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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 271 No 7268 p393-399
27 September 2003

News summary

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393 ETP is viable but consent is a problem Electronic transmission of prescriptions (ETP) is viable, an independent review of the three pilot schemes in England has concluded, but the need to gain written consent from each patient was a time-consuming exercise that contributed to the pilots' slow starts ...more

393 Ballot in October to approve new contract framework Pharmacy contractors in England and Wales are to be asked in a ballot next month whether they approve of the framework for the proposed new community pharmacy contract, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has decided ...more

394 Patients taking warfarin should avoid drinking cranberry juice, CSM warns Patients treated with the anticoagulant warfarin should avoid drinking cranberry juice, the Committee on Safety of Medicines has warned ...more

394 Regulatory agency comes under fire from Consumers' Association The Consumers' Association has criticised the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency saying it should be more vigilant in policing the pharmaceutical industry. The criticism comes after an advertisement for Cerazette (desogestrel), a new progestogen-only oral contraceptive pill, was withdrawn by its manufacturer Organon Laboratories ...more

394 Repeat dispensing to move into second wave by February A second wave of 40 repeat dispensing pathfinder sites for England has been announced by the Department of Health ...more

395 Suicide risk warning for children now extended by CSM to cover venlafaxine Venlafaxine (Efexor, Efexor XL) should not be used in children and adolescents under the age of 18 years, the Committee on Safety of Medicines has warned. The advice comes after new safety concerns surfaced linking use of the drug with suicidal behaviour in this age group of patients ...more

395 Tamiflu endorsed for influenza prophylaxis by NICE This week the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has approved oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for the prophylaxis of influenza in “at risk” patients ...more

395 NICE endorses mania treatments as data suggest prevention role Patients in England and Wales who have acute mania associated with bipolar I disorder should be offered the option of treatment with olanzapine (Zyprexa) or valproate semisodium (Depakote), says the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in guidance issued this week ...more

395 Suicide risk in bipolar disorder lower with lithium than valproate The risk of suicide among patients treated for bipolar disorder is lower during treatment with lithium than with valproate semisodium (valproic acid, Depakote), say researchers from the United States ...more

396 NPC launches new support service Additional support for primary care trusts and other National Health Service bodies is being offered by the National Prescribing Centre through a new service, NPC Plus, from 29 September ...more

396 Nurses and others to prescribe CDs from next month Nurse prescribers are to be allowed to prescribe or supply many Controlled Drugs from 15 October ...more

396 Pharmacy restaurant and bar closes The restaurant called Pharmacy which opened five years ago in west London has closed ...more

396 Cataract risk with inhaled steroids The increased risk of cataract associated with systemic corticosteroid use is also seen with inhaled therapy ...more

397 Patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma should be offered rituximab, NICE recommends Rituximab (MabThera) in combination with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone (CHOP) should be used first-line for the treatment of aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence ...more

397 Doctor sentenced over vincristine death A doctor who caused the death of a cancer patient in 2001 after wrongly instructing a senior house office of only four weeks' standing to inject vincristine into the patient's spine has been given an 18 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter ...more

397 Cancer cachexia helped by ProSure A nutritional supplement enriched with n-3 fatty acids (ProSure) may reverse weight loss in patients with cancer ...more

British Pharmaceutical Conference 2003 NEWS

398 Award winners improve prescribing and communication at care interface The possibility of community pharmacists advising on secondary care prescribing was examined by the winners of the 2002 joint National Pharmaceutical Association and Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists award ...more

398 Dispensing robot flown to UK A fully automated, multiple monitored-dose dispensing robot was displayed in the United Kingdom for the first time at BPC ...more

398 BPC 2004 Next year's British Pharmaceutical Conference will be held on 27–29 September 2004 at the Manchester International Convention Centre ...more

398 ADR reporting Hospital doctors need to be encouraged to report suspected adverse drug reactions in children, according to a study reported at the BPC by researchers from Wales ...more

398 Warning over mixing medicines Researchers from King's College London reported at the BPC that one in 20 people are taking potentially dangerous combinations of prescription and complementary medicines ...more

399 London pharmacists secure training funds for supplementary prescribing Thirty-two pharmacists working in London have secured funding from their local Workforce Development Confederation for supplementary prescribing courses which start this month, according to the London pharmacist supplementary prescribing support team ...more

399 Community pharmacy now higher priority for PCTs than in the past Community pharmacy is developing a higher profile for primary care trusts, and it is now on directors' agendas, according to Sally Greensmith, a member of the Royal Electronicjuice's Council, who was speaking at a Conference session on current issues and attitudes involving primary care pharmacists ...more

399 Start thinking now about independent prescribing issues Pharmacy needs a wake up call to start thinking about independent prescribing fairly quickly, Clive Jackson, chief executive, National Prescribing Centre, told a practice session on primary care at the BPC ...more

399 Ideas for error research wanted Suggestions that pharmacists want to make about potential topics for research into medication errors have been requested by the director of the Patient Safety Research Programme (PSRP) ...more

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