CONMEBOL worried over outbreak

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) today issued a warning to the public about the risks of buying online medicines for swine influenza, such as Tamiflu or Relenza.

David Pruce, RPSGB Director of Policy said:

"With the current fears about swine flu, we are concerned that unscrupulous people are exploiting the public's fears about swine flu by offering to sell the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza over the internet.

"This is a golden opportunity for counterfeiters to offer fake supplies of these drugs. People can be at real risk if they buy medicines from unknown sources.

"In particular, the public should not be taken in by spam e-mails offering to supply Tamiflu or Relenza. Most of the drugs offered in this way turn out to be counterfeit and may contain anything from sugar to more dangerous substances that can seriously put health at risk.

"The public should also be reminded that it is never a good idea to obtain a prescription-only medicine without a valid prescription. The medicine may not be suitable for you or could result in unpleasant side-effects or serious health risks.

"If you have any concerns about swine flu, or think you may be infected, stay at home and seek advice from your GP or NHS Direct."

For more detail, please contact the Health Protection Agency http://www.hpa.org.uk

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is the professional and regulatory body for pharmacists in England, Scotland and Wales. It also regulates pharmacy technicians on a voluntary basis, which is expected to become statutory under anticipated legislation.

The primary objectives of the RPSGB are to lead, regulate, develop and represent the profession of pharmacy. The RPSGB leads and supports the development of the profession within the context of the public benefit. This includes the advancement of science, practice, education and knowledge in pharmacy. In addition, it promotes the profession's policies and views to a range of external stakeholders in a number of different forums.

Following the publication in 2007 of the Government White Paper Trust, Assurance and Safety - The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century, the RPSGB is working towards the demerger of its regulatory and professional roles. This will see the establishment of a new General Pharmaceutical Council and a new professional body for pharmacy in 2010.

For further information about the RPSGB visit http://www.rpsgb.org.

Boca will seek to avoid Mexico trip
Boca Juniors are preparing to ask the South American Football Confederation to change the venue of their Copa Libertadores last-16 tie away leg should they face Mexican side San Luis.

The Buenos Aires giants are all but through to the next stage and could draw San Luis, who clinched qualification from Group Eight yesterday by defeating Libertad 2-0 in Paraguay.

Boca president Jorge Amor Ameal said the club had begun contingency plans because of the outbreak of swine flu.

He told TyC Sports cable channel: "I asked our medical staff to do a report and send it to the CONMEBOL.

"This is a worldwide problem that goes beyond sport. What the Mexican people are going through is difficult and painful. Sporting matters are secondary to that.

"We're worried, and we're not talking only as Boca but as all of football in Latin America."

Reports in Argentina suggest Boca may ask CONMEBOL to change the venue to Miami or Costa Rica for the away leg of the tie which would be held either between May 5-7 or 12-14.

San Luis president Eduardo Del Villar Cervantes said: "Firstly, we should wait until Boca are confirmed as our opponents. I think both the Boca president and I want this problem to be sorted out.

"The health of our people comes first. I won't fight Boca. I care about people's health. We'll do what we have to do when everything is sorted out."