How the 2015 UK general election will affect pharmacy

Five years ago I was fighting for political survival as a Liberal Democrat MP, and failed. Now, for the first general election in many years, I am not branded Lib Dem through and through, like a stick of Brighton rock. This year, as vice chair of the English Pharmacy Board, my focus is predominately on what the political parties will do for pharmacy’s role in patient care and how this election will affect the work of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). We are currently in purdah, which is essentially a…

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Dietary supplements linked to increased cancer risk

Consumers are always looking for ways to minimize their cancer risk, which is one reason why many turn to over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements. But new research finds that while companies promote dietary supplements for their cancer-prevention benefit, some may end up doing more harm than good. Dr. Tim Byers, director for cancer prevention and control at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, conducted a meta-analysis of two decades worth of research — 12 trials that involved more than 300,000 people — and found a number of supplements actually made a person much more…

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WHO Issues its First Hepatitis B Treatment Guidelines

GENEVA – WHO issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in an estimated 650 000 deaths each year – most of them in low- and middle-income countries. People with chronic hepatitis B infection are at increased risk of dying from cirrhosis and liver cancer. Effective medicines exist that can prevent people developing these conditions so they live longer. But most people who need these medicines are unable to access them or…

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