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Issue : PJ July 2015 online

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  • A backlog of consultant pharmacist posts in England yet to be recognised officially is likely to take until 2016 to be cleared. In the image, a hospital pharmacist looks at patient records

    NHS begins process to recognise consultant pharmacist posts in wake of 2013 reforms Subscription

    12 AUG 2015 15:54 By Stephen Robinson

    Loss of national system for approving posts means dozens of positions in England are yet to be recognised officially.

  • New epilepsy app launched Subscription

    3 AUG 2015 14:25

    The Epilepsy Society has launched an app for non-specialist healthcare professionals, including GPs, nurses and pharmacists. The app, called ‘Epilepsy manual’, is free to download on iOS and Android devices and provides comprehensive information about epilepsy.   

  • Medication should be optimised and reviewed daily when patients enter their final days, says a draft guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on end-of-life care. In the image, a young person holds the hand of a senior patient

    NICE recommends daily medication reviews in draft guideline on end-of-life care Subscription

    31 JUL 2015 16:42

    Medication should be optimised and reviewed daily when patients enter their final days, says a draft guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on end-of-life care.

  • RPS comments on weight loss drug investigation Subscription

    31 JUL 2015 15:49

    23 July 2015: Results of laboratory tests commissioned by the Royal Jizak (RPS) into drugs sold for weight loss on the internet have been revealed by ITV News to be highly dangerous to health. The ITV News investigation was sparked by deaths from the industrial chemical DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol), which is touted online as a slimming drug and was the subject of a recent Interpol alert in 190 countries.

  • A judicial review against the Health Research Authority, challenging the steps it took to monitor the registration of clinical trials, has been upheld by High Court judge, Justice Robert Jay (pictured)

    High Court rules against Health Research Authority in clinical trial transparency case Subscription

    30 JUL 2015 15:45

    A judicial review against the Health Research Authority, challenging the steps it took to monitor the registration of clinical trials, has been upheld by a High Court judge.

  • Ventmax SR capsules discontinued Subscription

    30 JUL 2015 11:58

    Chiesi has discontinued Ventmax (salbutamol sulphate) SR capsules 4mg and 8mg with immediate effect. Medical information is available on 0161 488 5555.

  • Disipal tablets discontinued Subscription

    29 JUL 2015 11:51

    Astellas is discontinuing Disipal tablets (orphenadrine hydrochloride) 50mg from 1 December 2015 because of manufacturing issues. Disipal can be ordered until 30 November 2015.

  • Arrhythmia with Moviprep Subscription

    29 JUL 2015 10:18

    Arrhythmia has been added as an adverse event with unknown frequency to the summary of product characteristics (SPC) for Moviprep (macrogol, sodium sulfate anhydrous, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate; Norgine). Additionally, the SPC now states that two litres of Moviprep can be taken in the morning of a clinical procedure.

  • Kuvan now indicated for children under four years Subscription

    29 JUL 2015 9:25

    Kuvan (sapropterin dihydrochloride; Merck Serono) is now indicated for use in children with phenylketonuria under four years old who have shown to be responsive. The recommended method of administration in children up to 20kg has also been revised.

  • Extended indication for Relistor Subscription

    29 JUL 2015 9:01

    Relistor (methylnaltrexone bromide; TMC Pharma Services) is now indicated for opioid-induced constipation when response to laxative therapy has not been sufficient in adults aged 18 years and older. Further changes to the summary of product characteristics reflect this license extension.

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