Student news most read on PJ Online in 2012
Student stories dominated the top 10 most read news items of 2012 on PJ Online, with six making the list.
The top news story was the announcement that student numbers are to be restricted to match the number of NHS funded training places. Heads of pharmacy schools had been calling for this regulation, a story that came in at number six on the most read list. At number 10 was the report of participants at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference saying student numbers were too high.
Other student stories which made the top 10 included news of the low pass rate in the September registration examination (number four), the story of the John Moores University student who hacked into emails and was given a suspended sentence (number eight), and the news that some community preregistration trainees had their placement offers withdrawn following changes to visa rules (number nine).
Student news aside, the second most read story of 2012 was a recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency that the dose of simvastatin should be no more than 20mg per day when taken with amlodipine or diltiazem, due to an increased risk of myopathy.
The announcement that independent prescribers would be able to write prescriptions for Schedule 2,3,4 and 5 Controlled Drugs, was the third most read story of the year.
The fifth was that the General Pharmaceutical Council had given self-selection of pharmacy medicines the go ahead, following the approval of a new set of standards for registered pharmacies.
At number seven on the list was the announcement that new regulations would bring an end to applications for 100-hour pharmacies and introduce a new market entry test based on pharmaceutical needs assessments. This development was called "good news" by chairman of the All-Party Pharmacy Group Kevin Barron.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11114145
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