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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, October 2009

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  • Repackaging directions for H1N1 vaccines published Subscription

    30 OCT 2009 15:24

    Directions for the safe repackaging of H1N1 influenza vaccines into smaller packs for onward distribution has been published by the Department of Health.

  • Alphega Pharmacy now boasts over 250 UK members Subscription

    30 OCT 2009 15:20

    Alphega Pharmacy, Alliance Pharmacy’s international “virtual” chain for independent pharmacy that was launched in the UK in 2007, now boasts over 250 UK members, with that number expected to reach 400 by the end of 2009 and to exceed 850 within the next four years.

  • Left to right, Sir Alasdair Breckenridge, Dame Janet Finch, Andy Garner, dean of the faculty of health at Keele, and Stephen Chapman

    Keele’s redeveloped pharmacy school building opened Subscription

    30 OCT 2009 15:01

    Keele University’s redeveloped School of Pharmacy building was officially opened earlier this week (27 October 2009) by Sir Alasdair Breckenridge, chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

  • The great escaper

    28 OCT 2009 By Prospector

    Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, died on this day, 31 October, in 1926. He was born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874, one of seven children of a rabbi. The family emigrated to the US when Erik was four years old.

  • Hallowe’en: a time to honour departed souls

    28 OCT 2009 By Prospector

    Today, 31 October (2009), is Hallowe’en, or All Hallows Eve, which precedes All Hallows Day or All Saints Day. The Feast of All Saints dates back to AD837, when it replaced the Feast of All Holy Martyrs, previously held on 13 May. The Christian church chose to hold a festival at this time of year in order to absorb existing pagan practices into Christianity.

  • Victoria’s royal disease

    28 OCT 2009 By Prospector

    Analysis of the bones of some of her descendants has revealed that Queen Victoria was a carrier of Christmas disease, a severe form of haemophilia.

  • Plans to ban display of tobacco products in England published

    24 OCT 2009 13:43

    Proposals to ban the display of tobacco products and to limit access to tobacco vending machines are contained in a consultation published last week (12 October 2009) by the Department of Health.

  • Prescription writing

    World Medical Association raises concerns about non-medical prescribers

    22 OCT 2009 12:52

    Concerns about the transfer of tasks, such as prescribing, from doctors to other healthcare workers have been expressed by the World Medical Association.

  • Boots launches online health information resource

    22 OCT 2009 12:47

    Boots UK, in partnership with US company WebMD, has launched a new website — — with the aim of providing trustworthy health information for UK consumers.

  • Giving your will power a work-out

    21 OCT 2009 By Glow-worm

    Most of us have at some time experienced a lack of enthusiasm for exercise after a mentally tiring day at work. But now researchers at McMaster University in Ontario have suggested that will power, or “self-regulatory capacity”, used for one task can reduce that required for subsequent tasks.

  • The 13-year revolutionary calendar

    21 OCT 2009 By Glow-worm

    The French revolutionary (or republican) calendar was officially adopted in France on 24 October 1793. Its purpose was to replace the Gregorian calendar with a scientific and rational system that avoided Christian associations.

  • Harnessing the healing power of beetroot

    21 OCT 2009 By Glow-worm

    The beet, Beta vulgaris, is a flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae, native to the coasts of western and southern Europe. It is a herbaceous biennial or perennial with leafy stems growing to two metres tall.

  • I gotta letter from...

    20 OCT 2009

    No not quite  from LBJ, as the song has it, but from Steve Churton. As a PLB Pioneer, he is exorting me to get others on board to the new PLB, and I think that Steve is entirely correct !!

  • The new National Health Service (3) Understanding the NHS in Wales Subscription

    19 OCT 2009

    The National Health Service in Wales provides primary care (eg, general practices, dental practices, pharmacies and opticians), secondary care (hospital and ambulance services), tertiary care (specialist hospitals treating diseases such as cancer) and community care (care provided in partnership with social services).

  • The new National Health Service (2) Understanding the NHS in Scotland Subscription

    19 OCT 2009

    Since July 1999, Scotland’s health has been a matter for the Scottish Parliament. Much has changed over the four years since devolution, including the way the National Health Service functions in Scotland. Significant health-related events in the Scottish Parliament during its first term included the introduction of free personal care for the elderly and a new Mental Health Bill.

  • Avoid folic acid antagonists in first trimester of pregnancy

    19 OCT 2009 13:36

    Folic acid antagonists should not be given to women in the first trimester of pregnancy, new research published online in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (14 October 2009) suggests.

  • NSF for Older People (4) Stroke Subscription

    17 OCT 2009

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