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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/Dreamstime.com)

    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.

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