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Issue : PJ February 2015 online

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  • Elisabeth Hoff, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative in Syria, said that despite the ongoing violence in Syria, the WHO and its partners, are delivering life-saving medicines to millions

    WHO appeals for US$1bn to help deliver medical aid Subscription

    2 MAR 2015 17:34 By John Zarocostas

    The World Health Organization is appealing for more than US$1bn to meet the health needs of 21 million people in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

  • Videx warning Subscription

    20 FEB 2015 14:37

    The summary of product characteristics for Videx (didanosine; Bristol-Myers Squibb) now warns that while effective viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy has been proven to substantially reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV, a residual risk cannot be excluded. It recommends precautions to prevent transmission should be taken in accordance with national guidelines.

  • Use of Incivo for HCV/HIV-1 co-infected patients

    6 FEB 2015 9:22

    The summary of product characteristics for Incivo (telaprevir; Janssen-Cilag) now states that HCV/HIV‑1 co‑infected patients should be treated in the same way as HCV mono‑infected patients. Drug interactions need to be carefully taken into account. Further changes to the SPC reflect this addition.

  • Jim O’Neill (pictured), chair of the UK’s independent Review of Antimicrobial Resistance, said that an innovation fund worth up to US$2bn could be set up to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop new classes of antibiotics

    US$2bn global innovation fund proposed to tackle antimicrobial resistance Subscription

    4 MAR 2015 9:27 By Ingrid Torjesen

    A worldwide innovation fund worth up to US$2bn could be set up to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to search for and develop new classes of antibiotics.

  • Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said that a national pharmacy minor ailment scheme would take people away from general practice appointments who do not need them.

    UK minor ailments scheme is a ‘no brainer’, says PSNC’s Sue Sharpe Subscription

    20 FEB 2015 11:26 By Emma Page

    Delegates attending the Sigma conference in Aamby Valley City, India — including community pharmacists, pharmacy owners and manufactures — want to see a national minor ailments scheme for the UK.

  • Tuesday 3 March: West Yorkshire Subscription

    12 FEB 2015 11:07

    Local practice forum (LPF) event, ‘Modern management of psoriasis — a role for community pharmacy?’ Joint West Yorkshire LPF and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire meeting. Holiday Inn Leeds-Brighouse, Clifton Village, Brighouse HD6 4HW. Event 7.30pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • Tuesday 24 February: Cheshire Subscription

    16 FEB 2015 11:59

    Local practice forum event, ‘Rheumatology’. The Blue Cap, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2DN. Event 8pm, buffet 7.15pm. Booking not essential.

  • Tuesday 10 March: RPS Faculty webinar Subscription

    19 FEB 2015 15:10

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty webinar, ‘Why join Faculty?’. Your introduction to the Faculty and how to access the resources and tools. Find out what the Faculty is, how it fits and benefits your professional development and recognition. Start your Faculty journey. Online 1–2pm. Find out more information and register and access the webinar via the RPS website.

  • Thursday 26 February: West Yorkshire Subscription

    12 FEB 2015 11:07

    Local practice forum event, ‘Setting up a travel clinic — challenges, benefits, training and travel health update’. University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. Event 7.30pm. Book via the RPS website.

  • ‘A scientist in wonderland: a memoir of searching for truth and finding trouble’, by Edzard Ernst

    The troublesome truth about complementary and alternative medicines Subscription

    26 MAR 2015 15:15 By Andrew Haynes

    ‘A scientist in wonderland: a memoir of searching for truth and finding trouble’ by Edzard Ernst.

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