Herbal therapists face regulation crackdown – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2010 in complementary medicine, medicines, news by sally

“The government has announced plans to force all providers of unlicensed herbal medicines to register with a regulator.”

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BBC News, 1st April 2010

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New code allows religious pharmacists to opt out of prescribing contraception – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2010 in contraception, medicines, news, pharmacists by sally

“The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the new industry regulator, has clarified guidelines in the revised code, which states that staff can opt out of handing out the pill or the morning after pill.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2010

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Reckitt could face £775m fine over Gaviscon ‘abuse of position’ – The Times

Posted February 24th, 2010 in fines, medicines, news by sally

“The maker of Gaviscon indigestion medicine is alleged to have removed one version of the drug from NHS lists to encourage doctors to prescribe a more expensive variety. The Office of Fair Trading said yesterday that Reckitt Benckiser had abused its bestselling position in the market for supplying heartburn medicines to the NHS.”

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The Times, 24th February 2010

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Advert for pills that guaranteed ‘sex life of you dreams’ is banned – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2010 in advertising, medicines, news by sally

“An advertisement for tablets that guaranteed ‘the sex life of your dreams’  has been banned after a man complained that it didn’t work and demanded his money back.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2010

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R v Hussain (Shabbir) – WLR Daily

Posted February 4th, 2010 in appeals, drug offences, law reports, medicines by sally

R v Hussain (Shabbir) [2010] WLR (D) 22

“A possessor of drugs did not commit an offence contrary to ss 4(1) and 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 if he intended to supply the drugs outside the jurisdiction.”

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Rights for NHS patients now law – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2010 in hospitals, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

“Rights for NHS patients to be treated with dignity and respect are now enshrined in law for the first time, ministers have announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2010

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Two and a half years on and still no verdict on MMR scare – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2010 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, medicines, news, professional conduct by sally

“The GMC’s case against Andrew Wakefield has cost over £1m – so far. Jeremy Laurance, health editor, reports.”

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The Independent, 16th January 2010

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Apology for thalidomide survivors – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2010 in compensation, medicines, news by sally

“The government will apologise later to the victims of the thalidomide scandal after agreeing a £20m support package.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2010

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Government to pay £20m and apologise to victims of thalidomide – The Times

Posted December 21st, 2009 in birth, compensation, medicines, news, personal injuries by sally

“The Government is set to pay millions of pounds to thalidomide victims and to apologise for their suffering.”

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TheTimes, 21st December 2009

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Regina (Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – WLR Daily

Posted November 10th, 2009 in EC law, law reports, medicines by sally

Regina (Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence [2009] EWHC 2722 (Admin); [2009] WLR (D) 318

“Art 6 of Council Directive 89/105/EEC relating to the transparency of measures regulating the pricing of medicinal products for human use and their inclusion in the scope of national health insurance systems (OJ L40) (‘the Transparency Directive’) was engaged where the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (‘NICE’) published guidance making a recommendation in respect of a health care intervention for treatment of patients after making a single technology appraisal pursuant to para 2(1)(a) of the Directions and Consolidating Directions to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2005, issued by the Secretary of State pursuant to s 7 of the National Health Service Act 2006. Where the negative criteria for a single technology appraisal leading to the publication of guidance were the antithesis of the positive criteria it was incumbent upon the United Kingdom to communicate those criteria to the Commission of the European Communities pursuant to art 6 of the Transparency Directive. NICE was under a duty to act fairly in carrying out single technology appraisals.”

WLR Daily, 9th November 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Thalidomide victims still fighting for justice 35 years on – The Independent

Posted October 9th, 2009 in birth, compensation, medicines, news, personal injuries by sally

“Britain’s most revered newspaper editor returned to the scene of his greatest triumph yesterday, joining thalidomide survivors to demand that the Government acknowledge its role in the world’s worst drug disaster.”

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The Independent, 9th October 2009

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Judge bans paedophile who abused girl, 11, from taking Viagra on NHS – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 24th, 2009 in child abuse, medicines, news, sexual offences by sally

“A judge has banned a convicted paedophile, Roger Martin, from taking Viagra after it emerged he was being prescribed the libido-enhancing drug on the NHS.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th August 2009

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Pharmacists attack ‘unfair law’ – BBC News

Posted June 17th, 2009 in medicines, news, pharmacists by sally

“Pharmacists are calling for a change in the law, which criminalises them for dispensing the wrong drug.”

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BBC News, 16th June 2009

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NHS watchdog’s restriction of osteoporosis drug ‘unlawful’ – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2009 in medicines, news by sally

“The NHS’s spending watchdog acted unlawfully when it decided to restrict access to drugs that could help thousands of older women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, the high court ruled today.”

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The Guardian, 19th February 2009

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Pensioner wins £28,000 payout after being left ill by drugs trial – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2009 in compensation, medicines, news, personal injuries by sally

“A pensioner has won an £28,000 payout from a pharmaceutical company after being left seriously ill during a drugs trial.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2009

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Drug companies celebrate collapse of price-fixing case – The Times

Posted December 4th, 2008 in medicines, news, price fixing by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office suffered a huge defeat yesterday with the collapse of its £25 million, six-year investigation into alleged price fixing among drug manufacturers.”

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The Times, 4th December 2008

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GP acquitted over allergy death – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2008 in doctors, homicide, medicines, negligence, news by sally

“A former Devon GP charged with killing an elderly patient by prescribing the wrong medication has been acquitted.”

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BBC News, 27th November 2008

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George Osborne’s psychiatrist brother banned over drug allegations – The Times

Posted November 28th, 2008 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, medicines, news by sally

“The younger brother of George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, has been suspended from working as a junior psychiatrist, four months after he resigned over allegations that he prescribed tranquillisers for friends.”

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The Times, 28th November 2008

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Regina v Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust – Times Law Reports

Posted October 10th, 2008 in fines, hospitals, law reports, medicines, public interest by sally

Regina v Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust

Court of Appeal

“It was against the public interest to punish by a large fine a not-for-profit organisation, carrying out work for the public benefit, where a failing occurred without fault on the part of that body, but through an act or default of an employee, to whom the task was properly delegated and who was properly trained.”

The Times, 10th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Patient to sue NHS over top-up drug – The Times

Posted September 29th, 2008 in medicines, news by sally

“A woman cancer patient is taking a landmark legal action against the National Health Service for withdrawing treatment because she has chosen to pay for a drug that the NHS does not fund.”

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The Times, 28th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk