Drug driving arrests soar to nearly 8,000 in England and Wales – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news, statistics by sally

‘As part of new legislation, police in England and Wales can use road-side tests to determine drug levels in dangerous drivers.’

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The Independent, 1st June 2016

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NHS England cites legal advice in declining to commission HIV treatment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in health, HIV, local government, medicines, news by sally

‘The Specialised Services Commissioning Committee of NHS England has accepted external legal advice and concluded that it does not have the legal power to commission the new HIV treatment, PrEP.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st June 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Ministry of Defence faces legal claims over malaria drug – BBC News

‘A group of military personnel are seeking damages from the Ministry of Defence over an anti-malarial drug they say has caused mental health problems.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

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Judge overturns ‘absurd’ NHS decision not to treat narcoleptic 17-year-old – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 5th, 2016 in health, medical treatment, medicines, news, young persons by tracey

‘NHS England has been ordered by the High Court to treat a teenager with a severe neurological condition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2016

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Ten new laws that come into force in April 2016 – and how they affect you – The Independent

‘April 2016 is a month of big changes for people living and working in the UK. A number of new laws and policies are coming into force, affecting just about everyone from public sector workers to dog owners. Here’s what the new laws could mean for you.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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‘Biggest crackdown’ on rogue pharmacists – BBC News

‘Nine pharmacists who sold drugs illegally have been banned from practice, after a BBC investigation led to the “biggest crackdown” in UK pharmaceutical history.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2016

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Woman awarded £27,000 after being given Caesarean without enough pain relief – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2016 in birth, compensation, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘A woman has been awarded £27,000 after a hospital began a Caesarean without giving her adequate pain relief.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2016

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Regina (Roche Registration Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health – WLR Daily

Posted January 21st, 2016 in appeals, EC law, health, law reports, licensing, medicines, regulations by sally

Regina (Roche Registration Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health [2015] EWCA Civ 1311; [2015] WLR (D) 543

‘In accordance with its general obligation of co-operation pursuant to article 111 of Council Directive 2001/83/EC, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency was lawfully entitled and obliged to supply the European Medicines Agency, pursuant to formal requests under article 8 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 658/2007, with information it had obtained from a marketing authorisation holder.’

WLR Daily, 21st December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Thalidomide 50 years on: ‘Justice has never been done and it burns away’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 7th, 2016 in compensation, health, media, medicines, news, reporting restrictions, victims by sally

‘It has been more than half a century since the thalidomide scandal, but Martin Fletcher finds that the victims’ fight for compensation is far from over.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2016

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British American Tobacco e-cigarette wins UK medicine licence – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2016 in health, licensing, medicines, news, smoking by sally

‘Britain’s drug regulators have given the go-ahead for a British American Tobacco (BAT) e-cigarette to be sold as a medicine for quitting smoking, the first such product to be given a drug licence in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2016

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The Importance of Keeping Promises: Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Sandoz GmbH and Others – NIPC Law

Posted December 15th, 2015 in appeals, medicines, news, patents, restraining orders by sally

‘In Swiss Style Claims: Warner-Lambert Companv Actavis 25 Jan 2015 I explained that Warner-Lambert LLC had a patent for a drug called pregabalin for treating epilepsy and GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). That patent expired in 2013 although the monopoly was extended for a short time by a supplementary protection certificate which has now lapsed. Warner-Lambert discovered a new use for pregabalin in the treatment of neuropathic pain for which it was granted a new patent. Actavis sought the revocation of the new patent on grounds of obviousness and insufficiency and applied for permission to market pregabalin for the treatment of epilepsy and GAD. The case that I discussed in my case note was an unsuccessful attempt by Warner-Lambert to impose conditions on the sale of pregabilin in the UK (see Warner -Lambert Company, LLC v Actavis Group Ptc EHF and others [2015] EWHC 72 (Pat)).’

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NIPC Law, 9th December 2015

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Nurofen makers under investigation after court rules on misleading adverts – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog is investigating claims made by the makers of Nurofen after an Australian court ordered the company to step selling several versions of the popular painkiller.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2015

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Parents’ wish to treat child’s cancer with Chinese medicine overruled by Family Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘JM (a child), Re [2015] EWHC 2832 (Fam), 7 October 2015. Mostyn J, ruling in the Family Division that a child should receive surgical treatment for bone cancer against the wishes of his parents, has referred to Ian McEwan’s “excellent” novel The Children Act (Jonathan Cape 2014), which is about a 17 year old Jehovah’s Witness refusing a blood transfusion. The judge noted however that the book was in fact “incorrectly titled.” ‘

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th October 2015

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Ex-UN consultants jailed for bribes over drugs supplied to ‘starving Africans’ – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2015 in bribery, contracts, corruption, medicines, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Two former UN consultants have been jailed by a UK court for receiving bribes to rig contracts worth £66m to supply life-saving drugs to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Guido Bakker, 41, and Sijbrandus Scheffer, 63, took payments totalling £650,000 from a Danish pharmaceutical company called Missionpharma in return for helping them win lucrative contracts.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2015

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The Pregabalin Trial: Generics (UK) Ltd v Warner-Lambert Company LLC – NIPC Law

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in injunctions, medicines, news, patents by sally

‘According to drugs.com, pregabalin is an anti-epileptic drug which works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. A European patent for the drug was granted to Warner-Lambert Co, LLC (“Warner-Lambert”)(now a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.) under EP number 0 641 330. That patent expired on 17 May 2013 but was extended by a supplementary protection certificate (“SPC”) until 17 May 2018. That SPC was allowed to lapse on 14 Oct 2013 and Warner-Lambert’s data exclusivity in respect of the data used to obtain the marketing authorisation for prehabalin expired on 8 July 2014. Since then anybody has been free to make, import or sell pregabalin for treating epilepsy and generalized anxiety disorder in the United Kingdom and several companies including some of the parties to these proceedings have done just that.’

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NIPC Law, 18th September 2015

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Drug promotions and endorsements on social media – the Kim Kardashian case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 17th, 2015 in advertising, internet, medicines, news by sally

‘FOCUS: The recent rebuke handed to a drugs manufacturer by a US regulator over the endorsement of its product by celebrity Kim Kardashian highlights differences in the way the direct marketing of prescription medicines is regulated in the US and UK.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2015

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Legal highs a factor in prison deaths, says ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2015 in drug abuse, medicines, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Legal highs are suspected to have been a factor in 19 self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales over the past two and a half years, an official investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Salt in the wound. How precise words in patent claims can be misleading – Technology Law Update

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in medicines, news, patents by tracey

‘Patents are powerful tools, but they only bite on the materials or methods described in their claims. Or do they? Two recent appeal decisions show that the monopoly owned by a patent-holder can spill out over the edges of the claims, making life uncertain for those trying to steer a way around them.’

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Technology Law Update, 3rd July 2015

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Amanda Young not guilty of Joshua Gafney manslaughter – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2015 in homicide, medicines, mental health, negligence, news, nurses by sally

‘A nurse who gave a patient a lethal overdose of a prescription drug has been found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2015

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Thalidomide survivors seek ‘justice’ with Plaid Euro MP – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in birth, compensation, disabled persons, health, medicines, news by sally

‘Welsh people left disabled by the thalidomide drug scandal are being backed in their fight for compensation by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans.’

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BBC News, 31st May 2015

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