Archive for the 'medicines' Category

Teenager uses Human Rights Act to sue health authority over vital growth drugs – The Guardian

“A 15-year-old boy who suffers from a rare medical condition that means he cannot eat protein is to make legal history by becoming the first child to sue his local health authority under the Human Rights Act.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Herbal medicine to be regulated, says Andrew Lansley – Daily Telegraph

“The EU directive, due to take full effect in April, makes it illegal for practitioners to supply unlicensed herbal medicines. But Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said in a written ministerial statement that they would be allowed to continue if they registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Epilim compensation case joins a dismal roll call – The Guardian

“A case by 100 families against a drug company collapsed when legal aid dried up. As the cuts bite, expect more such failures.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

End to epilepsy drug action delayed – The Independent

“A move to discontinue legal action brought by families who blame an epilepsy drug for causing defects in their children suffered a delay today (28 January).”

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The Independent, 28th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal aid cuts ‘deprive drug claimants of day in court’ – BBC News

“Legal aid cuts will make it impossible to challenge pharmaceutical companies in the courts, the BBC has been told.”

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BBC News, 18th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Herbal remedies face licence rule – BBC News

“Hundreds of traditional and imported remedies on the shelves of health food shops and herbalists are set to be banned under new licensing rules.”

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BBC News, 15th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Death row drug faces restrictions from UK – BBC News

“Business Secretary Vince Cable has restricted the export of a drug used to execute prisoners in the United States.”

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BBC News, 29th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Epilim case shows the flaws in the legal aid regime – The Guardian

“Families who claim the epilepsy drug was linked to birth defects have few options left after the LSC withdrew funding.”

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The Guardian, 29th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug companies ‘exploit legal loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

“Senior doctors have written to David Cameron calling for action over a legal loophole that enables drug companies to set ‘exorbitant prices’ for drugs to treat rare diseases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Epilim test case: Menzies Campbell accuses Legal Services Commission – The Guardian

“The government’s legal aid body was today accused of acting as ‘judge and jury’ by withdrawing state funding from a test case by families of disabled children against a pharmaceutical company.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal bid to stop export of ‘execution drug’ – The Independent

“Campaigners launched legal action today in an attempt to ban the export from Britain of an anaesthetic used to execute prisoners in the United States.”

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The Independent, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Reckitt Benckiser fined £10.2m by OFT – The Guardian

“Drug company stopped NHS doctors prescribing cheaper alternatives to its heartburn medicine Gaviscon.”

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The Guardian, 15th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MMR campaigner from Warrington wins £90,000 payout – BBC News

“The mother of a Cheshire teenager who was left severely brain damaged by the MMR vaccine has won a compensation award from the government.”

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BBC News, 29th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge criticises council for trying to force contraception on woman – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised a council for trying to have contraception forced upon a woman with a low IQ, warning that the move had ‘shades of social engineering’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

NHS Somerset to hold inquiry into killer care home boss – BBC News

“An NHS inquiry is to be held into how a former care home manager in Somerset was able to siphon off prescription drugs from the elderly people she nursed, the BBC can reveal.”

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BBC News, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Foreign doctors responsible for overdoses: NHS watchdog – Daily Telegraph

“An investigation into the Dr Daniel Ubani case, where the German locum doctor killed pensioner David Gray by giving him ten times the normal dose of painkillers, has uncovered wider failings by foreign doctors. The Care Quality Commission, which regulates health and social care, found that on at least two other occasions German doctors flying in to work for the same out of hours company as Dr Ubani administered overdoses of the same painkiller, diamorphine.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Lee – WLR Daily

Regina v Lee [2010] EWCA Crim 1404; [2010] WLR (D) 160

“The offence under s 85(5)(b) of the Medicines Act 1968 of selling or supplying a medicinal product which was misleadingly labelled or marked in respect of the nature or quality of the product, where such sale or supply was done by a person ‘in the course of a business carried on by him’, could not be committed by a person who was merely employed or engaged by the business which carried out the sale or supply, but was committed by the employer, namely the person or body carrying on the business.”

WLR Daily, 25th June 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.

CPS publishes guidance on prosecuting Medicines Act offences where a dispensing error has occurred – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has today published Legal Guidance to Crown Prosecutors on the prosecution of offences in the Medicines Act 1968, including where there has been a dispensing error by a pharmacist. This Legal Guidance has been agreed in consultation with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health (DH).”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 21st June 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Hospital fined £100,000 after wrong drug killed new mother – The Guardian

“A hospital trust has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a new mother ‘needlessly’ died when an epidural anaesthetic was mistakenly fed into her veins.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Struck-off doctor jailed for selling slimming pills – The Independent

“A struck-off doctor was jailed for selling slimming pills to patients across the country, police said. Sudesh Madan, 57, of Homeway, Romford, Essex, was given an 18-month prison sentence at St Albans Crown Court yesterday after previously admitting four counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and four counts of supplying a controlled drug. She also asked for eight other offences to be taken into consideration. ”

Full story

The Independent, 12th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Private Powys GP banned from prescribing drugs by GMC – BBC News

“A doctor has been banned from prescribing drugs and told to take down part of her website after appearing before the General Medical Council.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for poison of baby son with painkillers – BBC News

“A man has been jailed for a minimum of 10 years for trying to kill his weeks-old baby son by smothering him and poisoning him with painkillers.”

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BBC News, 16th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Herbal therapists face regulation crackdown – BBC News

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

“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.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R v Hussain (Shabbir) – WLR Daily

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

“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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Apology for thalidomide survivors – BBC News

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

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

“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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pharmacists attack ‘unfair law’ – BBC News

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

GP acquitted over allergy death – BBC News

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

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

“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

Paedophilia blamed on teacher’s medication – The Independent

“A former headmaster who amassed thousands of indecent images of children on his computer walked free from court yesterday, after a judge ruled that the drug he had been taking to treat his Parkinson’s disease was responsible for his crime.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina (M) v Slough Borough Council – Times Law Reports

Regina (M) v Slough Borough Council

House of Lords

“A person’s need for a refrigerator in which to keep his medication was not sufficient to entitle him to residential accommodation.”

The Times, 5th September 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.

R (M) v Slough Borough Council – WLR Daily

R (M) v Slough Borough Council [2008] UKHL 52; [2008] WLR (D) 292

“A person’s need for a refrigerator in which to keep medication did not amount to ‘need of care and attention’ within s 21(1)(a) of the National Assistance Act 1948 (as amended) so as to entitle him to residential accommodation.”

WLR Daily, 12th August 2008

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.

Pensioners win sight drug battle – BBC News

“Three pensioners have won their High Court battle to receive a ‘sight-saving’ drug – paving the way for others to be given it too.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Serious Fraud Office drug case thrown out of court – The Guardian

“The biggest case ever to be brought by the Serious Fraud Office, involving an alleged price-fixing conspiracy said to have defrauded the NHS of millions of pounds, has been thrown out of court after more than six years of investigation and pre-trial hearings.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sight-drug battle in High Court – BBC News

“Three patients are taking their NHS trust to the High Court to try to force it to pay for a ‘sight-saving’ drug.”

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BBC News, 10th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Medical research is ‘hindered by out-of-date laws’ – The Times

“Research into new medicines is being impaired by intellectual property laws that are no longer suited to modern science, two Nobel laureates declare today in a letter to The Times.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regina (Eisai Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – Times Law Reports

Regina (Eisai Ltd) v National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Court of Appeal

“Procedural fairness required the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to release a fully executable version of an economic model to those consulted in the course of an appraisal process and not simply a read-only version. To do otherwise would place drug companies at a significant disadvantage in challenging the reliability of those models.”

The Times, 7th May 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.

Thalidomide compensation demanded – BBC News

“Dozens of people born with deformities due to the drug thalidomide have demanded compensation from the company that invented the drug 50 years ago.”

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BBC News, 18th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Victim Ryan Wilson in ‘Elephant man’ drug trial to get £2m – The Times

“A victim of the ‘elephant man’ drug trial is set to receive more than £2 million for his horrific injuries, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Times, 16th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ruling ‘denies treatment to 100,000 Alzheimer’s patients’ – Daily Telegraph

“Almost 100,000 Alzheimer’s patients face being denied NHS treatment which could delay the onset of their disease, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Thalidomide victims launch battle for more compensation – The Guardian

“Fifty years since the introduction of thalidomide, sold as a ‘safe’ cure for morning sickness in pregnancy, its seriously disabled victims yesterday launched a campaign for greater compensation from the German manufacturer outside the German embassy in London.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Doctors for Reform fight NHS order to halt cancer care – The Times

“A group representing nearly 1,000 doctors is preparing to mount a legal action against the health service to stop care being withdrawn from patients who want to pay for their own cancer medicines.”

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The Times, 30th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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