RPS Board member Graham Phillips and spokesperson Neal Patel took to the airwaves yesterday to front interviews on the rise in prescription charges to £7.65 per item from 1 April 2012.
Pharmacy organisations, Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Pathfinder areas and pharmacies are celebrating exceeding the target set last year to have 100 HLPs accredited in England by the end of March 2012. The milestone was achieved following the selection in September last year of 20 pathfinder area
The development of a novel antidepressant ground to a halt this week when researchers found it did not make patients feel any better than the pills they were already taking.
The drug firms took the hit, with shares tumbling in Targacept, while AstraZeneca wrote off a total of $146.5 million for the drug’s failure.
It was bad news for investors and bad
The Scottish LMCs conference in Glasgow have passed a motion calling for food labelling to clearly indicate the ‘potential health impact of all foodstuffs’.
Glasgow GP Dr John Ip, who proposed both motions, said people are confused by the complexity of information on food packaging and called for it to be simplified.
He told the conference: ‘The direct cost of obesity
Pregnancies in girls under 18 have fallen to their lowest rate in 18 years, Welsh government figures show.
In 2010, 37.7 per 1,000 girls under 18 became pregnant, compared to 40.1 per 1,000 in 2009. It is the lowest rate since 1992.
The Royal College of Midwives said while the downward trend was welcome it was worried about the high number of