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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 269 No 7225 p733
23 November 2002

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Pharmacies will not be sent compendiums

Community pharmacies will not receive free copies of the 2003 edition of the Medicines Compendium. Instead they will have to purchase them through the Pharmaceutical Press.

Steve Mott, executive director of Data-pharm, publishers of the compendium, said that an error had been made in information given to The Journal last week (PJ, 23 November, p699). "We are trying to move people away from the printed book. We make over 12,000 changes a year to the electronic compendium and pharmacists need access to the most up-to-date information," he said.

Funding from the pharmaceutical industry will only cover distribution of free copies to hospital pharmacies and general practitioners' surgeries. However, Mr Mott added that a number of requests for the compendium had already been received from pharmacies and the matter would be kept under review. The electronic compendium can be found at www.emc.vhn.net

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