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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2010

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  • Christmas closures (2010)

    22 DEC 2010 14:47

     Christmas page

  • Alzheimer's

    Donepezil — a major breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 11:26

    The acetylcholinesterase inhibitor Donepezil had a major impact on the lives of patients with Alzheimer’s disease but right from the start there were budgetary concerns. In this “Landmark drugs” article, Jenny Bryan looks at donepezil and the future of it and other AChE inhibitors  

  • Christmas miscellany 2010 Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:08

    Christmas miscellany articles published in the Christmas double issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal (18/25 December 2010) 

  • Boy with chickenpox

    Perils of writing for The Journal Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Think carefully before you agree to write for The Pharmaceutical Journal, warns contributor Sarah MarshallSee other Christmas miscellany articles  

  • Boy with a fossil

    Being at school with a national treasure Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Readers who enjoyed David Attenborough’s television series “First life” in November 2010 might be interested to know that Sir David’s interest in fossils and the very first animals began at an early age. Ray Sturgess gives a first-hand accountSee other Christmas miscellany articles  

  • Sleuth

    An eye-watering mystery consignment Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    An amusing anecdote from a supermarket pharmacy, by Theo TynneSee other Christmas miscellany articles  

  • The pharmacy at the health point in Cazeau

    Health and sartorial elegance in Haiti Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Antje Neubert, senior research fellow at the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research, School of Pharmacy, University of London, describes working with a German non-governmental organisation in Haiti, after the earthquake in January 2010See other Christmas miscellany articles 

  • Let Us Shine pupils with their pharmacy

    Let Us Shine in our make-shift pharmacy Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Hannah Currie, the daughter of two pharmacists, has been volunteering at a school in rural Ghana for the past three years. She describes recent work to help set up a pharmacy in the school and the benefits this has broughtSee other Christmas miscellany articles 

  • Betsy Field

    Tales of medicine-taking en pointe Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Not all of us get to perform at the Royal Opera House. Leila Taheri spoke to a former pharmacist who did so during 2010. An odd coincidence was that the performance aimed to raise awareness of relationships with medicinesSee other Christmas miscellany articles 

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and pharmacy Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Beatrix Potter is much-loved as a children’s author and illustrator. For the pharmacy historian, her books, set in their rural context in the early 20th century, provide insights into contemporary perceptions of illness, views of the medical profession and treatments, particularly countryside remedies, says Briony Hudson

  • Accounts of antics in the experimental salons led to a popular craze

    Laughing gas crazes and medical dreams Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    By 1900, nitrous oxide was established as an anaesthetic and hailed as one of the great medical advances of all time. But it was discovered a century earlier, when surgery without pain was considered a foolish, utopian dream, writes Mike JaySee other Christmas miscellany articles 

  • Reindeer

    The animal world has its junkies too Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07

    Andrew Haynes kicks off 2010’s Christmas miscellany with reports of rampant reindeer, sozzled starlings and junkie monkeys, and a look at how goats seem to be the cause of many of man’s sinsSee other Christmas miscellany articles 

  • Liverpool 1680

    Liverpool apothecary in the slave trade Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:07
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    Stuart Anderson, reader in the social history of pharmacy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, tells how apothecary Edward Parr made his fortune See other Christmas miscellany articles   

  • Rebirth and re-engagement Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:06

    As a momentous year for pharmacy draws to a close, The Journal commends to readers its annual review for 2010 and looks forward to a bright future for a reborn Royal Pharmaceutical Society 

  • PJ letters (18/25 December 2010) (RPS members only) Subscription

    17 DEC 2010 7:02

    The letters below have been published in the 18/25 December 2010 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.The letters pages are available as a downloadable PDF (920K).

  • Conference abstracts for LLLP 2011

    16 DEC 2010 17:45

    Deadline extended: details Abstracts can now be submitted for research to be presented at the 2011 Life Long Learning in Pharmacy (LLLP) International Conference, to be held in New Zealand from 29 June–2 July 2011.

  • Quantum Specials

    16 DEC 2010 17:22

    Quantum Specials is now trading under the name Quantum Pharmaceutical.Contact information and ordering processes are unchanged.

  • Endorsing prescriptions

    16 DEC 2010 17:18

    Prescriptions for branded products that are available from a choice of different suppliers (eg, manufacturer and third-party livery), must be endorsed with the name of the supplier of the product dispensed to ensure the correct reimbursement price, according to a notice from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

  • Bradford University (2010 diploma results) Subscription

    16 DEC 2010

    The following candidates have successfully completed the University of Bradford

  • Drug Tariff Updates: December 2010 prescriptions

    16 DEC 2010 17:06

    See  Drug Tariff Updates: December 2010 prescriptions (updated)The Department of Health and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed to allow “no cheaper stock obtainable” (NCSO) endorsements for

  • Product news (18/25 December 2010)

    16 DEC 2010 16:41

    Accessing SPCsThe list of changes to summaries of product characteristics is not exhaustive. SPCs for a number of medicines licensed in the UK are available online 

  • Stephen Arthur Hudson (Death notice) Subscription

    16 DEC 2010

    Suddenly at the weekend, Stephen Arthur Hudson, FRPharmS, aged 58, of 1 Wardle Steps, Edinburgh EH5 1ES.Professor Hudson registered in 1974 and was former area specialist lead clinical pharmacy practitioner for Lothian Health Board and the first professor of pharmaceutical care in the UK at the University of Strathclyde.

  • Raymond Dickinson (Death notice) Subscription

    16 DEC 2010

    On 25 November 2010, Raymond Dickinson, OBE, FRPharmS, aged 76, of 41 Copse Avenue, Farnham, Surrey GU9 9EA.Mr Dickinson registered in 1955.Funeral: Monday, 6 December 2010, 1.30pm, at Aldershot Crematorium. No flowers. Donations to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Farnham, Surrey.

  • Gillian Elizabeth Rose (Death notice) Subscription

    16 DEC 2010

    On 8 December 2010, Gillian Elizabeth Rose, aged 55, of 16 Coombe Drive, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 4SR.Miss Rose registered in 1977 and retired from the Register in 2010.

  • John Strachan (Personal announcement) Subscription

    16 DEC 2010

    John Strachan, MRPharmS, of Strachan Pharmacy in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, has won the community care category of the Scottish Health Awards 2010.

  • Fellowship nominations sought (2011)

    16 DEC 2010 14:45

    See Nominations sought

  • GPhC to drop many cases without full inquiry

    16 DEC 2010 14:37

    Approximately one third of fitness-to-practise cases, inherited by the General Pharmaceutical Council and that have not yet been referred to its Investigating Committee, are likely to be closed after applying revised threshold criteria.

  • Festive pharmaceutical cocktail

    16 DEC 2010 By Didapper

    With the festive season again upon us, readers may appreciate a recipe for an egg nog or egg flip, a drink that has long been associated with Christmas. Indeed, 24 December is National Egg Nog Day in the US. Here is my egg flip recipe: rub together 15g of sugar and two egg yolks, then add 120ml each of brandy and cinnamon water and mix well.

  • GHP guidance for on-call negotiators

    16 DEC 2010 14:35

    Guidance for local negotiators of NHS on-call agreements has been developed by the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists.

  • 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.

  • SIGN releases venous thromboembolism guidance

    16 DEC 2010 13:24

    Prevention and management of venous thromboembolism are the focus of new guidance from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

  • Bevacizumab rejected by NICE

    16 DEC 2010 13:21

    Bevacizumab (Avastin; Roche) has been rejected for use in the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in final guidance published today (15 December 2010).

  • NICE issues guidance on child sedation

    16 DEC 2010 13:12

    Sedatives are the focus of a new guideline from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to improve safety standards for sedating children.

  • Chained money

    NHS pay plan links increment freeze with no-redundancy promise for lower grades

    15 DEC 2010 16:15

    NHS Employers has proposed a two-year freeze on annual incremental pay rises under Agenda for Change in return for a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for as many staff as possible. This is in addition to the two-year public sector pay freeze announced in the emergency budget earlier this year.

  • Hospital pharmacist (Diego Vito Cervo/

    2010 — Reflecting on a year of change (updated)

    15 DEC 2010 14:23

    Change has been a key theme for the pharmacy world this year. After more than three years of consultations, preparations, debates and delays, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society finally shed its regulatory functions in September and handed them to a new, independent regulator — the General Pharmaceutical Council.

  • Multiple myeloma Xray

    Triple therapy for multiple myeloma more effective than dual therapy

    15 DEC 2010 11:15

    Triple combination treatment of multiple myeloma with thalidomide, dexamethasone and bortezomib is more effective than dual therapy, a study has shown (online in The Lancet, 10 December 2010).

  • Five drugs approved for use in NHS Scotland

    15 DEC 2010 11:08

    Gefitinib (Iressa; AstraZeneca) has once again been rejected for use in NHS Scotland.

  • Saquinavir dosing recommendation in treatment-naive patients confirmed by MHRA

    15 DEC 2010 11:01

    Saquinavir should be used at half the standard dose for treatment-naive patients during the first week of therapy, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s latest Drug Safety Update confirms.

  • Pfizer logo

    Pfizer withdraws sitaxentan (Thelin)

    15 DEC 2010 10:58

    Pfizer has initiated a voluntary withdrawal of its pulmonary arterial hypertension drug Thelin (sitaxentan) in the EU, Canada and Australia following concerns about fatal liver injury. All ongoing clinical trials are also being stopped.

  • Somatropin-containing medicines to undergo safety review

    15 DEC 2010 10:48

    Medicines containing somatropin are the subject of a safety review being initiated by the European Medicines Agency.

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