The Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) held its 2nd Annual one day Scientific Symposium at the University of Lagos, Akoka as part of the Pharmacy Week which held in Lagos recently. Tagged “Pharmacy Education & Research: A Key to Good Pharmacy Practice”, Pharm. Lere Baale CEO, Business School Netherlands, took the key note address which addressed certain issues pertaining the link between the Pharmacists in Academia and the Pharmacists in practice. He said that Pharmacy Lecturers could also be involved in Community Pharmacy, but added a clause: “I did not really mean that lecturers should go and register pharmacy shops, What I meant is that as a pharmacist you should practice but NAFDAC should make a special prerequisite before they give you your annual registration
Killing Local Drug Production, Local Industry can meet national drug needs Dr. Steve Onya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Chi Pharmaceuticals Limited, and member - Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN). Onya, a pharmacist, is also a public health consultant to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) malaria projects and the President of African Health Solution, with Headquarter in California, United States. Onya is also a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) and Chairman, Malaria Summit Group. In this interview with Journalists he said new policies introduced by the federal government including the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG) and Common Exter
SWISS PHARMA, India is a WHO certified pharmaceutical organisation, with over 26 years of manufacturing experience. With global presence in 22 countries spread across five continents, they provide a wide range of speciality products with the expertise of formulating a full range of more than 550, including Oral Solids & Sterile Preparations. Recently the Managing Director Mr. Darshan Shah was in the country on a courtesy visit to friends, and associates in the pharmaceutical industry. Here in a chart with the crew of Pharma Times, the Editor - MORGAN NWANGUMA and Staff Reporter – VICTORIA HARUNA, he paints a vivid picture of his company’s partnering approach to doing business with Nigerians. What business brings you to Nigeria?
A fast growing indigenous pharmaceutical company - Kuka Consumer Healthcare (KCH) recently introduced NORAPINE to fight against Hypertension in Nigeria. The Pharmaceutical Company not only launched its product but brings it to the market at a cheap and affordable rate too. This, the company says is aimed at reducing the ever increasing cases of hypertension in Nigeria. A representative of KCH, Miss Mary Salawu, while speaking during the product launch in Lagos, said Norapine is an uncoated tablet with break-line on one side, plain on the other side, and is indicated for the treatment of Angina Pectoris. It is also recommended for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension, alone or in combination with other anti-hypertensive drugs which must be taken with the doctors’ prescription o
The registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm. N. A. E. Mohammed, has said Idumota, the famous and one of the biggest drug markets in Nigeria would cease to exist in a short while. Though, some premises in Lagos, Ogun and Osun States have recently been shut down due to illegal and un-healthy pharmaceutical practices. Pharm. N. A. E. Mohammed also said that there are a lot of areas in which the Nigerian system is lagging behind - areas such as drug formulary, patient monitoring, etc. He said pharmacists should look into such areas and should not just be in the business of purchasing and dispensing alone. Speaking with Pharma Times, the registrar authoritatively said that the Idumota Drug Market is one of the markets that flouts the rules and regulations of the pharmaceutical pract...
With seven out of every 10 Nigerian earning less than two-dollar a-day, the cost care of stroke is often unaffordable and ultimately leading to death. This affirms the cliché that says “prevention is better than cure”. At the opening of the eighth edition of cardiovascular summit, organised by Pfizer Nigeria, it was gathered, that it will be a lot cheaper should government opt for public hospitals, paying an estimated sum of N11b ($55m) per year, if Nigeria must treat all stroke incidences in the country. Adesola Ogunniyi, Professor of Medicine at the University of Ibadan shed light on some findings on economies of stroke incidences and treatments in the country noted that the burden of stroke was bigger than the public is currently aware. Ogunniyi who has analysed seven stroke studies
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still an important health condition that most people are either completely unaware of or are grappling to understand since it became to public knowledge in the last decade or so. In this second part write-up, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA concludes his focus on the seminar that was recently held in Lagos under the ‘Orange Ribbon Initiative’ on this subject matter. Dr. Marcus D. Tillery of Technology and Social Change, Princeton University, USA, spoke concerning policies and education. Tillery who claims he had traced his lineage to Koko town, a Niger Delta community in Nigeria, is a consultant with Blazing Trails International Centre, USA. While speaking on the topic - Improving Systems and Policies that Effect Care, Education Quality and Access, highligh
Have you searched so hard for something that would remove that meat lingering in between your teeth? You have tried so hard probably using a thread or your nail, Now! There is a remedy for all your stress and it is called, Floss; you can actually do a thorough cleaning of the spaces between your teeth by the aid of a Dental Floss. Dental floss is a cord of thin filaments used to remove food and dental plaque from between the teeth in areas a toothbrush is unable to reach. As the build-up of plaque in interproximal areas is the primary cause of dental disease, such as gingivitis and dental caries, the use of floss is commonly recommended in order to prevent these conditions from developing. Despite the availability of a number of interdental cleaning aids, dental floss has received the mo
Breastfeeding is known to strengthen a child’s immune system; and it could make a world of difference when it comes to surviving some child-killer diseases like Pneumonia etc. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding, starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond. A child’s immune system may be weakened by malnutrition or undernourishment, especially if such a baby is not exclusively breastfed in the first six months of life. A child with weak immunity is a sad child. A malnourished or undernourished baby is susceptible to all sorts of infection, while he or she is also at
A contact lens, or simply contact, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. People choose to wear contact lenses for many reasons. Aesthetics and cosmetics are often motivating factors for people who would like to avoid wearing glasses or would like to change the appearance of their eyes.Other people wear contacts for functional or optical reasons. When compared with spectacles, contact lenses typically provide better peripheral vision, and do not collect moisture such as rain, snow, condensation, or sweat. This makes them ideal for sports and other outdoor activities. Contact lens wearers can also wear sunglasses, goggles, or other eyewear of their cho
Women who spend a lot of their leisure time sitting may be at increased risk of multiple myeloma, breast and ovarian cancers, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. Our sitting time has increased in modern times, due in part to the widespread use of televisions, computers and video games. The link between sitting time and cancer risk is relatively unstudied, despite extensive evidence suggesting a link between cancer prevention and physical activity. Research is increasingly investigating the adverse consequences of spending a lot of time sitting, as our sitting time has increased in recent decades, due in part to changes in transportation and the widespread use of computers and video games. The American Cancer Society say in their guidelin
Whatever you may have heard about testosterone treatment that excites you, before you embark on that enticing trip just be sure you check out some of its attendant risks. Truth is you probably have so many misconceptions about what the therapy can or cannot do for you. Testosterone treatment may seem to you as the ultimate anti-ageing recipe as you get older. Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone are not as clear as they may seem. Find out what is known and not known about testosterone therapy for normal ageing. Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps to maintain man’s: Bone density Fat distribution Muscle strength and mass Facial and body hair Red blood cell production Sex drive
A lot has been said about tea in general, and we have come to know the many health benefits as well as some of the misgivings relating to the fact that tea, especially (black) tea has some caffeine in it even as it has been established to be a health promoter. But according to nutritional health experts there is a type of tea that is not so popular like the black tea variety which is popular amongst many even in Nigeria, yet highly enjoyed all over the world. This variety is enjoyed for some very unique healthful reasons; and that is green tea. Green tea, which is native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally and its charm is spreading, and Nigerians have to embrace it too. One of the basic and most important aspects of tea in gener...
... launches Xkinash Plus Cream An indigenous pharmaceutical company based in Lagos, Kuka Consumer Healthcare Limited (KCH), in partnership with Zheijiang Jingwei Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd China, last month in Lagos organised a media launch for the introduction of Xkinash plus cream, an antifungal brand of drug product into the Nigerian pharmaceutical market. ‘’It is a product of high quality designed for the treatment of skin disorders’’, Chris Ukah, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company said during the launching which took place at the corporate headquarters of KCH in the Gbagada area of Lagos. He explained that the product is a 4-way action drug cream because it has Antifungal, Antibacterial, Anti-inflamatory and Antipruritic capabilities in addressing co
Editorial Opinion: July, 2015 Retail Chain Pharmacy – A No Go Area For many years now we have observed that here in Nigeria market liberalisation has always come with its attendant negative consequences sometimes outweighing even the positives; here freedom is easily abused and the love of money usually tends to rule the day. And so the age long burning issue of (retail) chain pharmacy continues to be in the front burner of discussions and debates amongst pharmacists, government people and all the stake holders in the industry. We strongly believe however, that the time and environment is not ripe at least for now, for the government to begin to broaden the space purposely for reasons of accommodating the interests of the proponents of such practice. Our thoughts border on strong re