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Brexit and the Falsified Medicines Directive

In order to help patients avoid being exposed to falsified medicines, the European Commission developed a series of measures to support patients in identifying licenced suppliers of pharmaceutical medicines, and suppliers to identify whether an end-user pack of medicines was genuine. The measures outlined in the Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) have been applied across the European Union (EU), with […]

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    Combating Falsified Medicines in Africa through Digital Artefacts

Combating Falsified Medicines in Africa through Digital Artefacts

Falsified medicines are again in the news, this time in a piece for the BBC News’ websites business section. In his article, Matthew Wall looks at the problem of combating falsified, counterfeit and substandard anti-malarial medicines in Africa through the use of alternative technologies for tracking the identity of the medicines’ original pack – the original pack being the […]

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    Hub and Spoke Dispensing: Privacy and Sociotechnical Rigidity

Hub and Spoke Dispensing: Privacy and Sociotechnical Rigidity

In a previous post, we noted how a hub and spoke model for community pharmacy had been promoted on the basis of a limited safety case. The hub and spoke model that was described was one in which items would be assembled at a hub site that would serve a number of dispensing sites, such as community pharmacies. Although […]

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    Hub and Spoke Dispensing: Safety and Sociotechnical Pliability

Hub and Spoke Dispensing: Safety and Sociotechnical Pliability

Over the course of the last year, the Department of Health has looked at the use of hub and spoke dispensing systems for community pharmacy in England, a technology which some view as an inevitable extension of electronic prescription transmission in primary care. In a hub and spoke system, medicines required for a primary care prescription are put together […]

Nature reviews research into cybercrime

For all the talk of hard mechanical and technical defences, all human-machine systems are reliant on their soft procedural defences to maintain safety and security. This insight has some traction amongst the safety science community and has now also taken hold in the security community as a recent review by M. Mitchell Waldrop for Nature illustrates.

Cybercrime has become a […]

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    Increasing seizures of counterfeit Viagra in the United Kingdom

Increasing seizures of counterfeit Viagra in the United Kingdom

The BBC has placed on its website a report on the rise in seizures of counterfeit versions of Pfizer’s branded version of sildenafil, Viagra. It is claimed in the report that young people, are experimenting with the drug, and that they are looking to illicit sources for the drug.

Unfortunately, the report does not go into detail about the claims […]

Accelerating access to new drugs in Japan

Writing in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Yasuhiro Fujiwara outlines developments in Japan to reduce the time required for new therapeutic drugs to gain marketing authorisation.

Fujiwara notes that Japan historically has taken longer than the United States and the European Union to give marketing approval for therapeutic drugs. Over the course of the last 20 years approval times have been […]

Crowdacure, 3D Holograms and Phantom Limb Pain

Crowdacure is an interesting new website. A crowd sourcing site for underfunded and hard to fund medical research, one of the first projects is developing a new treatment using 3D holograms to relieve phantom limb pain.

Visual effects can trick the brain into believing that the lost limb is still there, resulting in pain relief.

Economic impact of electronic prescribing in the hospital setting: A systematic review

The value that digitalization of medicines brings to hospital care is often expressed in monetary terms, as part of business cases to support implementation.

The recently published systematic review from Ahmed et al found some evidence of economic benefits from ePrescribing implementation, but paucity of good quality research in this area.

Ahmed, Z., Barber, N., Jani, Y., Garfield, S. and Franklin, […]

January 21st, 2016|Business, Value|0 Comments|

Asking (right) questions – or medicines can kill you

This week a column from the Guardian, invites doctors and professional journals to ask the right questions – questions about the evidence, and questions about what matters to patients:

Aseem Malhotra, How too much medicine can kill you, The Guardian, Sunday 1 November 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/01/drugs-pharma-doctors-patients

Here a few snippets, with links to resources:
“According to Peter Gøtzsche, professor of research design and […]