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Reclassification Guidance

Posted: Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The MHRA has published guidance to streamline the reclassification of: (i) prescription only medicines to pharmacy medicines; and (ii) pharmacy medicines to medicines on the general sales list, entitled "How to change the legal classification of a medicine in the UK". The guidance provides a helpful summary as to the procedure involved when reclassifying a medicine and how the MHRA processes such applications. For interest, please click here for a list of recently reclassified medicines. 

The MHRA press release can be found here and the MHRA’s guidance is located here.

The GPhC’s Rolling Corporate Plan to get underway

Posted: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The GPhC will be reviewing the current CPD model, this being one of the objectives detailed in its rolling corporate plan for the period between April 2013 and March 2016. The key objectives detailed in this rolling corporate plan include the following strategies, namely to: (i) deliver core regulatory services in a way that is fit for current and future purposes; (ii) strengthen its capacity to measure and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its operational performance; (iii) communicate and engage effectively with key stakeholders; (iv) anticipate and respond to developments in pharmacy and healthcare; and (v) ensure that it has the right people in place, with the right culture and organisational policies and procedures. As part of the first strategy, the GPhC will consider whether CPD records will continue to be called up by the GPhC. The GPhC will consider the outcomes of calling up CPD records and also the efficiency and effectiveness of the same. Duncan Rudkin has considered whether a sample of CPD records could just be requested instead. It is expected that the GPhC will develop its recommendations by the end of 2013. Duncan Rudkin has stated that this review will bring about significant changes in relation to the manner in which pharmacies and pharmacy professionals are regulated going forwards.

“All Trials” campaign

Posted: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The "All Trials" campaign, a public petition promoting the publication of all clinical trial results, has been receiving increasing support, with GSK being one of the latest major supporters. For a comprehensive list of the supporters to date, please click here. As detailed on the “All trials” campaign website, the campaign is an initiative of Sense About Science, Bad Science, the BMJ, the James Lind Initiative, the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, as well as others from research, patient groups and medicine. The driver for the campaign stems from the fact that “around half of all clinical trials have not been published; some trials have not even been registered”. The petition goes on to say that “if action is not taken urgently, information on what was done and what was found in trials could be lost forever, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated unnecessarily”.

Your chance to judge a student essay

Posted: Monday, February 18th, 2013

Cathal Gallagher, a PLEA member and academic at the University of Hertfordshire, is asking for volunteers to help judge the entries for the 2012/13 PLEA student essay award. He has reduced entries to a short list of 20 and needs PLEA members who are willing to judge up to three essays each.They are typically around 1-2,000 words and are all pretty good. They are anonymised and come with a clear marking grid. All each judge will have to do is give a mark and rank their essays from 1 to 3. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage students in law and ethics, as well as raising the profile of PLEA. The essays will be available from week beginning 25th February with three weeks for marking.

Could this be you? If so, email Cathal direct on straightaway!

NHS Procurement Regulations laid

Posted: Friday, February 15th, 2013

The NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations have been laid and come into force on 1st April 2013. They are intended to ensure that Commissioner's decisions on buying clinical services are transparent and fair. Explanatory notes to the Regulations have also been published.

Academic meeting -date change

Posted: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Due to a date clash, our academic seminar is now on Tuesday 2nd July at the University of Nottingham, not the 3rd July. We aim to cover the GPhC requirements regarding the Code of Conduct for students and School of Pharmacy Fitness to Practise procedures.

10th ed Dale and Appelbe due end May 2013

Posted: Sunday, January 6th, 2013

The 10th edition of Dale and Appelbe is due to be published at the end of May 2013. To reflect the revised content, it will be called Pharmacy and Medicines Law. It will be published by Pharmaceutical Press, London.

PLEA members on GPhC accreditation panels

Posted: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The GPhC has recently recruited new members to their accreditation panels and we are delighted to see two PLEA members, Sandra Hall and Karen Pitchford, amongst their number. Two other PLEA members, Angela Alexander and Gillian Hawksworth, are already on these accreditation panels. An appreciation of administrative law and judicial process is needed for these important roles and membership of PLEA could provide a forum for questions and debate. 

Mostly for PLEA academic members

Posted: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

PLEA has been invited to hold a study day on the pharmacy student code of conduct and fitness to practise procedures that must now operate in all Schools of Pharmacy. The date will be Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at the University of Nottingham. Further details will follow but for now put the date in your diary, tell your colleagues and invite them to join PLEA!

Pharmacy law/ethics PhD studentship now available

Posted: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

PLEA members may wish to know:

MPhil/PhD Studentship in Pharmacy Law/Ethics (for February 2013 entry)

Department of Pharmacy
University of Hertfordshire
Applications are invited from candidates with a good first degree in law, philosophy & ethics, pharmacy, social sciences or other relevant disciplines to join a research project investigating moral distress in pharmacists.
The successful candidate will be eligible for a research studentship award from the university (approx. £13,590 per annum tax-free bursary, plus the payment of the standard UK student fees). Applicants from outside the UK/EU are ineligible for the studentship.
Research in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by the latest Research Assessment Exercise, with 35% of the research submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The department provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, just north of London.
Further information and an application form can be obtained from Dr Cathal Gallagher, Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, Tel: 01707 285075, email:

Interviews are expected to be held during January 2013, with the successful candidate beginning as soon as possible thereafter.

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