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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2010

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  • Roger Walker

    Roger Walker appointed chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales

    30 NOV 2010 16:04

    Roger Walker has been appointed chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government has announced.

  • Mobile bone density scanner

    London pharmacy initiates bone density screening project

    30 NOV 2010 11:56

    Bone density checks for patients potentially at risk of osteoporosis were carried out in a community pharmacy in West London earlier this month (10 November 2010), as part of a public health initiative that is now being offered to other large independents or multiples.

  • Health Bill delayed until new year

    30 NOV 2010 11:54

    Publication of the Health Bill, which will set out details of the planned reorganisation of the NHS, will now be delayed until the new year, the Department of Health said today (29 November 2010). A spokeswoman said that the DoH has received over 6,000 responses to the White Paper “Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS”.

  • European Parliament (European Parliament — Audiovisual Unit)

    Restrictions on public information about POMs should be extended, Europe proposes

    29 NOV 2010 19:34

    Information on prescription medicines should be prohibited not only on television and radio, as proposed by the European Commission, but also in print media, according to Members of the European Parliament, who voted on draft legislation on patient access to medicines information last week (24 November 2010).

  • Dispensing in the pharmacy (Green Light Pharmacy)

    Dispensing up 60 per cent in under a decade, latest NHS figures show

    29 NOV 2010 14:15

    Community pharmacists in England dispensed 41.8 million more prescriptions items in 2009-10 than in the previous year, as well as performing over 300,000 more medicines use reviews, information from the NHS Information Centre shows.

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    Drug alert: Recall of six ViraferonPeg batches

    29 NOV 2010 14:13

    Merck Sharp & Dohme is recalling certain batches (see Panel) of ViraferonPeg (peginterferon alfa-2b) 50µg powder and solvent for solution for injection in pre-filled pen.

  • New web resource, canSAR, aims to drive cancer drug discovery

    29 NOV 2010 14:11

    CanSAR, a unique international database that brings together biological, chemical and pharmacological evidence about genes and proteins involved in every type of cancer, is launched today (29 Monday November 2010) by Cancer Research UK.

  • Drugs of natural origin: a treatise of pharmacognosy Subscription

    26 NOV 2010 16:27

    Excellent resources for those working in natural product research ‘Drugs of natural origin: a treatise of pharmacognosy’ (6th revised edition), by Gunnar Samuelsson and Lars Bohlin. Pp 776. Price $149.95. Stockholm: Swedish Pharmaceutical Press; 2009. ISBN 978 91 976510 5 9

  • Epidemiology: a very short introduction (book review) Subscription

    26 NOV 2010 16:22

    Small yet informative book about epidemiology‘Epidemiology: a very short introduction’, by Rodolfo Saracci. Pp xiv+145. Price £7.99. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2010. ISBN 978 0 19 954333 5

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