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UK-based trade union Unite were pushing for staff walkouts at several GSK manufacturing sites due to disputes regarding pay increases, however to date there have been no updates as to whether GSK have extended another offer.
NHS England has announced that pharmacists in England will be given wider prescribing powers to relieve pressure put on GPs.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced that it is recommending two personalised immunotherapy treatments to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) for the treatment of aggressive forms of blood cancers.
NHS England has approved the use of AstraZeneca’s Lynparza (olaparib) for the treatment of patients with breast cancer and prostate cancer. This approval means men with advanced prostate cancer and women with her2-negative early breast cancer who are at high risk of the disease returning will be offered olaparib through the NHS in england. The decision has already received praise from charities and clinicians.
A new clinical trial is set to begin shortly, which will be a collaboration between the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Birmingham. The study will assess the efficacy of the drug dichloroacetate in managing pain for patients with endometriosis.