Issue : PJ February 2015 online
Thursday 26 February: West Yorkshire Subscription
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.
Tuesday 3 March: West Yorkshire Subscription
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.
Sunday 8 March: West Yorkshire Subscription
Local practice forum event, ‘Shaping pharmacy for the future’. Keynote speaker Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer at NHS England. Holiday Inn Leeds-Brighouse, Clifton Village, Brighouse HD6 4HW. Event 10.30am–4pm. Book via the RPS website.
The summary of product characteristics for Glivec (imatinib; Novartis) now states that gastric antral vascular ectasia, a rare cause of gastrointestinal haemorrhage, has been reported in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia and other diseases. When needed, discontinuation of Glivec treatment may be considered.
Dementia and OTC medicines Subscription
31 January 2015: After research in the United States linked some over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to dementia, the Daily Mail asked “if other over-the-counter medicines are as safe as we presume?”.
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.