MPs call for medical cannabis to be made legal – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2016 in drug offences, medicines, news, select committees by sally

‘Taking cannabis for medical reasons should be made legal, says a cross-party group of UK politicians.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2016

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Drug driving: how has new legislation been working? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 6th, 2016 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, fines, medicines, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘In March 2015 new legislation was introduced to specifically tackle drug driving. Prior to that date it had been an offence to drive a vehicle whilst unfit to do so through drink or drugs and this offence remains. Whilst this offence still remains the prosecution would need to prove that driving was impaired. The new legislation made it an offence to drive with eight prescription medications above a prescribed limit and with eight illegal substances. In order to assist police in implementing this offence “drugalysers” were also introduced making it possible for police to test for cocaine and cannabis at the road side using a saliva test. The detection of all other substances requires a blood sample to be taken.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 5th September 2016

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Father who backs ‘harmful’ alternative cancer medication should have baby taken into care, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 24th, 2016 in autism, cancer, care orders, children, family courts, health, medicines, news by sally

‘A baby boy whose father advocates the use of “harmful alternative medication” should be taken into council care, a family court judge has decided.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd August 2016

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Home Office approved drug trials on young offenders in 1960s – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in medicines, news, pilot schemes, school children, young offenders by sally

‘The Home Office approved plans to carry out drug trials on children at two schools for young offenders in the 1960s, according to files released by the National Archives.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2016

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Is it within the remit of the NHS to commission and pay for preventative HIV drugs? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 16th, 2016 in health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by sally

‘In this case NHS England argued it lacked the power to commission (and be responsible for paying for) preventative HIV drugs. It said this was solely the responsibility of local authorities and, in so doing, disavowed any responsibility for preventative medicine.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th August 2016

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HIV campaigners win NHS drug battle – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in appeals, health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by tracey

‘The NHS in England has been told by the High Court it can fund a “game-changing” drug that can prevent HIV after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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Judge to rule on NHS funding for ‘game-changing’ HIV treatment – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in health, HIV, medicines, news by tracey

‘A high court judge is to rule on whether a preventive treatment for HIV that charities say is a “game changer” should be funded by the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2016

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Judge urged to overturn NHS decision not to fund HIV prevention treatment – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2016 in health, medicines, news by tracey

‘A high court judge has been asked to overturn an decision on funding for a preventive treatment for HIV that charities say is a “gamechanger”.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2016

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Nurofen TV ad banned over painkilling claims in landmark ruling – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, media, medicines, news by sally

‘The advertising watchdog has banned a TV ad for Nurofen for misleading viewers with claims it has special painkilling prowess, in a landmark ruling likely to spark a crackdown in the way companies are allowed to market general painkillers.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2016

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The UK is leaving – what will it mean for technology and life science businesses? – Technology Law Blog

‘After yesterday’s leave vote, the UK government will need to start the process of disentangling the country from the EU. Formal steps to trigger withdrawal under Article 50 of the EU Treaty are currently expected to await Prime Minister David Cameron’s replacement in the coming months, although informal negotiations may begin sooner. What will be the legal impact for innovative businesses?’

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Technology Law Blog, 24th June 2016

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NHS watchdog to weigh cost of HIV prevention drug Prep – BBC News

‘The NHS watchdog NICE has been asked by government to look at the cost of providing an HIV prevention treatment known as Prep.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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Drug driving arrests soar to nearly 8,000 in England and Wales – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news, statistics by sally

‘As part of new legislation, police in England and Wales can use road-side tests to determine drug levels in dangerous drivers.’

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The Independent, 1st June 2016

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NHS England cites legal advice in declining to commission HIV treatment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by sally

‘The Specialised Services Commissioning Committee of NHS England has accepted external legal advice and concluded that it does not have the legal power to commission the new HIV treatment, PrEP.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st June 2016

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Ministry of Defence faces legal claims over malaria drug – BBC News

‘A group of military personnel are seeking damages from the Ministry of Defence over an anti-malarial drug they say has caused mental health problems.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

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Judge overturns ‘absurd’ NHS decision not to treat narcoleptic 17-year-old – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 5th, 2016 in health, medical treatment, medicines, news, young persons by tracey

‘NHS England has been ordered by the High Court to treat a teenager with a severe neurological condition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2016

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Ten new laws that come into force in April 2016 – and how they affect you – The Independent

‘April 2016 is a month of big changes for people living and working in the UK. A number of new laws and policies are coming into force, affecting just about everyone from public sector workers to dog owners. Here’s what the new laws could mean for you.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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‘Biggest crackdown’ on rogue pharmacists – BBC News

‘Nine pharmacists who sold drugs illegally have been banned from practice, after a BBC investigation led to the “biggest crackdown” in UK pharmaceutical history.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2016

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Woman awarded £27,000 after being given Caesarean without enough pain relief – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2016 in birth, compensation, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘A woman has been awarded £27,000 after a hospital began a Caesarean without giving her adequate pain relief.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2016

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Regina (Roche Registration Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health – WLR Daily

Posted January 21st, 2016 in appeals, EC law, health, law reports, licensing, medicines, regulations by sally

Regina (Roche Registration Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health [2015] EWCA Civ 1311; [2015] WLR (D) 543

‘In accordance with its general obligation of co-operation pursuant to article 111 of Council Directive 2001/83/EC, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency was lawfully entitled and obliged to supply the European Medicines Agency, pursuant to formal requests under article 8 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 658/2007, with information it had obtained from a marketing authorisation holder.’

WLR Daily, 21st December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Thalidomide 50 years on: ‘Justice has never been done and it burns away’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 7th, 2016 in compensation, health, media, medicines, news, reporting restrictions, victims by sally

‘It has been more than half a century since the thalidomide scandal, but Martin Fletcher finds that the victims’ fight for compensation is far from over.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2016

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