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Steve Brine: We know opioid addiction is a huge problem in countries like the United States
In January, Steve Brine commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to investigate why the prescribing of “addictive medicines” has risen by 3% over the...
28/06/2018 1
According to Public Health England, cases of malaria in the UK rose by 16% in 2016
In July 2017, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the switch of a atovaquone/proguanil hydrochloride product from...
17/05/2018 2
Hughes Pharmacy offers private blood tests for allergies and intolerances (credit: Kenneth Allen)
We are the only locally owned pharmacy in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. My family has owned the pharmacy for 61 years, and all the team are local...
12/04/2018 1
The initiative promoted pharmacies as the first place to take children with minor illnesses
NHS England launched its Stay Well Pharmacy campaign in February, highlighting research which found that only a small proportion of parents with...
14/03/2018 2
Problems with regurgitation, colic and constipation are common in infants under 12 months
A study published in the journal Digestive and Liver Diseases in 2005 found that half of infants will experience at least one digestive difficulty...
09/03/2018 0
A dozen dental factsheets are available for pharmacy teams (credit: Atif Shamim/HEE LaSE)
Community pharmacist Atif Shamim is on a mission to create new “avenues” for the sector to work with dentists. He and a team at Health Education...
15/02/2018 1
Only seven LPCs in England currently participate in the Healthy Start vitamin scheme
In 2006, the government launched the Healthy Start programme in an effort to improve the health of low-income mothers and their families. As well as...
18/01/2018 1
It is not always clear which probiotic claims are backed up by evidence
If you believe everything you read, then probiotics are a potential treatment for many of the digestive ailments that pharmacists commonly see in...
14/12/2017 0
You should recommend that patients don't remain in bed if they can't sleep
A bad night’s sleep can ruin anyone’s day, and leave many of us feeling groggy or irritable. So when a patient recently asked to buy some sleeping...
25/10/2017 1
For a 'wet cough', expectorants such as guaifenesin can loosen airway secretions
Coughs and sore throats are extremely common illnesses that are seen all the time in community pharmacy. While patients with these symptoms may feel...
25/09/2017 1

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