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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, May 2008

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  • Engagement and inclusion Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 12:07

    The Journal recently came across a young pharmacist in her late 20s who was not aware that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is losing its regulatory function to the General Pharmaceutical Council or of the fall-out from that decision that has beset the profession over the past year (2007).

  • Relay runner (Shariff Che’ Lah/

    Enhancing capacities: right or wrong? Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 12:07

    In the third article of a series looking at current matters in healthcare ethics and law, David Badcott and Joy Wingfield discuss the increasing use of cognitive and physical enhancers  

  • Most people will have experimented with trying to improve their mental performance (Luis Bellagamba/istock photos)

    Cognitive enhancement in the pharmacy Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 12:07

    As bodies like the British Medical Association and the UK Government’s Office for Science grapple with how to respond to the increasing demand for cognitive enhancers, what should pharmacists be considering? Danielle Turner reports  

  • Early insulin in type 2 diabetes beneficial

    31 MAY 2008 11:28

    Further evidence that early intensive insulin therapy for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients can help the body’s ß-cells recover and restore blood glucose control emerged in May 2008 (The Lancet 2008;371:1753).

  • Tailored care package fails to improve glycaemic control

    31 MAY 2008 11:27

    Some cardiovascular benefits are achieved with an enhanced diabetes care package for UK residents of South Asian origin, but improving glycaemic control remains a major challenge, according to a study published in a diabetes special issue of The Lancet (2008;371:1769).

  • NICE advocates diabetes education

    31 MAY 2008 11:26

    Every patient with type 2 diabetes should be offered structured education when he or she is diagnosed, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence suggests in updated guidance, published in May 2008.

  • Search for RX Factor

    31 MAY 2008 11:25

  • On-call payments adjustment postponed

    31 MAY 2008 11:25

    The current structure by which hospital pharmacists receive payment for on-call duties will continue until 31 March 2010, the NHS Staff Council has agreed. The structure, originally agreed under the previous Whitley grading system, pays pharmacists approximately £2,500 per year to contribute to the on-call service.

  • Nigel Clarke chosen to chair Transitional Committee

    31 MAY 2008 11:23

    Nigel Clarke has been appointed chairman of the Transitional Committee that will help with the development of a new professional body for pharmacy.

  • Pandemic flu legislation changes supported

    31 MAY 2008 11:22

    Most of the Government’s proposals to amend medicines legislation in the event of an influenza pandemic are supported by those who responded to its initial consultation on the subject (PJ, 1 December 2007, p617).

  • Nearly half want pharmacists to stay in pharmacies

    31 MAY 2008 11:20

    Nearly half the people and organisations that commented on the Government’s plans to allow pharmacists to leave pharmacy premises while they are open for business were against the proposal.

  • Only two hours’ absence to be allowed

    31 MAY 2008 11:18

    The Government’s initial decisions following the responsible pharmacist consultation are limited and have been met with mixed reactions from pharmacy organisations. Debbie Andalo reports 

  • Annual general meeting 2008 (reports)

    31 MAY 2008 10:24

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society's annual general meeting (AGM) tookplace on 21 May 2008 at the Society's headquarters in LondonYoung members urged to help shape pharmacy’s future

  • Medical Research Service

    31 MAY 2008 10:03

    Information from the British National Formulary and the BNF for Children can now be accessed through the NHS Medical Research Service. The MRS initiative consists of three tools — two which provide access to clinical information through Microsoft Office applications and one which allows web-based access to the service.

  • Janssen-Cilag address

    31 MAY 2008 10:03

    Janssen-Cilag’s address has changed to 50–100 Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP12 4EG.All other contact details for the company remain the same.

  • Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

    31 MAY 2008 10:03

    The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance has launched a new website that provides information for people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis ( 

  • Patrick Stubbs (Personal announcement) Subscription

    31 MAY 2008

    Patrick Stubbs has been appointed head of marketing and membership at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. 

  • Howard Duff (Personal announcement) Subscription

    31 MAY 2008

    Howard Duff, MRPharmS, has been appointed director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a post previously combined with that of director of practice and quality improvement. 

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