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Statins lower risk of diabetic complications

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing microvascular complications but the impact of prior statin use on these complications is unclear. more →

Pharmacy exam date may change for Ramadan, says GPhC

The date for next summer’s professional registration assessment for pharmacy students, which again falls during the holy month of Ramadan, may be rescheduled to allow Muslim students to observe obligations. more →

Pharma industry pays £150m back to NHS

The pharmaceutical industry has paid £150million to the NHS in the first six months of 2014 under the new terms of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS), which was agreed with the Department of Health in November 2013. more →

Off-label macular degeneration therapy has similar safety to costly licensed drug, study finds

Bevacizumab (Roche’s Avastin) is similarly safe to use for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as the more expensive ranibizumab (Novartis’s Lucentis), but has a risk of causing gastrointestinal disorders, a Cochrane review has found. more →

Regulator assesses diclofenac risks to vultures

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) may consider a ban on veterinary medicines containing diclofenac because the anti-inflammatory product could pose a risk to the vulture population. more →

Northwest Biotherapeutic’s brain tumour therapy considered for early access in the UK

An experimental cell therapy for brain tumours is the first medicine to be selected for fast-track designation under a new early access scheme in the UK, the Department of Health (DH) announced on 16 September 2014. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

NHS whistleblowing 'problems persist'

Whistleblowers still face real problems in speaking out in the health service - despite the push to create a more open culture, campaigners say. more →

Call to offer HPV vaccine to boys

Scientific experts are meeting on Monday to discuss whether boys as well as girls should be offered the HPV jab. more →

Roast peanuts 'spark more allergies'

Roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than raw peanuts, according to an Oxford University study carried out on mice. more →

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Tesco probe into £250m profit error

Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m. more →

Balls: Labour has 'learnt from past'

Ed Balls says Labour has "learnt from the past" and will not "duck" tough decisions in power, Ed Balls tells the party's annual conference. more →

Blair: Don't rule out ground troops

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West should not rule out sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants. more →

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