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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2008

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  • Clinical trials on trial (meeting reports)

    12 DEC 2008 14:27

    How do we ensure that clinical trials are acurate, ethical and are not only designed for use as marketing tools? Nicola Cree reportsEnsure trials produce valuable resultsEthics should be integral to trials

  • An enhanced method for the review of CD prescribing, based on ePACT data Subscription

    12 DEC 2008 13:00

    In this article, Colin Richman describes an enhanced method ofreviewing the prescribing of Controlled Drugs within a primary caretrust from ePACT data. He discusses monitoring issues surroundingcurrent practice, prescribing for substance misuse, using a method ofmorphine equivalents to allow aggregate data analysis andnon-parametric tests to indicate irregular prescribing

  • Unlicensed melatonin products have been used in attention disorders and jet lag (Cordelia Molloy/Science Photo Library)

    Imported unlicensed medicines: requirements and current examples Subscription

    12 DEC 2008 12:34

    There have recently been a number of issues arising from the use of unlicensed medicines, such as melatonin, in the UK, says Graham Matthews. In this article, he provides a background to this less well-known area of pharmacy 

  • Personalising OTC analgesia Subscription

    12 DEC 2008

    [img_assist|nid=43432|title=CPD logo|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=185]In the second part of an article on over-the-counter analgesics, Andrew Dickman discusses the precautions and special considerations needed in order to recommend a product and ensure appropriate use 

  • “Have your say!” — again Subscription

    12 DEC 2008 11:26

    Selected responses to the second “Have your say!” membership survey are published this week (p690). Members were asked about the sort of local support they might wish a professional body to offer and — despite the growth of online activity — the respondents favour personal contact and meetings over virtual encounters.

  • “Have your say!...2” — what support you want from the professional body Subscription

    12 DEC 2008 11:15

    Olivia Timbs, editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal, picks out some of the highlights from the second “Have your say!” survey, where members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society were asked what local support they would expect the new professional body to offer 

  • December 2008 Council meeting

    11 DEC 2008 22:36

    The Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society met in London on 2 and 3 December 2008. News about various matters raised at the meetingappears below. These reports will be supplemented in due course by a

  • Pharmacy workforce survey 2008 Subscription

    11 DEC 2008 22:20

    A series of five articles on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s pharmacy workforce survey (2008), by David Guest, Ali Budjanovcanin and Patricia Oakley

  • 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).

  • Electronic transfer of prescriptions continuing successfully in Scotland, states ePharmacy

    11 DEC 2008 19:02

    Implementation of electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) is continuing successfully in Scotland, with an estimated 3.5 million electronic prescriptions now being processed each month. This is according to the first edition of the ePharmacy newsletter published online on 4 December 2008.

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