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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, January 2013

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  • Illustration of a heart (Sebastian Kaulitzki/

    Clopidogrel before PCI lowers risk of major cardiac events Subscription

    8 JAN 2013 15:28

    Among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions, clopidogrel pretreatment did not reduce the risk of death but was associated with a lower risk of major coronary events, according to a recent meta-analysis (JAMA 2012;308:2,507).

  • Paper chain people (Timurpix/

    Celesio sets out plans for European network of pharmacies Subscription

    8 JAN 2013 15:25

    Lloydspharmacy’s parent company Celesio plans to establish a European network of pharmacies, which includes its own and independent partner pharmacies, it announced last month (December 2012).

  • Interim joint acting editors for PJ Subscription

    7 JAN 2013 15:46

    Interim leadership arrangements have been put in place for The Pharmaceutical Journal following the departure of former editor Olivia Timbs. Graeme Smith and Matthew Wright are to be joint acting editors for the PJ and PJ Online for an interim period. Mr Smith is PJ deputy editor and Mr Wright is editor of Clinical Pharmacist.

  • Man suffering insomnia (Diane Diederich/iStock Photo)

    Half of sleeping pill effect could be placebo, study suggests Subscription

    7 JAN 2013 15:42

    Half of the clinical benefit of non-benzodiazepine hypnotics (Z drugs), prescribed for insomnia, could be attributable to the placebo response, according to a meta-analysis published online in the BMJ (17 December 2012).

  • Pharmacist in dispensary (Finstead Pharmacy)

    NPA’s private PGD service scaled back after discussions with Department of Health Subscription

    7 JAN 2013 15:21

    Several antibiotics have been scrapped from the National Pharmacy Association’s patient group direction service following a meeting with the Department of Health last month (18 December 2013) over concerns about antimicrobial resistance.

  • New year, new services? PGDs explained Subscription

    7 JAN 2013

  • Actinic keratosis (Dr P Marazzi/Science Photo Library)

    New topical treatment launched for actinic keratosis Subscription

    4 JAN 2013 16:22

    Ingenol mebutate, a new drug for the topical treatment of non-hyperkeratotic, non-hypertrophic actinic keratosis in adults, is now available in the UK.

  • Loratadine syrup reclassified despite RPS concerns Subscription

    4 JAN 2013 15:14

    Loratadine syrup has been reclassified from a pharmacy to a general sale list medicine by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency despite concerns expressed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  • Girl studying (Hans Slegers/

    Student news most read on PJ Online in 2012 Subscription

    3 JAN 2013 16:12

    Student stories dominated the top 10 most read news items of 2012 on PJ Online, with six making the list.

  • Smartcard being used (NHS Connecting for Health)

    IT operating model fails to dispel concerns over EPS support Subscription

    3 JAN 2013 15:13

    How the use of national IT systems by community pharmacies will be supported after April 2013 was set out by the NHS Commissioning Board last week (24 December 2012). However, the document does not dispel concerns about future support for the electronic prescription service.

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