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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2008

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  • Generics price fixing case nears closure as SFO appeal is refused

    11 DEC 2008 18:55

    Operation Holbein — the six-year investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations of conspiracy to defraud the NHS of an alleged £2bn by fixing the price of generic drugs has drawn a step nearer closure.

  • Consultation on NICE process

    11 DEC 2008 18:44

    Consultation has started on draft guidance that explains the processes used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in preparing its technology appraisals.

  • Stroke awareness campaign

    11 DEC 2008 18:33

    A three-year £12m campaign to promote stroke awareness will be launched in February 2009, the Department of Health has announced.The campaign will centre around the acronym FAST, which stands for face, arm, speech, time to call 999 — as a way to help people recognise the symptoms of stroke and understand that emergency treatment is important.

  • AAH adjusts discount

    11 DEC 2008 18:31

    AAH is to adjust its level of discount on Janssen-Cilag products in light of the manufacturer’s recent changes to wholesale distribution.From 2 January 2009, AAH will give 6 per cent discount on qualifying ethical Janssen-Cilag products.

  • Terms used to differentiate old and new antipsychotics are redundant

    11 DEC 2008 18:29

    The term “second-generation antipsychotic” should be abandoned, say the authors of a study published online on 5 December 2008 (The Lancet).

  • Healthcare report published

    11 DEC 2008 18:10

    Access to NHS services has improved during 2008, but a number of trusts still perform at an unacceptably poor level, said the Healthcare Commission in its latest report to Parliament on healthcare in England and Wales.

  • Disciplinary Committee Chairman to retire

    11 DEC 2008 18:06

    Judge Mota Singh, chairman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Disciplinary Committee, has announced his intention to retire from his post as of Easter 2009.Judge Singh was appointed in February 2008.

  • NHS Scotland: finances improving but still faces challenges

    11 DEC 2008 18:03

    NHS Scotland’s financial position is continuing to improve but challenges lie ahead, according to Audit Scotland. In a report published on 4 December 2008, Audit Scotland says NHS Scotland ended the 2007–08 financial year with an overall underspend on budget.

  • Funding for primary care trusts set to rise by 5.5 per cent

    11 DEC 2008 18:00

    Primary care trusts are to receive a 5.5 per cent increase in funding over the next two years, Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced on 8 December 2008.

  • National Quality Board chairman and first members named

    11 DEC 2008 17:55

    The newly created National Quality Board has started its recruitment process, health minister Lord Darzi announced on 4 December 2008.Four members have already been appointed from the Department of Health. These are:

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