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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, December 2009

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    Professor of pharmacy practice recognised in New Year honours list Subscription

    31 DEC 2009 14:49

    Alison Blenkinsopp, FRPharmS, professor of the practice of pharmacy at Keele University, has been appointed OBE for her services to healthcare in the New Year honours list for 2010.

  • Pilot sites identified for EPS release 2 testing Subscription

    31 DEC 2009 14:45

    Pharmacies in Leeds, Nottinghamshire, east Lincolnshire, Trafford and Sunderland are among the 15 pilot sites that have been identified for testing of release 2 of the electronic prescription service.

  • Scottish supply of seasonal flu vaccine unchanged for 2010–11 Subscription

    31 DEC 2009 14:40

    Supply arrangements for seasonal influenza vaccine in Scotland are to remain the same for 2010–11, the Scottish Government has announced.

  • Views sought on impact of EU Working Time Directive on pharmacists’ training Subscription

    31 DEC 2009 14:35

    Pharmacists are being invited to comment on the impact of the European Working Time Directive on their training.

  • Ginkgo biloba leaves

    Further evidence emerges against Ginkgo biloba for slowing cognitive decline

    30 DEC 2009 13:42

    Further evidence against the use of Ginkgo biloba to slow the rate of cognitive decline has emerged (JAMA 2009;302:2663).

  • The NPB, Pensions and Membership Fees

    30 DEC 2009

    A major factor for pharmacists considering whether to join the New Professional Body is likely to be the cost of membership. We had a major fee increase in 2008, and a significant part of this was due to the pension deficit of the RPSGB.

  • Refund

    24 DEC 2009

    Does anyone know how get a refund from 1st April when we no longer have to be members of the Society? Will we have the option get our Direct Debits amended or should we just cancel them? I find it difficult to believe that an organisation plans to continue taking money from people against their will who may not want to continue as members. 

  • Bronchoscopy

    Pharmacy team failures contributed to patient’s death, says coroner

    24 DEC 2009 12:52

    Failures by the pharmacy team at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham contributed to the death of a patient following a bronchoscopy during which phosphate buffered saline was administered at 10 times the normal strength, the coroner at the inquest into the death said.Rosemary McFarlane died at the hospital after the routine procedure in August 2008.

  • Historical pharmacy items and books are up for sale in Edinburgh

    24 DEC 2009 12:47

    Old items and books which cannot be moved when the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Scottish directorate moves its offices will be available to bid for by Society members.Items include framed prints, jars and bottles, mechanical scales and assorted boxes of medical treatments, pills, ointments and bandages from the 17th – 20th century.

  • MHRA publishes guidance on naming medicines

    24 DEC 2009 12:31

    Guidance (PDF 250K) on naming medicines has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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