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Published on January 14, 2016

E-cigarettes may soon become available on the NHS

E-cigarettes may soon become available on the NHS

Around 10 million adults in the UK smoke cigarettes. This has been acknowledged by UK medicine regulators and for the first time they have approved an e-cigarette brand, opening the doors for them to be prescribed on the NHS. Despite the controversy over the safety of e-cigarettes, GPs could soon be prescribing a rechargeable e-cigarette [...]

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Published on October 15, 2015

Turning to technology

Turning to technology

How many of you wear a FitBit or similar activity tracker? Is your first reaction to “google”? As we become more tech savvy a large number of us are turning to managing our health via the use of technology. Research has found one in two adults in the UK use smartphones and computers to monitor [...]

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Published on October 8, 2015

Online pharmacies – a threat to independent pharmacies?

Online pharmacies – a threat to independent pharmacies?

  2005 marked the arrival of Internet pharmacies. Although a slow buildup, the UK is experiencing increasing growth in the number of Internet pharmacy licenses, indicating that this channel may well become a genuine alternative to traditional pharmacy. With the rise of the connected consumer, online pharmacies might be a competitive force in the pharmacy [...]

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Published on September 21, 2015

Stoptober supports the use of e-cigarettes

Stoptober supports the use of e-cigarettes

With Stoptober fast approaching, this year’s campaign will see the annual initiative provide support for the use of e-cigarettes to help quit smoking. Public Health England backed the use of e-cigarettes last month as a smoking cessation tool and although the Stoptober campaign won’t provide advice on the different e-cigarettes available, the campaign will instead [...]

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Published on September 14, 2015

E–cigarettes may soon be provided by the NHS to help smokers quit

E–cigarettes may soon be provided by the NHS to help smokers quit

 In Britain, 2.6 million adults are using e-cigarettes as a method to try and quit smoking as they are 95% less harmful than tobacco. The NHS have acknowledged the safety of using                     e–cigarettes and they could soon be prescribed on the NHS to encourage more smokers to quit. However, it must be noted that [...]

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Published on September 7, 2015

Should we all take a daily vitamin D supplement?

Should we all take a daily vitamin D supplement?

Current Government guidelines state that those between the ages of 6 months up to 5 years should take a daily supplement of vitamin D, largely because this vitamin in particular is difficult to obtain through diet alone. This guideline is currently being revised by the Government and according to the new guideline draft everyone within [...]

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Published on August 3, 2015

The increasing dominance of chain pharmacy

The increasing dominance of chain pharmacy

Boots have recently launched an outpatient pharmacy service. The service is an initial trial and partnership with Northampton General Hospital where a Boots pharmacy has now been opened. The new arrangement enables patients to access pharmacy services more conveniently and at ease. The arrangement also means the hospital is able to reinvest those Pharmacists working [...]

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Published on July 22, 2015

Bridging the gap within the Healthcare Professional world

The Primary Care Pharmacist’s Association has in recent months set up a group to identify those Pharmacists within the UK who are interested in working within GP practices. A number of Pharmacists have been attracted by this offering to ultimately help bring the pharmacy and GP world closer. The group was initially set up following [...]

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