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The Importance of the Flu Vaccination

Flu season is upon us! It is that time of year when the most vulnerable members of our society are at risk of complications from the influenza virus and as health professionals, we must play our part in minimising the risk by protecting ourselves and promoting the flu vaccination to those who are eligible. Who is at higher risk of influenza? The flu is highly contagious and spread by coughing, sneezing and touching contaminated surfaces.…


ND Pharmacy Shortlisted for IRP Recruitment Team of the Year 2019

We are excited to announce that New Directions Pharmacy have been shortlisted for the IRP Recruitment Team of the Year award 2019. The IRP Awards are a celebration of excellence and best practice in the recruitment sector, spanning all industries and types of businesses within recruitment. Therefore, we are extremely proud to be nominated and shortlisted for this prestigious title. Established in 2003, ND Pharmacy has now been operating for 15 years, supplying pharmacies across…


Introducing the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) for England

Have you heard that the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) is being commissioned as an Advanced Service in England from the 29th October 2019? This means that all Pharmacists working in England must complete the necessary training and keep up to date with all the information and knowledge required to provide this service. Here are the key things that you need to know about the CPCS. What is it? The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service…


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

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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…


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…


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;…


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…


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…


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…


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…