Select Committee on Health Fourth Report

List of Abbreviations

ABPI    Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

ADR    Adverse drug reaction

BGMA    British Generic Manufacturers Association

BMA    British Medical Association

BNF     British National Formulary

CRO    Contract research organisation

CSM    Committee on the Safety of Medicines

DTCA    Direct-to-consumer advertising

EMEA    European Medicines Agency

FDA    Food and Drug Administration

GCP    Good clinical practice

GMC    General Medical Council

ICH  International Conference on Harmonisation (on technical requirements for registration of pharmaceuticals for human use)

KOL    Key opinion leader

NICE    National Institute for Clinical Excellence

MHRA    Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

NCRN    National Cancer Research Network

OTC    Over-the-counter

PCT    Primary Care Trust

PICTF    Pharmaceutical Industry Competitiveness Task Force

PIL    Patient Information Leaflet

PPRS    Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

RCGP    Royal College of General Practitioners

RCN    Royal College of Nursing

RPSGB    Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

SPC    Summary of Product Characteristics (the drug data sheet)

SSRI    Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (anti-depressant drug)

UMC     Use of Medicines Committee

WHO    World Health Organization

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