Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released for the first time by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s independent board of assessors.
National pharmacy negotiators have expressed concern about proposals by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the National Association of Primary Care for the GP and community pharmacy national contracts to be “more aligned”.
Healthcare professionals should question their colleagues’ prescribing of antimicrobials when they don’t comply with local or national guidelines, according to Mark Baker, director of the clinical centre for practice at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the opioid OxyContin (oxycodone) for children aged 11–16 years whose pain is severe enough to require daily around-the-clock long-term treatment for which alternative options are inadequate.
Vaginal oestrogen could improve the quality of life for a subset of post-menopausal women, without the high levels of systemic hormones found in hormone replacement therapy, according to a paper published in Menopause.