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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 grandfather died after he took twice as much medication as he should have following a "communication breakdown" between two branches of Boots, a coroner has said. The fact Richard Lee, 84, took double doses of the drugs he was taking was a "contributing factor" in his death after he…
An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Patients will be able to look at their records, order repeat prescriptions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries. The app will…
A grandfather died days after inadvertently being given two rounds of his prescription medication by Boots, an inquest has heard. Richard Anthony Lee is believed to have taken twice as much medication as he should have when he was found lying lifelessly on his bedroom floor on December 15 2016,…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the medicinal use of cannabis which could lead to patients in the UK being prescribed drugs derived from the banned plant. Mr Javid announced the move in a statement to the House of Commons in the wake of a series of…
The NHS was burdened with an £315 million increase in drugs spending because of unexpected price hikes that included a mental health medicine leaping by more than 70 times, a report has found. Concessionary prices, the spending on drugs above expected prices, on generic drugs were seven times higher than…
A decision to pull the plug on NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England's decision, made in November last year, to stop funding the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
Statins are "safe and effective", one of the nation's top doctors has said, after new research shed light on why people are concerned about taking the drugs. Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that patient concerns over statins are "understandable", but that research shows…
Brexit could drive up the cost of medicines for UK patients and the NHS and put at risk access to treatments, a parliamentary report has warned. The UK pharmaceutical industry also risks losing its status as a world leader in the sector unless a good deal is secured, the Commons…
GPs should write "recommendation prescriptions" for patients who can self-care for minor ailments, according to a group of medicine manufacturers. Such prescriptions would let GPs recommend over-the-counter medicines or give tips for self-care, said the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB). The trade body represents manufacturers of branded over-the-counter medicines,…
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalisation for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other…
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