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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, May 2008

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  • Strategies to minimise dispensing errors identified

    24 MAY 2008 9:43

    Several strategies for minimising dispensing incidents have been suggested by researchers after a study showed that dispensing the wrong strength of the correct drug is the most common error reported by Welsh hospitals (International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (2008;16:175).

  • Double checking drugs

    Double checking medicines may contribute to rather than stop errors

    24 MAY 2008 9:43

    Double checking medicines to ensure accuracy may actually contribute to errors rather than prevent them, a researcher suggests. Such practice is typically perceived as being an effective defence against errors but outcomes have not been tested, according to Gerry Armitage, a senior research fellow at Bradford Institute for Health Research.

  • Pharmacists in Canada oppose EHC move from behind the counter

    24 MAY 2008 9:43

    Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is being made available on pharmacy shelves rather than from behind the counter in Canada following a recommendation from the regulatory authorities.However, the move is opposed by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, which wants the product levonorgestrel, sold as “Plan B”, to remain a behind-the-counter drug.

  • Clarification on PCT procurement

    24 MAY 2008 9:43

    The approaches and behaviours that service providers should expect of primary care trust commissioners are clarified in a new Department of Health guide, “PCT procurement guide for health services”.

  • Williams retires from PSNC

    24 MAY 2008 9:43

    Steven Williams has retired from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee after six years as chairman of the funding and contract subcommittee and as a member of the negotiating team. He will be replaced as subcommittee chairman by Peter Cattee. Digby Emson has also retired from the PSNC.

  • Digital orders for repeat scripts

    24 MAY 2008 9:43

    About 8 million UK patients will soon be able to order repeat prescriptions digitally. DigiTV, in partnership with EMIS, is offering the service through interactive TV, mobile telephones and the internet.The service is available via Sky, Virgin and Freeview boxes with a modem or broadband connection, and on mobile phones that allow internet access.

  • Virgin Healthcare

    Virgin Healthcare in talks with pharmacy businesses

    24 MAY 2008 9:42

    Virgin Healthcare, the division of Richard Branson’s business empire that is looking to move into general practice, is in talks with several pharmacy companies, The Journal can reveal.

  • South Asian health

    24 MAY 2008 9:42

    The South Asian Health Foundation website contains resources and details of events about south Asian people’s health (

  • New medicines, Supply issues (24 May 2008)

    24 MAY 2008 9:42

    New medicinesLotemaxComposition: Loteprednol etabonate.Presentation: Eye drops.Class: Topical corticosteroid.Indications: Treatment of post-operative inflammation following ocular surgery.

  • New treatment for chronic myelogenous leukaemia

    24 MAY 2008 9:42

    Nilotinib — a new protein-kinase inhibitor — is now available for treating chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML). Marketed by Novartis as Tasigna, the medicine is indicated for the treatment of adults with chronic phase and accelerated phase Philadelphia chromosome positive CML, with resistance or intolerance to previous therapy, including imatinib.

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