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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, October 2010

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  • Voting tickboxes (Victor Soares/

    Submit your queries about new membership categories

    29 OCT 2010 14:37

    Questions about proposals to allow pharmacy students and preregistration trainees to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society can now be submitted to the RPS via a PJ Online “Ask the expert” topic, which went live today (29 October 2010).

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy protocols should be strengthened, safety agency warns

    29 OCT 2010 11:20

    Chemotherapy protocols and policies must be strengthened across the NHS in order to reduce patient harm, according to recommendations issued by the National Patient Safety Agency yesterday (28 October 2010).

  • Mark James

    Pharmacies face new competition, wholesaler warns

    29 OCT 2010 11:18

    Pharmacy faces new competition threats in the future when an “any willing provider” approach to services is used in the new NHS structure (PJ, 4 September 2010, p224), Mark James, group managing director at AAH Pharmaceuticals has warned.

  • Headache

    Tricyclics better than SSRIs for migraine and tension headaches

    29 OCT 2010 11:16

    Tricyclic antidepressants are more effective than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for migraine and tension-type headaches, a meta-analysis has shown (online in BMJ, 20 October 2010).

  • Asthmatic child

    Five drugs rejected by NICE

    29 OCT 2010 11:14

    Several medicines — including three cancer drugs, an asthma treatment and a drug for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura — have been rejected by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence today (27 October 2010).

  • Andrew Lansley

    Health secretary confirms cancer drugs fund

    29 OCT 2010 11:12

    Health secretary Andrew Lansley has confirmed that the cancer drugs fund will be set at £200m a year for three years from April 2011. The figure of £200m was previously said to be an aspirational one, which was yet to be finalised (PJ, 7/14 August 2010, p143).

  • Methadone

    Opiate substitution programmes reduce death rate

    29 OCT 2010 11:10

    Opiate substitution programmes can reduce the death rate among drug users by 85 per cent or more according to research (online in BMJ, 26 October 2010).

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    Drug alert: GlucaGen HypoKit

    28 OCT 2010 16:02

    Two batches of GlucaGen HypoKit (glucagon; Novo Nordisk) powder and solvent for injection 1mg may contain glass powder vials that are cracked close to the base, resulting in leakage when the solvent is added.

  • Cigarette packets

    Prioritise smoking cessation services for those with mental health problems

    28 OCT 2010 14:33

    Priority for smoking cessation services should be given to people with mental health problems, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

  • National Prescribing Centre to merge with NICE

    28 OCT 2010 14:31

    The National Prescribing Centre is to merge with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence next year, the NPC has announced.“Following notice of the reforms outlined in the recent NHS White Paper, the Department of Health and the NPC’s management team have been considering options for the future location of the NPC’s activity,” it said.

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