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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 2006

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  • Alternating paracetamol/ibuprofen regimen effectively lowers fever in children

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    An alternating regimen of paracetamol and ibuprofen lowers fever faster than either drug alone in children aged six to 36 months, without increasing adverse effects, according to a paper published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine this month (2006;160:197).

  • Chronic hepatitis B treatments given thumbs up by NICE

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    Newer treatments for chronic hepatitis B in adults have been recommended for use in the NHS in England and Wales by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Peginterferon alfa-2a (Pegasys; Roche) has been recommended for initial treatment.

  • NICE releases nutrition guidance

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    Pharmacists should be included in multidisciplinary teams providing nutrition support to patients in England and Wales, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines issued this week recommend.

  • Infection a risk with preservative-free drops

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    Traditional glass dropper bottles are at risk of microbial contamination

  • Monitoring ADRs

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    New software has been introduced at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to analyse reported adverse drug reactions. It is expected to signal potential problems earlier and to improve the focus on reactions in children and pregnant women.

  • Role of antibiotic pharmacists gets doctors' support

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    Pharmacists working on wards can draw attention to antibiotic prescribing issues

  • Generic exemption plan for prescription charges

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    NHS managers have been discussing exempting prescriptions for generic medicines from the prescription charge.

  • Health Acts to be consolidated

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    The 14 Acts of Parliament that govern the NHS are to be consolidated into two Acts — one for England and

  • Guidance for practice-based commissioning issued

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    A booklet of top tips, practical ideas and case studies for use by GPs and other primary care staff to help them get involved in practice-based commissioning has been published by the Department of Health.

  • Society adviser becomes MP

    25 FEB 2006 0:00

    Willie Rennie, who has been public affairs adviser to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, has been elected to Parliament. Mr Rennie won the Dunfermline and West Fife by-election for the Liberal Democrats earlier this month. He achieved a 16 per cent swing to overturn a Labour majority of 11,562.

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