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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.

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