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Day: September 14, 2018

Pharmalliance Rewards Deserving Pharmacists at the Panel 10

Pharmalliance Rewards Deserving Pharmacists at the Panel 10

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It was an auspicious moment as Pharmalliance recognised Pharm. Deji Osinoiki and other worthy pharmacists with different awards at the recently held retail pharmacy conference “The Panel 10”. This year’s edition of the conference which is in its 10th year running witnessed the presentation of the Retail Pharmacy Legend Awards to Pharm. Deji Osinoiki who is regarded as a father in the retail pharmacy sector. He was presented the award by Pharm. Jimi Agbaje, who described him as indeed deserving of the recognition. Pharm. Osinoiki, CEO Deyo Pharmacy, who also served as the chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists between 1988 and 1991 expressed his gratitude for the great honour bestowed upon him. He encouraged pharmalliance to keep up the good work. Other recipients of awards
Zimbabwe Cholera Deaths at 24, Drugs Resistant –WHO

Zimbabwe Cholera Deaths at 24, Drugs Resistant –WHO

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The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to 24 with first-line antibiotics struggling to treat the disease which has spread from the capital, a World Health Organisation report said Thursday. “A cumulative of 24 deaths were reported from the onset of outbreak,” the report said, with 23 deaths in Harare and one death in the southeast district of Masvingo. “There is resistance to the first-line medicine,” it added, with tests suggesting antibiotic drugs ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone could be ineffective and the alternative drug azithromycin was not available. “Relevant medicines should be purchased as a matter of urgency as soon as resistance patterns have been ascertained,” the situation report from WHO and the health ministry recommended. The cholera outbrea
UTI Can Cause Life-Threatening Complications, Doctors Warn

UTI Can Cause Life-Threatening Complications, Doctors Warn

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Some medical practitioners have warned that Urinary Tract Infections could lead to potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated. The experts made this known in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. UTI is an infection in any part of human urinary tract system, including the kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra. Dr Egbete Chimaobi, the Managing Director, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine, said: “When UTIs are left untreated, it can lead to Sepsis and Abscess, which is an extensive and more serious form of any infection, especially in women. “UTIs can lead to major infertility as women who are pregnant would experience premature labour and miscarriages. “UTIs could also lead to kidney failure and cancer of the bladder,” he sa
NMA Gives Fed Govt Sept 30 to Constitute Board

NMA Gives Fed Govt Sept 30 to Constitute Board

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has given the Federal Government an ultimatum to constitute the Board of the Medical and Dental Council (MDCN) or face a legal action. Its President, Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, gave the government till September 30 to do so. Speaking at a briefing at the end of the association’s National Executive Council (NEC), Faduyile threatened to go to court if the government failed to constitute the board. Faduyile said it was saddening that three years after dissolving the last board, the government had not constituted a new one. He said the government’s action has affected regulation in the sector. Reading the communique issued at the end of the association’s NEC meeting, the president said: “The NEC called on the Federal Government to immedi
Nigeria Loses About $2bn Yearly to Poor Health Care – FG

Nigeria Loses About $2bn Yearly to Poor Health Care – FG

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The Federal Government on Thursday said that the country had been losing about $2bn annually due to loss of confidence in its health care system. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, represented by the Chief Medical Director of Jos University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Edmund Banwat, made this disclosure during the 54th Annual Scientific Conference and workshop of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria held in Jos, capital of Plateau State, with the theme, Local vaccine formulation and production in Nigeria: Challenges, threats and opportunities. The government also expressed concern over what it described as lack of teamwork in the health sector workplace, which is the leading cause of rivalry between medical doctors, pharmacists and other allied ...
‘Fruit Juices Has no Health Hazard’ – Expert

‘Fruit Juices Has no Health Hazard’ – Expert

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A Lagos-based wellness expert has debunked claims of health risks associated with fruit juice stressing that fruit juices does not harm human body. Speaking during a monthly wellness dialogue series, a programme supported by Chivita as part of its public enlightenment campaign on the benefits of 100 percent fruit juice, a wellness expert, Dr. Bisi Abiola said there is no positive correlation between fruit juice and health risks such as obesity, cancer, diabetes and dental decay. During the discourse, Abiola, who is also the Managing Director of Indulge Nigeria Limited, said: “Sugar in 100 percent fruit juice always comes with the fruits that have been juiced. It is never added. The simple sugar found in whole fruit and fruit juices is mostly in form of fructose. Accordingly, the Worl
P.O.P: 1000 Kaduna Residents Benefit From NDA Medical Outreach

P.O.P: 1000 Kaduna Residents Benefit From NDA Medical Outreach

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About 1000 residents of Kutungare community at Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state have benefited from a free medical outreach organized by the Nigeria Defense Academy (NDA). The event forms part of activities lined up to precede the Passing Out Parade ceremony for cadets of 65 RC (Army) and 66 RC (Navy and Air Force) billed to hold 6th October. Speaking at the occasion, Commandant of the academy, Major General Adeniyi medical outreachOyebade said NDA is concerned about the health and well-being of people living in the communities around it, hence the need to embark on the exercise. He further directed the medical team to refer any health challenge beyond the capacity of the outreach to the NDA Medical Centre for further medical attention. General Oyebade who thanked the...
Experts Caution over Dietary Supplement Containing Higenamine

Experts Caution over Dietary Supplement Containing Higenamine

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Public health researchers have warned against taking weight-loss and sports/energy supplements containing higenamine, a potentially harmful cardiovascular stimulant. According to a new peer-reviewed published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology, the international researchers urged consumers to use caution when consuming supplements labeled as containing ‘higenamine’, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of substances prohibited in sports. The independent study was conducted by researchers at Global Public Health Organisation NSF International, Harvard Medical School and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. The researchers studied 24 products labeled as containing higenamine or the synonyms “norcoclauri
Ogun Launches App for Health Insurance Scheme

Ogun Launches App for Health Insurance Scheme

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The Ogun State government has launched and deployed the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) mobile devices in implementing its community-based Health Insurance Scheme, called Araya, to make health care service delivery more efficient, reliable and dependable across the state. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, spoke at the Araya ICT deployment training and handover of the mobile devices to third party administrators, organised by the Ministry of Health in Abeokuta, the state capital. In a statement by his media aide, Mrs. Omolala Awolana, the commissioner noted that the new development would ensure programmatic efficiency and support the rapid scale up of the intervention. He added that the implementation processes of the scheme, which is paper-bas...
MDCN Inducts New 120 LAUTECH Medical Doctors

MDCN Inducts New 120 LAUTECH Medical Doctors

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The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has given its nod to fresh one 120 medical doctors trained at the College of Health Sciences of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, to practice medicine and surgery. Registrar of the council, Dr. Tajudeen Adisa Sanusi, who inducted the new doctors in the college premises, Osogbo, last weekend said that reports about LAUTECH products were pleasant and encouraging, the reason he said the incessant industrial actions embarked upon by workers of the institution had become worrisome. Speaking to audience which included the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt.-Hon Joshua Olagunju, among others, Dr Sanusi appealed to visitors to the university to do all within their powers to provide adequate funding f...
Baricitinib in Patients with Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis

Baricitinib in Patients with Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Published in New England Journal of Medicine Authors: Mark C. Genovese, M.D., Joel Kremer, M.D., Omid Zamani, M.D., Charles Ludivico, M.D., Marek Krogulec, M.D., Li Xie, M.S., Scott D. Beattie, Ph.D., Alisa E. Koch, M.D., Tracy E. Cardillo, M.S., Terence P. Rooney, M.D., William L. Macias, M.D., Ph.D., Stephanie de Bono, M.D., Ph.D., et al. Abstract BACKGROUND In phase 2 studies, baricitinib, an oral Janus kinase 1 and 2 inhibitor, reduced disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had not previously received treatment with biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). METHODS In this phase 3 study involving 527 patients with an inadequate response to or unacceptable side effects associated with one or more tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, other biologic D...
Medics Decry Hypertension Increase In Lagos

Medics Decry Hypertension Increase In Lagos

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The Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) has decried the high rate of stress. The Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of AGPMN, Dr Tunji Akintade, spoke at the group’s Pre-Annual General Meeting (AGM) to announce the chapter’s conference, which holds between September 18 and 19 in Ikeja. Akintade explained: “The consequence of the stress leads to the sudden increase of hypertensive cases witnessed in our hospitals. Stress is one of the causes of hypertension. There should be a way to mitigate this.’’ Akintade said brain drain was affecting the industry, adding: “Human resource for health is at the lowest ebb in Nigeria, Lagos inclusive. This is due to the migration of our professionals to a supposed greener pasture. This has caused a lot of setbacks on
Drug Abuse: Thanks for Rallying in Agege -Oba to Pharmacists

Drug Abuse: Thanks for Rallying in Agege -Oba to Pharmacists

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They marched into the town carrying music with them, they danced amidst the blare of trumpets and resounding drumbeats; Agege will never be the same again. The colourful banner bore the message, “Pharmacists Walk against Drug Abuse, Misuse and Addiction” and the T-Shirts reminded us that it was “Time to Test, Treat Hepatitis B, Cure Hepatitis C.” Obviously it was the turn of this highly populated suburb of Lagos to host the sanitising visit of the campaign train of pharmacists to enlighten its citizens on the grave danger posed by wrong use of drugs by the people. From the Agege Main Market the dancing troop and anti-drug abuse campaigners of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) trudged to the palace of the Olu of Agege, HRH, Oba Kamila Oyedeji Isiba. The Lagos State 2018 Pharmacy