Pharmacy News

Up to one quarter of GP referrals ‘avoidable’

Up to 25 per cent of GP referrals could be avoided through a combination of better signposting, education, pathway redesign and use of technologies, according to the authors of an audit of referrals carried out by a CCG. more →

WHO calls for indoor ban on e-cigarettes

The World Health Organisation has issued a report calling for tougher regulation on e-cigarettes, including a ban on indoor use. more →

MHRA launches stroke drug review

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK medicines watchdog, is to review the safety of alteplase - a drug used to treat strokes. more →

Study highlights cardiac risk of commonly prescribed antibiotic

Patients who take clarithromycin, one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the UK, are at an increased risk of cardiac death compared with patients who take penicillin V or roxithromycin, according to results of a large cohort study. more →

Former English Pharmacy Board chairman Lindsey Gilpin dies

Former English Pharmacy Board chairman Lindsey Gilpin died on 21 August 2014. more →

Doubt cast over falls BP drugs link

Concerns about the risk of falls in elderly patients receiving intensive blood pressure treatment may not be warranted, researchers argue in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

Nigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola. more →

Tomatoes linked with fighting cancer

Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. more →

Hormone 'protects premature babies'

The hormone erythropoietin (EPO) could prevent brain injuries in very premature babies, a study suggests. more →

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Pressure grows on crime commissioner

Pressure is growing on South Yorkshire's police commissioner to resign in the wake of a damning report into child abuse in Rotherham. more →

IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report. more →

Banksy sale raises £400k for club

A Banksy artwork that was painted on a wall outside a cash-strapped youth club is sold to a private collector for £403,000. more →

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