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Time flies when you’re having fun! Just one month ago, we were all together in Lisbon. And now, the newly elected team has already started working hard for the benefit of all European Pharmacy students. Some projects that are being developed or improved upon at the moment include EPSA Voyage, EPSA’s 35th Anniversary and of course, EPSA’s Summer University! Make sure to keep yourself updated with the latest news and events by checking EPSA’s home page and Blog regularly! In this month’s Information Letter, you can find some recent findings from the Pharma World, covering a range of topics, which include asthma pills and inhalers, the relation between pain killers and heart attack and promotion in the pharmaceutical industry. Finally, I would like to congratulate the newly elected EPSA team for the mandate 2011/2012!

Dear reader

Charlene Galea EPSA Publications Officer 2011/2012 E-mail: Tel : +356 79248905

Arsenic in Drinking Water
Exposure to arsenic in drinking water is associated with an increased risk of mortality from heart disease, especially among smokers. This is the finding of a prospective cohort study of 11 746 participants, which measured arsenic exposure from drinking water. The study reveals that although arsenic increases the risk of heart disease only moderately compared with other outcomes, cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, and even a moderately increased risk means very large numbers of excess cases.


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People with a history of heart attack are at increased risk of suffering another attack or dying after even a week of taking certain types of prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, including diclofenac or ibuprofen, a large new study suggests. Danish researchers analyzed nationwide records of almost 84,000 heart attack survivors and found that those who used certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for one week faced a 45 percent heightened risk of another heart attack. Read more…

After Heart Attack, Certain Painkillers May Raise Risk for Recurrence
H e a l t h
Rarely prescribed asthma pills made by drugmakers such as AstraZeneca and Merck are easier to use and just as effective as conventional inhaler treatments, according to research by British scientists. Researchers tracked 650 patients with chronic asthma for two years and found the tablets, leukotriene receptor antagonists, managed the disease as well as steroid inhalers. Read more…

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Asthma Pills As Good As Inhalers
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EU Project Spotlights Better Health For Long Living
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Medical, technological and educational advances are providing Europeans with a new boost for life. Europeans are living to just over 60 years without poor health or disabilities affecting their daily routines, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report 'Health at a Glance: Europe 2010'. The question is: can people live healthier for longer? A new EUfunded project is set to find out.

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Trends In Promotion
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European pharmaceutical promotion spend increased by 0.5 per cent in the top five developed markets of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and 2.2 per cent in the rest of Europe in the 12 months up to and including September 2010. North American promotion expenditure declined, down by 10.3 per cent, while in the rest of the world expenditure expanded by 5.6 per cent. In the top five European countries, pharmaceutical companies increased their promotional expenditure by 0.5 per cent to $18.5bn in the seven channels that Cegedim f o l l o w u s Strategic Data (CSD) monitors.

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P o l a n d A u g u s t

After the elections at 34th EPSA Annual Congress, positions in the EPSA Team 2011/2012 have remained vacant. Therefore, EPSA is now looking for suitable candidates to fill the following positions: Secretary General, Treasurer, Vice President of External Affairs, Central IMP Coordinator and Audit Committee Member. If you feel skillful and motivated enough to join us, it’s now or never, don’t miss out on your chance! Check the website ( for more details. Don’t forget that this year’s Summer University will be held in Warsaw, Poland. This time with an urban twist, we present a mixture of student life, uptown clubbing and a genuine educational opportunity that will redefine your experience with EPSA. Registrations will be open soon. Stay updated and Fly Above the Race! Read more…

EPSA Summer University


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