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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, September 2008

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  • Smokers die younger

    Latest smoking deterrent — graphic images

    30 SEP 2008 14:14

    Graphic pictures that illustrate the effects of smoking — from rotting teeth to throat cancer — will start to appear on cigarette packets sold in the UK from 1 October 2008, the Department of Health has revealed.

  • Image of pill bottle with word 'alert!'

    DRUG ALERT: Ionsys ITS fentanyl patches

    29 SEP 2008 15:28

    All Ionsys iontophoretic transdermal system (ITS) (fentanyl, 40µg) stock is being recalled by Janssen-Cilag after some units have been found to self-activate, which could cause overdose.

  • Blood donation rules relaxed

    29 SEP 2008 15:27

    People with diabetes are now able to give blood after changes to the UK blood service rules.

  • Membership Survey 2

    28 SEP 2008

  • consultation rooms

    27 SEP 2008

    i just had a thought. some consultation rooms aren't big enough to comfortably fit in people in wheelchairs (with the door closed behind them!). does this contravene some kind of Disability Discrimination Act? doesn't that mean this percentage of the population are being provided an inferior service? i think this is wrong. why didn't companies think about this when installing the rooms?

  • Few osteoporosis patients take optimal supplements

    26 SEP 2008 13:52

    Less than half (43 per cent) of patients in Europe with osteoporosis may be taking both calcium and vitamin D supplements and patients in the UK are the lowest users, suggests new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research held in Montreal, Canada, from 12–16 September 2008.

  • Could the dog-rose be a cure for arthritis?

    26 SEP 2008 By Glow-worm

    [img_assist|nid=33051|title=Hips|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=141]The dog-rose (Rosa canina) is the most widespread of all our wild roses, commonly seen climbing and scrambling through hedgerows.

  • Nelson: a hero despite sickness and injury

    26 SEP 2008 By Glow-worm

    Monday 29 September marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Horatio Nelson, naval commander and national hero. During his career, he suffered innumerable illnesses, wounds and depression but overcame them to emerge as a leader and inspiration to others.

  • Windows that purify air

    26 SEP 2008 By Glow-worm

    Researchers from Queensland University of Technology have discovered that gold-painted medieval stained glass windows purify the air when exposed to sunlight.

  • Additional fees for supplementary or independent prescribing not paid for by NHS in hospital pharmacy - comments

    25 SEP 2008

    I find this matter of having to pay for the priviledge of taking on/ sharing the doctors' work through independendent or supplementary prescribing without any financial rewards in hospital totally unacceptable. Comments would be interesting.

  • Additional fees for supplementary prescribing iis not paid for by NHS in hospital- cooments

    25 SEP 2008

    Not sure if this discussion has taken place before. I find it totally unacceptable that in hospital pharmacy we are expected to pay extra fees to be supplementary prescribers and yet we are not rewarded financially. Are there others who are happy to accept this situation?

  • A kick in the kidneys

    25 SEP 2008

    Another quarter, another batch of NICE guidance arrives on ourdoorstep.  This month sees the release of the headline grabbing ADHDguidelines, but also NICE's take on the management of Chronic Kidney Disease.

  • Have your say: local support for the profession

    25 SEP 2008 14:41

    [img_assist|nid=24161|title=Steve Churton|desc=|link=none|align=none|width=126|height=219][img_assist|nid=24162|title=Nigel Clarke|desc=|link=none|align=none|width=126|height=219]

  • HPV vaccines win Prix Galien

    25 SEP 2008 13:52

    Two vaccines against human papillomavirus were the winners of this year’s UK Prix Galien medal for innovation.

  • Continuing professional development

    24 SEP 2008

    From Mr K. CookeI commend Navjot Nannar for his comprehensive review of managing ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Having suffered from AS for nearly 40 years and with a wife who was a pharmacist until her retirement, I might be considered an expert patient.

  • Responsible pharmacist regulations are open to interpretation

    24 SEP 2008

    From Mr I. D. Kemp, MRPharmS

  • The importance of the role of the practice educator pharmacist Subscription

    23 SEP 2008

    Significant changes were made to the preregistration trainee pharmacists’ placement year by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2001. In addition, in 2002, a major review of practice support infrastructure took place within the Thames Valley region (now South Central North).

  • Patient counselling — developing a standard approach Subscription

    22 SEP 2008

    Pharmacy technicians at the Western General Hospital (WGH) in Edinburgh are involved in organising discharge medicines for patients (via a “one stop dispensing” service). Traditionally, technicians at the WGH have not been involved in counselling patients on how to use these medicines.

  • Understanding hospital pharmacy’s interface with research networks Subscription

    22 SEP 2008 17:02

    ClarificationAlthough Alan Denby is listed as the author, other members of the group contributed to the article. They areCatrin Barker, lead pharmacist at the Medicines for Children Local Research Network for Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales

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