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  • Review of tramadol use within NHS Scotland following reclassification Subscription

    4 FEB 2016 12:00 By Audrey Thompson

    After growing reports of misuse and harm, including increased implication in drug-related deaths, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommended that tramadol should be reclassified as a class C, Schedule 3 drug. This was enacted in June 2014.

  • 2015 looks like a year of transition. From new clinical opportunities to slow progress on reforming pharmacy education, the pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the spectre of centralised dispensing

    Review of 2015: ten developments that are changing pharmacy Subscription

    18 DEC 2015 10:33 By Stephen Robinson

    The pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the rising spectre of centralised dispensing in the community. The Pharmaceutical Journal presents ten developments that affected pharmacists in 2015.

  • New requirements for controlled drugs Subscription

    17 NOV 2015 13:45

    The Home Office has highlighted two changes affecting controlled drugs. First, from 30 November 2015, amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 will make the use of an approved form for the requisitioning of Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in the community mandatory. This applies to both requisitions for human and for veterinary use.

  • The first national guideline for the safe use and management of controlled drugs has been published in draft form by NICE and is now out for consultation. In the image, a nurse shuts a CD cupboard at a GP surgery

    NICE consults on its first guideline on the safe use of controlled drugs Subscription

    6 NOV 2015 15:58

    The first national guideline for the safe use and management of controlled drugs has been published in draft form by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and is now out for consultation.

  • Controlled drugs consultation Subscription

    5 NOV 2015 10:26

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a consultation on the safe use and management of controlled drugs. The consultation covers guidance on prescribing, obtaining and supplying, administering, handling, and recording and monitoring use of controlled drugs. It is available ...

  • Researchers found the rate of serious adverse events among chronic pain patients prescribed cannabis for a year was similar to that of control patients

    Study supports safety of medical cannabis for chronic pain Subscription

    9 OCT 2015 15:07

    Patients with chronic pain who medicate with cannabis were at no higher risk of serious adverse events than patients who did not take cannabis.

  • Community pharmacists should be given read and write access to the health records of palliative care patients to reduce delays in receiving medicines, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Scotland. In the image, pharmacist prepares a prescription

    Full health record access for pharmacists ‘would reduce palliative care delays’ Subscription

    9 SEP 2015 14:22 By Stephen Robinson

    RPS Scotland says lack of records access for community pharmacists delays care and risks patient safety.

  • The US FDA has approved the use of the opioid OxyContin (oxycodone), pictured, for children aged between 11 and 16 whose pain is severe enough to require daily around-the-clock long term treatment for which alternative options are inadequate

    FDA approves opioid Oxycontin for adolescents Subscription

    18 AUG 2015 16:07

    The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the opioid OxyContin (oxycodone) for children aged 11–16 years whose pain is severe enough to require daily around-the-clock long-term treatment for which alternative options are inadequate.

  • The latest version of the Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP) handbook for pharmacists (pictured) has been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

    RPS publishes updated version of MEP guide for pharmacists Subscription

    16 JUL 2015 13:45 By Stephen Robinson

    Medicines, Ethics and Practice 39 includes guidance to reflect latest changes to legislation and standards.

  • Worldwide an estimated 246 million people - or slightly more than 5% of those aged 15 to 64 years - used an illicit drug in 2013, up by three million over the previous year, according to the World Drug Report, 2015

    Illicit drug users are on the rise, finds UN report Subscription

    10 JUL 2015 15:17

    Worldwide an estimated 246 million people used an illicit drug in 2013, a rise of three million over the previous year, says a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

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