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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, August 2009

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  • Supply shortage of Cerezyme more severe than expected

    20 AUG 2009 13:35

    The supply shortage of Genzyme’s Cerezyme (imiglucerase), reported by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) earlier this year, is more severe than previously thought.

  • The perfume of the earth — harnessing the natural essence of stone

    19 AUG 2009 By Footler

    Supermarket pharmacies often seem to have been squashed into whatever space is available. Some of my regular locum days were spent between the bakery and delicatessen counters. They were days of terrible temptation for a man who needed to lose some weight.

  • Why we all need to take care of our guts

    19 AUG 2009 By Footler

    It is said that one in three of us suffers from some form of gut disorder. Clearly many of us do not take adequate care of our digestive health. Putting it bluntly, we do not love our guts.Furthermore, we do not bless our bowels, idolise our ileums or cherish our stool scales either. However, help is at hand.

  • Collection with a difference

    19 AUG 2009 By Footler

    Most of us will have formed a collection of one sort or another over the years. It may have been postage stamps or coins or, on a different scale, vintage cars or historic agricultural machinery.

  • Assisted suicide

    19 AUG 2009

    No place in pharmacyFrom Mrs J. Sweeting-HempsallI have advanced terminal cancer and was dismayed to discover a motion requesting that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society provide guidance on physician-assisted suicide has been passed (PJ, 13 June 2009, p726).

  • Product recalls

    19 AUG 2009

    We deserve to know From Mr J. L. Turner, FRPharmS

  • Vitamins

    19 AUG 2009

    Vitamins and minerals are vitalFrom Mrs S. Kelly, FRPharmSI have a lot of respect for Terry Maguire, but he may have confused pharmacists by including a reference to vitamins in his Broad spectrum article about ineffective medicines (PJ, 15 August 2009, p178).

  • Antiretrovirals

    19 AUG 2009

    No published data From Mr B. T. Marrett, MRPharmS

  • US company breaks into UK pharmacy home care market

    17 AUG 2009 14:09

    A new organisation that offers home pharmacy services, with its roots in the US and Ireland, intends to break into the NHS market.  Medco Health Solutions (UK) plans to provide the health service with drug dispensing services, home delivery of medicines and home nursing support for administration of oral, injectable and infused treatments across the UK.

  • Strathclyde’s pharmacy institute on course for 2011

    17 AUG 2009 14:07

    The University of Strathclyde’s new £36m building for its Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is set to be up and running in 2011.

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