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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, September 2014

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  • The electronic prescription is one of the answers to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt challenge that the NHS to go paperless by 2018

    Clarity and accuracy of electronic prescriptions questioned Subscription

    1 OCT 2014 16:58 By Maureen O'Sullivan

    Research has highlighted potential pitfalls of using electronic systems for prescribing.

  • Transatlantic trade agreement could harm access to medicines, Oxfam warns Subscription

    1 OCT 2014 12:07

    Oxfam and a coalition of European organisations have repeated their warning that a proposed trade agreement could harm access to medicines.

  • Statins linked to increase risk of diabetes and weight gain, research says

    Statin target linked to increased risk of diabetes and weight gain Subscription

    1 OCT 2014 11:52

    Inhibition of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase is partly responsible for the increased risk of type 2 diabetes seen with statin treatment.

  • European Medicines Agency to review Ebola therapies Subscription

    30 SEP 2014 17:50

    Experimental Ebola treatments are to be reviewed by the European Medicines Agency as part of the international response to the disease outbreak in West Africa.

  • Aptivus contraindication Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 10:01

    The summary of product characteristics for Aptivus (tipranavir; Boehringer Ingelheim) now states that co-administration of colchicine with Aptivus and ritonivir is contraindicated in patients with renal or hepatic impairment. Additionally, in patients with normal renal and hepatic function, a reduction in colchicine dosage or an interruption of colchicine treatment is recommended in co-administration. Further interaction information has also been added to the summary of product characteristics.

  • New indication for Ozurdex Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 9:59

    Ozurdex (dexamethasone; Allergan) is now indicated for the treatment of adult patients with visual impairment due to diabetic macular oedema who are pseudophakic or who are considered insufficiently responsive to, or unsuitable for non-corticosteroid therapy. Further changes to the summary of product characteristics reflect this change.

  • Dose information for Adcetris Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 9:57

    The summary of product characteristics for Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin; Takeda) now states that the recommended starting dose in patients with hepatic impairment or severe renal impairment is 1.2 mg/kg administered as an intravenous infusion over 30 minutes every 3 weeks. These patients should be closely monitored for adverse events.

  • Storage conditions for Tanatril Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 9:55

    The summary of product characteristics for Tanatril (imidapril hydrochloride; Chiesi) now states that the PVC aluminium blister packs should not be stored above 25°C.

  • New indication for Spiriva Respimat Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 9:53

    Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium bromide monohydrate; Boehringer Ingelheim) is now indicated as an add-on maintenance treatment in adult patients with asthma who are currently treated with the maintenance combination of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2 agonists and who experienced one or more severe exacerbations in the previous year. Further changes to the summary of product characteristics reflect this addition.

  • Nimenrix stability correction Subscription

    29 SEP 2014 9:47

    A correction has been made to the summary of product characteristics for Nimenrix (Meningococcal group A, C, W-135 and Y conjugate vaccine; GlaxoSmithKline). The drug is only stable for 8 hours after reconstitution, not 24 hours as was previously stated.

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