Pharmacy Services Director, Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust
The imminent withdrawal of the most popular UK brand of lithium is causing confusion and distress, but this can be managed successfully if pharmacists take a strategic approach.
Despite criticism about antidepressants in the media and rising calls for non-drug therapies for depression, evidence indicates that drugs are still the most effective treatment.
SIR, As a trust chief pharmacist, I read the recent Novartis promotional supplement on clozapine distributed with The Pharmaceutical Journal with interest, tinged with sadness to think that a respected member of the pharmaceutical industry should spend money on such a document. Let us examine some facts. Clozapine is not expensive. In fact, it is extremely cheap. One Novartis brand 100mg clozapine tablet is £1.09 in France, 31p in Spain and 26p in Greece. Generic brands are even cheape