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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

  • NSF for Older People (2) The older patient Subscription

    17 OCT 2009

    The number of people aged over 65 years has doubled since the 1930s and, today, one fifth of people in the United Kingdom are over 60. The National Service Framework for Older People1 groups older people into three classes:

  • Eye test (EDTRS test) (Redbaron/

    Bevacizumab matches standard approved therapy for treating macular degeneration

    17 OCT 2009 14:00

    Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is treated equally well by the licensed ARMD treatment ranibizumab as by the anticancer agent bevacizumab, a small study published online in the American Journal of Ophthalmology has shown (9 October 2009).

  • Government pushing £37m into new bioscience campus

    16 OCT 2009 9:18

    Plans for a new £37m bioscience campus to help stimulate innovation in drug development have been announced by Lord Mandelson, Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary, this week.

  • How pharmacists can support carers Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

  • Heart disease (7) Cholesterol control Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

    In the United Kingdom, coronary heart disease (CHD) rates have risen dramatically alongside changes in diet (increased consumption of fatty meats and dairy products) and lifestyles, which have become increasingly sedentary. There is a clear correlation between cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular events. Panel 1 provides background information on hyperlipidaemia.

  • Oral care (4) Oral hygiene Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

    Nearly all dental disease is preventable, and by far the most important factor in prevention is an effective daily oral hygiene regimen. The pharmacist is in a prime position to improve oral health, by providing sound advice on good daily practices and recommended oral hygiene products.

  • Oral care (3) Oral problems Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

    Irregular visitors to the dentist experiencing oral problems will often consult an alternative source of health care information before making an appointment, and the pharmacist is a likely candidate. In many cases the person will need to be referred to a dentist, but pharmacists can nevertheless provide much sound advice and guidance.

  • Oral care (2) Dental procedures Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

  • Oral care (1) Dentistry Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

  • Vitiligo (2) Sun protection and skin camouflage Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

    Most people with vitiligo are self-conscious about their appearance, particularly if the white patches appear on their face, neck or hands, and this may make them hesitant to seek help. There are two specific areas in which the pharmacist can provide information: the correct use of sunscreens and the use of skin camouflage products.

  • Pregnancy (5) Nutrition in pregnancy Subscription

    15 OCT 2009

    Women thinking about having a baby should be encouraged to evaluate their diets and make any necessary changes, such as increasing intake of fruit and vegetables to at least five portions a day, basing meals and snacks on high-fibre carbohydrate foods, reducing consumption of fatty or sugary foods and limiting salt intake.

  • BPC 2009: UK is European leader in reclassification of drugs

    15 OCT 2009 15:50

    Benedict Lam reports on the importance of pharmacists in reclassifying drugs, during BPC 2009 Pharmacists are key players in the reclassification process, said Colette McCreedy, specialist in self-medication at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

  • Bernard Kelly

    Museum’s future is for the new body to decide

    15 OCT 2009 14:17

    A strategy leaving decisions on the future of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s museum to the new professional body was agreed by the Society’s Council at its meeting in York on 7 October 2009.

  • Online only – the photo: (L-R) Samantha Hayman, Prof Joy Wingfield (University of Nottingham), Adrienne Hickman, Deirdre McGuirk.

    PLEA essay competition winners announced

    15 OCT 2009 12:48

    Adrienne Hickman, a third year student at the University of Hertfordshire, is the overall winner of the inaugural Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association essay competition. (The winning essay is available for download as a PDF).

  • Remote supervision

    14 OCT 2009

    Worries about bogeymen stealing jobsFrom Mr J. A. S. Buisson, MRPharmSIt is disappointing that The Journal has perpetuated the assertion that changes to the regulation of pharmacist activity will be about “remote” supervision (PJ, 3 October 2009, p346).

  • Must a balloon made of lead always go down like a lead balloon?

    14 OCT 2009 By Merlin

    The phrase “going down like a lead balloon” seems to have become more popular in recent years, and seems to be a particular favourite with those NHS administrative staff who enjoy using jargon. The phrase usually refers to an idea or proposal that has not been well received by the intended audience. It appears to have originated in the US.

  • Boogie for your bones

    14 OCT 2009 By Merlin

  • Cross my palm with silver

    14 OCT 2009 By Merlin

    Merlin, ever the scientist, has always been rather sceptical, if not downright scornful, of the many different methods of supposedly divining the future.

  • Herbal therapeutics (10) Herbal interactions Subscription

    13 OCT 2009

    Herbal medicines, or herbal medicinal products (HMPs), are popular in the United Kingdom. Over-the-counter (OTC) HMPs are not only used for general well-being and to prevent or treat common minor ailments, but they are also used by individuals with serious chronic disease. Users also include pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and the elderly.

  • Heart disease (5) Hypertension Subscription

    13 OCT 2009

    Hypertension is a well established risk factor for cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renal disease. It affects 10 to 20 per cent of the population but has no reliable signs or symptoms for diagnosis.

  • Herbal therapeutics (9) Women's health Subscription

    13 OCT 2009

  • Herbal therapeutics (7) Colds Subscription

    13 OCT 2009

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