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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, March 2014

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  • An Honest Guide to the Application Process...Part 1

    31 MAR 2014 By Hiran Prag

    have clearly been slacking when it comes to my blogging duties, which is partly my fault and partly through unforeseen circumstances. I am now way past the halfway point of my pre-reg and have crossed over to the hospital part of my training. I am in a completely different world to what I spent the previous 6 months working in, nevertheless I am enjoying myself and learning an incredible amount, which will all be helpful to my future practice.

  • Pharmacy is global leader on workforce development

    31 MAR 2014 14:34

    The pharmacy profession is a global leader when it comes to new models of workforce development, according to Ian Bates, professor of pharmacy education at UCL School of Pharmacy, who was speaking at the annual European Association of Hospital Pharmacists Congress in Barcelona last week (28 March 2014).

  • Woman looking at pregnancy test

    Antidepressant use during pregnancy associated with preterm birth

    31 MAR 2014 14:07

    Women who take antidepressants during the second or third trimester of pregnancy are at increased risk of giving birth before their due date, a meta-analysis of 41 studies has found. Writing in PLOS ONE last week (26 March 2014), the researchers say that preterm birth “appears likely to be a medication effect” and should be taken into consideration when ...

  • Overweight person

    Chief medical officer warns that being overweight is becoming normalised

    27 MAR 2014 16:05

    Being overweight is becoming normalised as most of the adult population in England is overweight or obese, said the Department of Health’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies today (27 March 2014).

  • BBC screen shot

    High Court grants extension to suspension of pharmacist filmed by BBC Inside Out programme

    27 MAR 2014 13:27

    The High Court ruled yesterday (26 March 2014) that a pharmacist’s 12-month suspension from the Register should be extended following an application by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

  • Molecular structure of Coenzyme Q10

    Coenzyme Q10 of no clinical benefit in early Parkinson’s disease

    26 MAR 2014 16:58

    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has failed to show any clinical benefit when given to people with early Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to results from a phase III randomised double-blind trial reported online in JAMA Neurology (24 March 2014).

  • Statistics reveal increase in qualified pharmacy staff working within the NHS in England

    25 MAR 2014 17:45

    There were 141 more qualified pharmacy staff working in the NHS in England in 2013 compared with the previous 12 months, according to latest official workforce figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

  • Fin McCaul

    Independent pharmacies perceived to be poorly designed but more credible than others in terms of offering advice

    25 MAR 2014 15:13

    Customers of independent pharmacies believe that independents have more credibility offering advice and information services than large chains and supermarket pharmacies, according to research commissioned by the Independent Pharmacy Federation. However, they were also thought to be more expensive and poorly designed.

  • Canary Wharf is considered by the GPhC to offer good value accommodation

    Pharmacy regulator announces new address in London's Canary Wharf

    25 MAR 2014 14:19

    Canada Square in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf will be home to the General Pharmaceutical Council from this September (2014), the regulator has confirmed. The GPhC is taking over 38,500 square feet of office space at a rental cost of £35 per square foot.

  • NHS 24 logo

    Public health service campaign topics for Scotland announced

    25 MAR 2014 14:14

    Promoting NHS 24 over the Easter period will be the next campaign topic for the public health service posters displayed in community pharmacies in Scotland. It will be followed in April–May by medicines waste and then in May–June by the telephone number change for NHS 24 to 111.

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