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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2010

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  • Pharmacists in Scotland register over 20,000 CMS patients

    15 DEC 2010 10:45

    Some 20,367 patients have already registered for the chronic medication service (CMS) in Scotland. Registrations have taken place at 1,109 community pharmacies.

  • Earl Howe plus four

    Pharmacy minister endorses Healthy Living Pharmacies

    14 DEC 2010 11:35

    Pharmacy minister Earl Howe has endorsed the concept of Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs) and said that he is looking forward to seeing the results replicated by other primary care trusts after a visit to Portsmouth yesterday (13 December 2010).

  • Tablets in bottles

    RPS raises concerns that GP consortia could threaten PGDs

    14 DEC 2010 11:33

    Health reforms that allow GP consortia to be providers and commissioners of services could threaten the development of patient group directions (PGDs), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has warned. The RPS is concerned that there is the potential for the new GP consortia to scale back the provision of PGDs, which would damage patient access to medicines, it says.

  • Martin Astbury

    RPS members vote to include students and associates

    13 DEC 2010 14:20

    Students and those with a pharmacy degree who have never been on the British pharmacy register will be eligible to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society from March 2011 after members voted in favour of creating new categories of student and associate membership.

  • Chewing tobacco

    Varenicline may work for smokeless tobacco users

    13 DEC 2010 14:18

    Varenicline might be a treatment option for people wanting to quit smokeless tobacco products, a study suggests (online in BMJ, 6 December 2010).

  • World Health Organization to classify traditional medicine

    13 DEC 2010 14:17

    An international classification system for traditional medicine is to be developed by the World Health Organization to help create an evidence base for its use.The web-based system aims is to harmonise data from different countries and to help clinicians, researchers and policy-makers monitor the safety, efficacy and use of traditional medicine.

  • Medicines counterfeiting problems tackled by Medicrime Convention

    13 DEC 2010 14:14

    European governments have taken the first steps to make it a criminal offence to manufacture and supply counterfeit medicines across the whole of Europe.According to the Medicrime Convention, it will also be illegal to put products on the market which fail to meet security requirements or have no official authorisation.

  • an eye

    Support for NICE appraising bevacizumab for unlicensed indication

    10 DEC 2010 15:09

    There is support for carrying out an appraisal of bevacizumab (Avastin) for an unlicensed indication, according to a report published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence this week (6 December 2010).

  • Careers are built on opportunities Subscription

    10 DEC 2010

    William Malcolm plans services to safeguard the public from infectious and environmental hazards. He talks to Sue Laird about his career 

  • Blotter autographed by John Lilly

    An intoxicating look at a universal impulse Subscription

    10 DEC 2010 11:06

    Lin-Nam Wang reports on an exhibition that invites pharmacists to consider drug use from a different perspective 

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