Antipsychotics for intellectual disability

“The proportion of people with intellectual disability who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion with recorded mental illness” in UK primary care, according to a study by London researchers (BMJ 2015;351: 4326).
Their analysis of The Health Improvement Network clinical database compared …

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EMA calls for more adrenaline auto-injector patient support

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has called for more effective advice to help patients use adrenaline auto-injectors successfully. The EMA reviewed the use of adrenaline auto-injectors following concerns that currently available devices were being used suboptimally.
Giving adrenaline by injection into the muscle is the preferred …

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NICE aims to cut antibiotic prescribing by 22 per cent

“Sensible use of antibiotics” and “cutting back on unnecessary prescribing” could reduce antibiotic prescriptions by 10 million per year, or 22 per cent, according to NICE. It’s new guideline Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use recommends multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship teams to …

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Hunt opens door for DNA charges

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he doesn’t “have a problem in principle” with charging NHS patients for missed appointments. As first step, patients will now be told the cost incurred by their failure to attend.
Speaking on the BBC’s Question Time programme, Mr Hunt said …

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Liraglutide effective in weight loss

New research indicates that liraglutide, when combined with a reducing diet and exercise, is an effective intervention in obese patients.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2015; 373:11–22) randomly assigned patients in a 2:1 ratio to receive once-daily sc injections of 3mg …

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Branded drug price inflation soars

A new report has revealed average increases of over 12 per cent in the price of branded drugs with no sign of this inflation slowing down.
Financial analysts at Credit Suisse found that second-quarter branded drug price inflation remained above the 12 per cent level year-over-year. …

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PCA no more effective

UK researchers have found that patient controlled analgesia (PCA) is no more effective at pain relief in trauma patients than injections given by nurses.
A study published in the British Medical Journal (2015;350:h2988) involved 200 adults, aged 18 to 75 years, who presented to emergency departments …

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Sunshine act reveals pharma payments

European pharmaceutical companies paid US$1.5 billion in fees to US doctors and teaching hospitals last year, according to official statistics released under the Sunshine Act (https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov). European companies accounted for 23 per cent of the US$6.49 billion given to medical professionals by the global pharma …

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Lung cancer patients given early access to nivolumab

The UK medicines regulator has ruled that patients with locally advanced metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer can have early access to the drug nivolumab.
The MHRA gave the go ahead for treatment under the government’s Early Access to Medicines Scheme, which allows use of drugs …

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“NHS tax” driving pharma profits, claim academics

Government support for the pharma industry has undermined efforts by NICE to control the NHS drug budget, two leading academics claim this week. Writing in The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Alan Maynard and Karen Bloor say that “government continues to subvert the …

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