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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

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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 here you can also see the advert here read more

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Heart experts clears the confusion in celecoxib,ibuprofen and Naproxen use

Heart experts clears the confusion in celecoxib,ibuprofen and Naproxen use

The circumstance that surrounded the withdrawal of Vioxx from the market led to a barrel of attacks on the

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Imitation, and deceit by Pharmaceutical of Companies

Imitation, and deceit by Pharmaceutical of Companies

We must encourage uniqueness, discourage imitation and brand theft

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SEXUAL IMPOTENCE LINKED TO CODEINE

SEXUAL IMPOTENCE LINKED TO CODEINE

It is becoming an open secret that demands for codeine cough syrups is not linked to its antitussive nor euphoric benefit. A good observer will notice that

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Here comes the answer 75th…Tongue ulcer drug

Here comes the answer 75th…Tongue ulcer drug

Last monday, we looked at a banker Pharmacist, who needed to deliver,she was seen as a Pharmacist irrespective of being in the bank for while now.

Lets take a look at the prescription again

Tab lisinopril 10mg
Tab amlodipne 5mg
Tab acetyl salicylic acid 75mg
Neurovite
Bcomplex,
Riboflavin

The knowledge of drugs is so important in therapeutics that it should be handled with utmost care, fortunately for human existence,there is a group of professionals that surpasses all the criteria required fort his task,they are called PHARMACIST.(I am just excited,still in the mood of the Pharmacist day celebration) read more

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Can You Deliver? 75th…Tongue Ulcers

Can You Deliver? 75th…Tongue Ulcers

Everyday poses new challenge for a pharmacist, either at the community level,as a medical rep.,hospital or even as a non practicing pharmacist.
Few days ago, a friend of mine who happens to be a banker, went to a birthday party of one of their top directors. As they got things ready for the show( she had gone earlier to assist in preparation), the director’s husband(who happens to be a big short in another bank) called her attention,and asked her “my wife told me you are a Pharmacist,is that right?, that’s right sir,good,I have this problem that seem to defile medical knowledge in this country,I know you count more of money than drugs, but I am hoping I could be lucky,after all,” once a pharmacist…always a pharmacist”, the wife echoed from behind ..all laughed. I have this persistent swollen gums,tongue as if my mouth was burnt by hot water,that is in addition to the hypertension I have,but the latter is very stable for a while now, I have taken so much drugs to solve this problem, all to no avail, is there anything you can suggest to me? My tongue really hurts, my tongue knows no taste now!!!
She called me and related what i just narrated above, I asked to her send me the drugs the man is taking,after sometime,she sent it,and they were.
Tab lisinopril 10mg
Tab amlodipne 5mg
Tab acetyl salicylic acid 75mg
Neurovite
Bcomplex,
Riboflavin
She also let this message…Pharma,givemesomething, the wife has been sitting on my annualleave file, I need to get lucky.
HOW DO WE HELP A COLLEAGUE DELIVER?, did I mention she promised to get me shawama should this be successful read more

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Finally, Pharm D is approved in Nigeria

Finally, Pharm D is approved in Nigeria

Today,14th of september, the president of the pharmaceutical society of nigeria (PSN) Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai Fpsn visited the secretary of national university commission(NUC),prof Abubaka Rasheed and collected officially, the pharm D approval letter. According a post on his face book wall, Ahmed wrote:
With the new NUC Executive Secretary Prof Abubakar Rasheed in his office, today, Wednesday 14th September 2016.
We thank God for His blessings as I collected the official letter of Pharm. D approval from NUC today. read more

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Free us from PCN Bondage…NAPPMED

Free us from PCN Bondage…NAPPMED

The Nigeria Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED)‎, has called on the federal government to have separate board for the association so as to set them free from the ‘bondage’ of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PSN).

This, according to the association, would also assist ensure they complement the efforts of the government at every levels in delivering health  to the doorsteps of  every Nigerian,especially those in the rural parts of the country.

President of the association, Kwara state,  Alhaji Wahab Ajibola, made this appeal in Ilorin  during a press conference to mark the 54th anniversary of the association. 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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