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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, September 2008

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  • Patient safety incidents rise

    12 SEP 2008 13:22

    Some 258,209 patient safety incidents have been reported by 145 NHS organisations in England to the National Patient Safety Agency between April and June 2008, a slightly higher number than in the previous quarter, according to new figures.

  • Fife pharmacists run blood pressure checks

    12 SEP 2008 13:11

    Community pharmacists in Fife took part in the “Know your numbers” blood pressure awareness campaign from 8 to 14 September.The annual campaign is organised by the Blood Pressure Association. In NHS Fife, the public were encouraged to ask a community pharmacist, GP or nurse for a blood pressure check.

  • Survey shows people like the home oxygen service

    12 SEP 2008 13:06

    Most patients (95 per cent) in England and Wales are happy with the service they receive from the home oxygen service, according to the Department of Health.Findings from the first annual National Patient Satisfaction Survey of the Home Oxygen Service, commissioned jointly by the DoH and oxygen suppliers, were published today (12 September 2008).

  • Court sign

    Court orders PCT to treat a patient

    11 SEP 2008 14:32

    West Sussex Primary Care Trust has been ordered by the High Court to pay for lenalidomide (Revlimid) to treat a patient with mutiple myeloma.

  • Show a little appreciation and kindness

    11 SEP 2008 By Didapper

    Every day, week and month of the year seems to be designated as a special occasion on which to appreciate something or other. Many of these celebrations have, of course, been created by greedy commercial interests such as the food industry or greetings card manufacturers.

  • Back to the red hot chilli peppers

    11 SEP 2008 By Didapper

    I recently wrote about the piquancy of chilli peppers (PJ, 2 August 2008, p144) and here I am back on the same topic. Sorry to be so boring.

  • Does oleander need a health warning?

    11 SEP 2008 By Didapper

    Ping! That was the sound of an e-mail arriving. It is from a friend who suggests that I write about the Mediterranean shrub oleander. He says that it is increasingly to be seen on sale in garden centres, perhaps because global warming now allows it to thrive in southern Britain, but the plant labels fail to warn that it is highly poisonous to humans and animals.

  • The Journal

    10 SEP 2008

    From Mrs K. E. Snell, RegPharmTechAs The Pharmaceutical Journal is available online, do we really need to receive weekly copies?

  • Why should we bear costs of patients who use credit cards?

    10 SEP 2008

    From Mr A. R. Korsner, MRPharmSWith prescription charges on an ever increasing spiral, a couple of years ago, I expressed my dissatisfaction to the Department of Health at pharmacists having to bear the costs of patients using credit cards to pay their prescription tax.

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