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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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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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Kolade to Headline Academy of Pharmacy Investiture

Kolade to Headline Academy of Pharmacy Investiture

Former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, is expected to be the lead presenter at the forthcoming investiture event of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy. The diplomat will examine the place of Pharmacy in enhancing the quality and accessibility of healthcare in Nigeria.
According to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Caleb University, Professor Fola Tayo, who doubles as General Secretary of the Academy, they have every confidence that Dr. Kolade will ignite robust self-appraisal in the profession with his lecture. read more

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Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy Begins three days education summit to boost health care delivera

Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy Begins three days education summit to boost health care delivera

As part of its mandate to reposition pharamcy for a better health care delivery,the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy (NAP) begins a three education summit.

Guardian reports that the President of the Academy, Mr. Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, who disclosed this yesterday at a press conference in Lagos, said the Academy is a strategic organ of pharmacy in Nigeria and is made up of successful senior pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in the corporate world, in academia and public service and have contributed to nation-building. read more

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PCN TO NAPPMED:Comply or be treated as a criminal

PCN TO NAPPMED:Comply or be treated as a criminal

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has insisted that the patent medicine dealers, otherwise known as “chemists” must come under their regulations.

The Council said those without its current licence will be treated as criminal.

But the patent medicine dealers under the umbrella body of Nigerian Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) said it was not against regulation, rather what it was asking for was that its scope of operation be expanded to accommodate work done. read more

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Community pharmacies’ important social role must not be forgotten, FIP President says

Community pharmacies’ important social role must not be forgotten, FIP President says

“Health care can no longer be separated from social issues,” said Dr Carmen Peña, President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation,(FIP) at the opening of the 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences today in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pharmacists and other health care professionals need to be more concerned with continuity, integration of processes and socio-health coordination, which is an important but often forgotten role of community pharmacies, she said.
Dr Peña used her opening address to focus on people — patients and health care professionals. “People” is one of the three areas in her “Two times two” plan for pharmacy. “Today’s patients have new demands. New needs. They are increasing in number and age. Many of our health systems were created in the 20th century for a society of patients with acute illnesses, but nowadays we live in a society of patients with chronic illnesses, many of whom require polymedication,” she said. read more

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Drugs becoming a scarce comamodity-ACPN

Drugs becoming a scarce comamodity-ACPN

As Nigeria has become a poor country suddenly, Pharmaceuticals and now being priced beyond the reach oF ordinary Nigerians, also, some essential drugs are disappearing from the Nigerian markets

Thisday reports that during the celebration of ACPN Day in Iju Ishaga, the Chairman of the Lagos branch of the association, Pharm. Biola Paul-Ozieh, said the high foreign exchange rate and the consequent high cost of purchase and importation of medicines were discouraging importers from importing medicines, as they are unable to get their funds back when they sell their products in the country. read more

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Counterfeit drugs: NAFDAC intercepts Kano bound truck

Counterfeit drugs: NAFDAC intercepts Kano bound truck

As the war against counterfeit drugs rages, thisday reports that

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Buhari Appoints new Directors

Buhari Appoints new Directors

The president, Federal republic of Nigeria,Mohammadu Buharia has approved the appointment of heads of 5 health institutions
The heads are; the Centre for Disease Control, National Agency for the Control of Aids, the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research.

And the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and National Health Insurance Scheme.

NIMR – Prof Babatunde Salami; NACA – Dr Sani Aliyu; NHIS – Prof Usman Yusuf; NPHCDA – Prof Echezona Ezeanolue and
CDC – Dr Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu. read more

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World Hepatitis Day 2016…No hep!

World Hepatitis Day 2016…No hep!

That was yesterday but the message should remain in our hearts. To WHO we turn,

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016 is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis and urge partners and Member States to support the roll-out of the first Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016–2021, which was approved during the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016.

The new strategy introduces the first-ever global targets for viral hepatitis. These include a 30% reduction in new cases of hepatitis B and C, and a 10% reduction in mortality by 2020. read more

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Buhari sacks all directors in the ministry of health

Buhari sacks all directors in the ministry of health

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sacked all

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Salmonella Protein Reduces Drug Resistance in Tumors

Salmonella Protein Reduces Drug Resistance in Tumors

"It is fascinating to think that this discovery has incredible clinical potential for treating certain drug resistant cancers. On the strength of

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Males with high Paracetamol level in the system may not conceive

Males with high level of paracetamol in the system could take longer to

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Suppressive Antiretroviral Treatment Prevents HIV Transmission – Study

Suppressive Antiretroviral Treatment Prevents HIV Transmission – Study

couples had sex regularly without using a condom. They have now been

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U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Approves $745m To Fight Malaria In 2017

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Approves $745m To Fight Malaria In 2017

Momentum continues to build in the global fight against malaria. Just this weekend, a major increase in funding from the U.S. Senate, significant Global Fund commitments from France and Italy, and a strong statement from President Obama demonstrated that U.S. and global leaders remain committed to ending the deadly disease.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved $745 million to fight malaria in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, weekend. This commitment to malaria in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill represents a $71 million increase over the FY 2016 funding level. The bill also includes $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. It now awaits consideration by the full Senate.
In his remarks to Canada’s House of Commons, President Barack Obama said: “With our commitment to new sustainable development goals, we have the chance to end the outrage of extreme poverty. We can banish the scourge of malaria.” This echoes the call to action that President Obama made both before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 and during his final State of the Union address in January.
“Malaria No More applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee and President Obama for prioritizing critical resources and keeping malaria high on the global agenda,” said Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy at Malaria No More. “This is exactly the commitment and leadership that are needed to save thousands of lives, but we still have a long way to go.”
The world has made tremendous progress in the fight against malaria during the past 15 years. Since 2000, concerted global efforts have contributed to a 60 percent reduction in the rate of deaths from malaria and have saved 6.2 million lives. At the same time, malaria remains a leading cause of death and illness in half of the world’s population. Approximately 90 per cent of malaria cases and deaths still occur in sub-Saharan Africa. In Southeast Asia, the specter of drug resistance remains a serious threat.
Earlier, the Government of France pledged $1.19 billion over the next three years to the Global Fund – a clear reflection of its commitment in the fight to end malaria. The Government of Italy pledged $144 million, which represents a 30 per cent increase over its 2014-2016 contribution to the Global Fund.
“Such strong commitments from the U.S., France and Italy bring us closer to the attainable goal of raising $13 billion at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference in Montreal in September,” said Blumenfeld. “These critical resources will help cut malaria cases in Africa in half by 2020 – from nearly 250 million to less than 125 million – saving lives and ending the needless suffering of millions of people.”
……………………………………………………..Chioma umehi
SOURCE: Thisday read more

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Heart Failure: Many drugs can cause or worsen it.

Heart Failure: Many drugs can cause or worsen it.

Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure (HF), according to the first scientific statement from the American Heart Association to provide guidance on avoiding drug–drug or drug–condition interactions for people with HF (Circulation 2016 Jul 11. [Epub ahead of print]).
The statement provides comprehensive information about specific drugs and supplements that may have serious unintended consequences for HF patients.

Patients with HF have, on average, five or more separate medical conditions and take seven or more prescription medications daily, often prescribed by different health care providers. According to the statement, medications can cause problems in several ways: being toxic to heart muscle cells or changing how the heart muscle contracts; interacting with medications used to treat HF so that some of their benefits are lost; and containing more sodium than advised for patients with HF.
“Since many of the drugs heart failure patients are taking are prescribed for conditions such as cancer, neurological conditions or infections, it is crucial but difficult for health care providers to reconcile whether a medication is interacting with heart failure drugs or making heart failure worse,” said Robert L. Page II, PharmD, MSPH, the chair of the writing committee for the new scientific statement. read more

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Family Planning: Pharm Billy Shoaga Norminated by John Hopkins

Family Planning: Pharm Billy Shoaga Norminated by John Hopkins

A Nigerian, Pharmacist Billy Shoaga has been nominated by John Hopkins for an award in family planning

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Court dismisses patent medicine dealers’ case against PCN

Court dismisses patent medicine dealers’ case against PCN

The court held that the PCN Act 1992 empowers the PCN to

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Giving Tramadol? Check That Glucose Reading!

Giving Tramadol? Check That Glucose Reading!

There have been reports of patients taking tramadol for pain requiring hospitalization because of these

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