Issue : The Salvadore, December 2008

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  • Counterfeit Viagra tablets from an unrelated seizure by the MHRA

    New scheme leads to record seizures of counterfeit medicines

    31 DEC 2008 13:11

    More than 34 million illegal medicines were seized in a two-month period under a new initiative to prevent illegal medicines entering the EU.Drugs intercepted in the initiative included antibiotics, anticancer drugs, antimalarials, lipid lowering drugs, painkillers, Viagra and drug precursors such as pseudoephedrine.

  • NHS Scotland settles with Ranbaxy over price-fixing allegations

    31 DEC 2008 13:06

    NHS Scotland has reached a settlement with Ranbaxy (UK) Ltd over alleged price-fixing of generic drugs. The company is to pay £1.58m in compensation to the Scottish Government and Scottish health boards on a full and final basis, and without admission of liability. It has also agreed to co-operate with the Government on ongoing claims against other companies.

  • Group to assess vascular disease management in Wales

    31 DEC 2008 13:04

    Current provision of vascular risk management and assessment in Wales is to be assessed, health minister Edwina Hart announced this week (29 December 2008).

  • Care should be taken when choosing cleansing products for bowel cancer screening

    Consider choice of bowel cleansing preparations

    30 DEC 2008 15:29

    Careful consideration should be given to the choice of bowel cleansing product used in bowel cancer screening, a UK gastroenterologist has warned following the recall of two over-the-counter products in the US.

  • Nottingham tops research assessment exercise

    30 DEC 2008 15:18

    Nottingham university’s school of pharmacy has been named the UK’s best pharmacy school for research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

  • New advisors on workforce planning to meet next month

    30 DEC 2008 15:13

    The first meeting of NHS Medical Education England, an organisation set up to provide ministers with independent advice on planning the future number of pharmacists, doctors, dentists and medical scientists in the NHS in England, as well as overseeing their education and training, is due to be held in January 2009.

  • EU industry commissioner Gunter Verheugen

    New EU plan to halt counterfeits Subscription

    29 DEC 2008 15:16

    Medicines sold in Europe will carry obligatory safety features on the packaging, such as seals and barcodes to ensure their traceability, under proposals by the European Commission to crack down on counterfeit drugs.

  • Roche appoints UniChem and AAH as wholesaler partners Subscription

    29 DEC 2008 15:02

    Roche has appointed UniChem and AAH as its wholesaler business partners for the distribution of its medicines to UK customers from 15 January 2009.However, the company will continue to supply selected products direct to hospitals and community pharmacies.

  • St Etienne wrote the best song about...

    24 DEC 2008

    For some, it's the second greatest religious festival of the year - the celebration of the birth of a man who would later get nailed to a dead tree for telling people that they should get along with one another1.

  • Scottish flag

    Scottish public health minister values work of pharmacists

    24 DEC 2008 13:00

    Pharmacists in Scotland are valued clinicians who provide direct care to patients, not just medicines, according to Shona Robison, Scotland's Minister for Public Health. Ms Robison was speaking at a Scottish Pharmacy Board reception at the Scottish Parliament on 10 December 2008.

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