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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 2011

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  • Mark Koziol

    PDA pushes for new contractor model, where contracts lie with pharmacists not owners

    28 FEB 2011 16:16

    Community pharmacy contracts should lie with pharmacists rather than pharmacy owners, chairman of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Mark Koziol said at the annual PDA conference this week (26–27 February 2011).

  • Denosumab

    Denosumab could offer advantages over zoledronic acid in prostate cancer, researchers suggest

    28 FEB 2011 15:11

    Denosumab could be used to prevent bone events in men with metastatic prostate cancer that is resistant to hormone treatment, new research suggests.

  • NICE approves bendamustine for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

    28 FEB 2011 15:10

    Bendamustine is now recommended for the first-line treatment of some chronic cancer patients, according to guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

  • New EMA strategy to include old people in drug evaluation

    28 FEB 2011 15:06

    Drug development and evaluation processes will take greater account of older patients, according to the European Medicines Agency’s geriatric medicines strategy (PDF, 86K).

  • Independents call for urgent action over shortages

    28 FEB 2011 14:57

    Urgent action is needed over medicine shortages, independent community pharmacists have demanded, while industry leaders continue to defend their systems.

  • Bradford University (postgraduate results) Subscription

    28 FEB 2011

    The following students have been awarded an MSc in advanced pharmacy practice by the University of Bradford: Toby Capstick (distinction), Jeremy Robson and Andrew Staples.

  • Prescription hints and tips

    28 FEB 2011 14:39

    Guidance for dispensing contractors on the dispensing and sorting of prescriptions is available from the NHS Business Services Authority in the latest edition of “NHS BSA hints & tips”.

  • Herbal medicines resource

    28 FEB 2011 14:37

    Advice for consumers on the use of herbal medicines is available in a new section on the website of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. The resource includes advice for patients who think they have had an adverse reaction to a herbal medicine and information about which herbal medicines have been assessed by the MHRA.

  • Pharmacy ownership research

    28 FEB 2011 14:30

    Pharmacists with an interest in or knowledge of pharmacy business are invited to participate in research exploring the impact GP consortia will have on people first embarking on pharmacy ownership being undertaken by pharmacist Emmanuel Amadi as part of his MBA programme. Further information from Mr Amadi on 07432 648431 (email

  • Prescribing review

    28 FEB 2011 14:24

    NHS Prescription Services has withdrawn its quarterly publication, Prescribing review, because feedback from users suggests the report is no longer used as a common reference source. February’s edition, which  is available from the website of the NHS Business Services Authority, will be the final edition.

  • Product news (26 February 2011)

    28 FEB 2011 14:21

    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 

  • Plans afoot for GPhC move

    25 FEB 2011 15:24

  • Dr Silver

    Pharmacists must show positive service outcomes in new NHS, GP commissioner warns

    25 FEB 2011 15:00

    Pharmacists must prove the value of services they offer and be more outward looking in order to survive in the new NHS, Lisa Silver, a GP commissioner in Oxfordshire and member of the Dispensing Doctors’ Association, has advised.

  • Pharmacy businesses could be affected by removal of practice boundaries

    25 FEB 2011 14:40

    Removal of GP practice boundaries in England could have grave repercussions for some community pharmacies because it might lead to more prescriptions being dispensed in non-residential areas, a GP has warned this week (24 February 2011). In April 2012, practice boundaries will be abolished, enabling patients to register anywhere in the country.

  • Pharmacist giving advice

    GP survey signals need for collaboration on commissioning

    25 FEB 2011 14:16

    Many GPs value pharmacists’ input into the commissioning process but almost a third doubt their competencies in delivering services, a survey has revealed.

  • Professional matters (26 February 2011) Subscription

    25 FEB 2011 14:10

    February 2011's edition covers:

  • Specials payment reform needed to incentivise competition, says Lansley

    25 FEB 2011 14:10

    Reform of the current payment arrangements for specials is needed in order to incentivise competition and obtain the best value for the NHS, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said.

  • New partnership aims to create stronger voice for independent pharmacy

    25 FEB 2011 14:05

    Alliance Healthcare and Sigma Pharmaceuticals have formed a new partnership in a bid to combat the shrinking number of independent pharmacies, develop services and create a stronger voice for independent pharmacy.

  • Genghis Khan — green invader?

    25 FEB 2011 By Glow-worm

    It has long been assumed that man’s effect on the atmosphere’s carbon levels began with the industrial revolution of the 18th century, but recent research suggests that human activity may have had a much earlier influence.

  • Father of modern gastroenterology

    25 FEB 2011 By Glow-worm

  • Green Party champions pharmacy Subscription

    25 FEB 2011 12:44

    An Early Day Motion calling for local independent pharmacies to be represented on GP consortia in England was tabled last week by leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas.

  • Disulfiram and the ink cap mushroom

    25 FEB 2011 By Glow-worm

  • PJ letters (26 February 2011) (RPS members only) Subscription

    25 FEB 2011 11:11

    The letters below have been published in the 26 February 2011 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.The letters pages are available as a downloadable PDF (900K).

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    How chlorpromazine improved the treatment of schizophrenic patients

    24 FEB 2011 15:57 By Jenny Bryan

    Few landmark drugs in this series have so dramatically changed the way that a disease is managed as the first antipsychotic agent chlorpromazine.

  • How to build adherence into practice

    24 FEB 2011 15:47

    In the final article in a short series on medication adherence, David Pruce, director of PruceConsulting, describes ways in which adherence can be built into the pharmaceutical care of patients, provided pharmacists’ workload can be addressed 

  • Views sought on supervision

    24 FEB 2011 15:30

    Pharmacists in England are invited to take part in a survey on supervision. This initiative comes from the English Pharmacy Board and is specifically designed to determine the views of members about the issues for community pharmacists. 

  • Window on pharmacy

    24 FEB 2011 15:21

    This week’s issue of The Journal contains an enhanced centre section of Professional matters — the window on the activities of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the achievements of members — which offers something for every member.

  • Andrew Lansley

    Lansley: commissioners must value pharmacy

    24 FEB 2011 13:00

    Pharmacy services, including local enhanced services, should be maintained and developed by NHS organisations, Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, said this week.

  • Scrutiny around MUR fraud to rise

    24 FEB 2011 12:33

    Pharmacists are likely to face greater scrutiny for fraudulent activity around medicines use reviews (MURs) following the launch of an enhanced intelligence and information unit by the NHS Counter Fraud Service. The unit, which will conduct data analysis on prescriptions, trends and previous cases of fraud, will be introduced on 1 April 2011.

  • Penalties for “never events”

    24 FEB 2011 12:28

    NHS commissioners will now be able to withhold payment for services where “never events” occur, the Department of Health has said as it today (24 February 2011) announced that the list of events has increased to 25.

  • Skin prick (James King-Holmes/SPL)

    High street food allergy testing criticised by NICE

    24 FEB 2011 12:22

    Food allergy test kits available on the high street and online came in for criticism from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence yesterday (23 February 2011). Tests such as the Vega test, kinesiology and hair analysis are not recommended by NICE because there is little evidence for their effectiveness.

  • Sample certificate

    RPS reveals new founder certificate for members

    24 FEB 2011 12:10

    The design of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s certificate for founding members has been revealed this week.

  • Government plans will exclude “the local chemist”

    24 FEB 2011 11:59

    Government plans for restructuring the NHS will exclude community pharmacy, Shadow Secretary of State for Health John Healey has warned.

  • Map of evidence

    RPS creates map of practice and innovation evidence

    24 FEB 2011 11:50

    A database of evidence that is intended to amplify and mobilise pharmacy knowledge is being created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The database, or “Map of evidence”, will collate existing evidence and details of ongoing initiatives and allow sharing and demonstration of good practice and innovation.

  • Devon LPC audit suggests medicines supply problems are worsening

    24 FEB 2011 11:02

    Medicines supply problems are getting worse, research from Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee suggests.

  • First prescription service to be rolled out shortly

    24 FEB 2011 10:55

    A new medicines service that will see pharmacists in England paid for providing medicines support to patients with long-term conditions  will be rolled out this year, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has predicted.

  • 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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