Medicines for Children

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS If asked to describe one of my passions, it will have to be looking after children’s welfare. I am also passionate about pharmacy and quite keen to promote professional joint working and put the care user at the centre of everything we do. I am happy to announce the launch of […]

Class 1 Drug Alert Co-codamol by Wockhardt UK Ltd Batch: LL11701

A class 1 drug alert (FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION) was posted on the MHRA website last week for Co-codamol 8/500 (codeine phosphate 8mg, paracetamol 500mg) containing rogue Co-codamol 30/500 tablets! The brand affected was manufactured by Wockhardt UK Ltd. Batch No: LL11701.   Excerpts from the MHRA website below: Visit the MHRA website for more information

Our Future…today!

by Kazeem Olalekan I was at the Wessex Pharmacy Forum Conference organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society late last year (link). It was aptly title the: ‘Indispensables!’. The conference was well attended but I was particularly enthused by the attendance of Pre-registration students. These are our future…pharmacy’s future and this post is mainly to celebrate […]

Keeping our promise…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Following on from a previous article on the NHS, I promised to try and get an interview with Dr Mark Tomlin. Well I have kept my promise. Today we publish the full interview. Dr Tomlin talk on a range of issues. He talks about what he does in his role as […]

Safety Update: ALTITUDE ‘unboost’

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Early result from the ALiskiren Trial In Type 2 diabetes Using cardiovascular and renal Disease Endpoints (ALTITUDE) study has shown that: study patients were unlikely to benefit from aliskiren; and an increased incidence of non-fatal strokes, renal complications (including acute renal failure), hyperkalaemia and hypotension in patients randomised to the aliskiren […]

Safety Update: TEVA levothyroxine 100 microgram tablets

by Kazeem Olalekan A safety alert has come to our attention via the MHRA: Following a review by the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM), the marketing authorisation (licence) for levothyroxine 100 microgram tablets manufactured by Teva has been suspended. Teva levothyroxine 100 microgram tablets will cease to be available in the UK within the next […]

The waste thing: How can you help?

Previous post (link) highlighted the scale of the problem of medicines waste. A new website: has been launched and it details what you can do to help reduce the number of wasted medicines in the NHS. Some great tips include: Let your GP or Pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines […]