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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, October 2012

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  • Lambeth Bridge 150th

    31 OCT 2012 By Bystander

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s London headquarters building is just yards from the River Thames at Lambeth Bridge. The first bridge on this site opened 150 years ago this month (November 1862), although plans for a bridge had been drawn up as early as 1734, when the only bridge over the capital’s river was London Bridge.

  • How to grow alcoholic yuletide flowers

    31 OCT 2012 By Bystander

    Round about now, particularly in North America, many people are starting to grow paperwhite narcissi (Narcissus tazetta) to help brighten their homes over the yuletide festive period.

  • Placing science in the wider context of pharmacists’ professional aspirations Subscription

    30 OCT 2012 17:54

    English Pharmacy Board scientist member Rachel Airley explains why an appreciation of science is essential to the practice and profession of pharmacy in the future

  • Liver history patients should not use black cohosh Subscription

    30 OCT 2012 16:26

    People with a history of liver problems should not use the herbal remedy black cohosh, a product used to relieve menopausal symptoms, according to new advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. The warning follows a case of liver failure resulting in a transplant. The case is thought to be linked to use of the herbal remedy.

  • Boots facing further litigation over Sunday pay cuts Subscription

    30 OCT 2012 15:59

    A further 140 community pharmacists are taking Boots to an employment tribunal to challenge a reduction in their Sunday premium payments, it has emerged.

  • Pound coins (Spectrumoflight/

    DoH criticised for "on the hoof" response to trusts going bust Subscription

    30 OCT 2012 15:04

    An influential committee of MPs has accused the Department of Health of making up rules and processes "on the hoof" over how it will protect essential services if an NHS trust faces bankruptcy.

  • Cold weather plan for England includes action cards for pharmacists Subscription

    30 OCT 2012 8:35

    Action cards summarising what healthcare professionals in England should do to protect public health when temperatures drop this winter have been produced by the Department of Health.

  • Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand

    High Court ruling a warning for those with wholesale dealer’s licence Subscription

    30 OCT 2012 8:31

    Pharmacies that hold a wholesale dealer’s licence (WDL) have been reminded that they must only obtain medicines from another WDL holder or from a licensed manufacturer, and not from pharmacies that are not licensed wholesale dealers.

  • shaking hands (Szefei/

    Remove people from commissioning decisions if they stand to gain Subscription

    29 OCT 2012 15:49

    Individuals should be removed from commissioning decisions if a conflict of interest exists, pharmacy organisations have stated in their responses to a Department of Health consultation on choice and competition.

  • Campaign targets industry/healthcare professional relationship Subscription

    29 OCT 2012 14:00

    Preventing conflicts of interest when healthcare professionals receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry is the subject of a new campaign, which also looks at protecting professional reputation.

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