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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2014

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  • Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England medical director,  is urging patients to use pharmacies more to relieve pressure on GPs that could lead to an additional £300 million NHS boost in winter

    Winter pressure leads to £300m NHS boost and plea to use pharmacies Subscription

    14 NOV 2014 15:50 By Graeme Smith

    The UK Government is to inject an extra £300m into the NHS to help support local health services as winter approaches.

  • Wear gloves with Sublimaze Subscription

    19 NOV 2014 14:47

    The summary of product characteristics for Sublimaze (fentinyl citrate; Janssen-Cilag) now states that gloves should be worn when opening an ampoule. Accidental dermal exposure should be treated by rinsing the affected area with water. Use of soap, alcohol, and other cleaning materials that may cause chemical or physical abrasions to the skin should be avoided.

  • Vitamin B and folic acid supplements in elderly people do not improve memory or cognitive skills in elderly people

    Vitamin B supplements may not increase cognitive performance in older people Subscription

    20 NOV 2014 9:42 By Coeli Carr

    The cognitive performance of elderly participants involved in a two-year study did not benefit from vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements.

  • UKMi medicines compliance aid database Subscription

    26 NOV 2014 10:02

    UK Medicines Information (UKMi) has launched a database that makes recommendations on the suitability of solid dose forms of medicines for transfer from the manufacturers’ original packaging to multi-compartment compliance aids ...

  • Pharmacists from the European Economic Area will have to provide proof of language skills to the pharmacy regulator to be able to work in the UK

    UK pharmacy regulator supports plans to test English language competency Subscription

    3 DEC 2014 9:20 By Debbie Andalo

    The pharmacy regulator is backing UK government proposals that could see pharmacists brought before a fitness-to-practise hearing if his or her lack of proficiency in English poses a risk to patients.

  • 'Pharmacology of the blood brain barrier: Targeting CNS disorders' edited by Thomas P Davis

    Specialised text for those in CNS drug research Subscription

    10 NOV 2014 13:48 By Laurence A. Goldberg

    ‘Pharmacology of the blood brain barrier: targeting CNS disorders’, edited by Thomas P Davis.

  • Teenagers and young adults with kidney disease use smartphones to help them remember to take their medicines, study suggests

    Smartphones help to improve medicine adherence in teenagers and young adults Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 11:11 By Coeli Carr

    Half of teenagers and young adults with kidney disease have used smartphones to help them remember to take their medicines, a study suggests.

  • Re-register for BNF and BNFc online access Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 16:01

    Access to the online versions of the British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for Children (BNFc) is changing from bnf.org to MedicinesComplete, and existing subscribers are being asked to re-register by 7 November 2014. Those who do not re-register will lose online access to the BNF and BNFc. Pharmacy staff working in an NHS contract pharmacy are entitled to gain free online access to these publications. 

  • Quality care standards for Wales Subscription

    7 NOV 2014 17:08

    The Welsh Government has published new standards to ensure everyone in Wales receives the same level of high-quality care from the Welsh NHS. A consultation on the standards is available on the Welsh Government website until 26 January 2014.

  • Prepayment certificates website closed on 16 November Subscription

    14 NOV 2014 12:00

    The NHS Business Services Authority says that, because of planned system maintenance, Help with Health Costs online applications for prescription prepayment certificates will be unavailable on 16 November 2014 between 4.30am and 6.30am.

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