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An "institutionalised regime" of prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital shortened the lives of more than 450 people, an inquiry has found. An additional 200 patients were "probably" similarly affected between 1989 and 2000, when taking into account missing records, according to a…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the medicinal use of cannabis which could lead to patients in the UK being prescribed drugs derived from the banned plant. Mr Javid announced the move in a statement to the House of Commons in the wake of a series of…
A new expert panel of clinicians is to be established to give swift advice on the prescription of cannabis-based medicines to individual patients, the Government has said. The announcement follows widespread outrage over the confiscation from mother Charlotte Caldwell of cannabis oil supplies which she brought from Canada for her…
The mother of a 12-year-old son with acute epilepsy who had cannabis oil used to treat his condition confiscated from her at Heathrow has demanded a meeting with the Home Secretary and the Health Secretary within 24 hours. Charlotte Caldwell (pictured) had been using the banned medication - which contains…
A mother seeking a cannabis oil supply to treat her sick son could apply for a clinical trial in Northern Ireland. Health officials have offered to meet anyone wanting guidance on the process. Charlotte Caldwell (pictured) has vowed to return to Canada to get more of the drug used to…
A drug that reduces the chances of relapse for people with an aggressive type of leukaemia is to be made available in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced on Monday that doctors can use midostaurin – known by its brand name Rydapt – to treat patients with acute myeloid…
A British mother has vowed to return to Canada to get more cannabis oil used to treat her son's severe epilepsy after having a supply confiscated at Heathrow Airport. Charlotte Caldwell made the trip to Toronto and back with 12-year-old Billy to get a six-month supply to treat up to…
The NHS was burdened with an £315 million increase in drugs spending because of unexpected price hikes that included a mental health medicine leaping by more than 70 times, a report has found. Concessionary prices, the spending on drugs above expected prices, on generic drugs were seven times higher than…
Researchers have criticised the rejection of a prostate cancer drug they hailed as a "game changer". The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) said thousands of men a year could be affected by the decision not to recommend abiraterone. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said on Wednesday…
A decision to pull the plug on NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England's decision, made in November last year, to stop funding the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a…
Up to 850 women in England and Wales could benefit from a targeted pill that treats ovarian cancer after it was approved for use on the NHS through the Cancer Drugs Fund. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said niraparib will be made available to adults with…
More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are preventable. A new study, led by experts from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, found in some cases this even resulted in patients…
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