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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 3/10 January 2015, Vol 294, No 7843/4

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  • Plain cigarette packaging can contribute to reducing smoking rates, evidence shows

    Evidence supports plain tobacco packaging to improve public health Subscription

    8 JAN 2015 By Crawford Moodie, Linda Bauld

    There is growing evidence that plain cigarette package could help reduce smoking rates

  • The UN Millennium Development Goals may have fallen short, but it has created a strong foundation for ending health inequality

    The next step for the UN's Millennium Development Goals Subscription

    8 JAN 2015

    The UN Millennium Development Goals may have fallen short of their aims, but they have created a strong foundation for ending health inequality.

  • David Branford, chair of the English Pharmacy Board; John Cromarty, chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board and Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

    RPS leaders: braced for a challenging year Subscription

    8 JAN 2015 12:18 By Stephen Robinson

    The three Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board chairs in England, Scotland and Wales tell Stephen Robinson what 2015 holds for the pharmacy profession and how they plan to tackle the challenges to come.

  • The anopheles mosquito is the vector for plasmodium that causes malaria. Scientists are looking for ways to block the transmission of the parasite to mosquitoes

    Malaria eradication: blocking transmission to mosquitoes Subscription

    7 JAN 2015 18:42 By Cassandra Willyard
    Comments (1)

    To wipe out malaria, researchers are racing to develop a vaccine that protects mosquitoes from infection.

  • Carmen Peña, president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

    An advocate for global pharmacy Subscription

    7 JAN 2015 18:03 By Benedict Lam

    President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation Carmen Peña discusses gender equality, fighting Ebola and her vision for advanced roles for pharmacists.

  • Nocturnal enuresis (NE) is involuntary bedwetting during sleep in patients with no congenital or acquired defects of the central nervous system.

    Nocturnal enuresis in children Subscription

    5 JAN 2015 By Ratidzai Magura
    Comments (4)

    Bedwetting is common in young children but requires careful assessment and management in collaboration with the child’s parent or guardian.

  • Wednesday 21 January: Gloucestershire Subscription

    5 JAN 2015 15:51

    Local practice forum event, ‘Pharmacy Organisations Update’. Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham GL53 7PX. Event 7.30pm, buffet 6.30pm. Book via the RPS website. Contact GWLPF.CG@hotmail.co.uk by 6pm on 14 January 2015 to book food.    

  • Tuesday 27 January: NW London Subscription

    5 JAN 2015 15:50

    Local practice forum event, ‘Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease workshop – resources, inhalers and devices to support patients’. Best Western Cumberland Hotel, 1–3 St Johns Road, Harrow HA1 2EF. Event 7.45pm, buffet 7pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • Monday 2 February: NW London Subscription

    5 JAN 2015 15:50

    Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education event, ‘Depression focal point’. Sir Herbert Seddon Teaching Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Brockley Hill, Stanmore HA7 4LP. Event 6pm. Book via www.cppe.ac.uk/events.

  • The quality of a pharmacist's resume alone can be the difference between outright rejection and securing an interview

    How to write a successful pharmacy CV Subscription

    5 JAN 2015 11:30 By Sean Brown

    Pharmacy recruitment specialist from Your World Healthcare Sean Brown shares the secrets to compiling a CV that will give you the best chance of getting an interview and securing a job.

  • ‘The sick rose’ or; ‘Disease and the art of medical illustration’, by Richard Barnett

    Illustrating disease in the 19th century Subscription

    2 JAN 2015 11:57 By Roger Poole

    ‘The Sick Rose or; Disease and the art of medical illustration’, by Richard Barnett.

  • ‘Palliative Care Formulary 5th edition’. Edited by Robert Twycross, Andrew Wilcock and Paul Howard.

    New edition of reference guide for palliative care specialists Subscription

    2 JAN 2015 11:27 By Raymond J Bunn

    ‘Palliative Care Formulary 5th Edition’, edited by Robert Twycross, Andrew Wilcock &  Paul Howard. 

  • MRI of multiple sclerosis in a 42 year old woman

    Interim results of stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis show promise Subscription

    31 DEC 2014 15:02 By Harriet Adcock
    Comments (1)

    Stem cell treatment after high-dose immunosuppressive therapy could be an effective way to manage relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.

  • Scientist who developed Viagra receives knighthood in New Year’s Honours Subscription

    31 DEC 2014 12:33

    Simon Campbell, who was responsible for the development of sildenafil (Viagra), has received a knighthood in the 2015 New Year’s Honours.

  • Whooping cough vaccines could lose their effectiveness Subscription

    30 DEC 2014 18:43

    Scientists are warning that current whooping cough vaccines may not be able to control the disease in future.

  • Community pharmacists to police entitlement to free NHS prescriptions Subscription

    30 DEC 2014 18:41
    Comments (4)

    Community pharmacists in England will in future be able to confirm whether a patient is entitled to free prescriptions by accessing a Department of Work and Pensions database.

  • Walgreens’ shareholders approve merger with Alliance Boots Subscription

    30 DEC 2014 18:38

    Shareholders of the US pharmacy chain Walgreens have voted in favour of the company’s merger with Alliance Boots after a special meeting on 29 December 2014.

  • Pointer's rot, caused by making needles by hand is a crippling lung disease causing by inhaling dust from ground metal and grindstone

    Pointer's rot: one of the oldest known occupational diseases

    30 DEC 2014 By Roger Poole

    Making needles by hand was a risky job because of the likelihood of contracting “Pointer’s rot”, a crippling lung disease caused by inhaling dust from ground metal and grindstone.

  • The US Food and Drug Administration  has approved liraglutide, an injectable drug best known as an antidiabetes agent, to treat obesity in combination with healthy lifestyle changes such as a reduced-calorie diet and exercise.

    Injectable weight loss drug liraglutide approved by FDA Subscription

    29 DEC 2014 16:24 By Elizabeth Sukkar

    The US Food and Drug Administration has approved liraglutide, an injectable drug best known as an antidiabetes agent, to treat obesity in combination with lifestyle changes such as a reduced-calorie diet and exercise.

  • Clive Burton Reid Subscription

    24 DEC 2014 10:44

    On 14 November, Clive Burton Reid MRPharmS, aged 79, of 54 Rhyd-y-Defaid Drive, Derwen Fawr, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8AL. Mr Burton Reid registered with the Society in 1958.

  • Constipation and Parkinson's disease

    Gut microbiome altered in Parkinson’s disease Subscription

    24 DEC 2014 10:32

    Intestinal microbiome is altered in Parkinson’s disease and is related to the severity of postural instability and gait difficulty, say researchers.

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    US approves new antibiotic for life-threatening infections Subscription

    22 DEC 2014 16:37

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a new antibiotic, ceftolozane plus tazobactam (Zerbaxa), for the treatment of adults with complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections.

  • Pharmacy has little control over government funding Subscription

    22 DEC 2014 10:53 By Michael Koumis
    Comments (1)

    The decision by Greg Clark, the minister for universities, science and cities, not to introduce controls on the number of pharmacy students is pretty much what many of us expected. Since extra government funding for pre-registration places will not be made available, it is no skin off his nose if large numbers graduate. If it is not costing the NHS a penny, it seems pointless lobbying our local MP, as Gino Martini suggested (

  • Antipsychotics are being used for anxiety and dementia, despite licensed indications Subscription

    19 DEC 2014 15:26

    A large proportion of people prescribed antipsychotics do not have a diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar disorder, research indicates.

  • Pharmacists to work in A&E departments in NHS England pilot Subscription

    19 DEC 2014 14:43

    A national pilot of pharmacists working in accident and emergency departments is to start in February 2015, following a trial of the scheme in the West Midlands.

  • Molecular ruler

    Bacteria’s protein machinery may offer antibiotic target Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 16:58 By Mark Peplow

    Researchers have unveiled a snapshot of the molecular machinery that bacteria use to build polysaccharide chains that protect them from immune attack.

  • Carfilzomib gives survival benefits to patients with relapsed multiple myeloma (pictured)

    Carfilzomib gives survival benefits to patients with relapsed multiple myeloma Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 14:56

    Adding the proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib to lenalidomide plus dexamethasone, the standard treatment for patients with relapsed multiple myeloma, significantly improves outcomes.

  • Crizotinib improves survival in patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene, present in 3–5% of non–small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) (pictured), research finds

    Crizotinib offers survival benefits over standard chemotherapy in patients with ALK-positive lung cancer Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 14:03

    Patients with ALK-positive non–small-cell lung cancers fare better when treated with the ALK inhibitor crizotinib than with standard chemotherapy, new research shows.

  • Tejal Sangani, aesthetics practitioner and owner of SaRivaa clinic is also an independent prescriber and pharmacist

    Helping people look younger as an aesthetics practitioner Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 14:00 By Tejal Sangani
    Comments (3)

    Independent prescriber and pharmacist Tejal Sangani opened her own aesthetics clinic, SaRivaa, in 2011. Here, she explains how her pharmacy background comes in handy.

  • Afinitor side effects Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:54

    Irregular menstruation is now listed as a common side effect, and amenorrhea is now listed as an uncommon side effect, on the summary of product characteristics for Afinitor (everolimus; Novartis).

  • NICE recommendations for ulcerative colitis Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:53

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Remicade (infliximab; Merck Sharp & Dohme), Humira (adalimumab; Abbvie) and Simponi (golimumab; Merck Sharp & Dohme), within their marketing authorisations, as options for treating moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in adults whose disease has responded inadequately to conventional therapy, including corticosteroids and mercaptopurine or azathioprine, or who cannot tolerate, or have medical ...

  • Orap in pregnancy Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:50

    The summary of product characteristics for Orap (pimozide; Janssen) now states that the drug should not be administered to women of childbearing potential, particularly during the first trimester of pregnancy, unless, in the opinion of the physician, the expected benefits of the drug to the patient outweigh the potential risk to the foetus.

  • Prostap QT prolongation Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:47

    The summary of product characteristics for Prostap (leuprorelin; Takeda) has been updated to warn that androgen deprivation therapy may prolong the QT interval, therefore patients with a history of QT prolongation, those with risk factors for QT prolongation and patients receiving drugs that might prolong QT interval should be assessed before starting treatment. 

  • Migard side effects Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:45

    Adverse reactions gathered after post-marketing experience have been added to the summary of product characteristics for Migard (frovatriptan; A Menarini). This includes hypersensitivity reactions, such as angioedema and anaphylaxis, and myocardial infarction and arteriospasm coronary, with unknown frequency.  

  • Calpol skin reactions Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:44

    The summary of product characteristics for Calpol (paracetamol; McNeil) infant oral suspension now states that patients should be informed about the signs of serious skin reactions, and use of the drug should be discontinued at the first appearance of skin rash or any other sign of hypersensitivity. 

  • Drug driving laws Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:42

    The Department for Transport has asked pharmacies to help drivers understand the drug driving laws that come into effect in 2015. As part of a campaign to raise awareness of the new laws, from February 2015 pharmacy teams can display posters and provide leaflets to customers in the pharmacy. A ‘partner pack’ has been developed that helps explain the new rules. Pharmacy owners can

  • New Faculty submission dates Subscription

    18 DEC 2014 10:00

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty is in its second year and, having listened to members’ and assessors’ opinions, the Faculty team would like to offer two assessment submission dates during 2015: Sunday 26 April 2015, midnight Sunday 29 November 2015, midnight

  • Women with a history of mental health problems should receive additional support before, during and after their pregnancy, according to guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

    Pregnant women at risk of mental health problems need more support, says NICE Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 17:05 By Debbie Andalo

    Women with a history of mental health problems should receive additional support before, during and after their pregnancy, according to new NICE guidance.

  • Xtandi new indication Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 16:58

    Xtandi (enzalutamide; Astellas) is now indicated for the treatment of adult men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after failure of androgen deprivation therapy in whom chemotherapy is not yet clinically indicated, according to the updated summary of product characteristics. Xtandi was previously only indicated for the treatment of adult men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer whose disease has progressed ...

  • E-cigarettes can be effective smoking cessation aids, Cochrane review suggests

    E-cigarettes can be effective smoking cessation aids, Cochrane review suggests Subscription

    17 DEC 2014 16:00 By Debbie Andalo

    E-cigarettes that contain nicotine can help people quit smoking long-term or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke compared with products that do not contain nicotine, say Cochrane reviewers.

  • General Pharmaceutical Council announces revamp of pharmacists' registration exam

    Pharmacists’ registration exam set to become more clinical in 2016 Subscription

    16 DEC 2014 15:36 By Debbie Andalo
    Comments (5)

    The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced plans to make the assessment papers that pre-registration pharmacists take to qualify more clinical in focus.

  • There is a lack of evidence for seven investigational drugs for treatment of Ebola virus, concludes European Medicines Agency (EMA)

    Evidence still lacking for Ebola treatments, concludes European Medicines Agency Subscription

    16 DEC 2014 14:35

    Lack of evidence for seven investigational drugs being developed for the treatment of Ebola means it is impossible to make conclusions about their safety or efficacy.

  • Evidence suggests that aspirin (molecular structure pictured) can reduce cancer incidence and mortality. However, its benefits do not outweigh the risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding in most women, researchers find

    Risk modelling study suggests aspirin’s harms outweigh benefits for younger women Subscription

    15 DEC 2014 16:34

    For most women, the long-term benefits of aspirin do not outweigh the increase in major gastrointestinal bleeding, say researchers.

  • Caution is needed with e-cigarettes Subscription

    15 DEC 2014 14:13 By Paul Hardy
    Comments (2)

    In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), known as e-cigarettes. The working party responsible showed less enthusiasm than Margaret Cunningham (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014;293:599). ...

  • Using pharmacists to support statin-prescribing in general practice improves patients’ chances of reaching their cholesterol targets

    Pharmacy-led statin support service in general practice helps patients reach cholesterol targets Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 16:59 By Janna Lawrence

    Using pharmacists to support statin-prescribing in general practice improves patients’ chances of reaching their cholesterol targets and has a lasting effect on the prescribing behaviour of GPs.

  • English language testing is a good thing Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 12:39 By Aamer Safdar

    I support the plans for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to test pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the European Economic Area (EEA) on their levels of English.

  • Tuesday 27 January: Newport Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 12:30

    A Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE) event, held jointly with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, ‘Annual Professional Debate’. Hilton Hotel, Chepstow Road, Langstone, Newport NP18 2LX. Event 7pm. Book via WCPPE by calling 029 2087 4784 or via www.wcppe.org.uk.

  • Alcohol and substance misuse Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 12:29

    As part of the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into alcohol and substance misuse in Wales, the Committee will consider the following areas: The impacts of alcohol and substance misuse on people in Wales, including young people and university students, older people, homeless people, and people in police custody or prisons; The ...

  • Care standards in Wales Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 12:29

    The Welsh Government is consulting on integrating the 26 Standards for Health Services in Wales and the 12 Fundamentals of Care Standards into 7 Quality Themes and 24 Health Standards. Full details of this consultation can be found on the Welsh Government website.

  • Liver disease delivery plan Subscription

    12 DEC 2014 12:27

    The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on a draft Liver Disease Delivery Plan.

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