Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised

Two leading public health organisations have called for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health said the government’s approach to drugs policy had failed.  There should be a greater focus

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Drug firms accused of overcharging by CMA

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma have been accused by the Competition and Markets Authority of charging “excessive and unfair” prices for an anti epilepsy drug. Phenytoin sodium capsules, used by 50,000 people in Britain, are made by Pfizer and sold by Flynn. When Pfizer made the drug under its Epanutin brand

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Police not NHS should deal with drunks

The Police rather than the NHS should be dealling with drunks claims the AnE boss. Police should crack down on binge drinking to stop hospital staff being distracted by disorderly drunks according to a leading doctor. Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said the “softer approach”

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Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health

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Nearly half the population takes prescription drugs

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs- according to the Health Survey for England. The report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013 with the annual cost to

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NHS U turn over cancer drug trial funding

Hospital chiefs and cancer research leaders had been warned that funding for patients taking part in drug trials might be cut- but these were now “incorrect” according to NHS England. Excess treatment costs (ETCs) cover the care of patients involved in drug trials which are not already covered by the

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Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready by end of 2015

Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015 the World Health Organization has announced. The WHO said “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of the year and vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West

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Drinking alcohol when pregnant- what are the risks?

Women who drink alcohol and are pregnant at the time are seeking abortions under the misapprehension their babies will suffer foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) says there is “no need” for an abortion in such cases, as there is “minimal” damage to babies from isolated

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UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the

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Smoking may worsen a hangover research concludes

Smoking may worsen a hangover after drinking heavily US research concludes-  although the reason why is unclear.Researchers asked 113 US students to keep a diary for eight weeks, recording their drinking and smoking habits and any hangover symptoms. When they drank heavily- around six cans of beer an hour –

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