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Drugs used to treat two rare cancers have been turned down for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advised against the medicines as it ruled the cost outweighed the benefits, despite being allowed more flexibility around the decision since they are used to treat…
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…
A new treatment which can halt the spread of breast cancer for up to two years for terminally ill patients has been approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. Campaigners welcomed the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)'s backing for the drug palbociclib, hailing it as a "wonderful decision" and "great…
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 In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for widespread use in the health service in…
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