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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, March 2011

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  • Pills and money

    Partnership with the NHS and community sector has paid dividends for research Subscription

    31 MAR 2011 17:17

    David Wright and colleagues describe how a new school of pharmacy has been able to attract over £2.5m in funding for research in medicines management 

  • Depression

    How pharmacists can help patients during Depression Awareness Week Subscription

    31 MAR 2011 16:20

    Depression Awareness Week begins on 11 April 2011. In this article, Denise Taylor, John Donoghue and Stephen Bleakley call on pharmacists to think about what they might do to help ensure its success

  • VTE: a journey to meet that 90pc goal Subscription

    31 MAR 2011

  • Library interior

    Parliamentary group recommends pharmacists are included on local authority boards

    31 MAR 2011 15:15

    Pharmacists should be included on health and well-being boards, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health says in the report (PDF 213K) of its inquiry into the public health White Paper “Healthy lives, healthy people”, published today (31 March 2011).

  • A wake-up call

    GP commissioning — a wake-up call for pharmacy Subscription

    31 MAR 2011 14:07

    The advent of GP commissioning means pharmacists are entering an uncertain new world. But change can mean opportunity and pharmacy may emerge improved 

  • When to pour oil on troubled dry skin Subscription

    31 MAR 2011

    What we know about the barrier function of the skin has increased in the past 20 years. This has led to better understanding of dry skin conditions and the development of more sophisticated moisturising products.

  • New Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs

    31 MAR 2011 13:10


  • DoH consultation opens on flu plans

    31 MAR 2011 13:08

    Updated plans for dealing with an influenzapandemic have been published for consultation by the Department of Health.

  • Alliance sole distributor for Grazax

    31 MAR 2011 13:05


  • DoH funds social enterprise projects

    31 MAR 2011 12:55


  • Accountable officers must be financed

    31 MAR 2011 12:50


  • Insulin injection

    Insulin passports to be issued to patients with diabetes

    31 MAR 2011 12:13

    Adult patients with diabetes in England and Wales should be given an “insulin passport”, the National Patient Safety Agency has said in a patient safety alert, issued yesterday (30 March 2011).

  • Margaret Jean Rothwell (Death notice) Subscription

    30 MAR 2011

    On 25 February 2011, Margaret Jean Rothwell, aged 86, of 4 The Woodlands, Lostock, Bolton BL6 4JD.Mrs Rothwell, a former fellow of the Society, registered in 1947 and retired from the Register in 2006.

  • British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association conference 2011

    30 MAR 2011 17:52

    The 2011 annual conference of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA is the official student organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society) will be held at Portsmouth University from 16 to 23 April.

  • New fellows (2011)

    30 MAR 2011 17:42

    In accordance with the powers vested in it, the Panel of Fellows appointed under Section 4 of the Society’s Regulations has designated the following 14 members as fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society:

  • Medicines, ethics and practice | April 2011 amendments Subscription

    30 MAR 2011

    Each month, The Journal updates the guidance onthe legal status of medicines published in the 34th edition (July 2010)of ‘Medicines, ethics and practice: a guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians’.The amendments are given in bold type when added to the list and repeated each month in light type.

  • In celebration of a vegan saint

    30 MAR 2011 By Hourglass

    2 April (2011) marks the anniversary of the death in 1507 of St Francis of Paola who, among other things, was known for following a vegan diet, free from all animal-derived foods, including eggs and dairy foods as well as meat and fish.

  • Museum of food of the Soviet era

    30 MAR 2011 By Hourglass

    On a recent visit to Russia, I was aware of a strong nostalgia for the Soviet past, with food playing a strong part in this. One example of Russian food nostalgia is the museum of public catering in Moscow, which is devoted solely to preserving the culinary heritage of the Soviet Union and is well worth a visit.

  • Who discovered how to prevent scurvy?

    30 MAR 2011 By Hourglass
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    James Lind, a Scottish doctor, is usually given the credit for discovering in 1747 that scurvy, the disease that plagued many early European seafarers, could be prevented through the consumption of citrus fruits, even though he had no idea what the protective substance was.

  • Patient group bursary Subscription

    30 MAR 2011

    Social enterprises and professional associations are invited to apply to Sanofi-aventis’s patient group bursary scheme for projects developing capacity to deliver health services to the NHS, improving and promoting patient empowerment and information, and reducing health inequalities.Two successful groups will be awarded grants of £25,000 each.

  • eHealth Insider Awards 2011 Subscription

    30 MAR 2011

    Those working in the healthcare IT sector are invited to enter the eHealth Insider Awards 2011.Categories include best use of IT to promote patient safety and healthcare IT champion of the year.Closing date: 3 June 2011

  • Chiesi product distribution 2011

    30 MAR 2011 15:57

    Chiesi will implement a reduced wholesaler distribution model from 4 April 2011 for its products supplied to primary care.

  • Product news (2 April 2011)

    30 MAR 2011 15:39

    Accessing SPCsThe list of changes to summaries of product characteristics is not exhaustive. SPCs for a number of medicines licensed in the UK are available online 

  • front cover of consultation document

    CPS seeks views on Scottish vision

    30 MAR 2011 14:50


  • RPS creates special education panel

    30 MAR 2011 14:40


  • Neonate (Paulbrian/

    Risks associated with morphine administration to neonates highlighted by NPSA

    30 MAR 2011 10:29

    Neonatal units should ensure that protocols relating to the preparation and administration of intravenous morphine for neonates are clear and easy to follow, says the National Patient Safety Agency in a safety Signal issued last week (25 March 2011).

  • Martin Astbury

    RPS membership renewals nudge 30,000

    29 MAR 2011 15:42

    Membership renewals for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society hit 29,895 today (29 March 2011) and are still rising by around 60 renewals each day, the RPS has announced.

  • Breast cancer (Vesna Njagulj/

    Women at risk of developing breast cancer should be considered for preventive therapy

    29 MAR 2011 13:25

    Women with a 10-year breast cancer risk of between 4 and 8 per cent should be considered for preventive therapy, a group of experts has said.

  • Drug alert

    Drug alert: Patient information leaflets

    29 MAR 2011 13:20

    Errors in the patient information leaflets (PILs) distributed with three medicines are highlighted in a class 4 drug alert (medicines defect information) issued yesterday (28 March 2011) by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

  • Bone formation

    Bone formation greater for strontium ranelate than for alendonic acid

    29 MAR 2011 13:15

    Strontium ranelate has greater bone-forming activity then alendronic acid in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, according to research presented at the European Congress on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis in Valencia, Spain, last week (25 March 2011).

  • Lloydspharmacy’s website

    Lloydspharmacy buys online doctor service DrThom

    28 MAR 2011 15:11

    Lloydspharmacy has acquired the online doctor service DrThom from the company’s founding directors for an undisclosed sum.

  • CD prescribing comes closer for pharmacist independent prescribers

    28 MAR 2011 15:00

    Pharmacist independent prescribers may soon be able to prescribe Controlled Drugs as work on the statutory instrument to implement changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 is finalised.

  • Welsh bag tax information misleading, says CPW

    28 MAR 2011 14:55

    Community Pharmacy Wales has expressed concern that information being produced by the Welsh Assembly Government about the new bag tax does not mention that medicines and pharmaceutical appliances are exempt (PJ, 14 November 2009, p527).

  • Alliance Boots group chief executive resigns

    28 MAR 2011 14:50

    Andy Hornby, group chief executive at Alliance Boots, has resigned with immediate effect, the company has announced (25 March 2011). Commenting on his decision, Mr Hornby said that after an intense five years as chief executive officer of two major companies, he has decided to take a few months’ break.

  • Medicines being dispensed

    Focus on clinical services could be at expense of dispensing income, says AIMp

    25 MAR 2011 14:40

    Focusing on clinical service development could make community pharmacy’s dispensing income more vulnerable to cuts, chairman of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies Peter Cattee has warned.

  • GP in office

    GPs should work more closely with other health professionals, King’s Fund says

    25 MAR 2011 14:30

    Skill-mix within general practice needs to evolve to include a wide range of professionals working within and alongside it, according to the King’s Fund.

  • Renew your membership if you want to keep up to date Subscription

    25 MAR 2011 13:02

    If you are a pharmacist who has not renewed your membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, this is the last issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal that you will be sent.From April 2011 only full and associate members of the RPS, and paying subscribers, will receive the print version of the PJ.

  • Worth their weight Subscription

    25 MAR 2011 12:51

    Scotland is facing hospital pharmacist recruitment difficulties while inEngland there is a fear that their procurement skills are not being appreciated. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has a role here 

  • Pills and money

    Medicines procurement by pharmacy saves money and must be enhanced Subscription

    25 MAR 2011 7:23

    Current medicines procurement systems deliver significant savings. So it is vital that procurement systems, structures and staff are fully supported during the latest NHS reformsAllan Karr pharmacy business services manager, UCL Hospitals Foundation Trust 

  • Computer artwork of monoclonal antibodies

    “Kwik-Fiximab” — how a monoclonal antibody transformed care of Crohn’s Subscription

    25 MAR 2011 7:09

    In this article on landmark drugs, Jenny Bryan takes a look at how monoclonal antibodies transformed the lives of millions of people with autoimmune disorders 

  • PJ letters (26 March 2011) (RPS members only) Subscription

    25 MAR 2011 7:04

    The letters below have been published in the 26 March 2011 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.The letters pages are available as a downloadable PDF (880k)

  • “Yes/No” voting options

    RPS ballot on pharmaceutical scientist membership set for June

    24 MAR 2011 15:54

    Voting on whether pharmaceutical scientists will be invited to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is to go ahead in June 2011, the RPS Assembly decided at its meeting in Cardiff this week (23 March 2011).

  • Medicines and calculator

    Value-based pricing must account for supply costs

    24 MAR 2011 13:35

    Pricing arrangements for branded medicines should take account of supply chain costs and incentivise the efficient supply of medicines to pharmacies, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

  • old man on oxygen

    Tiotropium more effective at reducing COPD exacerbations than salmeterol

    24 MAR 2011 13:15

    Tiotropium is more effective than salmeterol in preventing exacerbations in patients with moderate-to-very-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2011;364:1093).

  • Riastap vial

    Human fibrinogen Riastap launched

    24 MAR 2011 13:08

    Patients with coagulation problems caused by fibrinogen deficiency are now able to benefit from a human fibrinogen product.The CSL Behring product, marketed under the brand name Riastap, was launched earlier this year.Riastap is indicated for the treatment of bleeding in patients with congenital hypo- and afibrinogenaemia with bleeding tendency.

  • Pioglitazone could halt pre-diabetes conversion

    24 MAR 2011 12:52

    Pioglitazone treatment reduces the risk of patients with pre-diabetes developing diabetes by 72 per cent, according to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2011;364:1104).

  • old lady

    NICE extends Alzheimer’s guidance

    24 MAR 2011 12:05

    Recommendations on the use of three acetylcholinesterase inhibitors have been extended to include mild Alzheimer’s disease in updated guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence this week.

  • EU clinical trials register goes live

    24 MAR 2011 11:36

    The EU clinical trials register — — was launched this week by the European Medicines Agency.The register allows public access to information on interventional clinical trials for medicines authorised in the 27 EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

  • Azacitidine approved by NICE

    24 MAR 2011 11:30

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