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MHRA under pressure to withdraw rosiglitazone

The UK drug regulator has come under fire for failing to act on an expert recommendation to withdraw the type 2 diabetes drug rosiglitazone.

07 September 2010

Millions of patients ‘can’t get through to GP’ on telephone

Millions of patients are being prevented from accessing their GP because they are met with an engaged tone when telephoning their local surgery, new research has claimed.

07 September 2010

Private firm’s alternative career structure attracts disenchanted salaried GPs

A private firm says it is recruiting a stream of GPs on the back of uncertainty over the white paper and the lack of career progression for salaried GPs.

07 September 2010

BMA backs minimum alcohol price plan

The BMA has thrown its weight behind plans in Scotland to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

06 September 2010

Rivaroxaban an ‘effective and safe’ alternative to warfarin for treating DVT

A new anticoagulant could provide an alternative to warfarin in the treatment of patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a study has shown.

06 September 2010

GPs protest as out-of-hours contract transferred to private company

More than 200 doctors have delivered a petition to health secretary Andrew Lansley in protest at NHS managers’ decision to transfer out-of-hours care in their area to a private firm.

06 September 2010

Choose and Book use flagging as GP incentives pulled

Exclusive: Choose and Book is being left to wither on the vine as large numbers of PCTs stop paying GPs for using the system, Pulse can reveal.

06 September 2010

Statins switching ‘may increase patients’ cardiovascular risk’

Switching patients from branded to generic statins may increase their risk of cardiovascular events, according to new research.

03 September 2010

Oral bisphosphonates ‘increase risk of oesophageal cancer’

Long-term use of oral bisphosphonates can increase the risk of oesophageal cancer, according to an analysis of UK general practice data.

03 September 2010

GPs face fight for control of new 111 service

GP commissioning groups are set to be plunged into battle with ambulance trusts and a skeleton NHS Direct service for control of the new 111 urgent care number.

03 September 2010