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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7195 p557-561
27 April 2002

News summary

Older children should also avoid aspirin The Committee on Safety of Medicines has issued new advice on the use of aspirin in children...[more]

Prime Minister defends costs of NHS cash boost The Prime Minister (Tony Blair) was forced on the defensive over the future of the National Health Service, despite a massive cash injection in last week's Budget...[more]

Irish pharmacists risk prosecution if action taken over deregulation Pharmacists in the Irish Republic have been warned that they could face prosecution if they go ahead with a threat of industrial action over deregulation of the sector...[more]

Pharmacy2U starts ETP pilot for real Pharmacy2U has processed its first real electronic prescriptions after its electronic transmission of prescriptions (ETP) pilot started at the end of March...[more]

Sale of EHC through pharmacies is not illegal, High Court judge rules The sale of emergency hormonal contraception through pharmacies is legal, a High Court judge ruled on 18 April...[more]

More pharmacists may prescribe for minor illnesses in Scotland A project which allows pharmacists to prescribe over-the-counter medicines on NHS prescriptions is to be expanded to cover the whole of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust...[more]

Losses from NHS fraud down Losses to the National Health Service as a result of fraud dropped by over a third between 1999 and 2001...[more]

Dermatology report endorses pharmacist prescribing An inquiry into primary care dermatology services has indicated strong support for pharmacist prescribing...[more]

Changing control of entry rules will not increase convenience for patients Changing the rules that control the allocation of National Health Service contracts to pharmacies will lead to the formation of clusters of pharmacies around doctors' surgeries, not to increased convenience for patients, the Office of Fair Trading has been warned...[more]

Pharmacies are optional for one-stop care centres The Department of Health wants to see 750 one-stop primary care centres established in England by 2006, but they will not all include pharmacies...[more]

New funds for pharmacy diverted to other services Funding earmarked for implementing the strategy for pharmaceutical care in Scotland might be being spent on other services...[more]

Abbott wins Queen's Award for international trade Abbott Laboratories Ltd has won its second Queen's Award for Enterprise in the international trade category (formerly export achievement) on the basis of continuous achievement...[more]

Adding entacapone to levodopa may reduce dyskinesia in Parkinson's Entacapone used in combination with levodopa may be an effective early treatment for Parkinson's disease, say researchers from King's College London...[more]

Growth factor infusion improves Parkinson's disease symptoms Introducing a growth factor into the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease might become a future treatment for the disease...[more]

New combination malaria treatment A new combination preparation for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria, Riamet, was launched this week by Novartis Pharmaceuticals...[more]

PSNC database goes online The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has launched an online version of its community pharmacy services database...[more]

NICE and SIGN to work together The National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network are to collaborate on developing guidelines for the National Health Service in England, Wales and Scotland...[more]

Antibiotic surveillance data Data from a surveillance programme, set up by AstraZeneca to monitor the susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics, show that resistance to meropenem (Meronem) is not increasing...[more]

FDA says stop selling NRT lollipops The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to three American compounding pharmacies that are making nicotine lollipops and lip balm for smoking cessation and appear to be selling them over the internet without prescription...[more]

Anticoagulation test strips prescribable on NHS from May Test strips for anticoagulant monitoring, CoaguChekS, are to be made available on prescription from 1 May...[more]

N. Ireland pharmacist is elected NPA chairman Terry Hannawin, FPSNI, has been elected chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Association for the coming year...[more]

Sale of some insecticides banned Insecticides containing dichlorvos must be removed from sale immediately. The decision to ban them was made by Ministers following advice received from the Advisory Committee on Pesticides...[more]

Contact lens users need educating Contact lens wearers need to be told that some contact lens solutions work better than others and educated about hygiene practice, say researchers from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London...[more]

Boots to sell Halfords The Boots Co Plc is to demerge Halfords, its car parts and cycle retailing subsidiary...[more]

Restrictions on Viagra remain Sildenafil (Viagra) will remain on Schedule 11 and continue to be only prescribed by GPs in certain circumstances, despite Pfizer's attempt to have the ruling overturned...[more]

Nucare offers consultation areas Nucare has commissioned the design of a professional consultation area for its members' pharmacies which will be large enough to house two chairs and a small table for equipment or a laptop...[more]

Council member's expenses online Sultan Dajani, a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Council, has posted his expenses for his Council duties online for a second year...[more]

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