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Issue : PJ February 2015 online

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  • A health professional working with an electronic medical record

    Analysis of health records detects undiagnosed diabetes, study shows Subscription

    2 MAR 2016 15:23 By Sanjeet Bagcchi

    Researchers from the UCLA suggest that screening of type 2 diabetes through electronic health records could potentially detect an additional 400,000 individuals with active and untreated disease in the United States, compared with conventional diagnostic tools.

  • Testing for blood clotting

    Patients' education plays part in how they manage anticoagulants Subscription

    29 FEB 2016 14:01 By Debbie Andalo

    The educational background of patients with atrial fibrillation directly influences how they manage their anticoagulation, according to research. 

  • Robert Califf, the new commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration

    New FDA commissioner appointed Subscription

    26 FEB 2016 15:10

    Robert Califf has been confirmed as the new commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

  • The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has not been managed properly by NHS England and the Department of Health (DH), a committee of MPs says. In the image, chemotherapy drug being administered to a patient

    NHS England has not managed Cancer Drug Fund properly, MPs say Subscription

    9 FEB 2016 11:35 By Ingrid Torjesen

    The Cancer Drugs Fund has not been managed properly by NHS England and the Department of Health, a committee of MPs says.

  • HB36p6 complex illustration

    Peptide antiviral “a real step forward” in search for flu treatment Subscription

    8 FEB 2016 16:27 By Janna Lawrence

    Ongoing mutations of influenza virus surface proteins mean a different flu vaccine must be used each year, but researchers think they may have found a novel antiviral drug that could protect against a variety of influenza strains.

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  • “Doctoring data,” by Malcolm Kendrick

    Do not take medical data at face value Subscription

    27 MAR 2015 15:10 By Rod Tucker

    ‘Doctoring data’ by Malcolm Kendrick.

  • ‘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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Neal Patel, head of corporate communications of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

    RPS to consult pharmacists over proposals to decriminalise dispensing errors Subscription

    17 FEB 2015 14:48 By Stephen Robinson

    As the government proposes the decriminalisation of dispensing errors, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s head of corporate communications, Neal Patel, tells Stephen Robinson how the Society will canvas the profession’s views.

  • The publishing division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the Pharmaceutical Press (PhP), will donate around 5,500 copies of its titles to charities working overseas

    RPS donates 5,000 books to charity Subscription

    16 FEB 2015 16:37 By Stephen Robinson

    Publishing division to supply overstocked titles to charities providing overseas aid and encourages Society members to donate used copies.

  • Boots will contribute half of the cost of membership to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty and any assessment fees in 2015–2016

    Boots to pay 50% of RPS Faculty membership costs for staff Subscription

    16 FEB 2015 12:03 By Stephen Robinson

    Boots tells staff it will cover 50% of the cost of joining the RPS Faculty in 2015–2016, as well as continuing its existing RPS membership subsidy.

  • Drug driving law change Subscription

    16 FEB 2015 12:01

    10 February 2015: BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio London reported on the upcoming change in the law concerning drug driving, which comes into force on 2 March 2015.

  • 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.

  • How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacy

    Look sharp! How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacy Subscription

    13 FEB 2015 15:01 By Saša Jankovic

    Do you need to wear a white coat to be taken seriously? Sasa Jankovic finds out that it is attitude more than appearance that influences customers’ perceptions of you.

  • Scientists have developed a method for using data from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to shed light on how central nervous system drugs cause changes in brain activity

    Researchers show how MRI data can help predict drug efficacy Subscription

    12 FEB 2015 17:24 By Andrea Chipman

    Scientists have developed a method for using data from functional magnetic resonance imaging to shed light on how central nervous system drugs cause changes in brain activity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sunday 8 March: West Yorkshire Subscription

    12 FEB 2015 11:06

    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.

  • Gastric antral vascular ectasia reported in chronic myeloid leukaemia patients Subscription

    9 FEB 2015 12:09

    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

    9 FEB 2015 12:02

    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?”.

  • 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.

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