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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2008

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  • Tasimelteon may treat insomnia

    4 DEC 2008 18:02

    Night shift workers and jet lag sufferers may welcome results from a Lancet study published 2 December 2008, which showed that the melatonin analogue tasimelteon effectively treated transient insomnia in two clinical trials (phase II and III).

  • New antiviral strategy shows promise

    4 DEC 2008 17:54

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  • HIV vaccine trial stopped after failure

    4 DEC 2008 17:44

    A clinical trial of Merck’s HIV vaccine (MRKAd5 HIV-1 gag/pol/nef; Step Study) was halted after it failed to show efficacy in preventing HIV infection or reducing early viral burden in high-risk volunteers (Lancet 2008;372:1881).

  • Online health-related searches give rise to cyberchondria

    4 DEC 2008 17:37

    Internet search engines have the potential to escalate medical concerns and are breeding a generation of cyberchondriacs — people who show an unfounded increase in health anxieties about common symptoms — a study using web analytical software shows.(PDF 540K)

  • Janssen-Cilag announces decision to use only three wholesalers from January 2009

    4 DEC 2008 17:20

    Janssen-Cilag has become the latest drug manufacturer to change its medicines supply arrangements.From January 2009, the company will be reducing the number of full-line wholesalers it uses and will rely on three — AAH Pharmaceuticals, Phoenix Healthcare Distribution and UniChem Limited.

  • PAGB report proposes broadening supplement recommendations

    4 DEC 2008 17:18

    The Government could reconsider its approach to supplementation in the UK and recognise the potential benefits of micronutrient supplementation across a broader cross section of the population, according to a report launched at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health in London on 26 November 2008.

  • Margaret Culshaw, pharmacy course leader at the University of Huddersfield, with pharmacy students Iftekhar Ali and Jessica Campbell

    Mock dispensary will help train Huddersfield pharmacy students

    4 DEC 2008 17:06

    Undergraduates on the new pharmacy course at the University of Huddersfield (PJ, 26 April 2008, p497) will gain experience of working in a pharmacy by way of a mock dispensary installed in the department.

  • Novel cleaning technique wins award for pharmacist-led team

    4 DEC 2008 16:45

    Winners of the Medical Futures Innovations Awards 2008, announced at a ceremony in London on 2 December 2008, include a team led by pharmacist Frank Prior.

  • Half of Scotland’s contractors have done workforce audit

    4 DEC 2008 15:56

    Half of all community pharmacy contractors in Scotland have completed the pharmacy workforce audit, it was revealed on 1 December 2008. The workforce audit, which was announced in November 2008, is one of this year’s contract preparation payment tasks (PJ, 1 November 2008, p496).

  • PCTs start implementing EPS

    4 DEC 2008 15:53

    The NHS electronic prescription service (EPS) came a step closer (1 December 2008) after the Department of Health published statutory directions allowing primary care trusts to go ahead with the next phase of the initiative.

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