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Once-a-day pill to treat ovarian cancer approved for use on NHS


Game-changing targeted pill could help up to 850 women in England and Wales suffering from ovarian cancer after it was approved for use on the NHS through the Cancer Drugs Fund.Niraparib (Zejula; Tesaro) should be made available to adults with relapsed, high-grade serous epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who have had two or more courses of platinum-based chemotherapy, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said in final draft guidance published on 1 June 2018.Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women and can affect […]

Learn to love yourself!

I wanted to write this blog about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as it strikes a personal chord with me. As I get older I seem to be more self-conscious and less happy with the way I look; this may have something to do with the fact that my once slender size 8 figure has turned somewhat curvier over the years to a full size 12 and as much as I try to blame the clothes stores that they are shrinking the sizes I know I just need to get myself into the gym and keep at it. Now, whilst I probably have only a mild case of BDD and cannot begin to understand how someone copes with a mental illness. I am […]

Gluten-free staples are to remain on prescription

The department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) announced recently that gluten-free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England. This is following a public consultation that garnered almost 8,000 responses; including 1,150 from healthcare professionals.Participants in the consultation were given 3 options:make no changes stop prescription of all gluten-free foods only allow the prescription of certain gluten free foods (eg bread and flour)81% of participants chose the third option; only allow the prescription of certain gluten free foods (e.g. bread and flour). […]

Vaping: harmless trend or toxic habit?

The vaping phenomenon has increased over recent years; you don’t seem to be able to walk down a street without being in cased in a cloud of flavoured smoke, although this is preferred to inhaling second-hand cigarette smoke. We have to ask ourselves are we just swapping one harmful toxin for another? With some many unknowns about the adverse side-effects of vaping and e-cigarettes on the body and the Public Health England (PHE) recently given the green light e-cigarettes, we delve deeper into the vaping trend.Public Health England (PHE) has published a new independent evidence review on e-cigarettes […]

Antidepressants vs Placebos

An estimated 350 million people worldwide have depression. There has been great debate over the years of how best to treat depression, are non-medication based therapies best? Or do antidepressants actually work?The meta-analysis published recently in The Lancet, looked at over 500 trials including over 116,000 patients with major depressive disorder. This analysis included both placebo-controlled trials and head-to-head trials, where antidepressants were compared with other antidepressants.During the trials, researchers found that all 21 of the most common antidepressants (that they looked […]

GPhC to Introduce Revalidation for Pharmacists from March 2018

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will introduce annual revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from March 2018.In a move to help reduce education errors and improve patient safety a new revalidation agenda brought in by the GPhC; all pharmacists will now have to submit to four clinical professional developments (CPD) records every year, along with another two CPD elements: “a record of a peer discussion and a record of a reflective account”.What is revalidation?Revalidation is the process by which the GPhC confirms all the professionals it regulates (pharmacists […]

World Cancer Day 4th February 2018

Most of us at one time or other has been deeply affected by cancer. It is an aggressive disease that tears families and loved ones apart. Here at New Directions Pharmacy we are raising awareness of World Cancer Day in the hope that we can combat this disease.What is World Cancer Day? On 4 February, World Cancer Day is a day to unite in the fight against cancer. Every Unity Band worn, every pound donated and every gesture of support will play an important part of beating cancer sooner.The funds raised from incredible people like you will support thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses […]

New Directions Pharmacy Gather Record Gifts for Children in South Wales

Andrew Harris and New Directions Pharmacy gather gifts for Mr X appeal

New Directions Pharmacy have worked around the clock once again to help provide over 250 gifts for children in South Wales this coming Christmas.The team has worked to support the Mr X Appeal Swansea charity initiative since 2013. The festive drive encourages individuals to donate a gift for a child who may be in difficult circumstances this yuletide. The team did not disappoint.Leah Seltzer, Head of Compliance and Quality Assurance for New Directions spearheads the challenge annually. She said ‘firstly I can’t believe we are here again one year on with so many gifts to donate. Sadly, […]

New Directions Chairman Highly Commended at Cardiff Business Awards

On Friday 23rd June 2017, New Directions Chairman Jeff Tune was highly commended at an awards ceremony held in Cardiff.The Cardiff Business Awards recognise outstanding achievement in business and celebrate talent, ambition and innovation from across Wales' capital city. This is the third year the awards have celebrated the best of Cardiff business.The event held at City Hall in the capital celebrated 19 awards in total and was attended by over 400 guests who enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment from former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones. The evening was hosted by television personality […]

New Directions Announced as Cardiff Life Finalist for a Second Year

Leading business services organisation New Directions have been announced as ‘finalists’ in the ‘Best Company’ category at the Cardiff Life Awards.This is a second successive year of shortlisting for the organisation who had a 2016 in which they won a flurry of awards and became Wales’ first supply agency to be announced ‘Gold Status – Investors in People’ status.Speaking about the shortlisting, Group Head of Communications and Marketing - Ruth Dalton said ‘I have worked as part of this team now for over five years. I have watched the growth and change within the business. […]