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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. 

  • Ornella Barra (Personal announcement) Subscription

    31 MAY 2008

    Ornella Barra, wholesale and commercial affairs director at Alliance Boots Ltd, has been appointed special professor at the University of Nottingham’s school of pharmacy. 

  • GHP medals (Personal announcement) Subscription

    31 MAY 2008

    Robert McArtney, FRPharmS, clinical pharmacy specialist for Wales and directorate pharmacist, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, was awarded the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists gold medal, in recognition of his contribution to pharmacy at a UK level, at the joint GHP/United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association conference dinner on 10 May 2008.

  • SPC changes, Prescription products, Products miscellany (31 May 2008)

    31 MAY 2008 10:02

    SPC changesDaktarin Oral GelDaktarin Oral Gel (miconazole; Janssen-Cilag) is now contraindicated for children less than four months of age, according to its new summary of product characteristics. Further details about medicines that should not be co-administered with Daktarin Oral Gel have also been added to its SPC.

  • Society offers award for medicines safety

    31 MAY 2008 9:59

    A new award that recognises significant contributions to improving medicines safety in Britain is to be offered by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  • Trusts’ safety alert responses variable, study shows

    31 MAY 2008 9:59

    Huge variation exists across trusts in adopting safety alerts, researchers from York and Cardiff universities have shown. They were commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the Safety Alert Broadcast System (SABS) in 20 acute trusts, 15 primary care trusts, four ambulance and two mental health trusts in England for one year to June 2007.

  • Reducing harm — a work in progress

    31 MAY 2008 9:58

    Reducing harm is a key priority for the NHS but it still has a long way to go to deliver this. Lisa Hitchen reports Innovation and technology will increasingly play a major role in delivering safer healthcare, Ann Keen, junior health minister in England, told delegates at the Patient Safety Congress.

  • Hemant Patel and Kamal Midha

    Honorary Society member elected

    31 MAY 2008 9:57

    Kamal Midha, president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and joint professor of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, was made an honorary member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society at a meeting of the Society’s Council on 21 May 2008.

  • Waiting for supervision Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 9:57

    It sounds a bit like a Beckett play — Waiting for supervision — but it is hard not to draw the conclusion from the Department of Health’s response to the consultation on the responsible pharmacist that many people are still waiting for the consultation on supervision (due to start towards the end of 2008).

  • Life and times of Mr Clarke Subscription

    31 MAY 2008 9:56

    The independent inquiry into the future professional body for pharmacy was chaired by Nigel Clarke. The vast majority of people who had any dealings with the inquiry team or the process believe a good job has been done.

  • David Taylor and Hemant Patel

    Synergy Award presented

    31 MAY 2008 9:56

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Synergy Award for 2008 was presented to David Taylor, professor of pharmaceutical and public health policy at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, at a meeting of the Society’s Council on 21 May 2008.

  • 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.

  • Charter medals: Soraya Dhillon and Christine Heading

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Charter medals for 2008 have been presented to two women pharmacists who have made a mark on the profession. The Charter gold medal has been awarded to Soraya Dhillon, head of the new school of pharmacy at the University of Hertfordshire, and the silver medal has gone to Christine Heading, past president of the National Association of Women Pharmacists.

  • President’s final message: members must change

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    In a final message to the profession before his retirement from the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Society’s President, Hemant Patel, has said that not only does the Society need to change but its members must change too.

  • Listening to a question from the floor, left to right, the President, the Chief Executive and Registrar and inquiry chairman Nigel Clarke (Jon Terry/Resources/RPSGB)

    Assurance on involving others in decisions on new body

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    An assurance that other pharmacy bodies will be involved in establishing the new professional leadership body was given by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s President, Hemant Patel, during a presentation on professional leadership before the Society’s annual general meeting on 21 May 2008.

  • New annual report on fitness-to-practise matters

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    An annual report devoted to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s fitness-to-practise (FTP) activities is to be published for the first time later in the year, the Society’s President, Hemant Patel, told the annual general meeting on 21 May 2008. It is being produced to comply with new legislation for healthcare regulators.

  • AGM debate emphasises need to listen to members

    31 MAY 2008 5:25

    At the annual general meeting on 21 May 2008, the need to heed members’ views in establishing the future professional body for pharmacy was raised by members during debate on a motion calling for a referendum on the Clarke inquiry’s recommendations. However, the motion was withdrawn after the debate.

  • The Treasurer: the Society needs members’ support, advice and input (Jon Terry/Resources/RPSGB)

    Funding members’ needs is paramount to success

    31 MAY 2008 5:24

    Funding pharmacists’ needs is paramount to the success of pharmacy’s new professional body, the Treasurer of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Andrew Gush, told the Society’s annual general meeting on 21 May 2008.The Society needed members’ support, advice, recommendations and input to make it a success.

  • The President: pharmacists have real opportunities in front of them (Jason King/Resources/RPSGB)

    Young members urged to help shape pharmacy’s future

    31 MAY 2008 5:24

    Young pharmacists should come forward and help shape the future of pharmacy, said the President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Hemant Patel, at the Society’s annual general meeting on 21 May 2008.

  • Can pharmacists and dietitians safely prescribe and administer parenteral nutrition?

    24 MAY 2008 11:56

    Abstract AimTo determine if suitably trained pharmacists and dietitians can safely and effectively prescribe peri-operative parenteral nutrition.DesignAssessment by two blinded independent observers.Subjects and setting

  • How to manage the transition to a new professional body: a little free advice Subscription

    24 MAY 2008 11:53

    The Millenium Dome, the Scottish Parliament and the 2012 Olympics are but a few examples of projects — temporary activities delivering change to achieve a focused output — that have not been completed on time or have grossly exceeded budget and it is important that the project to separate the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s  functions does not follow suit.

  • Survey highlights role in obesity

    24 MAY 2008 11:53

    Over 90 per cent of pharmacists think they are best placed to advise patients how their behaviour can help them lose weight, are keen to offer advice around weight loss medication, and believe that, with the right support, pharmacists can run obesity reduction services, a survey of 350 European pharmacists reveals.

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