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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, May, Vol 298, No 7901

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  • Qualified Person: Callum Mackie Subscription

    15 MAY 2017 11:29

    Callum Mackie MRPharmS, senior quality co-ordinator, GlaxoSmithKline, was added to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Qualified Person (QP) register on 9 May 2017. Having successfully passed the Joint Professional Bodies’ QP viva, he is eligible to be named as a QP on manufacturers’ authorisations.

  • Tribute to Bryan Kirkwood Subscription

    12 MAY 2017 15:01 By Neil Shaw

    It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of my dear friend, Bryan Kirkwood. I first met him in the early 1980s at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh, where he was delivering a lecture during the early days of the College of Pharmacy Practice. It was later I discovered we had attended the same school where Bryan flourished in the classical atmosphere of the Royal High School gaining a medal for excellence in Latin, ancient Greek and mathematics.

  • Interleukin 13 cytokine protein 3D illustration

    AstraZeneca asthma drug fails in phase III trial

    12 MAY 2017 13:52

    An experimental drug being tested as a treatment for severe asthma by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has failed to meet its primary endpoint of significantly reducing the annual rate of asthma exacerbations in the first of two phase III studies.

  • EpiPen product

    Date-expired EpiPens still effective, study results show

    12 MAY 2017 12:03

    Researchers who analysed 40 date-expired EpiPens and EpiPen Juniors have discovered that they were still effective beyond the stated expiry date.

  • European Medicines Agency building

    EMA tells drug companies to make sure licences are valid in light of Brexit

    12 MAY 2017 11:46

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission (EC) has issued a notice to drug companies reminding them of their legal duties regarding any medicines that have been approved centrally in light of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Woman using an e-cigarette

    More than half of e-cigarette users have quit smoking tobacco, survey reveals

    11 MAY 2017 8:54

    Source: Shutterstock Action on Smoking and Health, which carried out the poll, says the findings highlight a communication challenge about the risk of vaping compared to smoking tobacco

  • Polling station signage

    What to consider when casting your vote for the 2017 UK general election Subscription

    10 MAY 2017 12:59

    We outline some of the issues pharmacists might like to consider before they cast their vote in the UK general election on 8 June 2017.

  • Ibuprofen packaging

    NSAID heart attack risk apparent in first week of use

    10 MAY 2017 8:36 By Emma Wilkinson

    Analysis of data from nearly 450,000 patients reveals that celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen and rofecoxib all increased heart attack risk, with the greater risk of heart attack becoming apparent in the first week of treatment.

  • I want a professional body that works for everyone Subscription

    9 MAY 2017 16:03 By Graham Phillips

    I hope colleagues will forgive my reference to the Theresa May rhetoric, but as a community pharmacist I have to ask, is the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) really working for me? It seems that the RPS is obsessed with the practice pharmacist initiative (which, I agree, is excellent) but the implementation to date has been to benefit the few (2,000 practice pharmacists) at the expense of the many (around 30,000 community pharmacists).

  • Hospital ward round taking place

    Pilot study results support feasibility of pharmacy technician-supported medicine administration

    9 MAY 2017 11:02

    Results from a pilot study of pharmacy-supported medicines administration on hospital wards have revealed that the practice did not lead to a reduction in the number of omitted doses. 

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