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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 elizabeth.mills@pharmacy.ac.uk

  • 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.

  • Cash for access

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    The Department of Health has allocated over £650m a year to a five-year strategy to give patients better access to new medicines and treatments, and to support researchers conducting health and social care research throughout England. Part of the scheme will mean that every patient in England will haveaccess to clinical trials and have the opportunity to participate in studies.

  • Society's grant funding from Government far outstrips that of other health regulators

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Grant funding paid to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by the Department of Health far outstrips the sums given to other health regulators, as revealed in a Parliamentary written answer last week. The Society has questioned the figures.

  • Ministers may decide Society must separate its functions

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Ministers are considering whether to allow the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to continue to have both professional and regulatory roles or to require the Society to come into line with the majority of other health professional regulators.

  • Supervision plans may push up insurance

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Government plans to allow community pharmacies to operate without a pharmacist on the premises will inevitably affect liability, insurance providers warned this week. The Chemists’ Defence Association said it was essential that any moves towards expanding the pharmacists’ professional role must not compromise patient safety.

  • NICE consults on Alzheimer's disease drugs

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    A revised draft of a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence review of Alzheimer's disease treatments is recommending that donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Reminyl) and rivastigmine (Exelon) should be considered as options for patients with moderately severe disease only (patients with a score of between 10 and 20 points on the mini mental state examination).

  • Episodic antiretroviral treatment harms patients

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Enrolment of subjects in a large international HIV/AIDS trial to compare episodic with continuous antiretroviral treatment has ceased. The decision follows an analysis of interim study data, which showed that subjects on episodic treatment had more than twice the risk of disease progression compared with those taking continuous antiretroviral therapy.

  • Under-16s confidentiality upheld

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    AJ Photo/Science Photo Library Confidentiality will be respected

  • Cholinesterase inhibitors may help in mild Alzheimer's

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Cholinesterase inhibitor drugs donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Reminyl) and rivastigmine (Exelon) can provide improved cognitive function, daily activity and behaviour to Alzheimer's disease patients with mild to moderate dementia, according to a review published online in The

  • HIV regimens for treatment-naive patients compared

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Treatment regimens Patients received either efavirenz (Sustiva) 600mg plus tenofovir disoproxil (Viread) 300mg and emtricitabine (Emtriva) 200mg once daily, or efavirenz 600mg once daily plus a fixed dose of zidovudine 300mg and lamivudine 150mg twice daily (Combivir).

  • Suspected ADRs increase

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Last year there were 1,013 deaths linked to adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports, up from 857 in 2004, health minister Jane Kennedy revealed last week.

  • All-round criticism for appliance payment plans

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    BSIP, Astier/Science Photo Library Choice of appliances, such as stoma care products, may be affected

  • Wider public debate on drug safety needed

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    New ways of communicating with the public about the benefits and risks of drugs are needed, Keith Beard, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said earlier this week.

  • Pfizer uses electronic tags for Viagra in US Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Pfizer has started to attach radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to all packs of Viagra (sildenafil) sold in the US. This means that pharmacies and wholesalers can confirm the authenticity of packs using specially designed scanners that use the internet to check an electronic code embedded in the tags against a Pfizer database.

  • Pharmacovigilance guideline

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    European pharmacovigilance guidelines for human medicines are being updated to take account of international harmonisation and scientific and technical changes.

  • New medicines / Prescription products / SPC changes / Supply issues / Discontinued products / Products miscellany

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    New medicines Kepivance Composition: Palifermin 6.25mg. Presentation: Lyophilised powder for solution for injection. Class: Human keratinocyte growth factor.

  • This book is more a longish history of pharmacy Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    The editor’s hope is that ‘Making medicines’ will appeal to pharmacy students, to those who have been qualified for some time, and to a wider, general audience. Had the contents covered what the title suggests, this might have been achieved, although choosing a dozen academics to write the text is hardly the best way to reach a

  • Useful guide for those caring for patients with COPD Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) probably affects as many as 1.5 million people in the UK and results in 30,000 premature deaths a year. These are just two of the alarming statistics in this new and concise guide to COPD. The book is divided into 10 chapters which cover all aspects of the disease in an easy-to-read bullet point format. The

  • Entertaining history for a general audience but not for the serious historian Subscription

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    This book presents a personal and eclectic survey of the history of hospitals in Britain. It contains 14 chapters of varying length. These trace the history of hospitals from Roman times to the present day. Separate chapters describe the development of specialist, cottage, maternity, children’s and psychiatric hospitals. Others explore the evolution

  • Council election candidates sought

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is calling for nominations of pharmacists to fill five unreserved places on the Council for the next three years (p117).

  • President's CPD message

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    A letter is being sent to individual members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society urging them to start with continuing professional development (CPD) if they have not already done so.

  • Society makes new appointment to “key post” of head of practice

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    Robert Clayton: exciting time to be involved in pharmacy’s development

  • Byelaw change allows more pharmacists to nominate themselves for Society fellowship

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    An amendment to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Byelaws, approved by the Privy Council on 11 January, allows more members of the Society to nominate themselves for fellowship. But it also introduces a fee for the assessment of applications.

  • Work starts on refurbishment of assembly hall at Society headquarters

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    The assembly hall this week following the removal of the ceiling and stage

  • Upper limit removed from fee for attendance at Council and committee meetings

    28 JAN 2006 0:00

    An upper limit of £200 on the fee payable for attendance at meetings of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Council and its committees has been removed from the Society's Bylaws with the approval of the Privy Council.

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