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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2011

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  • Felix Mizioznikov/

    Extended nevirapine use in infants halves HIV transmission via breast milk

    30 DEC 2011 12:24

    Nevirapine can safely be given to infants from birth up to six months of age to protect against mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1 via breastfeeding, according to a study published online in The Lancet (23 December 2011).

  • Government to launch NHS whistleblowing helpline in new year

    30 DEC 2011 12:17

    Plans to launch a free whistleblowing helpline on 1 January 2012 were announced by health secretary Andrew Lansley today (30 December 2011).

  • Aliskiren (Rasilez)

    Aliskiren under review after halted trial shows risks outstrip benefits

    29 DEC 2011 14:57

    Aliskiren-containing medicines are being reviewed by the European Medicines Agency after a phase III trial, which was terminated early, showed no benefits with the drugs and linked them with an increased risk of certain adverse events.

  • Patient on laptop (Pamela Uyttendaele/

    Patient online access to medical records by 2015 proposed Subscription

    23 DEC 2011 15:05

    Patients should be given full access to their medical records within the next three years, the NHS Future Forum is to announce, according to a report in The Times today (23 December 2011).

  • Between the covers of The Journal Subscription

    23 DEC 2011 14:55

  • Topsy-turvy

    23 DEC 2011 14:33

    Can you remember how 2011 started? Most of Britain was blanketed in snow and the cold weather was set to continue for many weeks. Summer came early (April was the new July) followed by a rather gloomy few months and then some glorious hot days in late September and October.

  • Two steps forward

    23 DEC 2011 14:30

    2011 is ending, we trust, on a positive note. Harold Wilson famously said a week is a long time in politics and since The Journal was last published two weeks ago, quite a lot has happened.

  • Government pension deal not true, claims union

    23 DEC 2011 11:40

    Government claims that it has reached agreement with unions over changes to the NHS pension scheme are “simply not true”, according to the union Unite.

  • Chlortalidone long-term benefits shown

    23 DEC 2011 11:32

    Hypertension patients treated with chlortalidone-based therapy have a reduced rate of cardiovascular-related death more than 20 years later, according to a study published online in JAMA (20 December 2011).

  • NHS atlas reveals wide variation in hypnotics prescribing

    23 DEC 2011 11:30

    More research is needed into the management of sleep disorders using non-drug therapies, after latest data revealed that prescribing rates for hypnotic drugs to treat insomnia are four times higher in some primary care trusts in England than others.

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