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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, May 2011

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  • Sue Sharpe

    Pharmacy negotiators attack GPs and PCT commissioners over service development

    31 MAY 2011 15:09

    Pharmacy negotiators have made a scathing attack against GPs and primary care trust commissioners for obstructing the development of pharmacy services in primary care.

  • Woman drinking (Piotr Marcinski|

    Drug treatment costs for alcohol dependency rise to £2.41m

    31 MAY 2011 14:25

    The cost to the NHS of prescribed drugs for the treatment of alcohol dependency in England went up by 1.4 per cent in the last year to £2.41m, according to latest figures from the NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

  • Computer keyboard (Bjørn Hovdal|

    Wigan pharmacy first to access patients’ summary care records

    31 MAY 2011 14:17

    A community pharmacy in Wigan has become the first in England to have access to summaries of its patients’ medical records as part of the Government’s national IT initiative.

  • Man coughing (LisaF.Young/

    PDE4 inhibitors tackle COPD flare-ups but not symptoms

    27 MAY 2011 12:44


  • SPC changes - Risperdal

    27 MAY 2011 12:23

    RisperdalAn increase in body weight in patients taking Risperdal (risperidone; Janssen-Cilag) may be a predisposing factor for hyperglycaemia, diabetes and exacerbation of pre-existing diabetes, according to the updated summary of product characteristics. It recommends that patient weight should be monitored regularly.

  • Apercap

    27 MAY 2011 12:19

    ApercapApercap (peppermint oil) gastro-resistant capsules 0.2ml are now available from Auden McKenzie. Recommended retail price: 84 x 0.2ml, £12.66. Legal category: GSL.

  • Discontinued products - Heparin

    27 MAY 2011 12:10

    HeparinPacks of 10 of the 5ml and 10ml ampoules of heparin solution for infusion 1,000IU/ml will be discontinued by LEO Pharma in July 2011 and on 31 May 2011, respectively. Further information from LEO Pharma on 01844347333 (email

  • Avoid routine fever prophylaxis

    27 MAY 2011 12:06

    Paracetamol and ibuprofen liquid should not routinely be used to prevent fever in children after vaccination, the Department of Health has said.

  • Supply Issues - Cytacon, Fersamal, Phenindione ( 28 May 2011)

    27 MAY 2011 11:56

    Cytacon Cytacon (cyanocobalamin; Goldshield) tablets 50mg will be out of stock until mid June 2011. Medical information on 08700 703033; stock enquiries on 020 8588 9273.FersamalFersamal (ferrous fumarate; Goldshield) syrup 140mg/5ml will be out of stock until mid July 2011. Medical information on 08700 703033; stock enquiries on 020 8588 9273.

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