Pharmacy News

National minor ailment scheme could help save NHS £1bn

Costs to the NHS of treating minor ailments would be greatly reduced if patients were seen by pharmacists rather than GPs or in A&E departments. more →

New medicine service guaranteed a place in pharmacy, conference hears

The new medicine service, which has been funded by the government since 2011, has been given a firmer grounding. more →

Regulator rejects call for stricter control of laxative sales

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has rejected an eating disorder charity’s appeal for laxatives to be reclassified as pharmacy-only drugs. more →

Medicines care plans proposed to join up NHS care

An electronic ‘pharmaceutical care plan’ detailing a patient’s drug history and specific medication needs should be introduced to improve the integration of care, according to a report on the future of pharmacy in Wales. more →

NHS alcohol-related admissions in England approach 10 million

The total number of alcohol-related NHS admissions, including inpatient, outpatient and A&E visits, hit almost 10 million in England during 2012-13, according to the newly updated Alcohol Harm Map published by Alcohol Concern. more →

Scientists develop human insulin-producing cells to treat type 1 diabetes

In a step towards developing a cell therapy for type 1 diabetes, stem cell researchers at Harvard University have produced — for the first time — human insulin-producing cells. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

NICE conflicts of interests claim

A group of leading doctors and researchers has called on MPs to investigate potential conflicts of interest at the medicines watchdog, NICE. more →

'Nine million have TB' - WHO report

The World Health Organization revises its estimate as to how many people have tuberculosis up by 500,000, in its latest report into the killer disease. more →

WHO crisis team holds Ebola talks

The World Health Organization's emergency committee is holding talks on travel restrictions and screening measures on the Ebola outbreak. more →

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Latest BBC General News

Shots fired inside Canada parliament

A gunman fired several shots at the Ottawa War Memorial, reportedly wounding a soldier, and then continued the attack inside the nation's parliament nearby. more →

Legal challenge over abuse inquiry

A legal challenge is launched into the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating historical child abuse as political pressure grows. more →

Sweden could use force in sub hunt

Sweden could use weapons in the search for a suspected foreign submarine near the capital Stockholm, a senior naval official tells the BBC. more →

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