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2008-07-26 18:00:17

A GP who gave sleeping pills to an elderly patient so she could commit suicide said yesterday he "regretted the circumstances" which resulted in his censure by the General Medical Council. Dr Iain Kerr, 61, was suspended from practising medicine for six months for prescribing sodiumamytal to a retired businesswoman after she told him she had considered suicide. John Donnelly, chairman of the GMC Fitness to Practise Panel, told the doctor he had allowed his views on physician-assisted...

2008-07-25 18:00:57

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Corporation of North America today announced that it has received a not approvable letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which outlines a pathway to potential approval of fospropofol disodium for use by appropriately trained physicians. Fospropofol disodium injection has been in review at the FDA for use as an intravenous sedative-hypnotic agent for sedation in adult patients undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic...

2008-07-25 12:00:27

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP who gave sleeping pills to an elderly patient so she could end her life was suspended for six months and may not return to his job. Dr Iain Kerr, from Glasgow, was yesterday told his registration to practise medicine would be temporarily withdrawn by a panel of the General Medical Council, who said it was "necessary to send a message to the medical profession that this behaviour is unacceptable". Dr Kerr, who used to be a member of the Voluntary...

2008-07-24 15:00:24

A DOCTOR who admitted prescribing sleeping tablets to enable a pensioner to end her life has been branded irresponsible. The General Medical Council found Dr Iain Kerr, from Newton Mearns, brought the medical profession into disrepute by giving the drug sodium amytal to the retired businesswoman after she had told him she had considered killing herself. They also described his prescription of sodium amytal to three others as not in his patients' best interests. The GMC, which has the...

2008-07-24 00:00:19

A GIFTED disabled boy died after doctors mistakenly gave him a "cocktail of drugs" forbidden by medical textbooks, an inquest heard. Alexander Newton, 18, a talented scientist, botanist and chess player despite having life-limiting Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, suffered delusions of being a dog after taking the medication, his mother told a coroner. Muscular dystrophy expert Dr Philip Jardine said the respiratory arrest caused by the sedative Zopiclone and the painkiller Co- codamol was...

2008-07-23 09:01:21

PT. RICHMOND, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Glenn A. Oclassen, President & Chief Executive Officer, will present at the BMO Capital Markets 2008 Focus on Healthcare Conference at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 11:45 AM Eastern Time. About Transcept Pharmaceuticals Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company deriving significant new patient benefits from...

2008-07-23 03:00:58

A GP who gave a potentially suicidal patient sleeping pills faces being struck off. Dr Iain Kerr, 61, prescribed 30 sodium amytal pills to a retired businesswoman in 1998 after she told him she had considered suicide. Yesterday, a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel told him that it was "inappropriate, irresponsible, liable to bring the profession into disrepute and not in your patient's best interest". The same ruling was made against the Glasgow GP for failing to refer...

2008-07-21 12:01:25

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP who prescribed sleeping pills to a pensioner who wanted to kill herself said he felt he had a duty to help people who wanted to die. Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, in the suburbs of Glasgow, told a General Medical Council hearing yesterday that the law did not always reflect what was right. The 61-year-old, who gave the pills to the pensioner as an "insurance policy" after she expressed fears about how she would meet her end, became...

2008-07-18 12:00:26

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP accused of prescribing sleeping tablets to enable a pensioner to end her life was criticised by a General Medical Council expert yesterday . Dr Leonard Peter told a GMC hearing that the standard of care provided by Dr Iain Kerr, from Glasgow, fell far below that expected of a general practitioner. Dr Peter was called to give evidence by the GMC's counsel on the third day of the hearing which is considering Dr Kerr's fitness to practise...

2008-07-16 00:00:00

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/a5bec8/china_gbl_gammab) has announced the addition of the "China GBL (Gamma-butyrolactone) Market Report, 2008" report to their offering. GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) is an excellent high boiling solvent and important organic synthesis midbody. It has high solubility and good electrical properties and stability. And it is safe and convenient to use. GBL is mainly used in the synthesis of ketopyrrolidine series products,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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