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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 6 September 2014, Vol 293, No 7826

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  • John Collins with David Sharp of D&R Sharp Chemists, Doncaster

    'I love my pharmacist' competition highlights work of community pharmacists Subscription

    4 SEP 2014 By Jeff Mills

    Patient stories form part of magazine competition that aims to raise the profile of pharmacists.

  • david-branford-14

    Take action to prevent misuse of psychotropic medicines in care homes Subscription

    4 SEP 2014 By David Branford

    English Pharmacy Board chairman Dave Branford makes the case for pharmacists to have more input into care home prescribing.

  • Life saver ring on a boat

    Cancer drug fund top-up highlights value and price of innovation

    4 SEP 2014

    Extra money for the Cancer Drugs Fund is welcome, giving treatment options to patients with cancers previously considered untreatable, while NICE must be in a position to influence future decisions.

  • Former RPSGB president wins FIP award posthumously Subscription

    1 SEP 2014 13:46

    Colin Hitchings, former RPSGB president who passed away on 30 June 2014, has been awarded the Joseph A Oddis Award posthumously for exceptional service to the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

  • Lindsey Gilpin Subscription

    1 SEP 2014 13:30 By Howard Duff

    As a member of the English Pharmacy Board (EPB), Lindsey was very well respected for her passion and her integrity. I worked very closely with her and saw her grow into the role of EPB chair, a post of which she was rightly very proud.

  • Lindsey Gilpin Subscription

    1 SEP 2014 13:29 By Martin Astbury

    There are many people I meet through my elected role, many of whom I would call a friend. But Lindsey went into a category that few make, that of “thick or thin true friend”. There are few who are daft enough to take a bullet for me but I know that Lindsey would have done and has done in the past.

  • Sample of a pre-filled syringe

    Protein aggregation: formulating a problem Subscription

    29 AUG 2014 16:46 By Jenny Bryan

    A better understanding of the interactions between therapeutic proteins and silicone oils, air bubbles and other particles inside prefilled syringes is prompting new approaches to formulation and syringe design.

  • Lindsey Gilpin Subscription

    29 AUG 2014 15:38 By Sid Dajani
    Comments (1)

    Lindsey was one of nature’s truly wonderful people, always smiling no matter the workload, the hour or the exhaustion. You couldn’t find a greater leader, a greater person or indeed anyone who worked as hard to make pharmacy greater. As the first English Board Chair of the new PLB post split, she made history at a particularly momentous and challenging time. She was instrumental in the start-up, consolidation, growth and turnaround of our new body and amongst other things, she fought ...

  • David Sames dies Subscription

    29 AUG 2014 10:28

    On 20 August 2014, David Sames MRPharmS, aged 79, of Dillkoosha, 12 Elm Walk, Gidea Park, Romford, Essex RM2 5NR. Mr Sames registered in 1956.

  • Wednesday 10 September: London Subscription

    29 AUG 2014 10:15

    Local practice forum event “Genetics of Cancer” by Dr Natalie Canham, Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Northwick Park Hospital. Larches Community Hall, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware HA8 7LF. Meeting 8pm, buffet 7.15pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • Africa and pharmacists fighting ebola

    Pharmacy can help fight against Ebola Subscription

    29 AUG 2014 10:00 By Lloyd Matowe

    As West African countries struggle to manage the current Ebola outbreak, more needs to be done internationally to improve the capabilities of the local pharmacy workforce.

  • Brian S Baker Subscription

    29 AUG 2014 9:50 By Joan Greenleaf

    I have known Brian Baker, as a friend and colleague, since the mid-1960s, when he moved from the pharmaceutical industry to join us at the Royal Free Hospital and set up its first quality-control laboratory. Later, in the early 1970s, when the regional and area pharmacy structures were established, and I returned to North East Thames Region, Brian was appointed Regional Quality Controller. A first-rate pharmacist, Brian’s friendly and engaging personality enabled him to achieve the ...

  • Patient receiving immunotherapy cancer treatment

    £160m boost to Cancer Drugs Fund as it moves to evaluate medicines for the first time

    29 AUG 2014 9:35 By Elizabeth Sukkar

    The fund will start evaluating anticancer drugs to ensure their budget is spent wisely, after overspending in the last year.

  • Tuesday 16 September: Northwich Subscription

    28 AUG 2014 14:31

    Local practice forum event “Consultation skills — the new pharmacy practice standards. What do they mean to me as a pharmacy professional?” by Sarah Gough and Samantha White, CPPE tutors. The Blue Cap, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2DN. Meeting 8pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • NICE recommends Tecfidera Subscription

    28 AUG 2014 11:55

    In final guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate; Biogen Idec) as a treatment option for adults with relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis only if they do not have highly active or rapidly evolving severe relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis and the manufacturer provides dimethyl fumarate with the discount agreed in the patient access scheme.

  • Medicines support for young people with arthritis Subscription

    28 AUG 2014 11:27

    Funded by Pharmacy Research UK, a team is exploring the current and future roles of pharmacists in providing medicines support to young people with arthritis. Pharmacists who are currently practising in the community or hospital are invited to discuss these issues, many of which relate to all long-term conditions. No previous experience in rheumatology or young people’s health is required. A £30 fee and reasonable travel expenses will be paid. Focus groups will take place in September ...

  • Ebola virus research

    Positive results in monkeys from first ZMapp trial to treat Ebola

    27 AUG 2014 18:00 By Joanna Lyford

    ZMapp, an experimental combination of three monoclonal antibodies, has successfully cleared Ebola virus infection in monkeys, paving the way for human trials of the therapy.

  • Doctor uses a defibrillator on a patient

    Atrial fibrillation guideline updates Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 By Helen Williams
    Comments (3)

    How the latest clinical guidelines change the management of a cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1% of adults in the UK.

  • Ebola facilities at the Royal Free Hospital in London

    Ebola: what pharmacists need to know Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 16:50 By Larry Goodyer
    Comments (1)

    Pharmacists are ideally placed to help educate the public during the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease.

  • Cannabis and pharmacy practice project Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 16:47

    Pharmacist Monty Goldin is researching the use of cannabis in the treatment of certain medical conditions and the impact it can have on the practice of pharmacy in the community. Pharmacists interested in joining a study group for the project should contact Goldin on 07734 452540.

  • Medicines optimisation dashboard Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 16:44

    NHS England wants to know what pharmacists think of its medicines optimisation dashboard. The dashboard, which was launched in June 2014, is intended to help trusts and clinical commissioning groups focus on how well patients are supported to make the best use of their medicines. Areas highlighted include medicines safety and community pharmacy services. 

  • Incivo and metformin Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 14:38

    The summary of product characteristics for Incivo (telaprevir; Janssen-Cilag) now states that close monitoring of metformin efficacy and safety is recommended when starting or stopping Incivo in patients receiving metformin. A dose adjustment of metformin may be necessary.      

  • New indication for Eylea Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 14:33

    Eylea (aflibercept; Bayer) is now indicated for the treatment of patients with visual impairment due to diabetic macular oedema, according to the updated summary of product characteristics.  

  • New pharmacy registration system Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 14:29

    The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched an online tool, MyGPhCpharmacy, for the registration renewal of pharmacy premises. It replaces the paper-based renewal system. The online tool has already been rolled out to pharmacies that have a registration expiry dates from October 2014. Those pharmacies whose renewal registration falls in December 2014 will shortly receive a welcome letter that will explain how to set up user accounts.

  • Itraconazole oral solution available Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 14:27

    Itraconazole oral solution 10mg/ml is now available from Beacon. Net price: 1 x 150ml bottle, £58.34.  

  • Aspirin can be used to prevent venous thromboembolism

    Daily aspirin cuts venous thromboembolism recurrence Subscription

    27 AUG 2014 14:00

    A daily dose of 100mg aspirin cuts venous thromboembolism recurrence by up to 42% over two years, without significantly increasing bleeding risk.

  • Government initiative to increase pharmacist support in remote areas of Scotland

    27 AUG 2014 12:16

    A 12-month pilot project that increases pharmacist support in remote areas of Scotland has been launched in the Western Isles.

  • Dr Leonard McCoy, Star Trek series

    Fictional pharmaceuticals

    27 AUG 2014 By Steve Bremer
    Comments (1)

    Steve Bremer provides a summary of fictional drugs created for television series, books and films.

  • Woman smoking an e-cigarette

    WHO calls for ban on indoor use of e-cigarettes

    27 AUG 2014 10:38 By Debbie Andalo

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for tougher regulation on electronic cigarettes, including a ban on their use in indoor public places.

  • Katie Hovenden, director of clinical and professional development at NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group

    Expanding the role of community pharmacy for the benefit of patients Subscription

    26 AUG 2014 16:50 By Jeff Mills

    Katie Hovenden explains how promoting public health has led to her being the first pharmacist to be named as an inspirational female leader by the Health Service Journal.

  • Software issues lead to loss for pharmacy Subscription

    26 AUG 2014 0:00 By Perry Melnick

    I came across the following dispensed prescriptions the other day while doing a locum shift. They were both essentially computer system problems, but I found them concerning nonetheless.

  • Not a medical treatment, but a moral decision Subscription

    26 AUG 2014 0:00 By Kevin Fitzpatrick

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance states a “neutral position” on proposed legislation permitting assisted dying, yet approaches the matter as near fait accompli.

  • Former English Pharmacy Board chairman Lindsey Gilpin dies

    22 AUG 2014 16:21
    Comments (1)

    Mrs Gilpin was the first chairman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, serving from February 2010 to June 2012.

  • Paramedics carry an elderly woman on a stretcher into an ambulance

    Study highlights cardiac risk of commonly prescribed antibiotic

    22 AUG 2014 15:52 By Janna Lawrence

    Patients who take clarithromycin are at an increased risk of cardiac death compared with patients who take penicillin V or roxithromycin.

  • Steve Field, first chief inspector of general practice of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

    Information must be shared more effectively to stem controlled drug abuses

    22 AUG 2014 15:30 By Debbie Andalo
    Comments (1)

    Healthcare professionals are still not following the rules when handling controlled drugs despite measures to tighten-up security.

  • MRSA screening guidance updated in light of NOW study

    22 AUG 2014 13:24

    New Department of Health guidance recommends that only two types of patients will be screened for MRSA.

  • Diabetes testing for glucose levels

    Fenofibrate works in women as well as men Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 11:57

    Research finds cardiovascular event reductions with fenofibrate are consistently similar in women and men, challenging previous results that suggested a gender disparity.

  • Access to pharmacies in areas of deprivation Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 11:18

    13 August 2014: David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, was featured on BBC Online talking about the new study from the University of Durham on the accessibility of community pharmacies, especially in areas of high deprivation. He emphasised the huge potential of the sector in improving health inequalities.

  • Advice for the public on insect bites Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 11:17

    19 August 2014: The Daily Mail reported on “Which insect bite remedies actually work?”. Speaking to the paper, RPS spokesperson Sid Dajani said: “Your immune system is more likely to over-react to bites if you have other allergies, eczema or hay fever”. He explained that people should look for a remedy that relieves the itching and pain, as well as tackling the inflammation.

  • SEM of pseudomonas aeruginosa attached to a surface

    Antibacterial hydrogel could influence development of medical implants Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 10:26

    Researchers have developed an antibacterial hydrogel that reduces bacterial biofilm formation.

  • Help to manage medicines when travelling abroad Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 10:24

    11 August 2014: Jocelyn Parkes, Royal Pharmaceutical Society director for Wales, wrote in the Western Mail about how people can manage their medicines while on holiday. As well as advising people to check they have enough medicines, she suggested they carry a printed medication list and information on what to do about missed doses when travelling across time zones.

  • Mammography breast scan x-ray image

    Latest trials do not support link between bisphosphonate use and reduced breast cancer risk Subscription

    22 AUG 2014 9:30

    Randomised controlled trials fail to confirm association between osteoporosis treatments and decreased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

  • An elderly man walking down a square

    Researchers question whether blood pressure drugs increase risk of falls in elderly people

    22 AUG 2014 9:29 By Janna Lawrence

    Concerns about the risk of falls in elderly patients receiving intensive blood pressure treatment may not be warranted, researchers argue.

  • Cancer cell with nanoparticles

    Scientists develop gold nanoparticles to deliver cisplatin Subscription

    21 AUG 2014 13:59

    University of Cambridge scientists have developed gold nanoparticles containing cisplatin as part of a twofold attack on glioblastoma.

  • Wednesday 17 September: Cheltenham Subscription

    21 AUG 2014 11:22

    Local practice forum event “Meeting of the Great Western LPF Palliative Care” by Dr Cath Blinman, Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham GL53 7PX. Meeting 7.45pm, buffet 6.45pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • Joan Sylvia Wightman dies Subscription

    21 AUG 2014 11:22

    Joan Sylvia Wightman, aged 82, of 1A Meadow Way, Norwich, Norfolk NR6 5NW. Mrs Wightman registered in 1954.

  • Paramedic resuscitating man suffering from cardiac arrest

    Cardiac arrest trial will test adrenaline against placebo

    21 AUG 2014 11:10 By Janna Lawrence

    Patients suffering from cardiac arrest could be given a placebo injection instead of adrenaline as part of a clinical trial.

  • GPhC change of address Subscription

    21 AUG 2014 11:01

    From 8 September 2014, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will be located at Canary Wharf. The new postal address will be General Pharmaceutical Council, 25 Canada Square, London E14 5LQ. The contact telephone number will be 0203 713 8000.  

  • NICE recommends Revlimid Subscription

    21 AUG 2014 10:58

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued final draft guidance recommending the use of Revlimid (lenalidomide; Celgene) for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) associated with an isolated deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality, when other therapeutic ...

  • Ebola outbreak in Liberia

    Initiative sees pharmacists offer Ebola advice in Liberian drug stores

    20 AUG 2014 8:08 By Debbie Andalo
    Comments (1)

    Pharmacists and pharmacy students in Liberia are to visit drug stores and pharmacies to give staff advice about preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.

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