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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.

  • Anthony Derek John Balon dies Subscription

    26 NOV 2014 16:27

    On 25 November, Anthony Derek John Balon, aged 79, of 12 Dukes Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 7RX. Dr Balon registered in 1961, became a fellow in 1992 and left the Society in 2014.

  • Dilip Nathwani, consultant physician in Dundee and chairman of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAGP), spoke of the dangers posed by antibiotic resistance were already apparent in other countries

    RPS antimicrobial resistance event prompts parliamentary debate Subscription

    26 NOV 2014 10:38 By Stephen Robinson

    Politicians in Scotland are set to debate the next steps to take in order to tackle rising antimicrobial resistance.

  • Lundbeck’s chief executive resigns after code of ethics breach Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 17:46

    Ulf Wiinberg has resigned as chief executive of the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck after breaching the company’s code of ethics.

  • Giardia protozoan parasite (pictured) is the cause of the giardiasis infection, usually contracted by drinking contaminated water

    Assessing suspected food poisoning cases in the UK Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 By Lisa Jamieson
    Comments (2)

    With more than 20,000 patients hospitalised in the UK each year because of food poisoning, quick assessment is essential.

  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) amends policy on handling declarations of interest

    Medicines regulator amends conflict of interest rules to ensure suitability of experts Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 16:35 By Francesca Rivers

    The European Medicines Agency has amended its policy on handling declarations of interest to ensure pharmaceutical experts are not unduly excluded.

  • Provision of medicines use reviews (MURs) and new medicine service (NMS) interventions continues to rise in England’s community pharmacies, says Health and Social Care Information Centre. However, rate of expansion of community pharmacies is slowing

    Provision of pharmacy services in England has increased, statistics show Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 15:56 By Graeme Smith
    Comments (1)

    The number of medicines use reviews and new medicine service interventions has risen steadily in England’s community pharmacies.

  • Cochrane researchers call for better ways of studying medicines adherence Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 15:28
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    Methods to improve patients’ adherence to medicines are generally unproven and there is an urgent need to develop more effective approaches, say researchers.

  • EllaOne to be available without prescription Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 12:13

    EllaOne (ulipristal acetate), an emergency contraceptive, is to be made available without a prescription from community pharmacies throughout the European Union.

  • The tide is turning in favour of e-cigarettes Subscription

    25 NOV 2014 10:13 By Margaret Cunningham
    Comments (3)

    I recently attended the E-cigarette Summit at the Royal Society in London on 13 November 2014, which aimed to offer the opportunity for debate around the use of e-cigarettes. I am a locum pharmacist and stop smoking adviser, and in my role I come across many patients who are smokers.

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    GPhC reviews fitness-to-practise guidelines Subscription

    24 NOV 2014 17:06

    Pharmacists who are dishonest with patients when care goes wrong could be removed from the professional register, the General Pharmaceutical Council has proposed.

  • Government-backed plan supports greater role for pharmacy in management of high blood pressure Subscription

    24 NOV 2014 17:06

    Community pharmacists should be commissioned to provide services that improve the management of people with high blood pressure or those who are at risk.

  • Career change - moving from the community pharmacy to the hospital pharmacy sector

    Changing sector — transferring from community to hospital pharmacy Subscription

    24 NOV 2014 16:31 By Saša Jankovic

    You have been working in community pharmacy for a few years but are keen to switch to the hospital sector. How likely are you to get the job that you want — and how can you improve your chances of success?

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    UK government to review access to new medicines and diagnostics Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 16:20 By Tamsin Newton Snow, Janna Lawrence

    Plans may include integrating the health service with life sciences research to bring innovations to patients faster.

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    EU and US criticise Russia over protectionist measures for its pharmaceutical industry Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 16:13 By John Zarocostas
    Comments (1)

    The European Union (EU) and the United States have criticised Russia’s move away from open trade and introduction of policies that discriminate against foreign imports, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

  • New strengths of Reltebon tablets available Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:19

    Reltebon (oxycodone hydrochloride; Actavis) prolonged-release tablets are now available in 15mg, 30mg and 60mg strengths. Net price: 15mg tablets x 56, £26.25; 30mg tablets x 56, £52.50; 60mg tablets x 56, £105. 

  • Bronchostop syrup and pastilles now available Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:18

    Omega has launched Bronchostop syrup and pastilles, containing thyme extract and marshmallow root extract, which aim to help relieve any type of cough. Recommended retail price: 120ml syrup, £5.99; 200ml syrup, £8.99; 240ml syrup, £9.99; 10 x pastilles, £2.99; 20 x pastilles, £4.99; 40 x pastilles, £8.99.  

  • Stock shortages for Amdipharm Mercury Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:08

    The following products are out of stock from Amdipharm Mercury. Supply is expected to resume by the end of December 2014: bupivacaine and adrenaline injection 0.25%w/v, 1 in 200,000, 10ml x 10; Diamox (acetazolamide) SR prolonged-release capsules x 30; gentamycin and hydrocortisone acetate ear drops, 0.3%/1%w/v, 10ml; gentamycin eye/ear drops 0.3%w/v, 10ml; guanethidine monosulphate ampoules 10mg/ml x 5; phenindione tablets 25mg x 28.

  • Acetazolamide, Morphgesic, potassium chloride and paracetamol stock shortage Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:05

    The following products from Amdipharm Mercury are currently out of stock. Supply of these products is expected to resume by the end of November 2014: acetazolamide tablets 250mg x 112; Morphgesic (morphine sulphate) SR tablets 60mg x 60; potassium chloride concentrate for solution for infusion 15%w/v, 10ml x 10; paracetamol 500mg/ml x 200ml.

  • UNAIDS sets target of 90% of people with HIV receiving treatment by 2020 Subscription

    20 NOV 2014 12:48

    A fast-track approach is needed over the next five years for the AIDS epidemic to cease to be a global health threat by 2030, according to a report by UNAIDS released on 18 November 2014.

  • Yakshadevi Kamlesh Patel dies Subscription

    20 NOV 2014 12:01

    On 27 June, Yakshadevi Kamlesh Patel, aged 56, of 15 Alders Close, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 9QQ. Mrs Patel registered in 1980 and left the Society in 2011.

  • Disillusioned with the future of pharmacy Subscription

    20 NOV 2014 9:59 By Anna Durbin

    After becoming qualified and working as a locum community pharmacist for over a year, I am already disillusioned by what the future of pharmacy will be. I agree with Adnan Baig’s letter (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:524) regarding how an uncontrolled, competitive market will undermine the profession. Throughout my studies I have worked hard with the hope of becoming ...

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) puts pressure on drug manufacturers to make clinical trial data publicly accessible

    WHO joins drive to make all clinical trial data publicly available Subscription

    19 NOV 2014 17:03 By Debbie Andalo
    Comments (1)

    The World Health Organization has issued an official statement to encourage pharmaceutical companies to publicly disclose clinical trial results.

  • Recivit sublingual tablets recall Subscription

    19 NOV 2014 14:37

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a company-led recall for specific batches of Recivit (fentanyl citrate; Grünenthal) sublingual tablets. This is because there is a possibility that certain batches will have blisters that have tablets missing or contain two tablets in a single blister cavity.

  • Winter pressures funding Subscription

    19 NOV 2014 14:27

    14 November 2014: The government announced that a further £300m is being invested to help the NHS in England deal with winter pressures this year. As part of the announcement, patients are being encouraged to make more use of pharmacists and seek early advice from them. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) featured on a number of news outlets speaking about this story, including Good Morning Britain, Sky News and LBC.

  • Beware the power of knowing your customer

    19 NOV 2014 By Emma Page

    The new profiling tool on the YouGov website is entertaining but has the potential to mislead, writes Emma Page

  • The role of chief scientific adviser to the European Commission, formerly held by Anne Glover, has been scrapped

    Role of chief scientific adviser at European Commission scrapped Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 17:22 By Debbie Andalo

    Move to scrap the role of chief scientific adviser has been described as ‘deeply disappointing’.

  • The cost of medicines prescribed by hospitals in England increased by 15.1% to £5.8bn, data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show

    NHS expenditure on prescribed medicines up by 7.6%, with 15.1% increase in hospital sector Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 17:22 By Tamsin Newton Snow

    The cost of medicines prescribed by hospitals in England increased by 15.1% to £5.8bn in 2013–2014 compared with the previous year.

  • Pevaryl cream is not recommended during pregnancy Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 10:08

    Pevaryl (econazole nitrate; Janssen-Cilag) topical cream 1% is not recommended during pregnancy, because there is low systemic absorption of econazole, according to the updated summary of product characteristics. 

  • Medicines compliance aid database Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 10:06

    UK Medicines Information (UKMi) has developed a medicines compliance aid database that makes recommendations on the suitability of solid dose forms for transfer from the manufacturers’ original packaging to multi-compartment compliance aids. The database should be used alongside the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance about ‘Improving ...

  • Lescol capsules discontinued Subscription

    18 NOV 2014 10:05

    Novartis has discontinued Lescol (fluvastatin) capsules 40mg x 56. No other pack sizes are affected at this time. Medical information on 01276 698370.

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