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Day: July 4, 2018

Shut Open Drug Markets Now, ACPN Urges FG

Shut Open Drug Markets Now, ACPN Urges FG

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Community Pharmacists under the auspices of  the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, Lagos State branch have blamed the rising incidences of drug abuse on failure of the Federal government to shutdown open drug markets across the country.  The pharmacists also said  government  should addresse the issue of drug distribution which involves the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines, NDDG, by December this year, or be held accountable on drug misuse and abuse in Nigeria. At a press briefing in Lagos to announce its 37th Annual National Conference tagged Edo 2018 with the theme: “Medicines Abuse in Nigeria: A call to Action for Community Pharmacists”, the National Chairman of ACPN, Dr. Kelong Albert Alkali said Nigerians are suffering for no fault
Ebonyi Government Totally Bans Sale Of Tramadol, Codeine Substances

Ebonyi Government Totally Bans Sale Of Tramadol, Codeine Substances

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The Ebonyi Government has totally banned the sale of tramadol and codeine-containing products in chemists, pharmacies and other health facilities in the state. Dr Sunday Nwangele, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. David Umahi on Health Services, announced this in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting. Nwangele who said that the ban took immediate effect, added that restriction has also been placed on the sale of antibiotics and analgesics Over The Counter (OTC) in these health outlets. “Henceforth, issuance of antibiotics and analgesics will be strictly on doctor’s prescription as this directive will be adequately monitored,” he said. “OTC drugs are not affected by the restriction as is obtained in the country, African contin
Two Men Arrested for Possession of 30 Cartons of Tramadol

Two Men Arrested for Possession of 30 Cartons of Tramadol

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The Lagos State Police has arrested two, Igwe Ejike and Stephen Osita, 53, for unlawful possession of 30 cartons of Tramadol 100mg capsules at Trade-fair area of Lagos. The police disclosed that on Saturday 29 June this year, at 7:30am or thereabouts, a team of policemen attached to Trade-fair Division intercepted a Scania 220 truck with Reg. No FST-45-OD on a stop-and-search operation. The truck was said to have been loaded with 30 Cartons of Tramadol 100mg capsules neatly concealed under motor spare parts. The State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said that despite how carefully the drugs were concealed, the eagle eyed police operatives detected the illegal consignment. “The driver of the truck, Ejike of No 2 Green Land Street Olorunshogo, Badagry and his conductor, Os
Minister of Health Tasks States On Population Policy

Minister of Health Tasks States On Population Policy

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The Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has charged State Governments to review their population policy and implementation approaches with a view to encouraging families to see the need for moderate family size. The Minister gave this charge while speaking at the inaugural Annual Memorial Lecture on Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, held in Abuja recently. According to him ‘’Nigeria needs to invest about $652 million over the next five years on high-impact family planning’’ Prof. Adewole noted that with over 190 million people and still counting, vigorous awareness creation about the essence of moderate family size, especially in rural areas, had become necessary. He informed that the rapid population growth rate could be attributed to the high Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of
Cholera, Diarrhea Kill 29 in Katsina

Cholera, Diarrhea Kill 29 in Katsina

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An outbreak of cholera and diarrhea has killed no fewer than 29 people across Katsina State. While 17 died of cholera, the rest 12 lost their lives to chronic diarrhea and vomiting. The Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Mariatu Bala Usman, who confirmed the development yesterday, noted: “We do have a cholera outbreak in Katsina. We have surveillance systems across the 34 local government areas (LGAs). “The Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers work directly with the Primary Health Care Development Agency responsible for the managing of outbreaks like these.” She went on: “They have been on alert since the first case in Kusada. “Currently, we have cases of diarrhea and vomiting in about seven LGAs. One hundred and eighty persons were affected by the outbreak and we recor
Election Irregularities Tear Abia NMA Apart

Election Irregularities Tear Abia NMA Apart

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The Abia state Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has been thrown into turmoil following disputed election. The election, which took place during the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association, produced two claimants to the Chairmanship position. The two claimants are Dr (Mrs) Carol Iwuoha and Dr Udo Mark both staff of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba. The immediate past Chairman Dr Prince Onyemachi however handed over to Dr Iwuoha who he described as duly elected in accordance with the NMA rules and guidelines. Four candidates who had been cleared to contest the chairmanship position were Drs Udo Mark, Rock Hemuka, Isaiah Abali and Mrs Iwuoha. The aggrieved three male contestants had faulted the non application of eligibility conditio...
Open Drug Market In Nigeria: Will January 1 Remain Sacrosanct?

Open Drug Market In Nigeria: Will January 1 Remain Sacrosanct?

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The National Chairman of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Albert Alkali was on point recently when he bemoaned the existence of open drug market in Nigeria. Speaking recently in Lagos at a press conference ... ... organised by ACPN in response to the May 1, 2018 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary which revealed widespread codeine abuse in Nigeria, Alkali said that decades of neglect of the drug distribution system in the country has given room for charlatans, quacks and dubious individuals to carry out illicit trading in medicines that should ordinarily be dispensed under pharmacists’ supervision. In this cover story, PHARMATIMES examines the ills of the Open Drug Market and attempts to chart a way forward. The drug industry has been seen by so
Pharmamax Plans Huge Investment in Cardiovascular Therapies

Pharmamax Plans Huge Investment in Cardiovascular Therapies

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• Aims to institute annual cardiovascular awards in Nigerian universities • Applauds NAFDAC for sustained Pharmamax Nigeria Limited, an emerging pharmaceutical generic marketing company in Nigeria, plans to invest in broad range of cardiovascular remedies before the end of the year - to enhance patient’s accessibility to anti-hypertensive medicines. In a related development, the pharmaceutical marketing company says it has concluded arrangements to partner faculties of pharmaceutical sciences in select universities across the country to institute an annual Pharmamax Cardiovascular Academic Awards. Speaking through the KCH Group Head of Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Morgan Nwanguma recently said the company is spurred by encouragements received from physicians and drugstore
Consultant Pharmacist Cadre in Lagos: Doctors Got It Wrong

Consultant Pharmacist Cadre in Lagos: Doctors Got It Wrong

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It is cheery news for pharmacists and allied health workers in public hospitals in Lagos that the state government has created Consultant Pharmacist cadre and directorate for allied health professionals in schemes of service in the state. By the new policy, pharmacists in the employ of Lagos State health ministry would henceforth look forward to attainment of the highest possible height in their career progression. It is dream come true after many years of advocacy - for a review of scheme of public/civil servants by the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN). The AHAPN had explained in its submission to the federal government recently that the call for a review of the scheme was necessitated by the fact that the establishment of the West African Postgr...
Customs Intercepts Containers Laden With Tramadol In Rivers

Customs Intercepts Containers Laden With Tramadol In Rivers

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The Nigerian Customs service (NCS) says a total of 20-40 feet containers laden with Tramadol have been seized in Rivers state. The Command also stated that over six trailers with expired rice have also been intercepted by the gallant officers of the Command in the state. Assistant Controller, Zone C (NCS) Port Harcourt, disclosed this to newsmen in the state capital recently during the launching of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Campaign against illicit drug Abuse and trafficking organized to mark 2018 world anti-drug day. Umar maintained that NCS increased import duty as a measure to tackle drug abuse by importers. Commenting on the effect of consumption of expired rice, Umar noted that expired rice causes cancer to humans and its consumption should be discouraged. O...