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Issue : PJ February 2015 online

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  • Somatuline Autogel now indicated for treatment of some tumours Subscription

    13 MAR 2015 16:45

    Somatuline Autogel (lanreotide acetate; Ipsen) is now indicated for the treatment of grade 1 and a subset of grade 2 gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours of midgut, pancreatic or unknown origin where hindgut sites of origin have been excluded, in adult patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease. It can now also be used for the treatment of symptoms associated with neuroendocrine (particularly carcinoid) tumours. Somatuline Autogel was ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Local Practice Forum events: 26 February – 8 March 2015

    27 FEB 2015 16:53

    Thursday 26 February: West Yorkshire

  • Ian Caldwell, former Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president, has died aged 79.

    Former RPS president Ian Caldwell dies Subscription

    27 FEB 2015 13:55 By Stephen Robinson

    Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)  Ian Caldwell was RPS president in 1996–1997

  • Medicines regulators in India have put forward proposals to ensure that consumers know the maximum price that they should be charged for certain medicines. In the image, a pharmacy in Kerala, India

    Pharmacists in India to alert customers to maximum price they can be charged for medicines Subscription

    26 FEB 2015 15:53

    Medicines regulators in India have put forward proposals to ensure that consumers know the maximum price that they should be charged for certain medicines.

  • NICE antimicrobial resistance guideline Subscription

    24 FEB 2015 10:35

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has proposed measures for health and social care providers to help tackle the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Comments on the proposed guideline can be submitted until 18 March 2015 as part of NICE’s consultation process. The guideline can be accesse

  • NICE draft guidance recommend Ozurdex Subscription

    23 FEB 2015 9:57

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended dexamethasone (Ozurdex; Allergan) intravitreal implant for the treatment of diabetic macular oedema in draft guidance. The draft guidance recommends dexamethasone as a treatment option in people only where: the implant is to be used in an eye with an ...

  • Interruption in supply of Depo-Provera Subscription

    23 FEB 2015 9:51

    Supply of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) 150mg/ml from Pfizer has been interupted due to manufacturing issues. The company expects normal supply to recommence the week beginning 16 March 2015. Further information on 0845 608 88 66.

  • PSNC briefing on drug driving laws Subscription

    20 FEB 2015 14:38

    The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has produced a briefing on the drug driving legislation coming into force 2 March 2015. It is designed to help pharmacy teams understand the implications for patients. The briefing can be accessed on the PSNC’s website. 

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