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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 22/29 November 2014, Vol 293, No 7837/8

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  • Wednesday 10 December: Slough Subscription

    14 NOV 2014 11:00

    Local practice forum event, ‘Inflammatory Bowel Disease: background, diagnosis and treatment’. John Lister Postgraduate Centre, Wexham Park Hospital (entrance 4), Slough SL2 4HL. Event 7.30pm, buffet 7pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • Mark Drakeford (pictured), health minister for Wales, says there will not be a Cancer Drugs Fund for Wales

    Wales will not have a Cancer Drugs Fund, health minister says Subscription

    12 NOV 2014 17:46 By Graeme Smith

    Wales will not have a Cancer Drugs Fund, despite a 98,000-signature petition calling for equity of access to cancer drugs for patients in England and Wales being handed to the Welsh Assembly on 5 November 2014.

  • Claire Liew with the pharmacy staff of St Walburg's Hospital in Tanzania where she volunteered as part of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

    Volunteering as a pharmacist in Tanzania Subscription

    17 NOV 2014 16:29 By Claire Liew

    Pharmacist Claire Liew spent 18 months volunteering at St Walburg’s hospital in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas. Here, she describes what she learnt — and hints that her adventures abroad might not be over yet.

  • Voltarol 25mg discontinuation Subscription

    14 NOV 2014 11:53

    Novartis is discontinuing the prescription only pack of Voltarol (diclofenac) 25mg tablets, 84 tablet pack. This is due to the closure of the manufacturing plant. The Voltarol tablets 50mg remain available. Further information on 01276 698370. 

  • Government drug advisers warn against suggestion by ministers to limit methadone therapy for heroin users, pictured

    UK drug advisory council warns against limiting duration of methadone therapy Subscription

    13 NOV 2014 16:07 By Debbie Andalo

    Government drug advisers have rejected a proposal by government ministers to impose a time limit on prescribing methadone to heroin addicts.

  • Bill will go through Parliament to allow the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to use off-patient drugs to be licensed for new purposes

    UK bill aims to allow off-patent drugs to be licensed for new purposes Subscription

    12 NOV 2014 15:31 By Debbie Andalo

    A bill going through Parliament wants the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to appraise off-patent drugs to allow them to be used for new indications.

  • Thursday 27 November: Scotland Subscription

    17 NOV 2014 16:51

    Local practice forum event, ‘Are you using standards and guidance to ensure patient-centred professionalism in the delivery of care?’ The Gailes Restaurant, Marine Drive, Gailes, Ayrshire KA11 5AE. Event 6.30pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • The controversial coca leaf

    12 NOV 2014 By David Walsh

    David Walsh describes the complicated history of the coca leaf and its use

  • Metformin monotherapy for initial treatment in newly diagnosed diabetes patients are less likely to require treatment intensification. Light micrograph of metformin drug crystals

    Study upholds use of metformin monotherapy for first-line diabetes treatment Subscription

    10 NOV 2014 15:12 By Janna Lawrence

    Patients recently diagnosed with diabetes who are prescribed metformin monotherapy are less likely to require treatment intensification compared with patients prescribed other oral glucose-lowering medications as a monotherapy.

  • Shradhdha Masharani dies Subscription

    14 NOV 2014 10:59

    On 9 October, Shradhdha Masharani MRPharmS, aged 50, of 18 Sweetbriar Close, Waltham, Grimsby, South Humberside DN37 0YF. Mrs Masharani registered with the Society in 1987.

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