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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, January 2006

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  • Ayurveda: introduction for pharmacists Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Elizabeth Williamson PhD, MRPharmS, is professor of pharmacy and director of practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of Reading. She is a member of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, and editor-in-chief of Phytotherapy Research

  • Future far from clear Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Julie Stone is visiting professor in health care ethics at the University of Lincoln and a barrister with an interest in complementary and alternative medicine. However, it is in her capacity as deputy director of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence that she is making health care professions, including pharmacy, nervous.

  • More questions than answers Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    The article by Claire Church and Jane Smith (PJ, 21 January, p75 PDF (60K)) provided a fascinating and informative review of the stability of medicines and their suitability for inclusion in compliance aids. However, I think this

  • A list of effective medicines is needed Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Robert Woodward, in somewhat intemperate terms, objects to complementary and alternative medicine being subjected to evidence-based proof of efficacy and takes Edzard Ernst and his colleagues to task for backing this course (PJ,

  • Setting things straight Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    In his letter, Robert Woodward (PJ, 7 January, p12) complains that: “the CAM [complementary and alternative medicines] industry and profession are no match for big pharmaceutical companies and modern medicine,” and that, “strict judgement of CAM by the criteria designed for modern

  • Learning by experience Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Running public health campaigns is not quite a piece of cake, but we have learnt a lot after the first one. We wanted to link our community pharmacy public health campaigns to the needs of our local population. This was achieved in two ways: first, we got pharmacists to identify their interests and, secondly, we linked the campaign to disease areas identified in the

  • Bears need not suffer for our health Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    This week on the BBC news there was a report concerning the continued supply of products containing bear bile. Andy Fisher, the Metropolitan Police’s wildlife liaison officer, said that this trade is illegal because Asiatic black bears are an endangered species. He showed products that contained bear bile that had been confiscated from Chinese herbalists

  • Earlier warnings please Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Priya Sejpal, pharmacist adviser at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, says that pharmacists will be notified when further changes are made to CD regulations (PJ, 7 January, p13). I hope that these notifications will come at more than the three days’ notice of the last two significant

  • How can community pharmacists become involved in practice research?

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Hazel Gilbert, Elizabeth Mills and Elaine Ward, pharmacy practiceresearchers and research support manager from LondonFurther information is availablefrom Elizabeth Millse-mail

  • Over-the-counter EHC - five years on

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    AJ Photo/Science Photo Library EHC has been available for women to buy from pharmacies since 2001

  • Handover of the home oxygen service: ensuring patients are not put at risk

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Air Products Plc Patients requiring oxygen will no longer receive their supplies from community pharmacies

  • NICE lowers threshold for initiation of statin therapy to prevent CVD

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    BSIP VEM/Science Photo Library Atherosclerosis could be prevented through implementation of the guidance

  • National Pharmacy Association raises MUR concerns with minister

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Health minister Jane Kennedy, whose portfolio includes pharmacy, met representatives of the National Pharmacy Association last week to discuss current issues and problems in pharmacy.

  • Secure electronic forms needed for MUR success

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Paper-based medicines use reviews do not work because they are not automatically added to patients' notes at their GP practice, according to Howard Stoate, chairman of the All-Party Pharmacy Group. MURs, along with independent prescribing and other issues, were discussed during a question and answer session with health minister Jane Kennedy at an APPG meeting

  • Progress made with ePharmacy services in new Scottish contract

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Pharmacists in Scotland have this week started to receive details of how they will access ePharmacy services.

  • Exemption reform examined

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Reform of the exemption categories for NHS prescriptions in Scotland could be on the cards.

  • Pharmacy access to NHS care records is not being withheld

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Access to the NHS care records service is not being withheld from pharmacists, according to Jeanette Howe, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for England.

  • Pharmacist independent prescribing new for Wales

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Independent prescribing by pharmacists and nurses in Wales was given the go-ahead by the Welsh Assembly Government last week. As will be the case in England and Scotland, suitably trained pharmacists in Wales will be able to prescribe any licensed medicine for any condition, with the exception of Controlled Drugs.

  • Attorneys for care decisions

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    The Government is consulting on changes to the law which from next year will allow individuals to appoint attorneys to make care decisions on their behalf if in the future they lack the mental capacity to make the decisions themselves. This builds on current laws that already allow an appointed person to take care of an individual’s financial affairs.

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