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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, July 2011

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  • Pandemic flu vaccine’s link with Guillain-Barré syndrome challenged

    18 JUL 2011 14:13

    Immunisation with the pandemic influenza vaccine is not linked with an increased risk of the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome, research suggests.

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    Pharmacies nationwide respond to HLP pathfinder call

    15 JUL 2011 12:44

    Community pharmacies within 66 primary care trusts are set to be considered as pathfinder sites as part of a drive to develop the Health Living Pharmacy initiative across England.

  • Prescription Products (Bydureon, Dorzolamide/timolol, Clomethiazole, Exemestane)

    15 JUL 2011 11:58

    BydureonBydureon (exenatide) powder and solvent for prolonged-release suspension for injection 2mg is now available from Lilly UK. Each pack contains four 2mg vials (one month’s supply). Net price: 4 x 2mg, £73.36.

  • Resources (warfarin)

    15 JUL 2011 11:49

    The British Committee for Standards in Haematology has issued an updated guideline on the indications for and management of patients on warfarin. The guideline replaces the previous BSCH guidelines on oral anticoagulants.

  • Resources (Ramadan fasting)

    15 JUL 2011 11:44

  • Awards - Alliance Healthcare

    15 JUL 2011 11:41

  • Physeptone

    15 JUL 2011 11:33

    Physeptone (methadone) oral solution 1mg/ml is now available in 2.5L plastic bottles from Martindale Pharma. The product is available in both sugar-free and Drug Tariff formulations. Net price: 4 x 2.5L, £32.10. Legal category: Schedule 2 CD.

  • Drug Tariff Updates (16 July 2011)

    15 JUL 2011 11:29

    NCSO endorsementsThe Department of Health and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed to allow “no cheaper stock obtainable” (NCSO) endorsements for betahistine tablets 8mg, lofepramine tablets 70mg and mebeverine tablets 135mg for July prescriptions.

  • SPC changes (Afinitor, Tasigna)

    15 JUL 2011 11:25

    AfinitorRenal failure (including acute renal failure) and proteinuria are nowlisted as common (=1/100 to  <1/10) side effects of Afinitor (everolimus; Novartis), according to the updated summary of product characteristics.

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