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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2010

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  • Indemnity insurance to be compulsory for all health professionals

    16 DEC 2010 14:30

    Professional indemnity insurance should be a requirement of registration for all healthcare professionals, according to the four UK health administrations.

  • Christmas the Catalonian way

    16 DEC 2010 By Didapper

    Some traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas have developed in weird ways. I particularly like a custom that has grown up in Catalonia, Spain.

  • “An Alectoris rufa in a Pyrus communis”

    16 DEC 2010 By Didapper

    At this time of year you may be unlucky enough to find yourself cajoled into joining in that interminable song “The 12 days of Christmas”.

  • Operating framework highlights pharmacy

    16 DEC 2010 14:19

    Following concerns about decommissioning of services, strategic health authorities and primary care trusts are reminded in the 2011–12 NHS Operating Framework for England of the importance of maintaining pharmaceutical input.

  • White Paper

    DoH confirms NHS plans to go ahead after feedback

    16 DEC 2010 14:15

    Plans for radical reform of the NHS in England, including abolishing primary care trusts and handing responsibility for commissioning to GPs, are to go ahead, the Government confirmed on December 15.

  • Levothyroxine better given at night

    16 DEC 2010 14:01

    Taking levothyroxine at bedtime instead of in the morning improves thyroid hormone levels, it has been shown by the first large, randomised trial investigating timing of intake (Archives of Internal Medicine 2010;170:1996).

  • Buprenorphine better than methadone for pregnant women

    16 DEC 2010 13:56

    Buprenorphine treatment in pregnant women dependent on opiates has better outcome for their babies than methadone treatment, research has shown.

  • Updated clopidogrel guidance issued

    16 DEC 2010 13:47

    Updated guidance on the use of clopidogrel and modified-release dipyridamole for the prevention of ischaemic stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and heart attack has been published this week by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

  • Brilique pack

    Antiplatelet therapy ticagrelor launched in UK

    16 DEC 2010 13:41

    Patients receiving antiplatelet therapy have a new option with the launch of ticagrelor this week (13 December 2010).

  • Prucalopride approved for NHS use

    16 DEC 2010 13:29

    Prucalopride (Resolor; Movetis) can now be considered for some women with chronic constipation for whom laxatives have not provided adequate relief.

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