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  • Hypnomidate handling recommendationsSubscription

    The summary of product characteristics for Hypnomidate (etomidate; Janssen) now recommends that gloves are worn when opening the ampoule, in order to avoid accidental exposure to the skin. Other changes include an update to the drug’s effect on fertility, pregnancy and lactation, among other amendments. 

  • Indivina adverse events updated Subscription

    The summary of product characteristics for Indivina (estradiol valerate and medroxyprogesterone acetate; Orion Pharma) has been updated in line with core texts for hormone replacement therapies. It now states that adverse events such as myocardial infarction and gall bladder disease have been reported in association with hormone treatments, among other changes.   

  • Biosimilar medicines resourceSubscription

    NHS England has published a document entitled ‘What is a biosimilar medicine?’, which explains how healthcare professionals can support the appropriate use of all biological medicines, including biosimilar medicines, for the benefit of NHS patients. The NHS England document, which was produced in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the pharmaceutical industry ...

  • New indication for VenoferSubscription

    Venofer (iron sucrose; Vifor) solution for injection or concentrate for solution for infusion is now indicated for the treatment of iron deficiency in individuals with chronic kidney disease when oral iron preparations are less effective than Venofer.

  • Ketalar out of stockSubscription

    Ketalar (ketamine hydrochloride) injection 50mg/ml 10ml is currently out of stock from Pfizer. The company anticipates that supply will resume in late October or early November 2015. For further supply information, call 0845 6088866. For medical information, call 01304 616161. 

  • Daklinza for HIV co-infected patientsSubscription

    The summary of product characteristics of Daklinza (daclatasvir; Bristol-Myers Squibb) has been updated to reflect the results of a study, which found the medicine is effective at treating hepatitis C when patients are also infected with HIV. This includes changes to the posology and information on interactions with other medicines. 

  • Otezla rejected by NICESubscription

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued final guidance not recommending Otezla (apremilast; Celgene) for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in the NHS in England and Wales. This is because the medicine is not considered to be cost-effective. 

  • Pictogram software available from FIPSubscription

    The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has published an Arabic version of its pictogram software to help pharmacists explain to refugees how to take their medicines. The pictogram software is available from the FIP website.

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RPS annual conference 2015

Crowd gathers at the opening of the RPS Conference 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference (13–14 September 2015 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

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