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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, October 2012

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  • Money (Claudiodivizia/Dreamstime.com)

    £1.5m worth of prescription underpayments identified Subscription

    5 OCT 2012 15:16

    Underpayments totalling £1.5m among 434 pharmacy contractors who requested a recheck of their prescription payments have been identified by the NHS Business Services Authority. Pharmacy contractors in England were given the opportunity to have rechecks of their prescription payments between March 2009 and April 2011.

  • Acetazolamide dose for mountain sickness identified Subscription

    19 OCT 2012 15:03

    The minimum effective dose of acetazolamide for the prevention of acute mountain sickness has been identified as 250mg daily in a systematic review of the evidence (online in the BMJ, 18 October 2012).

  • Action or just warm words? Subscription

    19 OCT 2012 13:37

    The Journal

  • Applying “lean” principles to improve hospital chemotherapy services Subscription

    17 OCT 2012 13:08

    Systematic interventions designed to reduce wasteful activity can reduce production run times and patient waiting times, and reduce staff costs in a chemotherapy unitJon Beard and Jarrod Dunn Pharmacy Department, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

  • Appointments: NICE Subscription

    12 OCT 2012 13:48

    Christine Clark has been appointed to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s Quality Standard for Eczema in Children Topic Expert Group.

  • Are pharmacists actually benefiting from following the formula for CPD? Subscription

    31 OCT 2012 13:01

    Recently published data show that pharmacists are meeting standards for continuing professional development, but we ask if they are truly developing as practitioners Margaret Culshaw and Roshan Lala Division of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Huddersfield 

  • Are reported drug allergies in children always properly diagnosed? Subscription

    10 OCT 2012 10:00

    Research shows that parents over-estimate the incidence of drug allergy in their childrenSara Arenas-López, Lauri-Ann Van der Poel, Gideon Lack, George Du Toit and Adam Fox Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s Health Partners, London

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    Are you having trouble deciding which specials manufacturer to use? Read on Subscription

    24 OCT 2012 11:32

    Since the introduction of the Specials Tariff, the playing field has levelled and manufacturers now offer extra services to entice contractors. Asha Fowells investigates

  • Cartoon of pills (Vector/Dreamstime.com)

    Around half of new drugs outperform existing ones in trials Subscription

    18 OCT 2012 10:17

    Slightly more than half of new drugs will prove to be better than established treatments when tested in randomised controlled trials and few will be substantially better, a new Cochrane review suggests (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 10, online 17 October 2012).

  • Psoriasis Tracey Hebden/Dreamstime.com

    Assess impact of psoriasis on daily lives, says NICE Subscription

    26 OCT 2012 11:49

    Management of psoriasis should encompass physical, psychological and social wellbeing, says the first clinical guideline on the condition issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (24 October 2012).

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