Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

Flu vaccine delays for over-65s 'resolved by weekend' SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GPs and patients frustrated by a shortage of the new flu vaccine for over-65s are being told the final delivery batch will arrive by Saturday. NHS England said there would be enough vaccines for everyone to be protected ahead of winter. But doctors' leaders said more guidance should have been given to GPs and patients to avoid disruption over the phased delivery of supplies. Older adults are advised to get the flu jab by [...]

Non-medicinal options advised to soothe teething babies

Non-medicinal options advised to soothe teething babies Gels containing lidocaine will only be sold in pharmacies from next year after guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said teething products containing lidocaine will be sold only in pharmacies from next year (PA) Products containing lidocaine used for teething in babies and children will only be available over the counter in pharmacies from next year. A review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded [...]

NHS issues advice for looking after yourself over the holidays

NHS issues advice for looking after yourself over the holidays. People are advised to learn GP surgery opening times NHS Shetland is encouraging people to care for themselves and their families over the festive season holidays. Familiarising themselves with surgery and pharmacy opening times during the holiday period will be one of the most important things people can do to prepare, according to interim medical director Brian Chittick. These times will be published widely prior to the holidays and on the NHS website at:  https://www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/index.asp. Interim medical director [...]

With medical cannabis legal in the U.K., Canopy Growth plans to start selling there in the first half of 2019

With medical cannabis legal in the U.K., Canopy Growth plans to start selling there in the first half of 2019 One of the largest Canadian cannabis producers reported to have established roots across the pond. In a landmark decision, the British government allowed the use of cannabis for medical use on Nov. 1, 2018. IakovKalinin / iStock / Getty Images Plus Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) has expanded its international footprint with the legalization of cannabis in U.K, as reported in a recent article. “Mark Ware, chief medical officer for [...]

Prescription information ‘accidentally faxed’ to hotel group

Prescription information ‘accidentally faxed’ to hotel group. Mistakenly-sent faxes may have led to prescription information being inadvertently shared with an outside party, it has been reported. According to a post on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) website, NHS England has been made aware of a number of faxes being sent to an un-named hotel group over the past few weeks. The PSNC reported faxes had come from GP practices and community pharmacies across the country and included dispensing tokens and requests for medication. A [...]