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Day: May 23, 2018

Prolia Approved by FDA for Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis

Prolia Approved by FDA for Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis

NEWS
Officials with the FDA have approved the use of denosumab (Prolia, Amgen) for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP), according to a press release. The treatment is indicated for men and women at high risk of fracture, defined as history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are intolerant to other available therapies. The approval is based on data from 12-month analysis of a 24-month, phase 3 trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of denosumab. According to the findings, patients on glucocorticoid therapy who received denosumab had greater gains in bone mineral density (BMD) compared with those who received active comparator risedronate. Denosumab 60 mg was administered subcutaneously every 6 months compar...
JOHESU Strike: Doctors Provide Nurses’, Other’s Services at FMC Katsina

JOHESU Strike: Doctors Provide Nurses’, Other’s Services at FMC Katsina

NEWS
Medical Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Katsina are currently converting some of their colleagues to provide services hitherto rendered by members of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to ensure healthcare services are on going at the centre. A visit to the hospital shows that Doctors have manned the registry, labs and injection stations and attending to patients on ground. Speaking on the development, the Medical Director FMC, Katsina, Dr. Suleiman Bello Mohammed said despite the strike the hospital is striving to provide services saying that ' it may not be hundred percent but at least the succour it will give to the patients is enormous' He said, health service is a team work but in a situation were such working together can't be found, the Doctors have to compromise ...
1% Health Fund will Reduce Poverty, Drive Growth – PSN

1% Health Fund will Reduce Poverty, Drive Growth – PSN

Interviews, NEWS
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on Tuesday commended the Senate for providing one percent allocation of the Consolidated Revenue Fund as basic health fund in the 2018 budgetary allocation to the health sector. PSN specifically commended the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for keeping to his promise on the fund which is a provision of the National Health Act 2014. In a statement signed by the PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai, the society enumerated the various merits of the fund, saying it would improve health, reduce poverty, create jobs, drive economic growth by healthy citizens and prevent epidemics. It commended the lawmakers for providing N57bn in this year’s budget as provided by the National Health Act 2014 which was passed in 2014 but not “fully implemented till date”
Indian, Nigerian Scientists Brainstorm on Ebola, Lassa fever Vaccines

Indian, Nigerian Scientists Brainstorm on Ebola, Lassa fever Vaccines

NEWS
Some Indian and Nigerian scientists have gathered in Abuja to brainstorm on the development of vaccines for infectious and re-emerging diseases like Ebola, Lassa fever and others. Speaking at the three-day workshop on Modern and Emerging Trend in Vaccine Development at the National Biotechnology Development Agency [NABDA] in Abuja on Tuesday, experts said developing countries lack the capacity to tame infectious diseases because of inadequate facilities and expertise. A Nigerian scientist, Dr Barth Ibeh, told Daily Trust in an interview at the sideline of the workshop that finding vaccines for infectious diseases was necessary because some of these diseases keep re-emerging. “The country doesn’t really have the capacity to contain these infectious diseases as they keep re-emerging. At t