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Paramedics could be granted the power to prescribe medication in a bid to cut down on thousands of unnecessary hospital visits and free up GPs, it is reported. Proposals were last mooted two years ago to give certain paramedics who have undergone advanced training the ability to prescribe independently. The…
Thousands of women with previously untreatable breast cancer have been given new hope after health officials approved two new "breakthrough" drugs for NHS use. In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for widespread use in the health service in…
The use of a hormone pregnancy test in the 1960s and 1970s was not responsible for serious birth defects experienced by some families who took the drug, an official review has concluded. However, campaigners have called the review by the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) a "whitewash" saying that the…
A new pill can reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) among children and teenagers, a study has found. Sufferers aged between 10 and 17 who were treated with Gilenya tablets had an 82% lower relapse rate compared to those injected with an alternative standard treatment, pharmaceutical giant Novartis said.…
LloydsPharmacy will close 190 stores across England due to changes in Government policy, with its parent company blaming funding cuts and business rates for the move. Cormac Tobin, managing director at LloydsPharmacy owner Celesio UK, said the closures were in response to "the dramatic funding and reimbursement cuts over the…
Women in Scotland are to be the first in the UK to be allowed to take the abortion pill at home. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been lobbying to change the law in the UK and welcomed the development. Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood has written…
Blood-thinning drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people suffering from irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A study found that patients being treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) were less likely to develop dementia if they were taking anticoagulants. Their risk was reduced by up to 48% compared…
The Government has taken more than a year to respond to a review outlining how to speed up NHS patients' access to innovative medicines, a charity has said. Muscular Dystrophy UK said that the Accelerated Access Review should be dubbed the "Delayed Access Review". The Government-commissioned review - which made…
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