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Pharmacists Task FG on Producing Essential Medicines

Pharmacists Task FG on Producing Essential Medicines

NEWS
Determined to find lasting solutions to local production of essential medicines, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has called on the Federal Government to extend joint ventures in the manufacture of essential medicines especially antimalaria and anti-infectives, to other pharmaceutical companies. The call came after the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole shortly after the FEC meeting on Wednesday, May 31, said the Federal Executive Council had approved a joint venture agreement between the Federal Government and May & Baker PLC to produce Yellow Fever vaccines in Nigeria from 2017 to 2021. The joint venture agreement as declared by the minister would involve counterparts funding in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model between the Federal Government and May & Ba...
What Happens In the Womb Can Last a Lifetime

What Happens In the Womb Can Last a Lifetime

NEWS, Women's health
The Mother’s Wellbeing It is well known that the mother should look after herself during pregnancy, and that she should eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, not drink alcohol, and refrain from smoking. It is not so well known that the mother’s emotional state is important too. The mother’s stress during pregnancy can have a long lasting effect on her child. Although, it is important to remember that the majority of children will not be affected. It is also very important that the mother does not blame herself, or that others blame her, if there are problems with her child. However, we all need to give more support to pregnant women and help to reduce their stress. If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed while you are pregnant don’t suffer in silence; talk to your
Testosterone for Sale (1)

Testosterone for Sale (1)

Men's Health, NEWS
As a husband, father, homeowner, and perhaps boss, he's farther up the mountain but his backpack feels heavy. He might wake up one day and discover that he now weighs, oops, 102 kgs, with very little of it muscle. He might find nothing in the tank for sex if it's a Tuesday and past 9:30. Maybe he hasn't met all the goals he set at 30. Worse, maybe he did. These are complicated burdens. Attempting to fix any one of them could be a huge challenge. How convenient, then, would it be if he could pop a pill that is purported to be the rejuvenating answer? Given the choice between making life changes and filling a prescription for testosterone, it's an easy decision. But is the easy answer an effective one? The fight to thwart male decline has been going on ever since the first guy with hair gr...
PCN Seals 380 Illegal Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

PCN Seals 380 Illegal Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores

NEWS
Pharmacists Council of Nigeria PCN said it has sealed the premises of 380 illegal pharmacies and patent medicine stores during its facility inspection and enforcement exercise  in Edo state.  The Council’s Director of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs. Anthonia O. Aruya, disclosed this in Benin City while briefing journalists on the enforcement carried out in Benin metropolis by the council. Aruya said those sealed 380 businesses during the exercise were made up of 38  illegal Pharmacies and 270 Patient Medicine stores, adding that the aim was to sanitise the drug distribution chain in the country. According to her, the sealed-up were for various offences, ranging from failure to renew premises license, dispensing ethical products without the supervision of pharmacists and poor sanitar
Shocking! How Alcohol Intake during Pregnancy Deforms Babies

Shocking! How Alcohol Intake during Pregnancy Deforms Babies

Children's Health, NEWS
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can subtly influence the way a baby’s face is formed, researchers have found. The finding includes even drinking at low levels such as the occasional drink. Using a 3D facial analysis, features observed were subtle and not visible to the naked eye, being less than 2mm. However, the researchers did observe small changes to the mid-face – the nose, lips and eyes – of babies who were exposed to any alcohol from the first trimester of pregnancy. According to Mirror, the findings which researchers said also raises questions about brain development – come out of a study of 415 babies who had 3D photographs taken of their faces at the age of one. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute asked the mums of the babies about their drinking habits
WHO Gives Updates on Antibiotics, HIV, Cancer Drugs

WHO Gives Updates on Antibiotics, HIV, Cancer Drugs

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances. The advice is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017, which includes medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list added 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, and specifies new uses for nine already-listed products, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs. The WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations. Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-Gen...
No GMO Product Licensed By NAFDAC – Official

No GMO Product Licensed By NAFDAC – Official

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not licensed any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) based products in the country. The NAFDAC Spokesperson, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja while reacting on speculation that the products have flooded some markets in Nigeria. Jimoh explained that the agency had not given any approval for GMO foods in the country. He said that if any was found in any departmental store or supermarket, such was selling illegally without the consent of NAFDAC. According to him, the Federal Government has created a new agency to regulate GMO based products and the organisation had visited NAFDAC to seek for cooperation. “Hope you are aware that government created
President’s Health Causes Concern

President’s Health Causes Concern

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The week-long stay in France by President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic is causing concern and speculation over the health of the president. Benin’s Foreign minister on Wednesday worked to reassure the nation that President Talon was healthy, despite mounting speculation about the cause of his week-long stay in France. “He is staying in Paris and he is taking advantage of his stay to do a health check,” Mr Aurelien Agbenonci, said. President Talon’s absence has been a hot topic in the tiny West African nation for several days. On Tuesday, Mr Agbenonci denied that 59-year-old President Talon was ill. “The president of the republic did not leave Cotonou hastily, he is not ill and is well,” Mr Agbenonci said. According to other sources speaking on condition of anonymity, President Talo
When Babies Survive Abortions

When Babies Survive Abortions

Children's Health, NEWS
Often when a baby is born alive during an abortion procedure, the child is kept in the abortion clinic until he or she dies. In rare cases, the abortionist himself takes action to kill the baby. But sometimes the baby is transferred to a hospital, where he can be given medical care. Unfortunately, it is the policy of many hospitals simply to allow these babies to die. Nurse Kathleen Malloy, from Jacksonville, Florida, witnessed the death of one baby who was born after a saline abortion and transferred to her hospital. Melanie Green of Last Days Ministries quoted Malloy in her pamphlet “Children: Things We Throw Away?” Malloy tells her story: I worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and when we weren’t busy, I’d go out to help with the newborns. One night I saw a bassinet outside the
Reps Summon Health Minister, NAFDAC DG Over Beverage Packages

Reps Summon Health Minister, NAFDAC DG Over Beverage Packages

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to appear before it to explain likely effects of using plastic containers to package foods and beverages. Also, Yetunde Oni, the acting Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, was summoned to appear before the house. The decision was sequel to a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) entitled: “Need to Regulate the Use of Bisphenol “A”(BPA) Plastics in the Production of Bottled Water”. Moving the motion, Ogun expressed concern over the effects of drinking water in plastic containers that had been left under the sun or near a heat source, which had been linked to degenerative diseases. He explained that plastics were hydrocarbons obtained from cr
Bauchi Records 204 Cases of Leprosy

Bauchi Records 204 Cases of Leprosy

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No fewer than 204 cases of leprosy have been recorded in Bauchi State, the State Commissioner for Health, Halima Mukaddas, has revealed. The Commissioner, who disclosed this yesterday in Bauchi, said one of the challenges in the health sector of the state was the re-emergence of diseases that were previously eliminated, but resurfaced again in the state. Mukaddas said: “We have been experiencing re-emergence of some diseases we thought we have eliminated, but resurfaced and one of them is leprosy. This year alone, we recorded 17 new cases of the disease. “However, the ministry has risen to the occasion by commencing prompt treatment of the affected victims.” Speaking on the achievement of the ministry in the area of nutrition, the commissioner said that from September 2015 to date
Europe: 8,400 Die of Illicit Drugs Overdose – EU

Europe: 8,400 Die of Illicit Drugs Overdose – EU

NEWS
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has warned against increase in deaths arising from overdose of illicit drugs in Europe for the third consecutive year. The agency gave the warning on Tuesday in its annual report in Brussels. According to the EU which quoted a report, in 2015 alone, more than 8,400 people died of drug overdose in the 28 EU member states plus Turkey and Norway, representing six per cent increase from 2014. The report said that the deaths were mainly related to heroin and other opioids and in many cases, the drugs were used in combination with alcohol. “One of the main drivers behind the upwards trend was a 26-per cent increase in opioid-related deaths in Britain compared to the previous year. “The number of overdose deaths also increa
NMA mourns our Global Health Ambassador – Prof Babatunde Osotimehin

NMA mourns our Global Health Ambassador – Prof Babatunde Osotimehin

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Prof. Babatunde Osotomehin FAS, OON (1949-2017): The passage the Global Health Ambassador- a monumental loss for NMA. The President, National Officers' Committee (NOC) and the entire members of Nigerian Medical Association join the immediate family, the governments of Ogun State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the entire global health community to mourn the passage of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin FAS, OON, unto eternity. He was until his the death the 4th Executive Director UNFPA & Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2011 till date. Prof Osotimehin a renowned clinical consultant, refined medical lecturer and professor who imparted knowledge to many at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, visionary healthcare administrator and international health manager woul...
Is It Okay For Doctors To Date Patients?

Is It Okay For Doctors To Date Patients?

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Dr Chris Uzoh, a Nigerian-born medical doctor was recently suspended by General medical Council (GMC), UK for soliciting a romantic relationship with a female patient. According to Mail Online, Dr Chris attended to the patient in the clinic and followed up thirty minutes via text messages such as: ‘Sorry for this text message but I saw you and liked you and thought we could go on a date in the future. ‘I am single and looking for a serious relationship and not intending to mess about.’ ‘I’ve been feeling like a schoolboy meeting a girl he fancied for the first time. I haven’t felt this way in a while.’ Later the woman received a card and flowers at her home along with a further message from Dr Uzoh adding: ‘I wonder how else I would have met you if not this way.  ‘My heart is pure, I
Appointments: Pharmacists Urge FG to Emulate WHO

Appointments: Pharmacists Urge FG to Emulate WHO

NEWS
The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to take a cue from the recent appointment of an Ethiopian, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. The association said that members of the organisation elected Tedros as the head, in spite of the fact that he was not a medical doctor. The association’s commendation is contained in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Mr. Martins Oyewole, and sent to our correspondent by its National Vice Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Amibor. The statement read, “This positive development is, indeed, a landmark, given that this remains the first time in the history of the WHO that an African would be elected to lead the organisation. “We also sal