Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 5 July 2014, Vol 293, No 7817
Vancomycin drug alert Subscription
A class 2 drug alert has been issued for vancomycin powder for concentrate for solution for infusion 500mg and 1000mg from Actavis.
Clarithromycin drug alert Subscription
A class 2 drug alert has been issued for clarithromycin powder for solution for infusion 500mg (Agila livery) from Strides Arcolab International.
Use antibiotics properly Subscription
18 June 2014: Jocelyn Parkes, director of RPS Wales, wrote in Western Mail’s “The Professionals” section this week. Titled ”Use antibiotics properly”, her piece spoke about a “post-antibiotic era where common infections and minor injuries can kill”. She said: “It’s vital that we take them [antibiotics] as intended, take the right dose (not a substandard one), always finish the course and don’t take antibiotics for a viral infection. Not taking medicines as prescribed makes ...
Gardasil new indication Subscription
Gardasi is now indicated for the prevention of premalignant anal lesions and anal cancers causally related to certain oncogenic human papillomavirus types.
Prolia indication Subscription
Prolia (denosumab; Amgen) is now indicated for use in men with osteoporosis. In addition, the summary of product characteristics has been updated to include abdominal pain as a common adverse reaction.
Utrogestan discontinuation Subscription
Utrogestan oral capsules 200mg (micronised progesterone) is being discontinued in the UK by Besins Healthcare from 1 August 2014.
Drug tariff June price concessions Subscription
The Department for Health and the National Assembly for Wales have agree concessionary prices for the following items for June 2014 prescriptions.
New EAHP president Joan Peppard Subscription
Joan Peppard has been elected as the next President of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
Glucose meters alert Subscription
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has issued a medical device alert for Accu-Chek mobile glucose meters manufactured by Roche.
Symmetrel stock shortage Subscription
Symmetrel capsules 100mg are out of stock from Alliance due to a manufacturing delay, consequently Symmetrel syrup 50mg/5ml (amantadine hydrochloride) is also out of stock due to increased demand. The company expects stock of the tablets to become available again in early July and the syrup in late August. Further information on 01249 466 966.