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Hospitals face running out of drugs in a chaotic no-deal Brexit, the group that represents NHS hospital and ambulance service has privately warned. Poor co-ordination by ministers and health service bosses means there has been a failure to prepare for the UK to be left without a Brexit deal, a…
A vaccine which could be used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease has reached the next stage of clinical trials. ACI-24, developed by Swiss-based pharmaceutical company AC Immune, will be tested among patients with a mild or moderate form of the condition. Charity Alzheimer's Research UK said the vaccine represents…
Wales is about to become one of the first countries to robustly examine the use of a new HIV prevention strategy that has been rolled out across the world. Dr David Gillespie, Deputy Director of Cardiff University’s Infections, Inflammation and Immunity Division, will lead the research after winning a Health…
A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland argued the decision by ministers, surrounding the use of the drug misoprostol, was "unlawful"…
An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical company to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Orkambi received its European licence exactly 1,000 days ago, but the National Institute of Care and Excellence (Nice) has not recommended it for…
A charity has condemned a decision by health officials to reject a drug to treat a rare genetic disorder which can mean that affected children do not live to their their second birthday. In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has not recommended Spinraza,…
Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of children suffer from the behavioural disorder, but only one in 10 are receiving medical treatment. Experts who took part in…
The mother of an epileptic teenager is calling for a new "Billy's Law" in Northern Ireland. Billy Caldwell's mum Charlotte successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws changed in the UK after her son's medicines were confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11. She said while families across…
Doctors will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has decided to reschedule the products, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which they can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "prioritising saving money over saving lives and flouting the basic principles…
A young girl from Co Down waiting to hear if she has been granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to hospital. Sophia Gibson, six, from Newtownards, suffers from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Her parents, Danielle and Darren say…
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