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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, May 2008

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  • Pharmacy team shown to reduce medication errors

    Pilot study demonstrates reduction in medication-related events through pharmacists’ and technicians’ interventions

    31 MAY 2008 9:55

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have been shown to make a significant contribution to preventing medication-related events during a one-week pilot study at a busy London hospital.

  • Melatonin is launched as a POM for short-term insomnia

    31 MAY 2008 5:26

    Pharmacists may be asked to dispense melatonin on prescription for patients with short-term insomnia, following the launch of Circadin melatonin tablets as a prescription-only medicine in June 2008.

  • PGEU promotes pharmacists’ help with adherence problems

    31 MAY 2008 5:26

    Including community pharmacists in multidisciplinary care teams can help patients who have problems adhering to therapy, according to a new policy document from the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union.

  • DoH reminded of pharmacists’ role in helping minority ethnic groups

    31 MAY 2008 5:26

    The Department of Health is being reminded of the key role community pharmacists can play in helping to meet the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) patients in England.

  • European Union (Nikolaos Sourmelakis/iStockphoto)

    Opposition to EU plan to ban medicines repackaging

    31 MAY 2008 5:26

    An EC proposal to ban the repackaging of medicines to help stamp out drug counterfeiting has attracted widespread opposition.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union all share concerns about the proposal, which is part of a wider consultation package.

  • Advising women with hirsutism Subscription

    31 MAY 2008

    Hirsutism is estimated to affect up to 15 per cent of women. Christine Clark gives an overview of its diagnosis and management SUMMARY

  • Medicines use reviews (Viewing Medicine)

    Patients taking warfarin: problems revealed by medicines use reviews Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    Susan Youssef, a community pharmacist who has been performing medicines use reviews at Dean and Smedley pharmacy in Derby, shares some of her experiences of MURs with patients taking warfarin  

  • Parallel-imported products

    Negotiating the parallel imports rules Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    The final article in the series looks at the rules governing the saleof parallel-imported products. A thorough grounding in the procedurescan help importers to maximise their market share by avoiding legalchallenges to their trade, according to Cathal Gallagher and Richard O’Neill  

  • Thomas Shepherd (Death notice, tribute) Subscription

    31 MAY 2008

    On 11 May 2008, Thomas Shepherd, aged 90, of 59 Pantain Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3LZ. Mr Thomas registered in 1948 and retired from the Register in 2004.TributeIn a tribute to the late Thomas Shepherd, CHRISTINE HODGES, MRPharmS, writes:

  • The President, left, receives his gift from the Vice-President (Jon Terry/Resources/RPSGB)

    Gift and tributes as President retires from Council

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    A gift was presented to the retiring President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Hemant Patel, at the close of a special Council meeting held on 21 May 2008 before the Society’s annual general meeting.

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