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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 269 No 7226 p767-772
30 November 2002

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Child-resistant blister packs for aspirin, paracetamol and iron to be brought in Blister packs of paracetamol, aspirin and iron preparations will have to conform to the British Standard for non-reclosable packaging from next year...[more]

Increase in fatal ADRs in children Anticonvulsants are associated with most of the suspected fatal adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in children reported through the Medicines Control Agency yellow card scheme, British researchers say...[more]

Depo-Provera vials to end shortages Pharmacia says that it is experiencing supply problems with Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) pre-filled syringes...[more]

Pharmacists' prescribing training to start in spring Training for pharmacists to become supplementary prescribers will start in the spring of 2003, the Department of Health announced last week...[more]

Government set to legalise some items for use by addicts Proposals to legalise the supply of water for injections, swabs, sterile bowls, spoons and sachets of citric acid to drug addicts have been put forward...[more]

LPS consultations must be genuine Primary care trusts are required to carry out proper consultations over proposals for local pharmaceutical services pilots, the Department of Health has said. This was confirmed at a meeting between Departmental officials and representatives of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee at which evidence and examples of a lack of consultation and of inadequate procedures were given by the PSNC...[more]

Cannabis use by teenagers raises risks of mental health problems Cannabis use during adolescence appears to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, depression and anxiety in later life...[more]

Only half think pharmacists are in NHS Only half the respondents to a Scottish Consumer Council survey think that their pharmacist is part of the National Health Service in Scotland...[more]

Scottish control of entry rules may differ after OFT Rules governing the control of entry to pharmaceutical contracts in Scotland may differ from those in England and Wales after the Office of Fair Trading makes its report, bodies representing pharmacy contractors in Scotland believe...[more]

Prescribing advice course goes online The Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education has put its prescribing advice course online. The course is based on the print version published earlier this year...[more]

Ban on anorectics overturned in court A European Commission ban on anorectic drugs has been overturned by the European Court of Justice...[more]

Fluticasone linked to adrenal crisis Inhaled corticosteroids, especially fluticasone, should be titrated to their lowest effective maintenance dose in order to reduce the likelihood of adverse events, according to the authors of a British study...[more]

Pharmacists' views on pharmacogenetics sought Pharmacists, along with other health care professionals and the public, have been asked for their views on ethical issues raised by the development of pharmacogenetics...[more]

Statin reduces gene-variant coronary risk Carriers of a common variant in the gene encoding for the microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) have an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), but this risk is reduced by statin therapy, researchers report...[more]

New BCG vaccine A new BCG (tuberculosis) vaccine (BCG vaccine SSI) has been launched this week by Danish company Staten Serum Institut...[more]

Diuretics associated with an increased risk of death in acute renal failure The use of diuretics in critically ill patients with acute renal failure is associated with an increased risk of death, a new study shows. Diuretics were also found to be associated with non-recovery of renal function in these patients...[more]

Further reductions in blood pressure do not slow progression of hypertensive nephrosclerosis Additional reduction in blood pressure does not slow the progression of hypertensive nephrosclerosis, researchers report. However, they support recommendations that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhi-bitors should be considered as first-line therapy over beta-blockers and dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers in these patients...[more]

Cancer funding not enough to modernise Cancer networks in England say that current funding arrangements will make it difficult to modernise cancer services in line with Government targets...[more]

Thrombolytics safe for ambulance use A combination of tenecteplase (Metalyse) and unfractionated heparin can be given safely in ambulances, a new trial has shown...[more]

"Cooling off" period no benefit in ACS Patients with acute coronary syndromes at high risk of heart attack or stroke do not benefit from extended antithrombotic treatment before angioplasty, according to data presented at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Chicago last week...[more]

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin reviews focus on bone health A range of lifestyle measures aimed at preventing osteoporotic fractures are outlined in the latest issue of the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin...[more]

Phoenix expands in Glasgow...[more]

ABPI ethics booklet...[more]

Minister launches medication review guide...[more]

“Square” marks 50th charter dinner...[more]

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