British study shows HRT triples the risk of breast cancer

  • August 23rd, 2016
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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can triple the risk of breast cancer, a recent major study has found. Findings from the Institute of Cancer Research in London (ICR) say the risks of taking the pills have been underestimated for a number of years. Anthony Swerdlow, professor of epidemiology at the ICR, said: “What we found is […]

Massive promise for asthma drug

  • August 12th, 2016
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A new asthma drug has been welcomed as a ‘gamechanger’ that could revolutionise the treatment of people with moderate to severe asthma, The Guardian reports. The development of the drug, called Fevipiprant, opens up the possibility that the 250,000 people with this more severe form of the disease could now take a pill twice a […]

Why is the NHS spending millions for pills which can be bought cheaper elsewhere?

  • July 29th, 2016
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Doctors in England spent £87.6 million last year on paracetamol tablets which can be bought in shops for 20 times cheaper. Almost 23 million prescriptions for the painkillers, which were worth £3.83 each, were written by doctors. The number of tablets per prescription is not given, but on the high street 16 tablets can cost […]

Antidepressant drug prescriptions have doubled in a decade

  • July 6th, 2016
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Official figures show the number of antidepressants given to patients in England has doubled in a decade. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that in 2015 there were 61 million antidepressant drugs prescribed and dispensed in England. This figure is up from 57.1 million in 2014 and 29.4 million in 2005. […]