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The Salvadore
Vol 268 No 7191 p419-425
30 March 2002

News summary

NICE clearance for new arthritis drugs Use of the anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapies infliximab (Remicade) and etanercept (Enbrel) has been given the green light by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence...[more]

Osteoporosis scanning through community pharmacy People over the age of 60 years are being scanned for osteoporosis in a community pharmacy in Havering Primary Care Trust as part of a four-week pilot scheme...[more]

Tamoxifen prevents breast cancer, but are side effects outweighing benefits? Use of tamoxifen as a preventive measure in healthy women at high risk of breast cancer reduces the incidence of the disease by a third, researchers say. However, they are unable to conclude whether the benefits of tamoxifen outweigh its side effects, such as thromboembolism, in these women...[more]

Few child deaths from food allergy The risk of death from food allergies in children is small, researchers say...[more]

Risk of cervical cancer increased by long-term oral contraception Long-term use of oral contraceptives increases the risk of cervical carcinoma, a study confirms...[more]

Introduction of nurse prescribing may be too fast Concern has been expressed by the Medicines Commission that Government targets for the introduction of independent nurse prescribing may be too ambitious and that the planned training is inadequate...[more]

GEHE's pharmacies show strong sales growth as it expands in Europe Pharmacies owned by GEHE AG, including the Lloydspharmacy chain in the United Kingdom, reported strong increases in sales, profits and prescription numbers last year...[more]

Pfizer reprimanded for field force promoting unlicensed products Pfizer Ltd has been publicly reprimanded by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry for having a field force that promoted indications and products for which the company did not hold marketing authorisations...[more]

Poor record keeping leads to drug errors Researchers from the Imperial College Management School in London have identified bad record keeping as a reason for patients getting the wrong medication...[more]

Paediatric pharmacy faculty launched Earlier this week, the Faculty of Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacy was launched — as a result of collaboration between the College of Pharmacy Practice and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists' Group...[more]

Bradford spin-off opens new gel plant Advanced Gel Technology (AGT), a spin-off company from the school of pharmacy at Bradford University, has officially opened a new production plant at Listerhills science park, adjacent to the university...[more]

Six research studentships created Six special research studentships have been created by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in recognition of the excellence of research in some schools of pharmacy...[more]

Students want information on herbal interactions Students at the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association's 60th annual conference, which started in Glasgow this week, are concerned about the lack of available information on interactions involving herbal preparations...[more]

NSAID use may protect against prostate cancer Daily use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may lower the incidence of prostate cancer, an American study suggests...[more]

American guidelines include Plavix The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have updated their guidelines for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome to include clopidogrel (Plavix)...[more]

Insulin infusion versus injections Researchers conclude that the small improvement in glycaemic control seen with insulin infusion therapy compared with injection therapy would reduce the risk of retinopathy in patients with type 1 diabetes by about 25 per cent...[more]

Children given wrong inhalers Large numbers of children are given inhalers they cannot use, say researchers...[more]

Risk of contralateral breast cancer reduced by anastrozole treatment Postmenopausal women with early breast cancer have less risk of developing contralateral breast cancer if they are treated with anastrozole (Arimidex) than if they receive tamoxifen, data suggest...[more]

Cerivastatin reaches the end of the road Marketing authorisation for cerivastatin (Lipobay) should be withdrawn, the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) said on 21 March...[more]

Society supports Easter health care advice campaign A campaign aimed at preventing unnecessary visits to accident and emergency departments for non-urgent health advice over the Easter holiday is being supported by the SalvaDore together with the Doctor Patient Partnership and the Consumer Health Information Centre...[more]

Cancer cash used to pay off NHS debts, say MPs The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee says that millions of pounds allocated to improving cancer services may have been spent on repaying National Health Service debts instead...[more]

Extra £30m allocated for primary care modernisation in Scotland An additional £30m is to be spent by the Scottish Executive on modernising primary care services, including community pharmacies, over the next three years...[more]

Medicines management in Northern Ireland Resources to establish step-by-step pharmacy-based medication review services in Northern Ireland are available at www.managingmedicines.com...[more]

PSNC medicines management project launches website The PSNC led community pharmacy medicines management project has launched a website...[more]

New Numark agreement Numark is to launch a new shareholder agreement...[more]

Numark's risk-free trial Numark is to allow its shareholders to order its top own-label products...[more]

PPA gets £236,000 from penalties Since the start of penalty charges on 1 December 2001, the Prescription Pricing Authority has recovered...[more]

Welsh NHS careers video A video promoting careers in the National Health Service...[more]

Pharmacy students admit falsifying results One in 10 pharmacy students admits to falsifying experimental results during his or her training, but does not think that this constitutes academic dishonesty. A further 50 per cent know it is dishonest but do it anyway...[more]

Nesiritide but not milrinone useful in heart failure Results from two studies this week shed new light on the treatment of acute heart failure...[more]

Statin therapy taken before cardiac interventions reduces mortality Treating cardiac patients with statins at the time they undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) reduces 30-day mortality by nearly two-thirds...[more]

Unlicensed use of growth hormone should be controlled, says DTB One-fifth of children treated with synthetic growth hormone are being given it for an unlicensed indication...[more]

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