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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.

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