Health and science

WHO told to go easy on e-cigs, consider health benefits

29th May 2014 - News analysis |

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to adopt a gentle touch on regulation of e-cigarettes in a letter this week signed by more than 50 nicotine science and public health specialists, apparently hoping to head off the prospect of tobacco-style rules.

To stock or not to stock? Pharmacists uncertain on e-cigs

16th May 2014 - News analysis |

British pharmacies have yet to fully exploit the retail opportunities presented by e-cigarettes, according to a prominent market researcher, although pharmacy professionals themselves disagree vehemently over how to approach e-cigs that aren’t medically licensed.

SEC (Sociedad Española de Cardiología) (Spanish Society of Cardiology)

30th April 2014 - Resources |

The SEC does not recommend e-cigarettes as a valid way to quit conventional tobacco and would like to see emergency regulation and control implemented. Calle de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Nº 5 y 7
28028, España)
Teléfono: 91 724 23 70
Fax: 91 724 23 71 Contact via online form

EU will not publish detailed guidance on TPD e-cig rules

23rd April 2014 - News analysis |

The European Union (EU) does not plan to issue detailed guidance on how e-cigarette regulations in the recent Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) should be interpreted, according to a source close to the EU’s Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs (SANCO)

Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

Founded in 2011, SFATA serves as an educational and lobbying resource for manufacturers, wholesalers, retail sellers and distributors of personal electronic vaporising units (PEVUs) such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). It is dedicated to fostering communication, sharing reliable information and providing forums where SFATA members and state and federal agencies can engage in meaningful dialogue regarding public health, regulatory affairs and » Continue Reading.

American Pharmacists Association (ASHP)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

The ASHP is a national professional organisation whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students providing patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics.

2nd April 2014 - Resources | provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions. Topics covered include: about tobacco, health effects, quit now, and don’t start. via Department of Health and Human Services – 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201, USA

Tobacco-Free Kids

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

The mission of Tobacco-Free Kids is to work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. 1400 Eye Street., N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005, USA

American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

The AAPHP has been recognised by the American Medical Association as a medical specialty society, with formal representation in the AMA House of Delegates. AAPHP’s objectives now include advocacy on behalf of all public health physicians, whether employed in public or private settings, or academia. Current major issues include tobacco control, injury prevention, public health surveillance, disease control, correctional (prison/jail) » Continue Reading.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

The CDC′s mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201, USA

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this is the nation’s medical research agency. 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations. 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, USA

U.S. Government

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

As the U.S. government’s official Web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the Web. U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405, USA

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

ABPI represents research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small. The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements, including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK. 7th floor, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT

Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the professional body for the pharmaceutical sciences in Great Britain. The objectives of the Academy are to promote the pharmaceutical sciences in all areas of professional practice by pharmaceutical scientists, including academia, industry, regulation and commerce, and to encourage high standards of working practices within the discipline.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

NICE guidance supports healthcare professionals and others to make sure that the care they provide is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money. NICE provides independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill-health, reducing inequalities and variation. Guidance is provided for the NHS, local authorities, » Continue Reading.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

Responsible for the independent regulation of over 70,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales. 129 Lambeth Rd, London SE1 7BT, UK

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The MHRA is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. The MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which also includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department » Continue Reading.

Healthcare UK

1st April 2014 - Resources |

Healthcare UK is a joint initiative of the Department of Health (DH), UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and NHS England. It UK healthcare providers to do more business overseas, by promoting the UK healthcare sector to overseas markets and supporting healthcare partnerships between the UK and overseas healthcare providers. 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET, UK

National Health Service (NHS)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health Website. It provides a comprehensive health information service to help put service users in control of their healthcare. The Website helps make choices about health, from decisions about lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise, to finding and using NHS services in England. NHS Choices includes more than 20,000 regularly updated articles. There » Continue Reading.

Department of Health

1st April 2014 - Resources |

Ministerial department which leads, shapes and funds health and care in England. General enquiries – Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit, Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS, UK

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The FIP is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). PO Box 84200, 2508 AE The Hague, The Netherlands

European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The EIPG is a European association representing the national, professional organisations of pharmacists employed in the pharmaceutical or allied industries of the member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or European countries having a mutual recognition agreement with the European Union on compliance control of regulated medicines. Over the years, it has progressed in its activities in » Continue Reading.

Pharmacy Group of the European Union (PGEU)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The mission of the PGEU is to promote and develop cooperation in community pharmacy among the European nations; to advocate for the contribution community pharmacists make to health systems and to public health through the provision of health services and the promotion of the rational and appropriate use of medicines; and to ensure the vision of community pharmacy is reflected » Continue Reading.

The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

Also known as the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes, this is a non-governmental organisation representing national associations of medical specialists in the European Union and in associated countries.

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

EPHA is a member-led organisation, made up of public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals, and disease groups working together to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe. EPHA is a member of, among others, the Social Platform, the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), and the EU Civil » Continue Reading.

The European Smokeless Tobacco Council (ESTOC)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

ESTOC represents the interests of smokeless tobacco manufacturers and distributors as well as tobacco trade associations. It monitors all issues related to smokeless tobacco, including the latest scientific developments at a European and global level. ESTOC’s objective is to enable smokeless tobacco products to comply with their regulatory framework in Europe and in other parts of the world. Rue du » Continue Reading.

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

Made up of more than 350 organisations from over 100 countries, the FCA works on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Rue de la Fontaine 2, Case Postale 3484, CH-1211 Geneva 3 (Switzerland)

World Medical Association (WMA)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

Promoting the highest possible standards of medical ethics, the WMA provides ethical guidance to physicians through its Declarations, Resolutions and Statements. 13, ch. du Levant, CIB – Bâtiment A, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France

World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) brings together the global organisations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians. WHPA works to improve global health and the quality of patient care, and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders. Dr. Julia Seyer, BP 63, 01210 Ferney Voltaire, France

World Health Organization (WHO)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The WHO is the directing and co-ordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends. World Health Organization, Avenue Appia 20, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association (CPA)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The purposes of the Association are to promote and disseminate the pharmaceutical sciences throughout the Commonwealth and to improve the quality and range of services offered there by professional pharmacists. CPA Secretariat, 1 Lambeth High Street,
London SE1 7JN
United Kingdom    

Instituto Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria (INGESA) (National Institute of Health Management)

1st April 2014 - Resources |

The Spanish National Health System – Management of these services has been progressively transferred to the distinct autonomous communities of Spain, while some continue to be operated by the National Institute of Health Management (Instituto Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria, INGESA), part of the Ministry of Health and Social Policy (which superseded the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs—Ministerio de Sanidad » Continue Reading.

Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) (High Authority on Health)

31st March 2014 - Resources |

The HAS is an independent public authority which contributes to the regulation of the health care system by the quality. It carries out its duties in the field assessment of health products, professional practices, the organisation of care and public health. 2, avenue du Stade de France, 93218 Saint-Denis La Plaine Cedex Personal contacts via online form