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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 270 No 7245 p533-538
19 April 2003

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533 Period of treatment fee suspension extended Reinstatement of the period of treatment fee from April has been refused by the Department of Health ...[more]

533 Tests of necessity and desirability remain valid for new contracts The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee does not want to see any change to the tests of necessity or desirability that applications for new National Health Service pharmacy contracts have to pass...[more]

533 Work starts on new pharmacy contract Work has begun in earnest on the development of a new National Health Service contract for community pharmacy...[more]

534 Vet medicines monopoly to be broken Veterinary surgeons will have to comply with new requirements in order to break the complex monopoly over the supply of prescription medicines for animals...[more]

534 GPs' concern over Labour's plans for free prescriptions in Wales General practitioners in Wales have expressed concern that their surgeries may be overloaded with extra work if prescription charges are abolished in Wales...[more]

535 Self-testing of INRmay be alternative to attending anticoagulant clinics Self-testingof international normalised ratio (INR) may be a safe alternative to laboratorytesting for patientstaking warfarin, researchers conclude...[more]

535 Give Levonelle as a single dose Levonorgestrel (Levonelle) should be given as a single stat dose for emergency contraception, not as two doses 12 hours apart, according to the author of an editorial in the BMJ...[more]

535 Flexiscript to suspend ETP pilot Flexiscript, one of three consortia selected by the Department of Health to test the electronic transmission of prescriptions (ETP), is to suspend its pilot in Peterborough...[more]

535 SIGN advises on childhood obesity...[more]

535 MRSA in "clean" hospitals...[more]

535 Xigris improves quality of life...[more]

OFT   New Charter proposal 
New Charter proposal news and related links (more)

533 PSNC calls for fuller Charter consultation Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society should have been consulted before any decision was taken to seek a new Royal Charter for the Society, the PSNC has said. It also wants consultation on a draft charter after it has been considered by the Council...[more]


OFT report news & related links (more)

534 City council support for plans to open up pharmacy market Manchester City Council has passed a motion giving qualified support to plans to change the regulations governing pharmacy contracts...[more]


536 Human genome sequenced two years ahead of schedule Two years ahead of schedule the human genome has been sequenced, the International Human Genome Consortium announced earlier this week...[more]

536 Gold rush mentality delays medicines development, says Royal Society The free flow of scientific information is being restricted by the current system for granting patents in the United Kingdom, according to the Royal Society...[more]

536 UK lags behind in HER2 testing...[more]

537 Retail pharmacy staff now benefit from NHS funding Community pharmacy staff in Surrey are benefiting from National Health Service training monies through a scheme funded by the local NHS workforce development confederation...[more]

537 New chairman appointed for CSM...[more]

538 No leading drug for type 2 nephropathy Patients with type 2 diabetic nephropathy have similar overall cardiovascular outcomes whether they are treated with irbesartan (Aprovel), amlodipine (Istin) or placebo, a new analysis suggests...[more]

538 Vigorous exercise helps prevent premature death Only regular vigorous exercise, such as jogging, hiking and stair climbing, is likely to stave off an early death from heart disease, say researchers, throwing doubt on current recommendations that daily moderate exercise can help protect against premature death...[more]

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