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With ‘ware-house-in-a-box’, is it the beginning of the end for open drug markets?

With ‘ware-house-in-a-box’, is it the beginning of the end for open drug markets?

One of the greatest problems facing the

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can you deliver 46..the ngo out-station

can you deliver 46..the ngo out-station

Chima has just received a probational appointment with one of the

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From benign to malignant: the Indian incursion.

From benign to malignant: the Indian incursion.

Everywhere you go today, within the sphere of the pharmaceutical industry, you come face to face with Indians. It is an established fact that whereas India become the world power in pharmaceuticals for developing countries, Nigeria has become the consuming giants of developing countries, I am aware Indians are also in control of some other sectors of the economy, but

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Here comes the answer 45..the persistent Bp

Here comes the answer 45..the persistent Bp

In our Monday edition of can you deliver, we shared a case of a patient on certain drugs including methyldopa and ferrous. As usual, we had some very insightful comments from our professional readers, the answers we anticipated has already been supplied by Rxbdagirl (don’t know why she chose this kind of name…lol), however, some of our readers raised some other concerns and gave us another angle to look at it. For the records, the persistent high bp was as a result of concomitant administration of methyldopa and iron, (in the form of dedeons and ferrous).
According to the 36th edition of martindale , after concomitant administration of methyldopa and iron, results in healthy subjects indicated that the absorption of methyldopa was reduced by 73% and 61% respectively when taken with a dose of ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate, 5 hypertensive patients taking methyldopa were also given ferrous sulfate 325 mg three times daily for 2 weeks.1 All patients experienced a rise in systolic pressure, and 4 had a rise in diastolic pressure, amounting to more than 15/10 mmHg in some patients after 2 weeks. Blood pressure fell again when the ferrous sulfate was stopped.
Also, apregnanat woman on methyldopa that requires iron as a routine drug or prescribed, should take them 2-3 hours apart, to reduce a possible interaction to the barest minimum.
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References:
1.martindale, the complete drug reference,36th edition,page 1335
Campbell N, et al. Alteration of methyldopa absorption, metabolism, and blood pressure control caused by ferrous sulfate and
ferrous gluconate. Clin Pharmacol Ther 1988; 43: 381–6 read more

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Pharmaceutical companies and ‘’unpharmaceutical” syrup covers

Pharmaceutical companies and ‘’unpharmaceutical” syrup covers

I do not know, perhaps I am the only one who is

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Can you deliver 45..the persistent Bp

Can you deliver 45..the persistent Bp

Patient who has been on methyldopa for the management of her

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Here comes the answer 44…the discussion

Here comes the answer 44…the discussion

As we posted on Monday, he is still awaiting the results of the interview,mean while, these are the possible and

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can you deliver 44..the discussion

can you deliver 44..the discussion

A friend shared this story with me. As a young pharmacy graduate, with great future ahead, he was and still interested in hospital practice. While discussing a colleague, they talked about pharmacy generally and the potentials bot tapped and untapped in the pharmacy profession, they discussed the challenges of practicing as a Pharmacist in Nigeria, he particularly was telling, this other colleague, of how he loved hospital practice and would love to go into it fully. This other person was more interested in industrial or community practice, while they were getting along with their discussion, this other colleague remembered that there were some expatriate coming into the country to establish

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Here comes the answer 43

Here comes the answer 43

on Monday we looked at some of the possible questions for our colleagues preparing for internship, here are the answers to those

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NHIS now compromised, say pharmacists

NHIS now compromised, say pharmacists

The Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria (ACPN) is

urging the Federal Government to make the National Health Insurance Scheme accord respect to all professional bodies in the sector.

Its president, Dr Alkali Albert Kelong called on NHIS to direct the health management organisations (HMOs) to pay other professionals after ve

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There is nothing natural about supplements and herbal drugs

A crude drug is a vegetable or animal drugs which consist of natural substance that has undergone no other process except collection and drying. On the other hand, supplements are products intended to supplement the diet and may contain one or more of the following: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acid

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WE MUST NOT ALLOW PHARMACY PRACTICE GO THE WAY OF MEDICAL PRACTICE

WE MUST NOT ALLOW PHARMACY PRACTICE GO THE WAY OF MEDICAL PRACTICE

WE MUST NOT ALLOW PHARMACY PRACTICE GO THE WAY OF MEDICAL PRACTICEIt has become very obvious that for the past few years, the status of the pharmacist has been justifiably

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can you deliver 43…Interns questions

It is a generally held belief in the Nigerian society today that “connection” is all that matter in job search, from internship to house jobs, residency etc etc, true as this may be, I can still assure you that there is always a place for those who worked hard, and that is the reason why we are doing all these. Keep working and reading hard, God will surely remember you in one of those he will favour when the list

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Overweight: why drugs and dieting might not make you lose weight.

Overweight: why drugs and dieting might not make you lose weight.

If you look around our society today, there is one obvious

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HERE Comes The Answer 42…

HERE Comes The Answer 42…

As we all expect,the answers are as follows

1. Who is the current permanent secretary in the ministry of health?
Answer: Mr. Linus Awute

Mr. L. Awute

Mr. L. Awute


2.A patient was prescribed two eye drops, how do u counsel him/her about the application?
Answer: Beside all other advice like do not allow the tip to touch your eyes and so on, when a patient is to use more than one eye drop on the same eyes,he/she should be counseled to wait at least five minutes before instilling the second after the first.
3.The drug used for IPT is?
Answer: sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine
4.Hypertension in pregnant women is best managed with what drug?
Answer: There is no clear consensus on the management of mild to moderate hypertension in pregnancy to optimise pregnancy outcomes.Nevertheless, national hypertension societies of the US, Canada and Australasia all list methyldopa, labetalol and long-acting nifedipine as acceptable oral antihypertensive agents if drug therapy is required in pregnant women with mild to moderate hypertension. read more

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Can You Deliver 42…Intending interns

Can You Deliver 42…Intending interns

As you have graduated from pharmacy school or in your
finals, congrats. But if you happen to go for an interview and following questions came up, what would your answers be
1. Who is the current permanent secretary in the ministry of health?
2. A patient was prescribed two eye drops, how do u counsel him/her about the application?
3. The drug used for IPT is?
4. Hypertension in pregnant women is best managed with what drug?

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Here Comes The Answer41…paracetamol poisoning

Here Comes The Answer41…paracetamol poisoning

We will have to look at the this case with eyes of

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gsk gets approval for world first malaria vaccine

The world’s first malaria vaccine got a green light on Friday from European drugs regulators who recommended it as safe and effective to use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

The shot, called RTS,S or Mosquirix, and developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease and could help prevent millions of cases of malaria in countries that use it.

It still faces hurdles before being rolled out in Africa, including winning agreement from governments and other funders that it is worth using, since it offers only partial protection. read more

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WHO recommends injectable Artesunate for severe malaria

WHO recommends injectable Artesunate for severe malaria

Experts have said that in order to prevent death from

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Antibiotic may lower the effects of some blood thinners

The antibiotic dicloxacillin may

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