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Cuts to the public health budget mean smokers in many areas can no longer access stop smoking medications from their GP, health experts have warned. There is now at least one local authority in England where there is a zero budget for addressing smoking, a report by Cancer Research UK…
Hundreds of thousands of English patients are missing out on cheaper NHS prescriptions, new analysis suggests. More than 800,000 people would have been better off if they had purchased a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC), according to MoneySavingExpert.com. The certificates enable patients to make a one-off payment and then get as…
Cells that can survive doses of antibiotics and lie resting in a dormant state may hold a key to understanding antibiotic resistance, researchers say. A study found the vast majority of the 1.3% of bacteria cells that survived treatment with the antibiotic ampicillin were live but not growing. These cells…
The MS Society has said it is concerned that a proposal to withdraw five treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) from the NHS could limit people’s ability to manage living with the condition. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today recommended that five MS treatments should no…
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…
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…
People are being urged not to ask their doctor for antibiotics as part of a new campaign aimed at tackling growing resistance to the drugs. An estimated 5,000 people die every year in England due to the fact antibiotics no longer work for some infections, according to Public Health England…
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