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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2008

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  • Flu levels trigger antiviral prescribing in Scotland Subscription

    29 DEC 2008 15:08

    Influenza levels in Scotland have reached the point at which antiviral drugs can be used.In a statement issued last week (23 December 2008), Health Protection Scotland said the increased level of influenza it has detected means antiviral drugs can now be used in people who are at higher risk of developing complications from flu.

  • PJ letters (20/27 December 2008) Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 23:52

    Letters on the following topics have been published in the 20/27 December 2008 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.The letters pages are available as a downloadable PDF (70K).

  • Christmas miscellany 2008 Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 21:43

    Christmas miscellany articles published in the Christmas double issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal (20/27 December 2008)Competition: Can you spot the differences? Pharmacy’s Twelve Days of Christmas Sarah Marshall finds the pharmacy in “The 12 days of Christmas”

  • Be kind to yourselves … Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 19:03

    As 2008 draws to a close and we start to look forward to next year (2009), there cannot be many people without anxieties. Even pharmacists are not immune to the financial squeeze and there are already some casualties (p719).

  • Laying the foundations for the future

    19 DEC 2008 11:00

    Although there were financial problems and setbacks in IT developments, important foundations — including a White Paper and the professional body prospectus from the Transitional Committee — were laid for the future of pharmacy in 2008. Leila Taheri looks back over 2008 

  • Graham Phillips: the profession consistently fails to act on good advice

    Lessons from pharmacy’s history

    19 DEC 2008 10:59

    Whether or not the pharmacy profession has learnt from the past was the subject of a recent debate. Francesca Rivers reports 

  • Culture change needs a road-map to a well defined destination (Grio/

    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).

  • Shaping a pharmacy practice syllabus at Kingston University Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 10:57

    Parastou Donyai and Chris Cairns describe how they tackled the challenges of developing a pharmacy practice syllabus at Kingston University since the university began teaching its MPharm course in 2004 

  • Prion proteins, and not bacteria or viruses, are believed to transmit spongiform encephalopathies (Medi-Mation/ Science Photo Library)

    Polymath pharmacist beats prion to a pulp Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 10:37

  • Beer is manufactured from malted barley and hops (iStock Photo)

    Beer: is it good or bad for your health? Subscription

    19 DEC 2008 10:35

    Many claims have been made for the health-giving benefits of beer, but detrimental effects have also been reported. Brian Lockwood, of the University of Manchester School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, examines the evidenceSee other Christmas miscellany articles 

  • John Danwyn Williams (Death notice) Subscription

    18 DEC 2008

    On 6 December 2008, John Danwyn Williams, aged 89, of Spokane, Penygroes, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 6PP.Mr Williams registered in 1947 and retired from the Register in 2004.

  • Christopher Peter Wheeler (Death notice) Subscription

    18 DEC 2008

    On 13 November 2008, Christopher Peter Wheeler, FRPharmS, aged 82, of Seaways, Main Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0UR.Mr Wheeler registered in 1950.

  • Harmash Kapur (Death notice) Subscription

    18 DEC 2008

    On 29 November 2008, Harmash Kapur, MRPharmS, aged 56, of 279 Lordswood Road, Birmingham B17 8PR.Mr Kapur registered in 1975.

  • Gerald Humphrey Douglas (Death notice) Subscription

    18 DEC 2008

    On 5 December 2008, Gerald Humphrey Douglas, MRPharmS, aged 63, of 1 Wellington Hill West, Bristol BS9 4SP.Mr Douglas registered in 1969 and was managing director of Ideal Chemists Ltd.TributesJIM BARKER writes:

  • New electronic system to identify complex infection problems developed by pharmacist

    18 DEC 2008 14:08

    An electronic system that helps identify patients with complex infection problems for early referral to a consultant microbiologist has been developed by Kieran Hand, consultant pharmacist for anti-infectives at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

  • Pregnant woman

    Statins damage fetal growth, study confirms

    18 DEC 2008 14:03

    Pregnant women or those thinking of starting a family should avoid using statins, according to a letter published in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  • Reporting of adverse incidents should be embedded in NHS culture

    18 DEC 2008 14:01

    Methods of reporting adverse incidents and learning from mistakes need to be embedded in NHS systems and culture, according to a report by the independent healthcare watchdog for England and Wales: “State of healthcare 2008” published last week (10 December 2008).

  • NHS Wales advisory group

    18 DEC 2008 13:47

    Members of the group created to guide the reform of the NHS in Wales were announced on 12 December 2008.The Bevan Commission — named after the NHS founder,  Aneurin Bevan — will advise health minister Edwina Hart on emerging health issues, and help to establish a world-class health service that stays true to NHS founding principles.

  • Scottish academic leadership

    18 DEC 2008 13:43

    Pharmacists who want to shape the work of a new academic leadership body in Scotland are being invited to attend events in January 2009; details available from the Events section of PJ Online.

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