UK Paramedics Could be Drafted in to Help General Practice

NHS England confirmed that it is currently running a consultation on whether some advanced-level paramedics should be given independent prescriber status, to give patients quicker access to treatment, but stressed there are no proposals for taking on routine GP appointments. Paramedic independent prescribers “would have a comprehensive set of skills that could be utilised within

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Three New Drugs Green-Lighted for NHS Scotland

Cost regulators for the NHS in Scotland have endorsed new medicines for the treatment of HIV, asthma and MRSA-related skin infections. The SMC (Scottish Medicines Consortium) put forward Janssen-Cilag’s Rezolsta (darunavir cobicistat) in combination with another antiretroviral as an option for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults aged 18 years or older. Rezolsta combines

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Biogen enters strategic alliance to develop new Parkinson’s disease treatments

Biogen has formed a strategic alliance with the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center to improve understanding of the underlying biology of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and discover new tools and programs to accelerate research and development of new PD treatments. The deal will combine the institute’s clinical expertise and data with Biogen’s focus on neurodegenerative disease

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MRC, GSK and UK Uni’s Collab for Inflammatory Diseases Drug Development

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) will be collaborating in an open innovation research initiative aiming to improve scientists’ understanding of inflammatory diseases. The Experimental Medicine Initiative to Explore New Therapies (EMINENT) network will bring together researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Newcastle, Imperial College London and UCL, with GSK scientists

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Doctors and Nurses Told to Admit Mistakes

According to new guidelines, face-to-face explanations and apologies will need to be given to patients or close ones when things regarding their treatment and wellbeing go wrong. The guidance follows Sir Robert Francis’ call for a more open and transparent culture within healthcare in his report following the failures in patient care at Mid Staffordshire

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