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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2008

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  • Why the silence? Subscription

    11 DEC 2008 21:20

    This week’s (13 December 2008) publication of the draft Pharmacy Order 2009 (p683) is as important a development to the profession as the release two weeks ago of the prospectus for the new professional body (29 November, p618).

  • Why a pharmacist feedback system is better than using simulated patients Subscription

    4 DEC 2008 9:59

    The Which? report and the Daily Mail mystery shopping experience in community pharmacies has been widely discussed and the views that have been expressed towards the mystery shopper or “simulated patient” concept by some of the profession have been starkly hostile (PJ, 8 November 2008, p535).

  • What do pharmacists think of peer review of medicine use reviews?

    5 DEC 2008 12:12

    Abstract AimTo explore pharmacists’ views of peer review as a means of improving the quality of medicines use reviews (MURs).DesignQualitative, focus group based study.Subjects and setting11 self selected community pharmacists and primary care trust pharmacists.

  • WAG consults again on plans for NHS redesign in Wales

    11 DEC 2008 15:11

    Details of the planned NHS restructure in Wales have been published by the Welsh Assembly Government in its second consultation paper, “Delivering the new NHS for Wales” (PDF 1.6MB).

  • Culture change needs a road-map to a well defined destination (Grio/Dreamstime.com)

    Vision is not enough — culture change needs strategy, action and investment Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 10:58

    Speaking at the inaugural conference of the Independent Pharmacy Federation in October 2008, Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, called for culture change in pharmacy (PJ, 18 October 2008, p433).

  • Vaseline (Jason King)

    Vaseline: from trade mark to noun Subscription

    16 DEC 2008 10:38

    The Little Oxford Dictionary defines Vaseline as: Vaseline /væsil:in/ noun. Proprietary term. Type of petroleum jelly used as ointment. Peter G. Homan, honorary secretary of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, tells the story of its success

  • Valproate linked with autism risk

    3 DEC 2008 17:14

    Pregnant women taking valproate may increase their child’s risk of developing autism, early data from a study published in Neurology suggest (2008;71:1923).

  • Up to 10 Clamelle tests done daily

    4 DEC 2008 12:22

    Between five and 10 Clamelle chlamydia tests are being received every day from pharmacies by GLG Laboratories following the launch of the Clamelle service earlier in December 2008. The National Pharmacy Association says 70 per cent of its members are now signed up to provide the service.

  • Transitional scheme agreed for elections to the Society’s national pharmacy boards

    9 DEC 2008 11:39

    The election scheme for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s national pharmacy boards is to be amended in 2010 to allow for progress to the governance structure of the future professional leadership body for pharmacy.

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