NHS threatening millions with fines for validly claiming free prescriptions, investigation finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 14th, 2019 in dentists, fines, medicines, news by sally

‘The NHS is harassing millions of vulnerable patients by threatening them with fines for validly claiming free prescriptions and dental treatment, an investigation has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th May 2019

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Coventry fake doctor jailed for duping elderly people – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2019 in doctors, elderly, fraud, medicines, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “fantasist” who posed as a doctor to dupe elderly people out of money and prescribed them potentially dangerous medicine, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2019

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Caster Semenya testosterone verdict ignites debate about fairness, women’s sport and human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in equality, gender, human rights, medicines, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Caster Semenya’s enforced use of testosterone-limiting drugs is a potential human rights breach, legal experts claimed on Wednesday as they drew comparisons with the innate physical advantages of other world-dominating athletes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2019

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Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2019 in health & safety, internet, medicines, news, pharmacists, regulations, standards by tracey

‘New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2019

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Neglect contributed to woman’s death after being issued wrong drug – BBC News

‘Neglect was a contributing factor in the death of a woman suffering from shingles who was given the wrong drug by a pharmacy, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2019

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Animal testing: Which ones are used in UK experiments? – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2019 in animal cruelty, animals, medical ethics, medicines, news, statistics by sally

‘Mice, fish, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, monkeys – they’re all used in animal testing across the world.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2019

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Facebook and Instagram could be hit by new laws if they do not do enough to stamp out anti-vaccine messages – Daily Telegraph

‘Social media firms could be hit with new laws to stop them allowing the spread of anti-vaxxers’ myths online, the Health Secretary has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2019

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Amend Mental Capacity Act code of practice to address covert medication, human rights: Bar Council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 12th, 2019 in codes of practice, Court of Protection, human rights, medicines, news by sally

‘The Mental Capacity Act code of practice must be updated to address issues around covert medication, human rights and social care, the Bar Council has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th March 2019

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London firm cultivating groundbreaking cannabis law practice – Legal Futures

Posted February 18th, 2019 in drug offences, law firms, medicines, news by sally

‘A London law firm is building what it says is the country’s first dedicated cannabis law practice as it looks to take the lead in a fast-growing market.’

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Legal Futures, 18th February 2019

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Fears vulnerable being deprived of treatment as fines of £100 for ticking wrong box soar in NHS ‘hostile environment’ – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2019 in dentists, fines, learning difficulties, medical treatment, medicines, news, penalties by tracey

‘A government “hostile environment” for misclaimed free prescriptions and dental care is being scrutinised by auditors after it was claimed vulnerable patients are being fined £100 for ticking the wrong box on forms they struggle to read. The National Audit Office has announced it is “undertaking an investigation into penalty charge notices in healthcare”, including the numbers issued and whether they are overturned.

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The Independent, 30th January 2019

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The Supreme Court’s Decision on Pregabalin – NIPC Law

Posted December 10th, 2018 in abuse of process, medicines, news, patents, Supreme Court by sally

‘This was an appeal from the decision of the Court of Appeal in Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) and Others [2016] EWCA Civ 1006 which I discussed in The Pregabalin Appeal: Generics v Warner-Lambert 17 Oct 2016. In that appeal, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Mr Justice Arnold in Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) v Warner-Lambert Company LLC [2016] RPC 3, [2015] EWHC 2548 (Pat), [2015] CN 1499 which I blogged in The Pregabalin Trial: Generics (UK) Ltd v Warner-Lambert Company LLC 18 Sept 2015 and his refusal to allow the patent to be amended in Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) v Warner-Lambert Company LLC [2016] RPC 16, [2015] EWHC 3370 (Pat).’

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NIPC Law, 6th December 2018

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Men jailed for selling unlicensed medicines to sick patients – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 28th, 2018 in licensing, medicines, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Four people who manufactured and sold an unlicensed drug to patients suffering from conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and autism have been sentenced today (27 November).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th November 2018

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Supreme Court deals blow to second medical use patents – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 15th, 2018 in appeals, disclosure, intellectual property, medicines, news, patents, standards, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court today dismissed an appeal by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in a case that should provide clarity on patent law surrounding claims for new medical uses for a protected drug. In judgment handed down this morning the court allowed an appeal by generic drug makers Actavis and Mylan. The decision means Pfizer’s patent covering a second medical use for its product is invalid.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th November 2018

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Orkambi: Family of girl with cystic fibrosis launch legal challenge over lack of NHS funding for breakthrough drug – The Independent

‘The family of a six-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who was denied funding for a breakthrough drug which could extend her life has launched a judicial review against the NHS.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2018

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MPs suggest patent law reforms to combat antimicrobial resistance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 1st, 2018 in health, inquiries, medicines, news, patents, pilot schemes, select committees by sally

‘The UK government should consider changing patent law to incentivise major pharmaceutical companies to develop new antibiotics to address the “grave threat to health” posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a committee of MPs has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st November 2018

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Drug wars about macular degeneration – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 5th, 2018 in health, health & safety, judicial review, medicines, news by tracey

‘Bayer Plc v NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and others [2018] EWHC 2465 (Admin). This judicial review concerned whether it was lawful for NHS clinical commissioning groups to adopt a policy for offering the drug Avastin to patients suffering from “wet” (or neo-vascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Avastin, although not licensed for ophthalmic use, at £28 per injection is significantly cheaper than the licensed alternatives (£816 and £551 respectively per injection). The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has estimated that the NHS-wide saving of switching to Avastin was at least £102 million p.a.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th October 2018

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NHS wins legal battle against drugs giants over saving millions with cheaper medicine – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2018 in judicial review, medicines, news by sally

‘The NHS has won a landmark battle against drug giants paving the way for the health service to save millions by prescribing cheaper medicine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2018

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Warning over online GPs as struck-off doctor discovered using loophole to prescribe ‘unsafe’ drugs – Daily Telegraph

‘The health care regulator is calling for greater powers to protect patients from online GPs after a struck-off doctor was discovered using a loophole to prescribe “unsafe” drugs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2018

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Women In England ‘Illegally Taking Abortion Pills At Home’ To Avoid Having Abortions On Public Transport – Rights Info

Posted August 1st, 2018 in abortion, medicines, news by sally

‘Currently, the law states that all abortion pills must be taken in a clinic or hospital – meaning some women end up having an abortion on public transport, or while driving home.’

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Rights Info, 31st July 2018

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Medicinal cannabis: how two heartbreaking cases helped change law – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2018 in medicines, news by sally

‘Cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, who have severe epilepsy, along with lobbying, prompted change.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2018

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