We"re a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62m prescriptions every year

We're a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62million prescriptions every yearExperts say doctors give out pills too readily, often just signing forms without checking detailsSix billion pills were bought over the counter last year, with sales growing at 4.1 per cent annually | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 28 December 2012 More than 62million prescriptions are written annually on the NHS, a 30 per cent rise in only five years Britain has become a nation of painkiller addicts, with soaring numbers of pills handed out by GPs.

One third of junior drugs are not tested on children sparking demand for probe

One third of junior drugs are not tested on children sparking demand for probeOfficial study calls for urgent investigation after 'high number of drug errors'95 per cent of all hospital medicines for babies affected By Jo Macfarlane PUBLISHED: 21:00 GMT, 1 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 1 September 2012 Untested: A third of medicines for children are not tested on minors Children are being prescribed unlicensed medicines that could be causing harm, a report has warned.

Toddler who lost hands to meningitis enjoys her first real Christmas – using special cutlery to eat a turkey dinner

Toddler who lost hands to meningitis enjoys her first real Christmas – using special cutlery to eat a turkey dinner Parents reveal how they could only look on in horror as toddler fought life-threatening blood-poisoning bugThis will be Kaiya”s first proper Christmas, says her mother A young girl who spent last Christmas battling for her life in hospital will enjoy her first festive dinner this year – despite losing her fingers and a foot to meningitis.