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First cannabis-based medicines approved for reimbursement

Pharmacists in England are to be reimbursed for dispensing cannabis-based products for the first time.

Benzodiazepines prescribed more in deprived areas, study confirms

Researchers found prescribing rates were 45 per cent higher in the most deprived populations compared to the least.

CQC highlights difficulty accessing services

Access to care and staffing issues pose challenges across all care settings, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Obesity costs us £409 each in taxes

Obesity is costing each UK citizen an additional £409 a year in taxes and cutting their life expectancy by 2.7 years, according to an OECD report.

MHRA recalls prescription-only Zantac batches

Four types of prescription-only Zantac have been recalled by the MHRA as a precautionary measure.

AMR a key area for community pharmacy says PHE

Community pharmacy teams must embrace their role as health educators to help tackle AMR, a PHE clinical fellow said.

Antidepressants may cut stroke risk

Antidepressants may reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke, Neurology reports.

European authorities approve cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy

European authorities have for the first time approved a cannabis-based medicine for use in severe childhood epilepsy.

Regulator cracks down on online supply of high-risk meds

The regulator is taking “robust” enforcement action against online pharmacies who inappropriately supply high-risk medicines.

New HIV diagnoses fall more than a quarter

HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen by more than a quarter since 2015, according to Public Health England.

Diabetics encouraged to talk about hypoglycaemia risk

Many people who have a diabetic relative have told them to speak to a healthcare professional about their hypoglycaemia risk.

Worries for brain health in low choline levels

Plant-based vegan diets are thought to contribute to an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health.

Drug misuse deaths in Wales highest ever

The highest number of drug misuse deaths ever – 208 – were registered in Wales in 2018.

NICE approves cluster headaches device

A handheld device that delivers a small electric current has been recommended in draft guidance by NICE.

HRT linked to higher risk of breast cancer

Women who use HRT are being urged to discuss its risks and benefits at their next routine appointment.

Parents urged to check children’s MMR records

Parents of children starting primary school are being urged to check their immunisation records.

New NICE guidelines on hypertension treatment

The new recommendations reduce the CVD risk threshold at which treatment for hypertension should be considered.

Gabitril shortages to last until end of October

Teva has warned that shortages of the epilepsy drug will last a month long longer than previously expected.

The Oral Health Foundation launches new strategy

The Oral Health Foundation has launched a new strategy: Better oral health for all.

‘Not enough evidence’ to recommend cannabis says NICE

NICE has decided not to recommend the use of cannabis-based medicines in severe treatment-resistant epilepsy.

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