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The number of children needing treatment for addiction to tranquilisers has almost doubled, figures show.In 2016, 161 children under the age of 18 accessed public treatment services for benzodiazepine misuse.This almost doubled to 315 young people requiring help last year.The figures, released by Public Health England (PHE), show the number…
MPs should vote for the Brexit deal to ensure medical stockpiles do not run out, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the Commons.Mr Hancock said "voting for the deal is the best way to ensure unhindered supply of medicines", in response to health questions.He reportedly told the Prime Minister and…
Some NHS 111 patients are to be booked appointments with their local pharmacist, officials have said.Patients in London with minor illnesses who call the NHS helpline can be sent to a nearby pharmacy instead of seeing a doctor.NHS England said specially trained 111 operators can refer patients with minor health…
The head of Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland has criticised the Department of Health for ignoring repeated calls to save the service.Community pharmacists say they have been warned by wholesalers that the supply of medicines to pharmacies and patients can no longer be guaranteed, as they struggle to pay their bills.Suppliers…
Thousands of patients are being denied prescriptions for cannabis despite the law change because of "botched and cruel" medical guidance, MPs have warned. Conservative former minister Sir Mike Penning was among those on Monday to say the material being relied on by the NHS is shutting down the fresh law.…
Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients in the UK from today. Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced last month that new regulations would come into force on Thursday, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which the products can be given to patients. The move follows several…
Anyone with a credit card can buy a "lethal combination" of drugs online, health inspectors have said as they called for the public to be better informed about the dangers of buying prescription drugs from unregulated websites. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was "worried" about the challenge of…
A new antibiotic which acts as a "Trojan horse" has proved effective against drug-resistant bacteria, researchers have said.Scientists say trials on 448 people with kidney or urinary tract infections found the drug cefiderocol eradicated germs just as effectively as current treatments.The drug tricks the bacteria's biology by binding to iron…
The cost of anti-psychotic medication increased by more than 200% in a year mainly due to drug shortages, new data shows. NHS figures for Scotland reveal the gross ingredient cost (GIC) of the drugs rose from £11 million in 2016/17 to £35.7 million in 2017/18 – a rise of 223.8%.…
New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and the British Red Cross have been awarded a total of £1,351,066 to deliver projects across Wales. The British Red Cross will run pilots for…
One of the Government's key advisers on the use of antidepressants has resigned from the role citing harassment after claims he made about coming off the drugs drew widespread derision from colleagues and users. Professor David Baldwin was described as a "pharma-whore" and "a pharmaceutical rapist and a lying serial…
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small…
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