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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, October 2012

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  • Views on the new medicine service Subscription

    24 OCT 2012 10:00

    Michael Wilcock and colleagues have surveyed community pharmacists in Cornwall to find out what they think about the new medicine service

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    Finance scheme to allow earlier payment for prescriptions Subscription

    24 OCT 2012 9:55

    Pharmacists will be the first to benefit from a Government finance scheme, which that will enable contractors to be paid earlier for prescriptions dispensed, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

  • Promote NRT to smokers who cannot go cold turkey Subscription

    24 OCT 2012 9:44

    Nicotine replacement therapy should be the first option recommended to smokers who want to quit gradually or cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke, according to draft public health guidance put out for consultation today (24 October 2012) by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

  • Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .

    24 OCT 2012 By Prospector

  • Celebrating ballpoint brilliance

    24 OCT 2012 By Prospector

    With around 14 million sold every day around the world, the Bic Biro is used, abused and taken for granted on a grand scale that belies its interesting and chequered history.

  • Pumice — the rock of life?

    24 OCT 2012 By Prospector

    A raft of pumice larger than the surface area of Israel, and thought to have originated from an underwater volcanic eruption, was recently spotted floating in the Pacific Ocean. But this is not the first sighting of such an enormous floating boulder. Similar rafts drifted around the Pacific for up to 20 years after Krakatoa erupted in 1883.

  • Audit data send powerful message about pharmacy’s worth, says Howe Subscription

    23 OCT 2012 14:12

    Pharmacy minister Earl Howe says health service commissioners in England should take note of the contribution community pharmacists can make to patient safety.

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    Higher heart risk with diclofenac than other NSAIDs Subscription

    23 OCT 2012 13:53

    Diclofenac is associated with a "consistent but small" increase in the risk of cardiovascular side effects compared with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, an EMA safety review has found.

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    Online pharmacy database planned as part of counterfeits crackdown Subscription

    23 OCT 2012 11:56

    A UK database of internet pharmacies authorised to sell medicines is being proposed as part of a European Union-wide clampdown on counterfeit medicines entering the supply chain.

  • Society surveys ask how NHS reforms are affecting primary care Subscription

    22 OCT 2012 16:11

    Primary care pharmacists in England are being surveyed about the impact the NHS reforms are having, as part of efforts by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board to “refine and extend the support [the RPS] can provide . . . during these challenging times”.

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