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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2014

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  • 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.

  • The German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA (pictured) has joined WIPO Re:Search consortium, which grants users royalty-free access to intellectual property assets to help address public health needs for NTDs in the world's least developed nations

    Neglected diseases research gets a boost as Merck KGaA joins consortium Subscription

    1 DEC 2014 14:02

    The German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA has joined WIPO Re:Search consortium, a public-private consortium to help find new ways of using intellectual property (IP) for medicines and diagnostics used to treat neglected tropical diseases.

  • Class 2 medicines recall for mitoxantrone Subscription

    26 NOV 2014 16:40

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall (action within 48 hours) for mitoxantrone 2mg/ml concentrate for solution for infusion, manufactured by Hospira UK Limited. This is because of a number of confirmed out of specification test results obtained during stability studies. Pharmacists should quarantine any remaining stock and Hospira will contact customers who may have received the impacted batches to arrange collection via ...

  • Delay to planned management change of NHS smartcard system Subscription

    26 NOV 2014 15:29

    A planned change to the management of the smartcard system used by pharmacists in England when accessing the electronic prescription service has been delayed.

  • 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 ...

  • NHS England issues naloxone warning Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 12:20

    Inappropriate use of naloxone can cause patients severe distress and can be fatal, says NHS England in a Patient Safety Alert.

  • NHS staff in Wales to receive 1% consolidated pay rise Subscription

    24 NOV 2014 17:18

    NHS staff in Wales on ‘Agenda for change’ pay scales will receive a 1% consolidated pay rise from April 2015 in a deal agreed between unions and the Welsh government.

  • Aureocort, demeclocycline, diloxanide and Hydrocortistab out of stock Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:16

    The following products are out of stock from Amdipharm Mercury: Aureocort (chlortetracycline hydrochloride/triamcinolone acetonide) ointment 3.09%/1%w/w, 15g; Co-phenotrope (diphenoxylate hydrochloride/atropine sulphate) tablets 2.5/0.25mg x 100; demeclocycline hydrochloride capsules 150mg x 28; diloxanide tablets 500mg x 30; Hydrocortistab (hydrocortisone acetate) injection ampoules 25mg/ml x 10. Supply is expected to resume by June 2015.

  • Becoming an independent prescriber

    How to become an independent prescriber Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:16 By Anja St.Clair Jones

    Gaining a non-medical prescribing qualification allows pharmacists to diagnose conditions and prescribe medicines to patients. If you are innovative in your practice and think laterally, many opportunities present themselves, says independent prescriber Anja St Clair Jones.

  • Efcortesol and epoprostenol out of stock Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:12

    Efcortesol (hydrocortisone sodium phosphate) solution for injection ampoules 100mg/ml x 5 and epoprostenol powder and solvent for solution for infusion powder 0.5mg are currently out of stock from Amdipharm Mercury. Supply should resume by March 2015.

  • Bupivicaine, digoxin, Deltastab and Hytrin out of stock Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:11

    The following products are out of stock from Amdipharm Mercury: bupivacaine hydrochloride solution for infusion 0.1%w/v and 0.125%w/v, both 250ml x 20; digoxin solution for injection 250µg/ml, 2ml x 10; Deltastab (prednisolone acetate) injection ampoules 25mg/ml x 10; Hytrin (terazosin) tablets 10mg. Supply is expected to resume in February 2015.

  • Morphgesic and trifluoperazide out of stock Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:09

    Morphgesic (morphine sulphate) SR tablets 100mg x 60 and trifluoperazide tablets 1mg x 112 are currently out of stock from Amdipharm Mercury. Supply is expected to resume by January 2015. 

  • Compliance rates with hand hygieine standards are below 50% in most healthcare settings, suggests a US study

    Hospital workers wash their hands less frequently as their shifts progress Subscription

    20 NOV 2014 15:07 By Coeli Carr

    Hospital employees who work with patients wash their hands less frequently as they get deeper into their shifts, a study finds.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Breastfeeding mothers may lose out if recent domperidone warnings are heeded Subscription

    19 NOV 2014 14:45

    The benefits of using domperidone to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers outweigh its risks, argues a researcher at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

  • Antibiotic resistance a 'threat to public safety' in Europe Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 15:45

    Increasing bacterial resistance across Europe, particularly to carbapenems and polymixin antibiotics, is a “threat to public safety”.

  • 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.

  • Pharmacists and GPs in Wales call to raise awareness of risks of buying antibiotics from unlicensed websites

    Call to raise awareness of the risks of buying antibiotics from unlicensed websites Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 10:01 By Stephen Robinson

    Pharmacists and GPs in Wales call for steps to underline the risks of buying antibiotics online without a prescription.

  • Case of bird flu confirmed in UK Subscription

    17 NOV 2014 16:31

    A case of avian influenza has been confirmed in the UK by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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