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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 2011

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  • Keyboard with Rx (bluestocking/iStockphoto)

    Online pharmacies may breach CD contract terms

    23 FEB 2011 15:50

    Some online pharmacies may be breaching the terms of their NHS contract by not supplying Controlled Drugs to patients, an investigation by PJ Online has revealed.

  • Sleeping woman

    Modafinil’s indications restricted

    23 FEB 2011 14:22

    Modafinil (Provigil) has had its licensed indications restricted and can now only be used to treat excessive sleepiness in adult patients with narcolepsy. The drug is no longer licensed for treatment of excessive sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome and moderate to severe chronic shift work sleep disorder.

  • Adolescent being vaccinated

    More data needed to clarify flu vaccine-narcolepsy link

    23 FEB 2011 14:21

    Further studies are needed to clarify a suspected link between use of the swine influenza vaccine Pandemrix and narcolepsy, the European Medicines Agency has said (18 February 2011).

  • Earl Howe

    Place on GP commissioning boards not essential for pharmacists, says Dorrell

    22 FEB 2011 15:22

    Securing a place on GP commissioning boards is not essential for pharmacists, Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee, has said.Instead, it is important to focus on having the correct commissioning process, which “should engage relevant clinicians for the decisions that are being made about services”, he said.

  • Society gathers views on supervision in community pharmacy

    22 FEB 2011 15:05

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society members in England are being asked to give their opinions on the impact of supervision in community pharmacy in a new survey from the RPS. The survey outcomes will be used to inform the RPS’s thinking on supervision in community pharmacy.

  • Helicobacter pylori

    Quadruple therapy outperforms triple for H pylori eradication

    22 FEB 2011 14:55

    Bismuth-containing quadruple therapy should be considered as first-line treatment for Helicobacter pylori eradication in regions with high levels of clarithromycin resistance, according to a study published online in The Lancet today (22 February 2011).

  • Questions from practice: G6PD deficiency Subscription

    18 FEB 2011

    QuestionsMy teenage son is at home in bed with a cold and cough. He has G6PD deficiency. I know he can’t take aspirin but can he take these Actifed tablets (pseudoephedrine and triprolidine)?

  • students revising

    Pharmacy tuition fees to top £6,000 at one school

    18 FEB 2011 14:30

    Pharmacy tuition fees are likely to exceed the £6,000 basic fee in at least one pharmacy school but most have yet to decide fees for 2012 onwards.British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association president Louise Hemmings is urging all schools to keep their fees to the minimum.

  • Pregnant woman

    CPD should be linked to practice area, RPS says

    18 FEB 2011 14:25

    Continuing professional development entries should be linked to competencies for the individual’s scope of practice, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

  • PJ letters (19 February 2011) (RPS members only) Subscription

    18 FEB 2011 7:02

    The letters below have been published in the 19 February 2011 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.The letters pages are available as a downloadable PDF (900K).

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