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A consultant has told an inquest that anti-psychotic drugs she prescribed to a teenager were "one of the contributing factors" in his death. Thomas Oliver McGowan, 18, who was mildly autistic and had epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on November 11 2016. His parents, Tom…
A self-injected smart drug holds out new hope for migraine sufferers who until now have had to grit their teeth and bear the pain of thunderclap headaches. Trial results show that the antibody drug erenumab can cut episodic migraine attacks by more than half in a large proportion of cases.…
Health officials are set to give the green light to a new treatment for a condition which has not seen any advances in almost six decades. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is to issue guidance recommending tocilizumab for patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) for use in…
Antipsychotic drugs caused a teenager to develop the rare condition which led to his death, an inquest has heard. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who was mildly autistic and suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Bristol's Southmead Hospital on November 11, 2016. His parents, Tom and Paula,…
The father of an autistic teenager who died after being prescribed antipsychotic medication has blamed the drug for his death and said his son would still be alive if "arrogant" doctors had listened to them. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who also suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died…
GPs should write "recommendation prescriptions" for patients who can self-care for minor ailments, according to a group of medicine manufacturers. Such prescriptions would let GPs recommend over-the-counter medicines or give tips for self-care, said the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB). The trade body represents manufacturers of branded over-the-counter medicines,…
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalisation for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other…
Prescriptions for some "over the counter" remedies such as paracetamol and cold treatments have been cut after NHS officials voted in favour of money-saving plans. Cough mixture, eye drops, laxatives and sun creams are among the products that will no longer be routinely prescribed, following an NHS England board meeting…
Children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb may achieve poorer test results at school, a study has found. Those born to women who were prescribed certain treatments to control seizures during pregnancy went on to perform worse than their peers in Key Stage One tests, according to research published…
An epilepsy drug has been approved to treat children suffering from seizures on the NHS in Wales by the All Wales Medicine Strategy Group (AMWSG). Epilepsy is a disorder characterised by seizures which are due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can vary from the briefest lapses of…
Scientists believe a new antibiotic which is capable of killing superbugs and has been successfully used to treat an infection could lead to the first new class of antibiotic drug in 30 years. A team at the University of Lincoln has created a simplified, synthesised form of teixobactin, a natural…
More than 40% of online healthcare services, such as those that provide GP consultations and prescriptions through independent websites and apps, are not providing "safe" care, the health watchdog has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted cases where independent providers were found to be prescribing high volumes of opioid-based…
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