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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, September 2008

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  • Rita Shane

    Pharmacists advised to lead on reducing administration errors

    22 SEP 2008 10:30

    Pharmacists in all countries should be taking the lead for reducing errors that occur during drug administration.So said Rita Shane, director of pharmacy services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, at the Global Conference on the Future of Hospital Pharmacy (held in Basel, Switzerland, on 30–31 August).

  • Licensed vs unlicensed — to make medicines, or to buy them? Subscription

    22 SEP 2008 10:17

    Many hospital manufacturing units have reported escalating activity during recent years — particularly in the supply of cytotoxic chemotherapy. This has increased pressure on staff and facilities, which in turn introduces risk.

  • New pharmacy workforce survey starts

    19 SEP 2008 14:01

    A research-based census of the pharmacy workforce is being carried out by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to gather information such as the number of practising pharmacists, their areas of practice and the number of hours they work, and to examine how well pharmacists balance work with other commitments.

  • Origins of the Straight Track Club

    19 SEP 2008 By Merlin

    I have always been fascinated by the idea of ley lines. For those not familiar with the concept, ley lines are supposed lines across the landscape, usually linking ancient sites, such as prehistoric burial mounds and early churches.

  • Another special awareness day

    19 SEP 2008 By Merlin

  • An unwelcome new plant in my garden

    19 SEP 2008 By Merlin

    [img_assist|nid=32114|title=Goldfinch feeding on niger seeds|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=219|height=307]Callie Jon

  • Guilt by Association

    17 SEP 2008

    A patient a few years ago came in for an operation, for which she had to stay a few days post-operatively.  During that time she developed a UTI, and so was treated with trimethoprim.  36 hours into the course of trimethoprim, she developed severe hallucinations, despite no history of psychiatric illness.

  • Drug Tariff

    17 SEP 2008

    From Mr M. Cottingham, MRPharmSOn occasions I have reason to pick up the Drug Tariff, a reference book designed in part to inform a pharmacist or dispensing doctor what medicines and appliances they can supply to a patient on prescription and be reimbursed for that supply by the NHS.

  • Reye's syndrome and ibuprofen

    17 SEP 2008

    With regard to the administering of paediatric formulations of ibuprofen to infants and children, I never recommend ibuprofen suspension and, in fact, I always positively discourage parents from buying it for their children.

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