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Day: May 14, 2018

Emzor: We are Still Dedicated to Providing Unlimited Wellness

Emzor: We are Still Dedicated to Providing Unlimited Wellness

NEWS
The GMD/CEO Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd; Dr. Stella C. Okoli, OON has assured Nigerians of Emzor’s continued dedication to providing unlimited wellness to Nigerians. She made this known on Sunday at a press conference which held at the Emzor Headquarters in Lagos. Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke, the Executive Director, General Duties, Human Resources and Finance while speaking to journalists confirmed that the factory that was on lockdown by NAFDAC had been re-opened, and that they received a notification of administrative charges as sanctions. She however, stated that the meeting they had with NAFDAC directors was their first opportunity to know what they were being investigated for as “a documentary alone is not enough basis for the shutdown of a manufacturing site.” Ezeoke went further to state
Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies

Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies

Men's Health, NEWS
Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring, according to a fascinating new study involving mice.The findings indicate that some of the brain benefits of physical activity may be passed along to children, even if a father does not begin to exercise until adulthood. Among other effects, physical activity can strengthen the connections between neurons in the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain involved in memory and learning. Stronger neuronal connections there generally mean sharper thinking. Studies also indicate that exercise, like other aspects of lifestyle, can alter how genes work — whether and when they get turned on or off, for instance — and those changes can get passed on to children. T
Health Workers will End Strike When FG is Ready to Implement Agreement with Us –Yakasai, PSN President

Health Workers will End Strike When FG is Ready to Implement Agreement with Us –Yakasai, PSN President

NEWS
The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professional Associations, an association of health workers in the country, has been on strike since April 17. When is it likely to end? First of all, at the root of the current avoidable strike action and those in the past is the desire for benefit packages and privileges for all health workers. The clamour for these benefits appear to have been grossly ignored by the government at all levels over the years. It is important to take a walk down memory lane that contrary to the superiority mentality created in some quarters, pharmacists and doctors entered the public service on the same grade level up until 1991. Pharmacists started on Grade Level 08 Step 2, while doctors started on GL 08 Step 3 because of the one-year differe...
#JOHESUStrike2018: We Remain Resolute Despite Withheld Salary – NANNM

#JOHESUStrike2018: We Remain Resolute Despite Withheld Salary – NANNM

NEWS
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), has condemned strongly, the enforcement of the  ‘no work no pay’ policy by the federal government on the striking health workers.  President of NANNM,  Comrade Abdrafiu Adeniji, who made this known while briefing journalists at the end of the 2018 nurses and midwives week, held in Abuja, reaffirmed the association’s commitment to the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) struggle.  He said that the  April salary of JOHESU members, in  which NANNM is part of, is being withheld, even though they had worked dutifully until early hours of 18th April, 2018. “According to all regulations, the ‘no work no pay’ is only applicable when an illegal strike is embarked on. An illegal strike means a strike embarked upon without notice to
The War Within Part 4 – SjӦgren’s Syndrome

The War Within Part 4 – SjӦgren’s Syndrome

NEWS
Sjӧgren’s syndrome is a disorder of the immune system characterised by two major symptoms – a dry eyes and a dry mouth. Autoimmune diseases feature antibodies that are directed at certain tissues in the body. Sjӧgren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that features these antibodies attacking the glands of the body that are responsible for producing tears and saliva. Sjӧgrens syndrome could occur alone in which case it would be referred to as Primary Sjӧgren’s syndrome. However, in cases where it appears with other autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematous or Scleroderma, it is called Secondary Sjӧgrens Syndrome. Sjӧgren’s Syndrome is a systemic disease which affects the entire body. Its symptoms may remain steady, worsen or go into remission. Experts say
NAFDAC Reopens Emzor Pharmaceutical Firm

NAFDAC Reopens Emzor Pharmaceutical Firm

NEWS
• Firm gives police details on absconded worker    • 'We assure Nigerians of quality products’ Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited has been reopened by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).  The firm also stated that it had submitted to the police information about its absconded worker that was featured in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary, “Sweet sweet codeine”. The firm’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Stella Okoli, spoke in Lagos yesterday on the reopening of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Liquid factory. Dr. Okoli expressed pain that one of its products – Emzolyn with Codeine, a therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse. She adde
Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

NEWS
American Diabetes Association Diabetes Care 2018 Jan; Abstract The American Diabetes Association (ADA) “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes” includes ADA’s current clinical practice recommendations and is intended to provide the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals and guidelines, and tools to evaluate quality of care. Members of the ADA Professional Practice Committee, a multidisciplinary expert committee, are responsible for updating the Standards of Care annually, or more frequently as warranted. For a detailed description of ADA standards, statements, and reports, as well as the evidence-grading system for ADA’s clinical practice recommendations, please refer to the Standards of Care Introduction. Readers who wish to comment on the Standards of Care are invited to
Porous Drug Distribution System Responsible For Rampant Drug Abuse  –Pharm George Okon

Porous Drug Distribution System Responsible For Rampant Drug Abuse –Pharm George Okon

Interviews, NEWS
Pharm. George Okon is the zonal coordinator of ACPN Eti-Osa Local Government Area, and the superintendent pharmacist of a Lagos-based community pharmacy. In this interview with PharmaTimes Waire Emonefe, he shares his thoughts concerning the leadership of ACPN as well as the role of the pharmacist in fighting drug abuse. You were an aspirant for the state chairmanship position in the recently concluded ACPN Lagos Chapter elections; why did you step forth to contest? Many community pharmacists in Lagos are unhappy with the leadership of the ACPN, Lagos State Chapter. This is the reason why you do not see them in meetings and other functions. The only thing that makes community pharmacists feel that they are part of the ACPN is the annual dues that they pay, and that is because it is compu...
Extended GAVI Support Not Reason To Rest on Our Oars

Extended GAVI Support Not Reason To Rest on Our Oars

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
Since 2002 Nigeria has been receiving intervention assistance from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI). And as the government strives to overcome regional inequities in vaccine access to save children’s lives and protect people’s health, a number of constraining factors have been the bane of the exercise so far, especially funding. Just recently, it was in the news that Nigeria will not yet graduate from the GAVI Alliance intervention funds until at least ten years from now. This is due to the extension of the ‘expiration term’ of Nigeria so as to enable the country get ready for proper take over. The information that was made public by the honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole was coming at a time the nation is battling to cope with how to bring to an e
Tackling Opioid Abuse in Nigeria

Tackling Opioid Abuse in Nigeria

NEWS
While the impacts of drugs and crime is well documented in the world, the rising addiction to opioid, a prescription painkiller is taking a deepening crisis the world over. Opioid abuse is arguably one of the major challenges facing humanity at least for now. Indeed, opioid abuse and addiction transcends culture, gender, and socio-economic class. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report, about a quarter of a billion people use drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population were engaged in problematic use, and suffer from drug use disorders including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders worldwide. In a rep...
FG Bans Codeine Containing Cough Syrups

FG Bans Codeine Containing Cough Syrups

NEWS
• Emzor Pharma sacks Sales Rep Just recently the federal government through the Ministry of Health placed a ban on the production and sales of codeine-based syrups. In addition, it has directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to immediately place a ban on further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations in the country. The Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole in his statement issued on May 1 said that as an alternative, Codeine containing cough syrups should be replaced with dextromethorphan which is less addictive. The Minister promised that his ministry will make sure there is working collaboration among regulatory agencies such as NAFDAC, PCN, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (N
How Blockchain Technology Will Arrest Drug Faking and Adulteration

How Blockchain Technology Will Arrest Drug Faking and Adulteration

Cover Stories, NEWS
With more than $200 billion lost to substandard drugs annually, the unholy grand cabal of fakers with an international network does not seem to be abating. The intensified efforts of both NAFDAC and the NDLEA are yet to cage the monstrous activities of the dare devil merchants of death i.e. fake and adulterated drug peddlers. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the latest technology that is hoped will bring about a lasting solution. Experts say Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare in general and the pharmacy supply chain in particular. In his resounding lecture at the 90th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in Umuahia (Abia 2017), Dr. S. Nevin, Ph.D – the Keynote Address Speaker emphatically stated that Blockchain technology