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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 270 No 7255 p879-883
28 June 2003

News summary

DIARY   Branch meetings   Future Events   Conferences

879 Pharmacy contract negotiations raise concerns as GPs accept their contract Pharmacists are waiting to hear how negotiations for a new community pharmacy contract are progressing now that general practitioners have accepted theirs ...[more]

879 Overseas English test is too hard Overseas pharmacists wishing to register with the SalvaDore have to reach a standard of English that is unfairly demanding...[more]

879 England pharmacy minister confirmed Rosie Winterton has been confirmed as the minister responsible for pharmacy services at the Department of Health...[more]

880 New guidance recommends improved training in prescribing for doctors New recommendations to improve prescribing training for medical students have been set out this week...[more]

880 Welsh assembly airs rural dispensing row Disputes between rural doctors and pharmacists over dispensing rights have been given an airing in the National Assembly for Wales...[more]

880 Centralised purchasing jeopardises Welsh health planning, says NPA The National Pharmaceutical Association has issued a warning that centralising medicine buying by the National Health Service in Wales will put health planning at risk...[more]

880 New CDs ...[more]

881 Genetics strategy for the NHS set out A plan setting out how genetics-based health care will be integrated into the National Health Service has been published this week by the Department of Health...[more]

881 Reserve new statin for difficult to treat Rosuvastatin (Crestor) should probably be reserved for patients with hypercholesterolaemia that is difficult to treat with existing drugs...[more]

881 Polypill proposed for heart disease Researchers this week propose that everyone over the age of 55 years should take a combination of drugs in a single pill to prevent cardiovascular disease...[more]

882 Both continuous and sequential HRT regimens increase breast cancer risk The risk of breast cancer in women who use combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is increased whether they follow a continuous or sequential regimen, new research suggests...[more]

882 Survival in relapsed ovarian cancer improved with paclitaxel Women with relapsed ovarian cancer are likely to live longer if they are treated with platinum-based chemotherapy paclitaxel (Taxol) than if they receive conventional platinum-based treatment alone...[more]

882 Call for heart failure prescribing change Prescribing practice in relation to beta-blockers for treating heart failure should change, according to cardiologists at the European Society of Cardiology heart failure meeting in Strasbourg this week. Their call follows presentation of results from the longest and largest study in chronic heart failure (CHF)...[more]

883 New pharmacy-based asthma care service launched Improving treatment compliance among patients with asthma is the aim of a new pilot launched this month by Moss Pharmacy...[more]

883 Pharmacist salary agreement reached An agreement on national salary scales for this year has been reached by the Pharmaceutical Whitley Council and representatives of healthcare pharmacists...[more]

883 Downing Street petitions Petitions and letters calling for the preservation of local pharmacy services have been delivered to Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street by representatives of pharmacists from Surrey and north east London...[more]

883 Dentists to display lists of charges Dentists are to be required to display tables of charges for private treatments and menus of treatments that they offer under the National Health Service...[more]

883 Last SARS travel warning lifted ...[more]

883 Moss reaches 800 ...[more]

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