Monday, March 30, 2009

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists in Second Life

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists -EAHP- has "Offices" in the virtual world of Second Life. Architecture and designer is our colleague "Daneel Ariantho".

You can see the machinima he produced for demonstrate the new possibilities of the brand new "Offices". The "avatar actors" are Mr "Daneel Ariantho" and Mrs "Seamless Karu" ;)

The place for the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists on Jokaydian Islands can be visited at

The Presentation of the exhibition is here:

The Abstract is here:

Keep on the good work Mr "Daneel Ariantho"


Highlights from the 14th Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists in Barcelona, Spain

The 14th Paneuropean Congress of European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, organised in Barcelona 25-27 March 2009, was completed with a great success.

Here you can find some photographic snapshots from the congress (you can click onto photos to see in big size).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) Pharmacy domain is created

IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information.

IHE promotes the coordinates use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical need in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively.

Simon Lettelier describes the details of the new domain in his post.

IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) Pharmacy domain is created.

This new domain (as others IHE domains) is global.

We are searching sponsors at a worldwide level.

So, feel free to contact the IHE Pharmacy secretary ( simon [.] letellier {@} phast [.] fr ).

Please feel free too to repost, or to forward as email, this information to any organization of interest.

Details below in the IHE Pharmacy - outreach letter :

Dear All,

The pharmacy ecosystem increasingly becomes complex and requires a good interoperability among the participating systems. As a result, IHE International recently created a new global IHE Pharmacy domain with the goal to address the interoperability needs of information sharing systems and workflow systems for community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists. A description of the most important Use Cases can be found in the Pharmacy White Paper (PDF), prepared by IHE Europe.

The initial sponsors of IHE Pharmacy (EAHP, NICTIZ, Phast, GMSIh) have an European scope. In order to reflect the global nature of IHE Pharmacy, we want to outreach our membership and sponsorship to other regions and stakeholders.

According to the IHE Governance document ( here), a domain sponsor provides financial and other resources to support the activities in its domain (e.g. hosting meetings, serving as secretariat).

Hence, if your organization is interested to sponsor or participate in the new IHE Pharmacy domain, please contact the IHE Pharmacy secretary Simon Letellier ( simon [.] letellier {@} phast [.] fr ), by preference before end March 2009. Please feel free to forward this email to any organization of interest.

The creation of a new IHE domain always is an exciting experience and we hope that you want to participate in this challenging effort to improve the interoperability in the pharmacy domain.

We are available to handle further questions and look forward to hear from you.

Kind regards

Geert Claeys
On behalf of IHE Pharmacy Domain Sponsors


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Concerns expressed over Spice in European countries

At the end of 2008, concern was expressed in some European countries in relation to ‘Spice’, a herbal mixture monitored since early last year by the EMCDDA’s early-warning system (EWS) on new psychoactive substances. Spice refers to a blend of plant or herbal ingredients, including Indian Warrior and Lion's Tail (1).

A number of Spice products can be bought on the Internet, as well as in head shops and smart shops in some Member States, and are sometimes sold as a mix of air-freshening herbs. A 2008 EMCDDA study into ‘legal highs’ sold via the web, found that Spice was frequently offered as a smoking blend (i.e. 37 % online shops investigated) (2). Different blends and flavours are marketed under a variety of names including: Spice silver, Spice gold, Spice diamond, Spice tropical synergy and Spice Yucatan fire.

Some users have reported that, when smoked, Spice products can have similar effects to those produced by cannabis. This may be due to the fact that a new psychoactive substance, JWH-018 (Naphthalen-1-yl-(1-pentylindol-3-yl) methanon) (3) — a synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist —has been identified in Germany and Austria in at least three Spice products (gold, silver and diamond). It is currently unclear whether JWH-018 is present in all Spice products or merely in some types or batches. It is also possible that other natural or synthetic psychoactive substances are being surreptitiously added to Spice products.

Responding to potential health concerns, Germany and Austria have taken legal action in recent weeks to ban or otherwise control Spice products. In Austria, a directive under the Medicines Act of 7 January 2009 declares that ‘smoking mixes containing JWH-018’ are Towards the better treatment of addiction.

Ongoing research can make a valuable prohibited from being imported or marketed in the country. And the Austrian authorities continue to review whether control is required under its Narcotic Drugs Law. In Germany, following rapid control under the national Pharmaceutical Law in 2008, an emergency regulation (in effect from 22 January), brought five cannabinoids found in Spice mixes under the Narcotic Drugs Law (one of which is JWH018).

Jennifer Hillebrand, Brendan Hughes and Roumen Sedefov

(1) Others include: Baybean, Blue Lotus, Dwarf Scullcap, Honey, Lousewort, Maconha Brava, Marsh mallow, Pink Lotus, Red Clover, Rose, Siberian Motherwort and Vanilla.
(2) Hillebrand, J., Olszewski, D., Sedefov, R. (in press) Substance Use and Misuse, Vol 45.
(3) Another chemical name is (1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole).