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Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Flu still circulating but showing signs of stabilising, PHE says

New figures reveal that GP consultations have stabilised, hospitalisations have fallen by 7% and that intensive care admissions have fallen by 26%

BBC reports on black market for Rx drugs

Criminal gangs are diverting hundreds of millions of pounds worth of prescription drugs into the black market, according to a recent File on 4 report

Boots rolls out affordable EHC business-wide

Boots has said that it now stocks a more affordable morning after pill in all its UK stores, explaining that  supply chain issues have held up roll-out

Small firms still waiting on rates support

The Federation of Small Businesses has hit out at a failure by some councils to pass on funds aimed at helping small businesses cope with last year’s rates hike

PHE launches review into prescription drug addiction

Public Health England is to undertake a year-long review into the growing problem of addiction to prescription medications such as opioid painkillers

Half of carers aged under 10 affected by disrupted sleep

Significant numbers of young carers regularly experience disrupted sleep due to having to look after family members, a new survey reveals

Mixed feelings on proposed ‘super-regulator’

Some welcomed the focus on supporting professionalism while others voiced concerns that a proposed health ‘super-regulator’ would dilute pharmacy's role

PhIF funding for post-registration pharmacist training

Pharmacy Integration Fund moneys will finance masters-level training courses to help pharmacists make best use of their skills in diverse NHS settings

Risk of medicine supply disruption if Brexit talks fail, Hunt says

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Health Select Committee that a breakdown in Brexit talks could lead to a “uniquely damaging” scenario 

Dixons Carphone chief exec to join Boots as MD

Mr James, who is to replace Elizabeth Fagan as Boots MD, commented that he was "very excited" to lead "one of the UK's most iconic, venerable and trusted brands"

Campaign encourages greater smear test awareness

As Cervical Cancer Prevention Week kicks off, research highlights that embarrassment is preventing too many women from attending smear tests

NPA issues radicalisation guidance

The NPA guidance describes ways in which radicalisers may target vulnerable individuals and how pharmacy team members can raise any concerns

PSNC reassures contractors on flu vaccine stock levels

PSNC has issued a statement to reassure contractors that stocks are still available through the pharmacy wholesaler market

PSNC signals start of planning for DH negotiations

Work has begun in preparation for negotiations with the DH for 2018/19 on pharmacy funding, PSNC has said

The sick men and women of Europe?

The increase in life expectancy in the UK is slowing down and there remains a persistent north-south health divide

Seek meningitis treatment despite NHS pressures urges charity

Meningitis Now is urging people not to allow coverage of NHS pressures to prevent them from seeking medical help if they suspect meningitis

RPS: a “scandal” not to make best use of pharmacists

The RPS’s Sandra Gidley has said it would be “nothing short of a scandal” if health services did not make best use of pharmacists' clinical skills

Brine joins NHS execs in supporting Smokefree Pledge

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine has joined NHS England and Public Health England chief executives in endorsing the NHS Smokefree Pledge
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