Community Pharmacists Action Centre (COPA), an initiative of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in conjunction with Howard University Global Initiative (HUGIN), a consortium partner with FHI360, also known as Family Health International, on Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) on Tuesday celebrated community pharmacies that met the criteria for Quality Care Standards in Community Pharmacy as developed by the International Pharmaceutical Association (FIP). The event which held at The Rembrandt Hotel, Ikeja was attended by many dignitaries in the pharmaceutical sector such as Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, Registrar of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), who was the Chairman of the Occasion; Prof. Kunle Olabayo, Director General National Insti...
The Publisher of PharmaTimes Health publication, Pharm Chris Ukah, has won the prestigious Pharma Entrepreneur of the Year Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Board of Fellows (BOF) for distinguishing himself in the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. The award was presented to him at the 2018 edition of the PSN Board of Fellows annual mid-year meeting /dinner which held on Wednesday, 27th June at the banquet hall of Sheraton Hotels and Suites, Ikeja - Lagos by the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on behalf of BOF. Ukah, who is also the Group Managing Director of KCH, an emerging conglomerate with interest in publishing, production and marketing of high quality essential medicines was specifica...
To meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge on treating more people living with Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) yearly, the Federal Government would need to raise its funding with N6billion from N1.5billion to N7.5billion. Buhari made a commitment during the United Nations (UN) event on ending AIDS at UN headquarters in New York in September last year to maintain the 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment and put an additional 50,000 on treatment, using government’s finances. Figures from the Joint United Nations programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) and National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) released yesterday at the launch of the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) in Abuja, showed that out of more than one million Nigerians
The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has called on all youths to take up the task of fighting drug abuse. She made this known while giving her remarks at the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Board of Fellows Mid-Year Meeting/Dinner which held on Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel and Suites. Prof. Adeyeye stated that no country can be better than its youth and that’s why she extended her hand of fellowship to the Young Pharmacists Group. She said NAFDAC as a result is partnering them to commence a nationwide anti drug abuse campaign. Dr. Adeyeye explained that most of the people engaging in this dangerous act of drug abuse are young boys and girls, and as such, it is important that the youths are used in spearhead
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) is gearing up for its 37TH Annual National Conference which is scheduled to hold from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7TH July, 2018 in the ancient city of Benin. The National Chairman of the Association, Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali told journalists at a press briefing that the theme for this year’s conference is “Medicine Abuse in Nigeria: A Call to Action For Community Pharmacists” and that it would be chaired by His Excellency Comrade Adams Oshiomole with Prof. Ray Ozolua as the keynote speaker. He went further to state that the conference will be declared open by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Edo State Mr. Godwin Obaseki on the 3rd of July. While speaking to the press, Dr. Alkali described the theme of this year’s conferenc
The National Vice Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), who is also running for the position of National Chairman in the forthcoming elections has said that no level of rivalry that emerges as a result of the election, will be above the interest of the Association. He made this known via a Press Release recently. Read the full Press Statement reads as follows: The 37th Annual Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), EDO 2018, is scheduled to take off on July 1, 2018, in the ancient city of Benin. One of the highlights of this year's conference is the election of new National Executives into office, to steer the ship of the organisation to greater heights of benefit for the members of ACPN, the national health team and th...
The World Health Organisation has said that a new drug Carbetocin has the potential to save thousands of women’s lives annually. WHO said Carbetocin now serves as a new competition – with improved benefits – to Oxytocin, a stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth. WHO said excessive bleeding after childbirth still kills around 70,000 mothers a year and currently, Oxytocin is the first-choice medication, but it must be kept cold, unlike the new drug, Carbetocin. The study, partly led, among others, by WHO and published on Wednesday, suggested that the new drug which could be stored at normal temperatures, could save the lives of thousands in low- and lower-middle-income countries. “This is a truly encouraging new development that can revolution
Poor-quality medicines may be an unaccounted root cause of high maternal mortality in low- and middle-income countries. The importance of quality-assured oxytocics cannot be overemphasized. Two distinct but connected studies were conducted in Nigeria – to determine the quality of Oxytocin in a nationwide survey, and to assess the clinical experiences with the use of oxytocin by healthcare providers in Lagos State Nigeria. The result shows 74.2% of the samples analyzed by an internationally accredited physicochemical laboratory failed quality tests. Only 52 percent of the respondents knew the storage condition for oxytocin. About 41 percent use 20IU and as much as 10 percent use 30IU to 60IU for management of PPH. NigerianMedicals
Dr Nicholas Karimu, the Director-General of the organization, gave the advice during a workshop on “The recent outbreak of cholera in Nigeria” organised for FHIN state directors in Abuja. Karimu said there was need for stakeholders’ collaboration to promote access water supply and sanitation in the rural communities. According to him, Nigeria is still one of the countries in the world that is cholera endemic, even though the disease is preventable and treatable. “I call on the residents of FCT and Nigeria at large to keep their environment clean and healthy to guard against infection from any form of disease,” he said. Karimu said people should be cautious of the kind of food and water they consume and should always keep their surroundings and water clean. The director-general advised
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday said Nigeria might face a drug abuse epidemic due to increasing influx of Tramadol into the country. Mr Garba Ahmadu, the NDLEA Commander, Murtala Muhammed Airport Command, gave the warning at an event to mark the “UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” in Lagos. Ahmadu said that the quantity of Tramadol coming into the country was of high volume because traffickers were bringing a lot of it, apart from other drugs such as Methamphetamine and Ephedrine. He said that due to the vigilance of NDLEA at the Lagos Airport, a lot of departures from Nigeria divert to other West African countries, whenever they were coming to the country. “If you look at the manifest so far, you will see a lot of departures fro
The issue of drug abuse has recently come to national consciousness prompting the ban on codeine in the aftermath of a documentary exposing the prevalence of codeine consumption in some parts of the country by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a UK public service broadcaster. Experts say drug abuse has become an issue of national emergency to safeguard the future of the youths who are entangled in the cobweb of drug abuse and misuse This is why stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to unravel the factors promoting abuse of drugs with a view to reducing the risk to the barest minimum if not completely eradicating it. According to a survey conducted by the Narcotics and Drug Abuse Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), many factors have contributed to...
Dr Emeka Ogah, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), has confirmed the death of one its consultants, Dr Canice Ebirim on Tuesday during the Super Eagles and Argentina match. Ogah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that reports reaching him suggested that Ebirim died within the period of the match. The CMD said that he received the news of his death at about 9 p.m. while the match was ongoing. Ogah said that a friend of the deceased informed him that Ebirim started behaving funny within that period. “Ebirim’s friend said that the deceased started moving suspiciously and solicited for assistance which made him intervene and took him (Ebirim) to the hospital. “Efforts made to revive him at our hospital proved abortive as he died bu
President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria was committed to the provision of affordable health care facilities in the drive to have healthy population. At the commissioning of the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar on Tuesday, Buhari said that Nigeria’s primary health care system needs to be innovative and quality driven. “Primary health care is the cornerstone aimed at creating the conditions that improve the general health of the people, meet the particular needs of patients, families and communities. “Similarly, our secondary and tertiary healthcare systems must meet the most complicated medical challenges for our people at affordable rates.’’ He explained that the significance of the commissioning could be better understood by making the connection between medical care an
The CEO of Global Health Resources, Dr. Wale Alabi, has made a case for Public-Private Partnership in the delivery of quality health service to Nigerians. Alabi made the statement at the fifth edition of the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award held last Friday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. He said, “The way forward is for the private sector to drive healthcare in Nigeria. The government must actually step back and give the private sector the opportunity to run the health delivery. “We can actually have the Public-Private Partnership where government regulates the price of healthcare so that the poor will not be exploited,” he noted. On the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, Alabi said the award was created to promote excellence in the healthcare indus
Come Wednesday the 27th of June, the Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) prepares to honour a collection of deserving Awardees. This event according to the organisers will be part of an Annual Dinner scheduled for the prestigious Sheraton Hotels and Suites, Ikeja – Lagos.