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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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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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HIV Treatment:New Antibiotics Continues to Show Promise.

HIV Treatment:New Antibiotics Continues to Show Promise.

Researchers world over has,in recent years made tremendous progress to develop treatment options for HIV patients,today, anti-retrovirals remains the mainstay of managing the disease, the permanent cure has remained elusive.

Now, Rockefeller scientists report that they are one step closer to an alternative treatment that utilizes antibodies. This therapy has the potential for long-acting effects and would allow for less frequent dosing.

Recently published in Nature, the findings suggest that an antibody called 3BNC117 can effectively delay the virus from rebounding in patients who temporarily suspended their anti-retroviral medications, currently the standard treatment for HIV. read more

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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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Can you deliver 71…Syrup vs Drop

Can you deliver  71…Syrup vs Drop

The discussion between drop and syrup is nothing new to a practicing communtypharmacist.
This friend of mine had just finished his service and luckily got a superintendent job, he resumed and of course assumed all responsibilities with minimal experience at his disposal. With over one year of community practice experience, I am in a better position to put him through, so once in a while I go there to lend him a helping hand.
On this very day, as I stepped into the pharmacy, he rushed me..Pharm, please can you help me explain this to this lady, she wanted to buy paracetamol for her 4 months child,I sold the drop to her, she just brought it back and started insulting me, that I do not know what I am doing, that how could I give a drop for a four months old baby,knowing fully well that the syrup was stronger and more appropriately,I am really angry now,I am just trying hard not show it. (moving closer to the lady and in a lower tone) He said, Senior colleague, how do I best explain to this lady that paracetamol is paracetamol irrespective of the dosage form, before I could alter a word, the lady said. Sorry o, “senior colleague” did you hear what he just said, please how is 1ml of paracetamol in drop same as 2.5ml in syrup, because I was told in general that drop is not good for my baby,that drop is meant for baby like 1-3 months,my baby is 5 months!!!.Please convince me our senior colleague.
Join us every Monday to Tuesday for can you deliver series,and Friday through Saturdays for here comes the answer series,we expect your replies to the questions and your criticisms to our answers.
If you have any experience as a pharmacist, a medical doctor,a nurse, scientist,physiotherapist etc that you think will help improve learning ,you can email them to us at ugwulekecc@gmail.com for publication. read more

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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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Here comes the answer 70th! The multivitamin Challenge

Here comes the answer 70th! The multivitamin Challenge

Most times multivitamins are given to supplement nutritional deficiencies in undernourished patients. It goes without saying that healthy people only experience a placebo effect when these supplements are taken. Multivitamins in the market contain the basic vitamin requirements with one or two variations. It is in this variations we based our question because that is what distinguishes a well thought-out multivitamin preparation from a “join the fray” one.

Both preparations in our case study were rich in composition like Evans said but the pharmacist’s interest in the second formulation was as a result of this. Aside from its own benefit, Boron is known to enhance the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Biotin also does same for B vitamin absorption just as vitamin C for Iron. So, for one who is really malnourished, these contents will help to maximise the utility of the multivitamin. read more

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