Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 22/29 November 2014, Vol 293, No 7837/8
GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer outperform Roche and Johnson & Johnson in corporate transparency study Subscription
Many of the world’s 124 largest publicly listed companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their parent country.
Ivabradine recommendations Subscription
The Pharmacological Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has made new recommendations about the use of ivabradine (Procorolan; Servier). A review of the evidence found that, out of patients with coronary artery disease, a subgroup with symptomatic angina treated with ivabridine were at higher risk of cardiovascular death or non-fatal heart attack. Following this review, PRAC has stated that the medicine should only be used for symptom relief of angina, ...
Epimax emollient cream Subscription
DermatoLogical is launching Epimax emollient cream that does not contain sodium lauryl sulphate. NHS list price, 500g pump, £2.49 and 100g tube, £0.75.
Plegridy launch Subscription
Biogen Idec is expecting to launch Plegridy (peginterferon beta-1a) in the UK at the end of November 2014. Plegridy is indicated for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. It is a modified version of interferon beta 1a which is long-acting and so requires injection once every two weeks. List price for pack of two 125 μg injections, £654.
Voltarol 25mg discontinuation Subscription
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.
Lloydspharmacy funds pilot project to improve care of patients after discharge from hospital Subscription
Lloydspharmacy stores in Liverpool are set to pilot a new model of community pharmacy-based discharge care, as a result of a new research collaboration.
In response to recent articles in The Pharmaceutical Journal and to add to ongoing discussions within the pharmacy profession surrounding the hot topic of electronic cigarettes, there are some points worth considering.
Wednesday 10 December: Slough Subscription
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.
Shradhdha Masharani dies Subscription
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.
Herbert William Parker dies Subscription
On 30 October, Herbert Parker MRPharmS, aged 82, of Longacre, 4 The Dingle, Knighton, Powys, Wales LD7 1LD. Mr Parker registered with the Society in 1954.