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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2014

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  • SMC December 2014 decisions Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:31

    In the latest round of decisions by the Scottish Medicines Consortium(SMC), a number of medicines have been accepted for use in NHS Scotland; obinutuzumab (Gazyvaro; Roche), pemetrexed (Alimta; Eli Lilly), pomalidomide (Imnovid; Celegene), umeclidinium (Incruse; GlaxoSmithKline), cholecalciferol 25,000 international units oral solution ...

  • Rezolsta available for HIV Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 17:02

    Rezolsta, a darunavir 800mg and cobicistat 150mg combination tablet, is now available from Janssen for the treatment of HIV in adults. NHS list price, 30 tablets, £317.24. 

  • E-cigarettes and tobacco control in Scotland Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 17:00

    The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals to limit young people’s access to e-cigarettes and to curb smoking in cars with young people. Full details of the proposals can be found on the Scottish government’s website. Comments can be submitted until 2 January 2015. 

  • Managing diabetes NPA resource Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 17:00

    The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has produced a diabetes resource pack for community pharmacy. ‘Managing diabetes in community pharmacy’ will be distributed to members of the NPA in December 2014. 

  • Risk of hyperglycaemia for diabetes patients using faulty insulin pens Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 16:45

    People with diabetes using insulin pens from a number of faulty batches manufactured by Owen Mumford are at risk of hyperglycaemia.

  • Sick day rules for reducing patients’ risk of acute kidney injury (AKI)

    Initiative seeks to protect patients from acute kidney injury

    16 DEC 2014 15:08 By Gareth Malson

    If you have not yet heard of sick day rules for reducing patients’ risk of acute kidney injury (AKI), you probably will soon.

  • Sue Sharpe, the chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said that when NHS England launched its consultation, it said the sector could expect a further document on the proposed features of its strategic framework for commissi

    Leaders undeterred by missing commissioning plan for pharmacy Subscription

    15 DEC 2014 16:39 By Ingrid Torjesen
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    Pharmacy bodies remain hopeful that pharmacy will play a meaningful role in new models of NHS care, despite the lack of a formal response to the Call to Action consultation.

  • Use of antiretroviral therapy could contribute to a reduction in HIV virulence at the population level, study finds

    Use of antiretroviral therapy will drive down HIV virulence Subscription

    15 DEC 2014 16:35
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    HIV is evolving relatively rapidly, which is contributing to a reduction in HIV virulence at the population level, say researchers writing in PNAS.

  • Clinical trials of the VSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine have been halted because some participants developed joint pain after receiving the injection, says a press release issued by the University Hospitals of Geneva

    Ebola clinical trial suspended after volunteers complain of joint pains Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 16:49 By Joanna Lyford

    A phase I clinical trial of the fast-tracked Ebola vaccine VSV-ZEBOV has been halted in Switzerland because some trial participants developed mild joint pain.

  • Duaklir Genuair now available Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 11:30

    Duaklir Genuair (aclidinium bromide and formoterol fumarate) dry powder inhaler 340μg/12μg is now available from AstraZeneca for use as a maintenance brochodilator to relieve symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults. Net price: 1 x 60-dose inhaler, £32.50.

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