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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 31 January 2015, Vol 294, No 7847

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  • Voltarol OTC tablets recalled Subscription

    19 JAN 2015 11:11

    Following the decision from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to make oral medicines containing diclofenac available only on prescription, Voltarol Pain-eze tablets, Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength tablets 25mg  and Voltarol Joint Pain tablets 12.5mg will no longer available for sale over the counter and are being recalled. There are no plans at this time to relaunch these products as prescription-only medicines. Topical products, such as Voltarol Paineze ...

  • Patients should know who did the final check Subscription

    19 JAN 2015 9:41 By Kiran Parikh
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    I have had heated debates with dispensing staff about patients’ right to know if a pharmacist has performed the final check and bagged their medicines. Certainly, if I were a patient, I would like to know who is doing the final check of my medicines.

  • Expensive treatments for hepatitis C will now be available to more patients. Pictured micrograph of hepatitis C virus

    More UK patients will now be eligible for two costly hepatitis C treatments Subscription

    16 JAN 2015 15:45 By Ingrid Torjesen

    Sofosbuvir has received the green light from NICE but will not be available to patients until August 2015, while simeprevir will only be accessible through a patient access scheme.

  • Pharmacists can help reduce prescribing errors made by doctors in hospitals

    Helping reduce doctors' prescribing errors in hospitals

    8 JAN 2015 By Sophia Feret

    A study in 2009 found that prescribing error rates for junior doctors are around 9%. Education and training pharmacist Sophia Feret describes a scheme she devised to help reduce these errors.

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