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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.

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