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August 2014

Further oral MS treatment approved by NICE

NICE has accepted dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) for NHS use in certain patients...

NICE advises increased statin use

In its updated guideline on lipid modification for the prevention of cardiovascular...

NICE overhauls CKD guideline

NICE has updated its clinical guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of...

Benefits of emergency contraceptives outweigh risks, confirms EMA

A European review has concluded that emergency contraceptives remain suitable for all...

Blood drug levels to be set in new driving offence

A new offence of driving with certain controlled drugs above specified levels...

July 2014

NICE approves lubiprostone for chronic constipation and revises prasugrel guidance

NICE has approved lubiprostone for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and...

Pertussis vaccination in pregnant women extended

The whooping cough vaccination programme for pregnant women should continue for a...

Update to meningitis C vaccine schedule

A time-limited meningitis C catch-up vaccination programme for new starters at universities...

Antihypertensive combination use warning

The MHRA has warned healthcare professionals about the risk of hyperkalaemia, hypotension...

June 2014

New vaccines for immunisation schedule: Boostrix-IPV and Infanrix-IPV+Hib

From 1st July 2014, Boostrix-IPV replaces Repevax for immunisation of pregnant women...

Canagliflozin approved by NICE for diabetes

NICE has approved canagliflozin (Invokana) for use in dual and triple therapy...

MHRA advises on correct procedures for the use of adrenaline auto-injectors

The MHRA has issued advice for patients and healthcare professionals regarding the...

Tramadol reclassified as a controlled drug

The Home Office has updated the legal classification of tramadol, lisdexamfetamine, zopiclone...

Prescribers reminded about risks of voriconazole

The latest edition of the MHRA's Drug Safety Update highlights the risk...

MHRA limits use of domperidone

The MHRA has issued new advice for domperidone which states that it...

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