OPEN DRUG MARKET CLOSURE: A MENACE THAT SUCCUMBS TO EXTENSION ALONE

OPEN DRUG MARKET CLOSURE: A MENACE THAT SUCCUMBS TO EXTENSION ALONE

The issue of open drug market, and its detrimental effect on the populace cannot be over emphasized. From fakery, to altered label, to parallel importation and so on, the open drug market has, for so many years acted as a safe haven for those who have little or no regard for human life. The detrimental effect of chaotic drug distribution, “headquartered” in open markets are so far reaching that it requires not just an urgent attention, but a total state of emergency.
Since 2010, when the federal government established the Presidential Committee on Pharmaceutical Sector Reform and charged it to develop a strategy towards the institutionalisation of a well-ordered drug distribution system. The strategies adopted by the committee to achieve this include the development of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines in 2010 to provide guidance for drug distribution. One of the recommendations, and rightly so, was the closure of the open drug markets,However up till today,the only noticeable action taken so far with respect to this recommendation has been postponement,last year June, the permanent secretary in the ministry of health, Linus Awute(now retired), said
“We are hopeful that the existence of open drug markets in the country will be a thing of the past as the drug distribution system of the country has remained uncoordinated, chaotic and has resulted in the circulation of fake, adulterated, substandard and counterfeit drugs.”, a deadline was set for this year, August to be precise, However, on Saturday, the minister of health, prof Adewole said the Federal Government was determined to stop the sale of drugs in open markets in the country at the end of 2018.
Mr. Adewole made this known when he visited the site for the construction of a Pharmaceutical Coordinated Wholesale Centre at Oba, near Onitsha in Anambra.
The Federal Government had announced July 31, 2017 as the deadline to end the sale of drugs in open markets.
“May be people still believe that the Federal Government is joking, government does not joke.
“We do not want fake drugs or falsified labels; we just want genuine drugs and the only way to do so is centralizing the drug market so that we can determine what comes in and what goes out.
“We have agreed to extend the deadline till Dec. 31, 2018 and that will be the last extension. We are irrevocably committed.
“By Jan. 1, 2019, if you are not here at the coordinated centre, then you cannot be anywhere. I am saying it with all seriousness that this is the last extension,” he said.
He commended the Anambra Government for supporting the project, and urged the leadership of the drug market in the state to settle their disputes amicably.
We hope they are serious this time, and hopefully, we will see the end of this shifting cultu read more

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MALARIA KILLS MORE PEOPLE IN THE NORTH EAST THAN BOKOHARAM

MALARIA KILLS MORE PEOPLE IN THE NORTH EAST THAN BOKOHARAM

Following a recent visit to Borno state, WHO malaria experts completed a modelling exercise to estimate malaria cases as well as how many deaths could be prevented if a basic set of initiatives were undertaken. The report concluded that with the right joint actions, up to 10 000 deaths could be prevented in Borno state alone.

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Treated for typhoid and malaria,killed by hypertension(Bp)

Treated for typhoid and malaria,killed by hypertension(Bp)

For those of us that thrives on the shores of community  pharmacy  practice, the phrase ” I had a mild headache, and I know it is malaria  and typhoid” is neither new nor strange.

However, many of these self diagnoses, are neither typhoid  nor malaria, but a persistent  high blood  pressure  which has begun to nimble on the life of its victim, with  such a gradual and progressive consistency that ensures the victim permanently  changes address in the nearest future  if nothing is done to check its furtherance. read more

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An Unrepentant Impersonator

An Unrepentant Impersonator

The Bible said in the book of mark 7:21 that, For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts…. sometimes you one can’t help but appreciate why Christ had to die for us…our hardened heart.

The name Makonjuola Emmanuel would not be strange to

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The Harmattan: The Necessary Tips

The Harmattan: The Necessary Tips

The Harmattan is a season in the West African subcontinent, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterized by dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind, of the same name, which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea

The harmattan has various effects on our health: The skin, eyes and respiratory tract which are directly exposed to the atmosphere are most vulnerable to the effects of this weather. The Skin is usually dry with accompanying cracking of lips, soles of the feet and sometimes the skin itself. The eyes are directly exposed to the harsh weather especially the dust particles carried by the winds. Thus itching, foreign body sensations and redness may be common especially in those with allergic eye diseases. read more

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Finally, Federal government and May and Baker Partner on Sickle-cell Drug, NIPRISAN

Finally, Federal government and May and Baker Partner on Sickle-cell Drug, NIPRISAN

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Development and May and Baker Pharmaceutical Company will

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An Impersonator on the Prowl

An Impersonator on the Prowl

It was end of the road for a serial pharmacist(s) impersonator, Mr. Makanjuola Emmanuel, who had perfected the act of  licence theft. The pharmacy watch gathered that on the 31st of January, Mr. Makanjuola went to one Pharmacist Kutelu Belo, MD of covenant care pharmacy at Agbe road in Abulegba Lagos, to seek for employment as a pharmacist. After discussing with him, Pharm, Kutelu had an important meeting to attend and had to reschedule their meeting, he left for the meeting leaving makonjuola in his office with the other staff and a younger pharmacist who also came to finalize her appointment. Unknown to others  in the premises, Mr. Makanjuola took Kutelu’s annual licence, premise registration, and the licence of the younger pharmacist from her bag, he also took an antiretroviral drug. Luck ran out on him, when he took the stolen licence to one Teglo pharmacy who happened to be a good friend of kutelu, Teglo got in touch with his friend and inquired how his documents got to the hands of an applicant, the police were called  in and effected Makanjuola’s  arrest on the 1st of February,obtained his statement, got a search warrant and searched his house, there, they found other licences which he had stolen and impersonated prior to this one.while he claimed his name to be Makanjuola Emmanuel, the the two two licences found in his possession bears Pharm Alaran Ayodeji Sunday with registration number 016317, the other bears Makanjuoala Mogbonjuola Emmanuel with reg no 016328, also found in his possession were the zonal clearance form for the association of community Pharmacy(ACPN) AMEN  zone, a letter of employment from CIGNIC pharmacy, application for registration  as a pharmacy technician belonging to one Nwaizu Florence NNenna. while he claimed to have graduated from the university of Ile ife, the certificate in his possession bears Alaran Ayodeji Sunday, a graduate from the University of Lagos. read more

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GSK starts stage III trials of daprodustat

GSK starts stage III trials of daprodustat

Drug hopes to treat anaemia caused by chronic kidney disease

GlaxoSmithKline is now enrolling patients into a phase III trial of daprodustat, a drug for treating anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

In the presence of reduced oxygen  levels in the blood,Daprodustat  is believed to turn on the body’s machinery for producing red blood cells and thus, could provide an alternative to inject able anaemia treatments such as blood cell stimulator erythropoietin (EPO).

GSK’s pivotal trials programme includes two studies involving patients with CKD-related anaemia, who will either be switched from treatment with EPO or who will not have previously been treated for the condition. ASCEND-D will enrol around 3,000 patients on dialysis who have switched from EPO, while ASCEND-ND will involve 4,500 subjects who are not on dialysis and will either be EPO-naïve or switchers. read more

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The University of Nigeria(UNN), Part of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Burnt

The University of Nigeria(UNN), Part of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Burnt

We woke up to the sad news of fire outbreak at the faculty of pharmaceutical science, university if Nigeria Nsukka.

According to rumors, the fire started  early hours of Saturday, 21st January, 2017 and burnt to the ground the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and pharmaceutical chemistry Faculty of the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The fire was said to have started in the early hours of Saturday and burnt down the whole building.
Efforts at putting out the fire by well meaning students proved abortive. read more

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Here comes the answer,76th..the eyelashes.

Here comes the answer,76th..the eyelashes.

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Funny side of the practice,9th…The fishing husband!

Funny side of the practice,9th…The fishing husband!

Man on phone: “Honey I’ve been asked to go fishing in China with my boss for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get the promotion. So could you please pack enough clothes for a week, set out my rod & fishing box. We’re leaving from office & I’ll swing by the house to pick my things. Oh, Please pack my new blue silk pyjamasand my inhaler, you know I am somehow allergic to dirty water, in case!”

The wife thinks this sounds a bit fishy, but being a good wife she did exactly as her husband said. read more

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Can you deliver 76th…The eyelashes

Can you deliver 76th…The eyelashes

Most of the times in a pure community pharmacy setting, where a pharmacist is not under undue pressure should he/she not  be the premises owner, you will get to learn a lot of things that makes pharmacy practice and drugs so interesting.
This particular day, this lady comes to the office, with a very unusual complaint, not for herself, but for her fath-in-law, who doesn’t seem to be worried about the “problem”
This lady complained that her father-in-law’s eyelashes had grown to an extent that his grandchildren are scarred of him, and that he doesn’t want to shave it. The family doctor said there is nothing wrong with him,and of course nothing seem to be wrong with him, but “those eyelashes are not normal”
So, we inquired if he is on any medication(that’s our field), she said not really, may be multivitamin, some Chinese tea,eye drops and one other thing I saw in his drug bag yesterday, don’t know what that is.
She was asked how long has he been on those drugs, she said as long she could recall,way before she married his son, and her first child is eight now.
She was asked to bring the drugs, and here is the list.
.Reload 50+
.silver needle white tea
.xalatan eye drop
.yeast powder
.kamsu oil
You have seen the case, now looking from a pharmaceutical/ professional pin hole, can we be of any help to this lady. It is not a problem, is not just eyelashes, but to her, that eyelashes is a proble. read more

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Religion and medicatios: an unhealthy combination

Religion and medicatios: an unhealthy combination

It is not unusual in this part of the world to come across patients who would buy drugs and the not take them due to his/her religion or for religious purposes.

I once saw a patient, a Muslim, who has been diagnosed with chronic ulcer and was placed on H.pylori eradication tripple regimen for two weeks, after about five days of taking the drugs, the sixth day coincided with the fasting in accordance with islamic faith, though he felt better,but wanted to know if he can halt the medication and continue post fasting. i took time to educate him on the reasons that is not advisable, I talked about resistance, illustrated it, advised him that fasting is also a risk factor and he has to abstain from the fast that year until he is fully recovered. He listened raptly but in the end, he said ” Pharm,I think Allah wants to try my faith,thank you for your advise, but I would fast”…I just felt a mixture of crying and yelling at him, but held my peace. After about four(4) months, he came to buy drugs,but narrated to me how he nearly died and had to be rushed to LASUTH, when I inquired,the reason for his near death, he told me that after fasing for sometime,he  suddenly had this pain in his stomach,as if hell was kindled there,and then he began to stool blood, fainted and had to be rushed to the hospital. you know,pharme continued, if not that I was fasting, the devil would have killed me, but Allah is great, he saved me,ahh!! pharm, I spent money there o, over 70 thousand Naira …you can imagine my bottled anger/disappointment. Another similar case,is that of  a man who came to complain about his swollen feet, edematous, medically speaking, he was asked, sir,are you hypertensive, have you ever been on anti-hypertensive drug(s)? He hesitated for a while,staring into oblivion,gesticulated in a manner depicting he as trying to recall, and then said ” that was before,I have killed it with the word”, I was perplexed, okay sir, can we check your Bp? He obliged,it was checked,and the result read 237/112mmhg..hmmmm.    I had to sit him down,quoted some bible verses,we talked about faith for while,I took time to explain to him, that I have seen God’s miracle, but his is still very much there and there is need for him to go to the general hospital for a total check up, to ensure his kidney is still fully functional,an advice he took,and today,he is just on anti-hypertensive drugs and everything is fine. read more

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PSN/PCN 2017 Registration procedure.

PSN/PCN  2017 Registration procedure.

The pharmaceutical society of Nigeria (PSN) and the Pharmaceutical council of Nigeria (PCN) has concluded plans for the smooth registration procedure for for 2017.

This procedure is to ensure all pharmacists, pharmacy premises and companies adheres to the tenets of Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) as applicable to the consumers of health in Nigeria.

In 2017 the procedures will entail that all pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists fulfill the protocols of regularizing their membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) following which they would be issued Clearance Certificates by the respective state branches. Regularisation of membership will include the payment of a compulsory building fee of N5, 000 in line with resolution of the National Council of PSN passed on February 17, 2016. read more

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Federal Government and upward review of antimalarials

Federal Government and upward review of antimalarials

There has been uproar in the country due to the adjusted import duty by the federal government of Nigeria, which came into full force yesterday. The policy heading reads:

APPROVAL FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FISCAL POLICY MEASURES FOR 2016

This is to confirm that His Excellency Mr. President has approved the 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures made up of the Supplementary Protection Measures (SPM) for implementation together with the ECOWAS CET 2015 – 2019 with effect from 17th October, 2016. Consequently, all transactions prior to the effective date of this circular shall be subjected to the tariff rates applicable before the coming into effect of this 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures. read more

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FROM THE PCN REGISTRAR’S DESK

FROM THE PCN REGISTRAR’S DESK

Dear Colleagues

                UPDATE FROM THE REGISTRY

On behalf of the Management and entire staff of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), I like to wish all Pharmacists in Nigeria and diaspora a very prosperous and delightful New Year.

At the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,we remain committed to creating a conducive practice environment for all Pharmacists to deliver world class Pharmaceutical service In 2017, while we continue to execute our traditional regulatory activities, plan to roll out several new initiatives in Line with point 4-Agenda. read more

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The funny side of the practice,8th…mallam

The funny side of the practice,8th…mallam

Mallam Fulani lost his cheque booklet and went to bank after 2 days to report.

Bank manager: But I warned u to be careful with your chequebook mallam, cos anyone can forge your signature.

Mallam: I am not a fool. I have already signed all the cheques, so they won’t have space to forge my signature..

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How safe are medicated soaps and detergents in Nigeria

How safe are medicated soaps and detergents in Nigeria

Everyday and everywhere in this country, the use of

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Economic downturn shrinking Pharmaceutical business.-ACPN

Economic downturn shrinking Pharmaceutical business.-ACPN

Prof. Isaac Adewole denies that pharmaceutical businesses are not shrinking in the country, I believe he is a government official. The real people to ask are the

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It is tablet napkin, not oral tablets, she just needs to be educated

It is tablet napkin, not oral tablets, she just needs to be educated

There is a video that has been trending on twitter and and watsapp, about a girl who bought a tablet marketed as a sweet,or  oral tablets which in the said video, she made her viewers believe that she was being poisoned or a supposed drug was sold as drug but was a towel. The truth is that, what she bought was actually a tablet napkin, sold all around the world as such,it was even written on the tablet that it was a towel. for more on this towel click here to know more about it.
you can watch the said video hereyou can also see the advert here read more

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