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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, November 2008

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  • PJ letters (29 November 2008) Subscription

    28 NOV 2008 22:19
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    Letters on the following topics have been published in the 29 November 2008 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.The letters pages are available as a downloadable PDF (60K).

  • Gathering momentum Subscription

    28 NOV 2008 18:53

    It has arrived, on time and in good working order. The prospectus for the new professional body has now been distributed to members and many other interested parties on behalf of the Transitional Committee, and comments on it are invited up until 9 January 2009.

  • Prospectus for new professional body

    Transcom’s vision for the new body

    28 NOV 2008 18:38

    The Transitional Committee has published its prospectus for the new professional body for pharmacy. Debbie Andalo describes its highlights 

  • GPhC: overcoming the iceberg effect Subscription

    28 NOV 2008 18:22

    There is an iceberg effect around the regulation of healthcare professionals: it is the disciplinary activities of regulation which generally excite interest and generate news, yet these concentrate retrospectively on only a small minority of practitioners.

  • APRIL 2008: Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link conference (reports)

    28 NOV 2008 18:08

    Not all healthcare professionals are as informed about side effects as they could be. At a conference on adverse psychiatric reactions the underlying message was that greater awareness, in both healthcare professionals and patients, about drug side effects is needed. Lin-Nam Wang reportsBeware of how side effects are masked

  • Pharmacy education (meeting reports)

    28 NOV 2008 16:52

    The impact of the White Paper’s recommendations for pharmacy educationin England formed the core of a recent joint one day symposium held bythe Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Royal PharmaceuticalSociety. Chris Cairns reports

  • White Paper event ranges far and wide

    28 NOV 2008 15:53

    An interactive day explored how key proposals in the Pharmacy White Paper can be turned into local actions. Leila Taheri reports 

  • Antibiotic resistance and usage: a global problem that all must tackle

    28 NOV 2008 15:41

    Who should take responsibility for ensuring antibiotics are correctly used, and how can we educate users and prescribers? Nicola Cree reports 

  • Consultation has opened for the POM to P switch of tamsulosin

    Consultation opens on tamsulosin POM to P switch

    28 NOV 2008 15:15

    Consultation has opened to reclassify the alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist tamsulosin from a prescription-only to a pharmacy medicine.

  • Being told what a medicine is for is patients' top priority

    28 NOV 2008 15:07

    Being told what a medicine is for is the top priority for patients when being prescribed a medicine. This was one of the findings of research published by the Scottish Government earlier this week (26 November 2008).

  • Planning the pharmacy workforce: who are the happy pharmacists? Subscription

    28 NOV 2008 14:45

    In the third of five articles on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s pharmacy workforce survey, David Guest, Ali Budjanovcanin and Patricia Oakley examine the various factors that affect job satisfaction and commitment among pharmacists 

  • Changes are not innovations but replacements in operational behaviour (Tbel/

    The reforms of pharmacy in England are novations and replacements Subscription

    27 NOV 2008 17:50

    Over the years, the Government has pledged to reform the operation of community pharmacies in England. Darrin Baines looks at how some of these changes may not be innovations for community pharmacies, but rather novations or replacements, based on the existing model of practice 

  • Oral drug as effective as IV chemotherapy

    27 NOV 2008 17:13

    AstraZeneca’s anticancer drug gefitinib (Iressa) is as effective as intravenous chemotherapy (docetaxel) at improving overall survival in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, phase III trial results show (Lancet 2008;372:1809).

  • HIV drugs approved for use in NHS Wales

    27 NOV 2008 17:08

    Two HIV medicines are among the drugs approved for use on the NHS in Wales in November 2008.

  • MURs increase 50 per cent

    27 NOV 2008 16:52

    The number of medicines use reviews conducted by community pharmacists in England and Wales in 2007–08 increased by almost 50 per cent from the previous year, according to the NHS information centre.

  • Many unaware of having HIV

    27 NOV 2008 16:50

    An estimated 77,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2007 with 28 per cent unaware of their infection, according to Health Protection Agency figures. This compares with a previous estimation of 73,000 for 2006.

  • Stroke and CHD death rates fall

    27 NOV 2008 16:43

    Death rates from stroke and coronary heart disease fell in Scotland during 2007, according to NHS statistics.

  • New UKCPA group will recognise the potential of community pharmacists’ clinical roles

    27 NOV 2008 16:24

    Community pharmacists are to be better recognised for their clinical roles with the inception of a community pharmacy group within the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association, it was revealed at the association’s autumn residential symposium held in Hinckley, Leicestershire, in November 2008.

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    Drug alert: Priadel 400mg prolonged release tablets

    27 NOV 2008 16:18

    An error in the packaging of Priadel 400mg prolonged release tablets distributed since 29 October 2008 has been identified by Sanofi-aventis.

  • Pilot shows that vascular risk checks target men successfully

    27 NOV 2008 16:17

    Community pharmacies in Birmingham have performed on average five vascular risk assessments a month and, of those, 60 per cent have been for men, Jonathan Horgan, head of medicines management in south Birmingham, said at an All-Party Pharmacy Group meeting in London on 26 November 2008.

  • Dispensing doctors argue that patients want to retain option of getting medicines from them

    27 NOV 2008 15:58

    Patients registered with dispensing doctors want to retain the choice to receive their medicines from their GP rather than a local community pharmacist, according to the results of a survey carried out by the Dispensing Doctors’ Association.

  • Which? survey puts pharmacies top for out-of-hours services

    27 NOV 2008 15:33

    People are more satisfied with the out-of-hours advice and treatment they receive from community pharmacists than from other community-based NHS health professionals, according to the results of a survey due to appear in the December issue of consumer magazine Which?.

  • National pharmacy organisations support market entry based on PNA

    27 NOV 2008 15:24

    Managing market entry of pharmacy contracts through pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs) is generally seen as a positive development by national pharmacy organisations in their responses to Government proposals on legislative change linked to the pharmacy White Paper for England.

  • Travel medicine services from community pharmacy: evaluation of a pilot service

    27 NOV 2008 15:21

    Abstract AimTo evaluate a pilot of a community pharmacy-based travel health and vaccination service.DesignA self-completed questionnaire.

  • Wound care Subscription

    27 NOV 2008

    Wound care practitioners are invited to apply to the Mölnlycke Health Care Wound Academy scholarships and awards 2009.There are two £1,500 scholarships (categories: novice practitioner and experienced practitioner) and two £1,500 awards (categories: individual practitioner and team).Applications for the individual award are via peer nomination.

  • TEVA leadership award Subscription

    27 NOV 2008

    Applications are invited for the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association TEVA leadership award.The award recognises excellence in leading change in an area of healthcare pharmacy at any level of practice. The winning individual/team will receive £1,500 for leadership development.

  • Academic excellence Subscription

    27 NOV 2008

    The University of Brighton and the University of Nottingham schools of pharmacy have each received an Academic Excellence Award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (November 2008).Each winning school of pharmacy will receive a grant to fund a PhD project.

  • Elspeth Weir (Personal announcement) Subscription

    27 NOV 2008

    Elspeth Weir receives CPS award[img_assist|nid=40526|title=Harry McQuillan, Martin Green, Elspeth Weir and James Semple|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=103]The board of Community Pharmacy Scotland has presented Elspeth Weir, MRPharmS, with a long service award.

  • Robert Sewell (Personal announcement) Subscription

    27 NOV 2008

    Robert Sewell[img_assist|nid=40524|title=Lord Corbett of Castlevale, Robert Sewell and Yury Fedotev|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=113]Robert Sewell, MRPharmS, has been awarded the Petr Anokhin medal for services to neuroscience and physiology.

  • Stefan Pflug (Personal announcement) Subscription

    27 NOV 2008

    Stefan PflugStefan Pflug has been appointed managing director of Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd, the wholesale company of Phoenix.Mr Pflug will start his new role on 1 February 2009.

  • Product news (29 November 2008)

    27 NOV 2008 10:33

    SPC changesCelsentriThe summary of product characteristics for Celsentri (maraviroc; Pfizer) has been updated. The new SPC states that Celsentri could inhibit P-glycoprotein in the gut, and may thus affect bioavailability of certain drugs.The shelf life of Celsentri is now three years. 

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    Recalled products: Batches of Boehringer Ingelheim Oramorph oral solution

    26 NOV 2008 18:11

    Boehringer Ingelheim is recalling all remaining stock of the following batches of Oramorph (morphine sulphate) oral solution 10mg/5ml due to some non-serious adverse events and complaints about taste.

  • House on country road

    Pharmacy opinion split over dispensing doctor rights

    26 NOV 2008 17:32

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board and the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists both believe that dispensing doctor practices could be allowed to sell P medicines, provided a doctor oversees the sale.

  • Erlotinib endorsed for NSCLC but only when costs match docetaxel’s

    26 NOV 2008 17:26

    Erlotinib (Tarceva) is recommended as an alternative to docetaxel (Taxotere) as second-line treatment for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence today (26 November 2008).

  • Rosiglitazone may carry more risks than pioglitazone

    26 NOV 2008 17:19

    Rosiglitazone may be associated with a slightly greater risk of all-cause mortality than pioglitazone in elderly patients with type-2 diabetes, an observational study using data from US healthcare databases suggests (Archives of Internal Medicine 2008;168:2368).

  • Alasdair Steele-Bodger (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    In a tribute to the late Alasdair Steele-Bodger, FRCVS, Bruce Rhodes FRPharmS, former assistant secretary, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and Michael Jepson, FRPharmS, diploma course director 1980–2007, write 

  • David John Whittaker (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 29 October 2008, David John Whittaker, MRPharmS, aged 54, of 4 Colbury Close, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 3YX.Mr Whittaker registered in 1977.

  • Brenda Stansfield (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 24 October 2008, Brenda Stansfield, aged 75, of Pinfold Lane, Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 4NR.Mrs Stansfield registered in 1955 and retired from the Register in 2002.

  • Neelesh Patel (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 26 October 2008, Neelesh Patel, MRPharmS, aged 47, of Meadowfields, Thorburn Road, Northampton NN3 3DA.Mr Patel registered in 1985.TributesIn a tribute to the late Neelesh Patel, BOB ALLISON (secretary, Northamptonshire Pharmaceutical Committee) writes:It is with great sadness that I write to pay tribute to the late Neelesh Patel.

  • Ronald Myers Mayle (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 10 November 2008, Ronald Myers Mayle, aged 87, of Ashlea, Stubbins Lane, Chinley, High Peak, Derbyshire SK23 6EB.Mr Mayle registered in 1942 and retired from the Register in 2006.

  • Gordon James Harvey (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 7 October 2008, Gordon James Harvey, MRPharmS, aged 94, of 98 Staines Road, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex TW18 2ST.Mr Harvey registered in 1936 and served 48 years with E. Moss Ltd as branch manager, executive board director and then joint managing director.

  • Keith Frederick Ferris (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 24 October 2008, Keith Frederick Ferris, MRPharmS, aged 70, of The Willows, 42 Terrace Road, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7AN.Mr Ferris registered in 1961 and worked as a manager for Boots until 1983.He and his wife then bought their own business in Carnoustie, which they ran until 1998.

  • John Barry Evans (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 11 November 2008, John Barry Evans, FRPharmS, aged 79, of 1 The Green, Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7DH.Mr Evans registered in 1950 and was a member of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London from 1977. He was chairman and managing director of Abatron and previously director of marketing of Global Vision (UK) Ltd.

  • Harry Edwin John Dunning (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 7 October 2008, Harry Edwin John Dunning, FRPharmS, aged 95, of 15 Old Farm Way, Crossways, Dorchester DT2 8TU.Mr Dunning registered in 1937.

  • Sidney James Carter (Death notice) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 21 November 2008, Sidney James Carter, FRPharmS, aged 88, of 22 Alexander Road, Quorn, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 8EQ.Mr Carter registered in 1943.TributesSIMON LOCKLEY writes:

  • Disciplinary Committee (19 November 2008) Subscription

    26 NOV 2008

    On 19 November 2008, the Disciplinary Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain made an order under article 54 of the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Order 2007 that the registration of Hazel Margaret Wilkinson (registration number 66826) be suspended for 12 months. This order is subject to review within six months.

  • APRIL 2008: Views from lay delegates and lay speakers

    25 NOV 2008 18:06

    There was a strong presence of patients, carers and relatives at the annual conference of Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link (APRIL) that took place in London on 6 November 2008.Views of lay delegates and lay speakers included that:

  • APRIL 2008: Yellow card system far from perfect

    25 NOV 2008 18:01

    The yellow card system is not reaching enough people, said Nigel Meadows, coroner for the City of Manchester, at the annual conference of Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link (APRIL) that took place in London on 6 November 2008.

  • David Healy: healthcare professionals should hold meetings on side effects of medicines (Bernard Stern Photography)

    APRIL 2008: Put little weight on evidence showing that there are no risks

    25 NOV 2008 17:55

    “We track the fate of parcels put in the post 100 times more accurately than we track the extent to which our medicines may be causing injuries,” said David Healy, professor of psychiatry at Cardiff University, at the annual conference of Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link (APRIL) that took place in London on 6 November 2008.

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