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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, August 2011

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  • Why pay more? - Generic versus branded medicines.

    31 AUG 2011

    ‘You get what you pay for'. Aphrase we are constantly reminded of and personally one that I am a believerof, but does this phrase hold true when deciding between generic versus brandedmedicines?  

  • The Co-Op Pharmacy Summer Placement 2011

    31 AUG 2011

     A fantastic fortnight in a fast-paced healthcentre pharmacy in Cheshire

  • Chicken being tested for H5N1 virus (Pavel Hodorogea/

    New avian influenza strain prompts call for surveillance

    30 AUG 2011 15:41

    A new strain of the avian influenza virus is circulating in Asia and beyond and all eight cases diagnosed in Cambodia have ended in death, scientists from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned yesterday (29 August 2011).

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    Drug alert: Nurofen Plus tablets update

    30 AUG 2011 10:32

    All unexpired stock of Nurofen Plus tablets are now being recalled following further reports of Seroquel XL and Neurontin blister strips being found in cartons of Nurofen Plus.

  • “Virtual reality world” created for pharmacy students at Keele University

    26 AUG 2011 15:58

    A “virtual reality world” has been created to help teach pharmacy students at Keele University. Students and researchers can step into the Keele Active Virtual Environment (KAVE) and benefit from three-dimensional simulated situations that may be impractical or expensive to achieve for all students in real life.

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    Trusts continue to ignore patient safety alerts

    26 AUG 2011 13:49

    Some NHS trusts are routinely ignoring the need to take action following a patient safety alert even when the alert demands urgent attention, according to figures compiled by the charity Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

  • Proposals to modernise workforce planning come under criticism

    26 AUG 2011 11:26

    Some 20 individual pharmacists or pharmacy organisations contributed to the 544 responses that the Government received on its proposals to modernise NHS workforce planning and the education and training of staff to fit in with its reforms for the health service.

  • Changes to free prescription service needed to keep costs down, Audit Scotland says

    26 AUG 2011 11:22

    Unless changes are made to eligibility criteria for Scotland’s free prescription service, rising demands will push costs up against a backdrop of significantly reduced public spending, warns Audit Scotland.

  • Mecca pilgrimage health requirements published

    26 AUG 2011 10:37

    Health requirements for those travelling to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimages to Mecca were published this week (23 August 2011).

  • Another Week, Another Word

    26 AUG 2011

    This week is coming to an end and blog day is upon us. This week I completed my first interview and went on an excursion to a hospital on the other side of town on the underground – which I found out isn’t actually underground that often!

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