassified as class C drugs next year following a rising numbers of deaths linked to the drugs, the Government has said.

Pregabalin and gabapentin will be reclassified as class C drugs next year following a rising numbers of deaths linked to the drugs, the UK Government has said.
 

August 23, 2018
Working as a pharmacist in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a rewarding experience, despite considerable challenges, explains Barbara Pawulska

Working as a pharmacist in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a rewarding experience, despite considerable challenges, explains Barbara Pawulska
 
What with busy dispensaries and tricky patients to contend with, life as a pharmacist can present challenges in any walk of the profession.
 

August 14, 2018
The prescribing safety assessment (PSA) could benefit pre-registration pharmacy students who want to become independent prescribers, a study has concluded.

The prescribing safety assessment (PSA) could benefit UK pre-registration pharmacy students who want to become independent prescribers, a study has concluded.
 
The PSA is a 60-minute evaluation of 30 questions on writing and reviewing new prescriptions, calculating drug doses and identifying and avoiding adverse drug reactions and medication errors, among others.
 

June 19, 2018
If passed, the legislation will provide hospital pharmacists with a legal defence for inadvertent dispensing errors

The UK’s Government is consulting on proposals to decriminalise dispensing errors for hospital pharmacists and technicians, it has announced.
 
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) today (19 June) published a consultation on whether it should provide a legal defence for inadvertent dispensing errors for hospital pharmacists following the passing of a similar law protecting community pharmacists in April.
 

May 10, 2018
Patients being discharged from hospital care are set to benefit from a new system that enables and speeds up communication with community pharmacists, improving patient safety

Eastern AHSN is rolling out a new electronic medication optimisation pathway (EMOP) for the east of England, to ensure patients get the most from their medicines and remain in a better state of health, with support from their community pharmacist.
 

February 26, 2018
A preventative treatment for peanut allergies, one of the most severe food allergies, has been developed by San Francisco-based Aimmune Therapeutics and could be the world’s first approved drug for this condition

Sensitivity to peanuts is one of the most dangerous food allergies. Even the smallest traces can cause severe allergic reactions, which can be fatal. The allergy is also relatively common; an estimated 250,000 children in England alone are allergic to peanuts, with rates are on the rise. Peanut allergies are also highly persistent and four out of five children with peanut allergies remain allergic into adulthood.

 

March 3, 2016
Study will evaluate efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of adalimumab biosimilar candidate MSB11022 compared with Humira®

Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced the initiation of a global Phase III clinical study of MSB11022, a proposed biosimilar of adalimumab, in chronic plaque psoriasis. This milestone is a strong reflection of Merck’s progress in biosimilars, with the goal of delivering high-quality biologics to patients all over the world.
 

May 28, 2015
To provide higher quality clinical pharmacy services at a tertiary health centre, a clinical pharmacy department, based on a theoretical model, was formally established and organisational changes were feasible and financially justified

 

March 3, 2015
• The European Medicines Agency has determined that Remsima, a biosimilar, is comparable to the reference product Remicade® in terms of safety, efficacy and quality across all approved indications • Remsima is expected to cost less than the reference product; these savings could allow more patients with inflammatory autoimmune diseases to access monoclonal antibody therapy • Biosimilar monoclonal antibodies are expected to save European healthcare systems between €1.8 and €20.4 billion between 2007 and 2020 (1)

•    The European Medicines Agency has determined that Remsima, a biosimilar, is comparable to the reference product Remicade® in terms of safety, efficacy and quality across all approved indications
•    Remsima is expected to cost less than the reference product; these savings could allow more patients with inflammatory autoimmune diseases to access monoclonal antibody therapy

November 17, 2014
A new report on medicines shortages experienced in European healthcare systems reveals that over 86% of hospital pharmacists are experiencing difficulties in sourcing medicines with 66% reporting this as a daily or weekly problem. The top affected areas are medicines to fight infection, cancer drugs and anaesthetics.

A new report on medicines shortages experienced in European healthcare systems reveals that over 86% of hospital pharmacists are experiencing difficulties in sourcing medicines with 66% reporting this as a daily or weekly problem. The top affected areas are medicines to fight infection, cancer drugs and anaesthetics.
 

January 15, 2014
Enhancing the protective properties of Nitrile with a new unique blend, the new Berner Nitrile Cleanroom glove guarantees over eight hours of chemical resistance without compromising on comfort, grip or dexterity.

 

January 15, 2014
In the vital drive to reduce needle-stick injury, Helapet is delighted to introduce the NeedleSafe II™ as the safe, easy-to-use solution for the uncapping and re-capping of needles. Offering superior protection, NeedleSafe II™ allows customers a simple single-handed method of uncapping and re-capping needles across a universal array of healthcare applications.

 

October 9, 2013
With so many responsibilities demanding the time and attention of pharmacists, it is essential that the storage solutions they choose are not only secure, but also convenient and cost effective.

 

August 15, 2013
The Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) has recently won two awards for their collaborative initiative ‘FIT4Safety - Injection Safety in UK and Ireland’, which includes the formulation and publication of the widely praised Safety of Sharps in Diabetes Recommendations (1st Edition).
The Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) has recently won two awards for their collaborative initiative 'FIT4Safety - Injection Safety in UK and Ireland', which includes the formulation and publication of the widely praised Safety of Sharps in Diabetes Recommendations (1st Edition).
August 15, 2013
With the Scottish Business Awards, the local business community recognises successful companies that stand for growth and development. This year, the Needle-Trap needle protection system was the winner in the “Product of the Year” category.
With the Scottish Business Awards, the local business community recognises successful companies that stand for growth and development. This year, the Needle-Trap needle protection system was the winner in the “Product of the Year” category. 
August 9, 2013
The RPS warmly welcomes the publication of Professor Berwick’s report, and believes his call for ‘quality of patient care’ to be placed above all other aims will be welcomed by pharmacists.
The RPS warmly welcomes the publication of Professor Berwick’s report, and believes his call for quality of patient care to be placed above all other aims will be welcomed by pharmacists.
The RPS agrees that a safer NHS will depend upon major cultural change, leadership and a learning culture across the system and we are pleased that much of our existing work on 'professional empowerment', 'just culture' and 'quality systems' resonates with the key messages within Professor Berwick’s report. 
August 3, 2013
By implementing a comprehensive oxygen stewardship programme, including guidelines, education and audit, the appropriate use of oxygen has improved at a UK hospital Trust
By implementing a comprehensive oxygen stewardship programme, including guidelines, education and audit, the appropriate use of oxygen has improved at a UK hospital Trust
By implementing a comprehensive oxygen stewardship programme, including guidelines, education and audit, the appropriate use of oxygen has improved at a UK hospital Trust
August 2, 2013
An excerpt from Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013
An excerpt from Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013

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