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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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Lack of Forex worsening shortage of medicines

Lack of Forex  worsening shortage of medicines

As the forex policy bites harder on the populace,the pharmaceutical sector, which is the biggest private employer of labour in the health sector are not left out.
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) has said that over a third of its members have shut down production due to lack of access to forex for critical raw material, mainly Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and machinery inputs.
Chairman of the association, Mr Okey Akpa, in a statement yesterday said research over the last 18 months indicated that capacity utilisation among pharma manufacturers was at an all-time low of 20% and the consequences of these challenges included the current increase in cost of healthcare treatment as well as the shortage of medicines across the country. read more

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Here Comes The Answer 74…The thyroid (levothyroxine) drug

Here Comes The Answer 74…The thyroid (levothyroxine) drug

There basically two types of thyroid drugs,based on

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ATTENTION!!!

ATTENTION!!!

The PSN has invited the following pharmacists to appear before the PSN Disciplinary Committee on July 21 2016, so as to respond to the allegations against them, but they had failed to attend. The concerned pharmacists are:

Pharm Gabriel Nwosu
Pharm Longshik Moses
Pharm Dakon Fwangshak
Pharm Vilret Bulus Kumdi
Pharm Emeka Eze
Pharm Vincent Chukwuemeka Alabuah
Pharm (Mrs) Ogechukwu Okorie
Take note that this summon by the PSN Disciplinary Cimmittee is necessary so as to give our colleagues a fair-hearing before the Disciplinary Committee will take necessary action. For any enquiry, please contact the PSN Secretary. read more

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Can You Deliver, 74…The Thyroid Drugs

Can You Deliver, 74…The Thyroid Drugs

and she gave it to me as an assignment

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Her Comes The Answer 73rd..The Super Vitamin

Her Comes The Answer 73rd..The Super Vitamin

Last Monday ,we talked about dispensing a

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HIDDEN INGREDIENTS IN DRUG FORMULATIONS

HIDDEN INGREDIENTS IN DRUG FORMULATIONS

I subscribed to e-mail alerts from the food and drug administration (FDA) of the United States recently, and ever since then, my mail box has become a battlefield for show of supremacy between FDA alerts and facebook notifications. This is just a show of how committed this parastatal is to protecting the lives of their citizens from unscrupulous and greedy businessmen. Alerts, mostly on consumables and supplements especially sexual enhancing formulas bordering on undeclared ingredients always have the day. That is to say, a sexual enhancing formula will claim to be wholly herbal but is laced with some chemicals that are known to produce such effect. This means the effect of the drug is actually due to the undeclared ingredient which may be illegal and not to the so called herbs it contains. read more

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Can You Deliver,73rd..The Super Vitamin

Can You Deliver,73rd..The Super Vitamin

There is now considerable interest in dietary supplements and vitamin,therefore increasing numbers of people are

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Here Comes The Answer 72…The sustained release formulation

Here Comes The Answer 72…The sustained release formulation

Recall we went beyond clinical setting to talk

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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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Can YOU Deliver 72…The Sustain Release

Can YOU Deliver 72…The Sustain Release

This is the 72nd edition of our “can you deliver series”, and in the past year, I have received some mails like this one.
Good day senior colleague, I want to appreciate you for what you guys have been doing with the can you deliver series, but, I would like it, if you guys can also discuss cases in other areas of pharmacy practice besides community and hospital setting
Our reply
Thank you for the observation,the truth remains that what we writing are based purely on what we see daily in the community setting,people who have written to us are mostly community and sometimes hospital pharmacists. However, in response to this,we will  begin our search for industrial colleagues.
Today, see what we have got.
There was this interview I attended for a company that wants to import certain drugs, I was to register and work as a superintendents, I tell you , it was a different ball game to what we all know and do, like register a premise and all. Before I went for that interview, I was told they want to bring in sustained released diclofenac, so,normal thing,I jack everything on sustained release I could lay my hands on, “to better the company”. When I arrived on the day of interview,we were two, facing ourselves on either end of a mini conference table, with our “ogas”to be sitting in between. The other guy was told that what they wanted to bring in was just ordinary diclo,not sustain, I was asked to give the guy 5 reasons why we should NOT bring in SUSTAINED RELEASE,do you get it?,why we should not bring it in,recall I was told that is what we will bring in, The other guys was was also told to give me 5 reasons we should not bring in ordinary diclofenac, and we were informed that whoever convinces the other would be taken. 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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Here Comes The Answer 71…Paracetamol Syrup vs Drop

Here Comes The Answer 71…Paracetamol Syrup vs Drop

I read through some of the most interesting comments on social media, as regards the 71st edition of our CAN YOU DELIVER series.Sincerely, I learnt one or two things.
The answer to that question is very simple to explain,and it is straight forward.
In this part of the world,most of our paracetamol syrup comes in strength of 125mg/5ml, while the drop comes in 100mg/ml. Therefore, when an a concerned parents who has be wrongly thought in the clinic gets to the pharmacy, the cobwebs should be cleaned,even if they refused and insist on buying the syrup for their infant (as some do), at least, you have explained the rationale for your decision.
A typical scenario is what we saw on the that 71st question,in such cases most times, the buyer feels since syrup is ”bigger” than drop,then it is “stronger” that it. Most times, they were advised (wrongly) to give 2.5mls of the syrup as against 1ml of the drop. Now let’s explain. Madam, if you withdraw 1ml of this drop, you will get 100mg of this paracetamol, but if you withdraw 5mls of this syrup,you will get 125mg of paracetamol, therefore,if you withdraw 2.5mls of this syrup, you will get 62.5mg of paracetamol, so,as you can see, 100mg and 62.5mg, which is more and also, with dropper,it is easier to administer. Most of them will be like…ahhh, is that so,..yes ma,that is so.
What did I learn? One of the greatest community pharmacist I know, Pharmacist Wale,posted something,peharps of international standard in response to to this question,and I quote.
Dosage information FOR PARACETAMOL/ACETAMINOPHEN ( para-acetyl amino Phenol)
There are seven age bands for dosage, as outlined below: read more

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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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