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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2008

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    Patient bodies find pharmaceutical companies untrustworthy Subscription

    9 DEC 2008 14:33

    Most patient organisations believe pharmaceutical companies are untrustworthy and do not manage conflicts of interest well, according to the results of an international survey published today (9 December 2008).

  • Man convicted of racially abusing pharmacist Subscription

    9 DEC 2008 14:17

    A man has been convicted of racially abusing a Muslim pharmacist who refused to sell him and his partner emergency hormonal contraception on ethical grounds.Chris Mellett and Kaye Walsh had gone to Sainsbury’s pharmacy in Ashton late on a Sunday afternoon to buy Levonelle One Step after their usual form of contraception failed the previous Friday night.

  • Council meeting venues

    9 DEC 2008 12:34

    The Council is to continue holding some of its meetings outside London.At the December 2008 Council meeting it was agreed that the April 2009 meeting should be in Edinburgh and the October 2009 meeting in England but outside London.

  • Top-up payments consultation

    9 DEC 2008 12:29

    The December 2008 Council meeting agreed to delegate to the Officers Group, along with the chairman of the English Pharmacy Board, the authority to approve a response to the Department of Health consultation on top-up payments by NHS patients in England, “Guidance on NHS patients who wish to pay for additional private care”.

  • EU cross-border healthcare

    9 DEC 2008 12:26

    Concerns about aspects of patient safety are to be raised in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s response to a Department of Health consultation on proposals for a European Union directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care.

  • Five-year limit for disclosure of minor fitness-to-practise rulings

    9 DEC 2008 12:22

    The Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has approved a five-year cut-off limit for the disclosure of information about fitness-to-practise cases dealt with by the Society without referral to the Investigating Committee.

  • Society to produce clarification of guidance on delivery of medicines

    9 DEC 2008 12:18

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s professional standards and guidance for the sale and supply of medicines are to be amended to make it clear that it is acceptable to deliver medicines to a nominated third person, and not only to the patient or the patient’s carer.

  • Council agrees to seek charitable status for the Society’s museum

    9 DEC 2008 11:50

    The Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has agreed in principle to seek charitable status for the Society’s museum. It has also agreed to support the museum remaining as part of pharmacy’s professional body.However, it will be mindful of other options, such as a merger with one or more other museums.

  • 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.

  • Council agrees pharmacy practice framework

    9 DEC 2008 11:35

    At the December 2008 Council meeting, the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society approved for publication a final draft of a pharmacy practice framework describing the components of good pharmacy practice.

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