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Pharmacies should be able to offer basic medical treatment like flu jabs or diabetes care to relieve the pressure on GPs, an MP has said.
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Commissioners have been told they will gain easier access to the latest drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence after the Department of Health reached a deal on pricing with the pharmaceutical industry.
The Department of Health has brokered a five-year deal with pharmaceutical companies that will bring in a fixed cap for the first time on the amount the NHS spends on branded medicines.
Soaring demand for GP and emergency services could be reduced if there is a “radical shift” in the role of pharmacists, a new report claims.
Drugs made for leading firms including Superdrug are being recalled after inspectors found problems with manufacturing at an Indian plant.
The introduction of a pricing system for new drugs which attaches greater value to how much they benefit patients is to be delayed until late 2014, HSJ has discovered.
Health boards are being urged to examine the support they offer to people with mental illness to help them quit smoking.
Doctors should be free to innovate and be given greater opportunities to find cures for cancer, a Conservative MP has urged.
Patients with rare diseases could be denied access to cutting-edge therapies because of changes to the way drugs are funded, MPs have warned.
Cancer patients in Wales are more than four times less likely to receive a newer drug on the NHS than those in England, it is claimed.
The UK has become the first country in the world to allow physiotherapists and podiatrists to prescribe drugs to their patients.
Drug companies could face investigation following allegations that they are inflating the cost of drugs sold to the NHS.
Progress towards personalised medicines is being held back by the way drug prices are set, it is claimed.
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