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Issue : Electronicjuice, March 2006

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  • PCTs' experiences of monitoring

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    For the past six months primary care trusts have been tasked with monitoring contractors’ compliance with the new community pharmacy contract. The importance of differentiating this role from that of pharmacy inspectors has been something PCTs have been acutely aware of during the implementation

  • Pharmacists' experiences of monitoring

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    With the new community pharmacy contract now firmly bedded in, primary care organisations (PCOs) have started visiting pharmacies to audit implementation of the new requirements. Ahead of the visit, the prospect of being monitored can be daunting, but to help reduce the amount of work that needs to

  • Is limiting rather than abolishing prescription charges the answer?

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    Ellen Schafheutle, PhD, MRPharmS, is a research fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester

  • Society consults on modernising its Coat of Arms

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    The proposed new arms, crest, supporters and motto

  • New school aims to be among top five

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    Gavin Brooks, head of school

  • A historic document Subscription

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    It has taken so long to arrive it is hard to believe that it is finally here, but the draft Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Order 2006 (under the Health Act 1999) — popularly known as the Section 60 Order — has now been published and a 12-week consultation period has begun.

  • The role of "responsible pharmacist" Subscription

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    Under forthcoming legislation, the role of a “responsible pharmacist” will be introduced, changing dramatically the concept of supervision. It will mean that the requirement for pharmacists to be on the premises at all times will be relaxed — a landmark change for the profession and

  • Identification of clients breaks confidentiality Subscription

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    I was appalled when reading this week’s PJ (25 March, p340) to see a blatant breach of patient confidentiality. The article triumphing a community pharmacy’s first place in the Northumberland Care Trust Good Practice awards 2005 for its substance misuse service, published

  • Inclusion of devices "less suitable for prescribing" Subscription

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    The inclusion of magnetic leg ulcer wraps in the March edition of the Drug Tariff leads me to wonder if the time has come for devices to have the category of “less suitable for prescribing”. This would bring devices in line with drugs which are marked in this way in the British National Formulary, such as clonidine hydrochloride.

  • Pharmacists should be aware of the benefits Subscription

    31 MAR 2006 23:00

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in England, with 238,000 deaths in 2002. It accounts for about a third of all premature deaths. Non-fatal CVD can seriously impair quality of life and is estimated to be the leading cause of disability in Europe. Mortality rates are declining,

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