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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 6/13 December 2014, Vol 293, No 7839/40

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  • The position of Chief Scientific Adviser for the European Commission held by Anne Glover has been scrapped, but Europe needs independent scientific advice

    Europe needs independent scientific input Subscription

    4 DEC 2014

    The new European Commission President is reconsidering how he receives scientific advice.

  • Andrea Smith, Scottish Pharmacy Board member and national clinical lead (pharmacy) for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme

    Communicate to make care safer Subscription

    4 DEC 2014 By Andrea Smith

    Better communication between pharmacists and GPs is crucial to improving patient safety, says Andrea Smith, Scottish Pharmacy Board member and national clinical lead (pharmacy) for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

  • Time to fast-track the fight against HIV Subscription

    4 DEC 2014

    There are considerable challenges to address if global HIV/AIDS aspirations are to be accelerated.

  • ‘I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that’ by Ben Goldacre

    An anthology of fun fights about science Subscription

    4 DEC 2014 11:41 By Emma Page

    ‘I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that’ is a compilation of Ben Goldacre’s work from over the past 20 years.

  • Lawyer Noel Wardle, a partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, a law firm based in London, talks about UK pharmacy regulation, custodial sentences for dispensing errors and changing the law

    Q&A: Pharmacy regulation and the law Subscription

    3 DEC 2014 17:23 By Elizabeth Sukkar

    Lawyer Noel Wardle, a partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, which specialises in business law, talks about UK pharmacy regulation and the threat of pharmacists facing prosecution for dispensing errors.

  • Cancer genome sequencing and screening for mutations in tumours could be the route to customised drug treatments for cancer

    Sequencing cancer genomes to tailor treatments to individual patients Subscription

    2 DEC 2014 16:16 By Coeli Carr

    Screening for hundreds of mutations in tumours is the most promising route to customised drug treatments for cancer.

  • Tribute for Robert Blyth Subscription

    2 DEC 2014 11:08 By Douglas Simpson

    Robert Blyth was a tough nut. He had to be. Editing a journal for a professional body is no easy task. Even though it has been the policy for many years that The Pharmaceutical Journal should have editorial freedom, it was not a policy that all Council members went along with and not a few of them created trouble of one sort or another. (The Society was governed by a Council, not an Assembly, in those days.) Luckily, Robert managed to ensure that there was never a majority ...

  • Robert Blyth dies Subscription

    2 DEC 2014 10:59

    On 27 November 2014, Robert Blyth, MBE, FRPharmS, aged 93, of 43 Morton’s Fork, Blue Bridge, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK13 OLA. Mr Blyth registered with the Society in 1949 and became a Fellow in 1970. Mr Blyth was educated at Dunfermline High School and qualified from Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh in 1949, after service in the Royal Artillery and the Royal Indian Artillery during the Second World War (1939-45). He was editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal from 1961 to ...

  • Ciaran Donnelly dies Subscription

    2 DEC 2014 10:56

    Recently, Ciaran Donnelly, aged 23, who was undertaking pre-registration training at Leasowe Pharmacy, Leasowe Primary Care Centre, Leasowe, Wirral CH46 2QQ. Mr Donnelly registered as a student member of the Society in 2011 and became an associate in 2014.

  • Llewelyn Patch dies Subscription

    2 DEC 2014 10:56

    Recently, Llewelyn Patch MPharmS, aged 104, of Kirkgate Cottage, Main Street, Bardsea, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 9QT. Mr Patch registered with the Society in 1932.

  • Thursday 29 January: Huddersfield Subscription

    2 DEC 2014 9:50

    Local practice forum (LPF) event, ‘West Yorkshire LPF lecture: Bridging the gap — ketamine formulations’. University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. Event 7.30pm, buffet 7pm. Book via RPS website.

  • Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) which blocks retroviral replication in people infected with HIV, could be used to halt macular degeneration (pictured), research finds

    New roles explored for nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors Subscription

    1 DEC 2014 14:02

    New research suggests nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) have intrinsic anti-inflammatory activity through suppression of NLRP3 inflammasome.

  • Wednesday 14 January: West Yorkshire Subscription

    1 DEC 2014 14:01

    Local practice forum event, ’West Yorkshire Local Practice Forum Faculty and Foundation Surgery’. Holiday Inn Brighouse, Coal Pitt lane, Clifton Village, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 4HW. Event 7.30pm, tea from 7pm. Book via RPS website.

  • New Fellows Subscription

    1 DEC 2014 14:00

    In accordance with the powers vested in it, the Panel of Fellows appointed under Section 4 of the Society’s Regulations has designated the following 23 members as Fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for distinction in the profession of pharmacy:

  • There has been an increase in the number of infective endocarditis after invasive dental procedures due to a policy on use of antibiotic prophylaxis, research finds

    Rise in endocarditis cases reported after change in antibiotic policy Subscription

    1 DEC 2014 13:56

    A reduction in antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures after a change in UK policy was paralleled by an increase in cases of infective endocarditis.

  • Simvastatin inhibits proliferation of tumour cells and induces calcium-dependent apoptosis, study finds

    Simvastatin induces calcium-dependent apoptosis Subscription

    1 DEC 2014 10:33
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    Simvastatin inhibits proliferation of tumour cells and induces calcium-dependent apoptosis, shows new research published in Journal of Biological Chemistry.

  • The search for alternative treatments to Mycobacterium tuberculosis has found positive results in the antidiabetic drug metformin

    Metformin shows promise as anti-tuberculosis drug Subscription

    28 NOV 2014 12:00

    A promising candidate in the search for alternative treatments for Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the antidiabetic drug metformin.

  • Lipophilic bisphosphonates, originally used to treat osteoporosis, has demonstrated efficacy against lung adenocarcinoma (pictured).

    Lipophilic bisphosphonates used to target lung cancer Subscription

    28 NOV 2014 10:52

    A new generation of lipophilic bisphosphonates has been designed to target cancer, with a zoledronic acid analogue demonstrating efficacy against lung adenocarcinoma.

  • The Vale of Leven Hospital inquiry report, chaired by Lord Maclean, criticises NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for failure to adopt prudent antibiotic prescribing practices that contributed to the deaths of 34 patients from Clostridium difficule infection

    Inquiry criticises NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for failure to appoint antimicrobial pharmacist Subscription

    28 NOV 2014 9:54 By Debbie Andalo

    Failure to adopt ’prudent’ antibiotic prescribing practices contributed to the deaths of 34 hospital patients from Clostridium difficile infection.

  • Community pharmacists who offer support to drug misusers can help screen at-risk groups for hepatitis C (pictured)

    Community pharmacists could screen at-risk groups for liver disease Subscription

    27 NOV 2014 9:21 By Debbie Andalo

    According to The Lancet’s commission, community pharmacists could play a key role in helping to improve liver disease services in primary care, say hepatology specialists.

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