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Nice…!

Nice…!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In August of last year, I reviewed the iphone app called MicroGuide that details the antimicrobial guideline at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. I like Apps that help me do my job on the go. It is therefore with great pleasure that I welcome […]

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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I was driving my family on Easter holiday recently and my daughter kept saying ‘Are we there yet?’. This will be familiar to anyone with young children. They say this Ad nauseam almost as if they are enjoying it! I am going to repeat […]

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How does one know?

How does one know?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The results of a recent YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society gave me a great cause for concern. The first survey was completed from 10-15 February 2012 by 7,755 UK adults and the second survey from 17-22 February by […]

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We can help…

We can help…

by Kazeem Olalekan I came across the card pictured above (like you do!) and the first line which said: ‘If you have any questions about your medicines after your hospital visit, our pharmacists are here to help’ captured my attention. All I could think of all day […]

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Medicines for Children

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. […]

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

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 […]

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Smoking kills…period!

Smoking kills…period!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Clearly do you don’t think the above statement is profound! Everyone knows by now the inherent dangers of smoking. In 2007, I posted a piece on the Iforg weblog in anticipation of the introduction of Smoke-free initiative across England. I am going to repeat […]

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Our Future…today!

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 […]

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I’m in…

I’m in…

by Kazeem Olalekan The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is navigating through a seismic wave of change with the talent of a professional surfer. The wave can be precarious but the Society is navigating through it gracefully and effortlessly – or so it seems. It is for this reason […]

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Keeping our promise…

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 […]

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Safety Update: ALTITUDE ‘unboost’

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 […]

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NHS Hampshire: Doing their bit on waste!

NHS Hampshire: Doing their bit on waste!

Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth NHS are doing their bit to raise awareness of the prescription waste issue. Only order what you need. Visit their website

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Safety Update: TEVA levothyroxine 100 microgram tablets

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 […]

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The waste thing: How can you help?

The waste thing: How can you help?

Previous post (link) highlighted the scale of the problem of medicines waste. A new website: medicinewaste.com 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 […]

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What a waste!

What a waste!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In an article for the BBC, Lin-Nam Wang of The Pharmaceutical Journal (1) talked about being asked to throw away £2,250!! (2). In this hard times?! Even in good times that would be a bloody waste in my book! The issue of medicines […]

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