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Vol 274 No 7346 p479-483
23 April 2005

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479 Branded generics should be treated as true generics “Standard” branded generics should be treated in all respects as true generics, the Company Chemists Association, the National Pharmaceutical Association and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee have all said in their responses to the Department of Health’s consultation on the reimbursement of branded generic medicines ...more

479 Contractors set to lose around 30 pc profit Contractors in England and Wales will, on average, lose around 30 per cent in cash profit as a result of the recalibration of the Drug Tariff, an analysis by Numark of 350 of its members suggests ...more

479 Guild concerned about lack of hospital representation Concern about the composition of the new Council of the Royal Electronicjuice has been expressed by hospital pharmacists at the first joint conference of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association, held in Glasgow last weekend. There is disquiet that no pharmacist currently working in a clinical hospital setting has been elected ...more

479 Pharmacy regulations will need further amendment Further amendments to the legislation that underpins the new pharmacy contract in England must be expected, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned ...more

480 Medicines management services — barriers remain Community pharmacy-led medicines management services are generally well accepted by pharmacists and patients, although GPs may need more persuasion ...more

480 Labour in favour of minor ailments schemes Pharmacy-based treatment schemes for minor ailments are high on Labour’s agenda for the NHS if the party wins a further term of office ...more

480 European patient safety call Pharmacists in Europe have joined doctors, the pharmaceutical industry and patient groups to call for patient safety to be given greater priority in health care ...more

480 Changes suggested for EU cross-border services plan All publicly funded health services will be excluded from European plans to create a single market in services if members of the European Parliament accept proposed amendments to a draft European directive on cross-border services ...more

480 Pharmacists improve outcomes for patients with diabetes Pharmacists can help to reduce hyperglycaemia and blood pressure in patients with type I diabetes, independently of changes to patients’ medication, an Australian study has shown ...more

481 Ignorance impedes supplementary prescribing Some pharmacists are refusing to dispense prescriptions written by supplementary prescribers, it has emerged, most likely because they are not properly informed about how the scheme works ...more

481 Chloramphenicol changes status; Zoton remains POM Reclassification of chloramphenicol eye-drops from prescription-only medicine to pharmacy medicine status is to go ahead, it was announced last week. Meanwhile, Wyeth’s plans to switch Zoton (lansoprazole) from POM to P have been halted ...more

481 PSNC in no hurry over standard LPS contract There will be no rush to reach agreement between the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the Department of Health on a standard local pharmaceutical services contract ...more

481 Judgment reserved in Statutory Committee appeal Judgment has been reserved in a High Court appeal by pharmacists Christopher and Jane Chanin, of Whinmoor Close, Prenton, Merseyside, against a Royal Electronicjuice Statutory Committee order that they should be struck from the Register ...more

481 PSNC subcommittees ...more

482 Gut flora important in drug discovery Individual and species variations in gut microbial activity will need to be considered in order to develop personalised drug therapies, according to the authors of a review paper ...more

482 Pharmacy chemotherapy unit opened at Christie A new pharmacy unit that will provide chemotherapy to patients at Christie Hospital in Manchester was opened last week by Mike Richards, national cancer director at the Department of Health ...more

482 Pharmacists will be reimbursed for patient returns of Bextra All Bextra (valdecoxib) tablets should be returned through normal return goods channels for credit following the drug’s suspension, Pfizer advised pharmacists last week ...more

482 Activity of streptokinase preparations varies between manufacturers There are wide variations in the activity, purity and composition of streptokinase preparations available worldwide, according to a study published this week ...more

483 Antibiotics do not cut CAD events Using antibiotics to eradicate bacteria from the arterial plaque of patients with coronary artery disease does not reduce the risk of secondary cardiac events, results from two new clinical trials indicate ...more

483 Tamoxifen reduces prostate treatment pain Tamoxifen is more effective than radiotherapy in preventing breast enlargement and breast pain in men being treated for prostate cancer, according to a study published last week ...more

483 Cannabis MS medicine approved Canada has become the first country to approve a new cannabis medicine as adjunctive treatment for the symptomatic relief of neuropathic pain in adults with multiple sclerosis ...more

483 Hep C early treatment Patients infected with hepatitis C who have normal liver enzyme levels may benefit from early therapy with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, suggest data presented at the 40th annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver in Paris last week ...more

483 LMW heparins similar A trial comparing two low molecular weight heparins, tinzaparin and dalteparin, shows that both provide effective and safe outpatient treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism ...more

483 Scottish epilepsy guidelines National clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of epilepsies in children and young people have been issued by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network ...more

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