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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2008

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  • UniChem announces 2008 pharmacy award winners

    20 NOV 2008 17:21

    UniChem’s pharmacy retailer of the year award has been won by Fin McCaul, whose pharmacy — Prestwich Pharmacy in Manchester — also picked up the community pharmacy of the year award.

  • QOFs fail to improve health

    20 NOV 2008 17:15

    The GP contract, which ties GPs’ payment to achieving clinical indicators, is driving a wedge between doctors and patients, and is failing to bring about improvements in health, according to a report “Checking up on doctors” by the independent think-tank Civitas published in November 2008.

  • PSNC supports system based on needs assessment to replace current control-of-entry test

    20 NOV 2008 17:06

    Replacing the current control-of-entry test for new pharmacy contracts with a system based on pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) is supported by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee in its response to the pharmacy White Paper consultation on legislative reform in England.

  • Acinetobacter is health problem

    20 NOV 2008 16:46

    Multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii has been highlighted as a growing public health concern in a review published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (2008;8:751).

  • More resistant infections

    20 NOV 2008 16:42

    Some of the most common infections are becoming more resistant to antibiotic treatment, the second annual report from the National Public Health Service for Wales’s antimicrobial resistance programme reveals.

  • NICE sets up committee to collect evidence

    20 NOV 2008 16:35

    A new independent advisory committee that will help build up a collection of reliable clinical and non-clinical evidence to be made available to NHS staff and others has been set up by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

  • e-Bug to help children

    20 NOV 2008 16:31

    A new EU initiative, “e-Bug”, to teach children about the sensible use of antibiotics was demonstrated as part of the first European antibiotic awareness day on 18 November 2008.

  • David Pruce

    Society campaign targets men

    20 NOV 2008 15:48

    Around a third of men say they have never visited a pharmacy for advice, a survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has revealed.

  • Viagra pills

    Pfizer withdraws EU application to switch sildenafil to non-prescription medicine

    20 NOV 2008 15:45

    Pfizer announced today (20 November 2008) that it has withdrawn its application to switch the legal status of sildenafil (Viagra) from prescription only to non-prescription status in the EU.

  • “Alan” features in the National Prescribing Service television commercial and posters in Australia (National Prescribing Service (Australia))

    Putting your money where your mouth is Subscription

    20 NOV 2008 15:07

    Angus Thompson, a pharmacist who recently moved to Tasmania, Australia, proposes that the UK take up the Australian generic medicines strategy Picture this: you are sitting on the sofa, settled in for a good night of television and up pops a commercial promoting the case of generic medicines, funded by the Department of Health.

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