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2021: THE YEAR OF THE COVID VACCINE
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NICE now recommends GPs do not prescribe opioids for chronic primary pain – but what are the alternatives, asks Emma Wilkinson
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GPs should advise patients with suspected coronavirus (Covid-19) to use paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat their symptoms, rapid guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has said.
Pharmacists will be able to fill prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines faster due to a change in importing regulations.
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Experts advising NICE on its first-ever guideline on chronic pain have raised concerns about over-the-counter codeine.
A one-to-one pain service based in general practice was successful in reducing opioid use in 40% of patients, cutting GP consultations and improving health and wellbeing, an analysis has shown.
The first two cannabis-based medications have been approved for NHS use by NICE.
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A decision by a CCG to delay operations for obese patients by six months has been heavily criticised by a leading GP who has warned it will increase opioid use and dependency.
GP opioid prescribing has ‘significantly’ increased in England in the last five years, a new study has found
Deaths related to drug poisoning reached a 26-year high in England and Wales last year, due to the greatest annual increase on record, new figures have shown.