German nurse arrested on suspicion of trying to poison five babies to death with morphine

German nurse arrested on suspicion of trying to poison five babies to death with morphine. Syringe containing painkiller-infused milk is found in locker General view of the paediatric clinic of the Ulm University Clinic ( Reuters ) A German nurse has been arrested for allegedly attempting to kill five babies by poisoning them with morphine. The babies, some of who were premature, suspiciously fell ill at the same time and developed breathing problems at Ulm university hospital in southwestern Germany. Doctors acted quickly and saved the lives of all five newborns, [...]

Electronic prescription service to include controlled medication

Electronic prescription service to include controlled medication. Pharmacies in England will now be able to dispense controlled drugs via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) following a successful trial. The decision means patients will be able to have their prescriptions sent electronically from their GP to their pharmacy, rather than having to carry a paper copy. Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs, excluding oral liquid methadone, will now be available electronically. More than 90% of GP practices and pharmacies are already live with the [...]

New warning for opioid painkillers

New warning for opioid painkillers The move comes amid increasing concern about the number of people misusing the drugs, with some dying as a result. Prescriptions of opioid painkillers are up 60% in the last decade Opioid painkillers will have to carry prominent warnings about the risk of addiction, the health secretary has announced. The move comes amid a massive increase in the number of prescriptions for the painkillers - up by 60% in the last decade to 23 million annually, according to [...]

Opioid painkillers ‘must carry prominent warnings’

Opioid painkillers 'must carry prominent warnings'. All opioid medicines in the UK will carry prominent warnings on their labels saying they can cause addiction, the health secretary has announced. Matt Hancock acted after figures in England and Wales revealed a-more-than 60% increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the last decade. People needed protection "from the darker side to painkillers," he said. Health experts welcomed the move, saying opioids can cause "life-altering and sometimes fatal addictions". NHS accused of fuelling rise in opioid addiction What [...]