June 2023

‘Hypoallergenic’ items sold at Superdrug and Boots fail allergy test

More than a third of personal care products, such as shampoos and body washes, marketed as hypoallergenic at Boots and Superdrug have been found to contain common skin allergens, research shows. As a large proportion of the population have sensitive skin or allergies, products are increasingly using the term “hypoallergenic” to advertise goods. But the […]

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Will hundreds of Australian pharmacies close over dispensing changes or is it just a scare campaign?

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has painted a “catastrophic” picture in which 20,000 jobs will be lost and 650 pharmacies will close as they suffer a multibillion-dollar hit from filling fewer scripts and having fewer people wander in to buy anti-snoring devices. The guild’s claims are outlined in a pair of reports it released this

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AstraZeneca considers spinning off its China business

AstraZeneca is considering spinning off its business in China and listing it in Hong Kong or Shanghai to shield the multinational drugmaker from geopolitical tensions. Britain’s largest stock-market-listed company has drawn up the plans in attempt to protect its business from the fallout from increasing tensions between China and the US and its allies. Executives

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Lords to investigate private health firms used to deliver NHS drugs

Peers are launching an inquiry into private health companies paid millions of pounds to courier NHS medicines in England, after the Guardian exposed how sick children and adults were being harmed by botched, delayed or missed deliveries. The House of Lords public services committee will examine “the extent of the problems in homecare medicine services”,

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Pharmacy Guild accused in Senate of using patient contact details to protest Labor’s dispensing changes

The health department has expressed concern the Pharmacy Guild appears to be using patient contact details from its “Find a Pharmacy” website to campaign against 60-day medicine dispensing. Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Association has labelled the Pharmacy Guild’s opposition to the new rules a “sick joke”. Patients have reported receiving emails and robocalls from the

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