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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7204 p895-899
29 June 2002


News summary

Repeat dispensing pilots announced Pilot schemes for repeat dispensing are to start in the autumn. Primary care trusts are shortly to be asked to bid to be in the first wave of about 30 pilots, with a second wave to be introduced in 2003...[more]

Pharmacists could handle 300m repeat prescriptions a year A new Cabinet Office report estimates that up to 80 per cent (300 million) of all repeat prescriptions could be dealt with by community pharmacists...[more]

LPS allows hospitals to dispense FP10s The ministerial prohibition on the dispensing of GP prescriptions by hospital pharmacies has been over-ridden by the introduction of pilots for local pharmaceutical services schemes...[more]

UK health spending getting closer to the average level in Europe Health spending in the United Kingdom is getting closer to the average for the European Union in relation to gross domestic product (GDP)...[more]

Regulation leads to public benefit, NPA tells the OFT's pharmacy inquiry The National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) has told the Office of Fair Trading that National Health Service regulations provide a major public benefit by ensuring that consumers enjoy ready and easy access to a full NHS pharmaceutical service...[more]

LPS regulations brought in Regulations governing the introduction of local pharmaceutical services by health authorities came into force on 5 June...[more]

Prescription costs up 9.5 per cent National Health Service prescription costs in England rose by 9.5 per cent in 2001 (6.9 per cent in real terms)...[more]

CSM should consider implications for all patients when issuing directives Psychopharmacologists and psychiatrists caring for people with learning disabilities have called on the Committee on Safety of Medicines to take more account of the adverse effects of changing or discontinuing drugs when issuing directives...[more]

Topics for NICE appraisal should be in line with NHS priorities Topics selected for review by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence should be in line with national service frameworks and there should be a move away from focusing on individual products, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry believes...[more]

Superdrug fish oil removed from sale The Food Standards Agency has asked Superdrug Stores Plc to remove a batch of its Pure Cod Liver Oil liquid (batch number 300909, expiry date April 2003) from sale following the agency’s survey of dioxins in fish oil supplements...[more]

Third wave of medicines management pilots to include primary care trusts Primary care trusts have been invited to apply to be among the third wave of participants in the national medicines management collaborative programme being run by the National Prescribing Centre (NPC)...[more]

Launch of ETP pilot in Peterborough This week sees the official launch of an electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) pilot under way in Peterborough...[more]

COX-2 effective for gout ETORICOXIB (Arcoxia) is as effective as indometacin at relieving the pain from acute episodes of gouty arthritis, a double blind trial of the two treatments has shown...[more]

Aspirin reduces risk of lung cancer Long-term use of aspirin might reduce the risk of lung cancer in women, researchers from the New York University School of Medicine report...[more]

Trials suggest dietary vitamin E reduces Alzheimer's disease risk Vitamin E from food, but not supplements, may help protect some people against Alzheimer's disease (AD), two new studies suggest...[more]

New cancer care pharmacy network for Tayside Fifteen community pharmacies have been chosen to form a palliative care network throughout Tayside, providing a new, locally funded service to allow timely access to essential palliative care medicines...[more]

Perindopril protects against dementia A Perindopril-based regimen reduces the chance of patients developing dementia and severe cognitive decline following a stroke, even if they suffer recurrent stroke, a new analysis of data from PROGRESS (perindopril protection against recurrent stroke study) shows...[more]

Weigh benefits of losartan against costs, says MeReC The benefits of losartan (Cozaar) in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in people with hypertension should be balanced against increased prescribing costs and monitoring requirements...[more]

Quit rates achieved in bupropion launch trials matched in real world Smoking cessation rates of 30 per cent with bupropion (Zyban) are being achieved in "real-world" community populations, according to primary care research supported by GlaxoSmithKline...[more]

b-Blockers during surgery protect against stroke Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery who are given beta-blockers before or during their operation have a much lower risk of developing stroke or coma than those not given the drugs...[more]

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