In the events leading to the appointment of a new Minister of Health by President Muhammadu Buhari as he settles down to the second tenure of his administration, key stakeholders in the healthcare sector were quick to task the government on what the agenda for the next four years should be like. In this Cover Story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the opinions of these interest groups vis-à-vis their high expectations as held by industry experts and sector watchers alike. Surprisingly enough, a school of thought had gone ahead to suggest that the president appoint someone who is not an expert in the healthcare sector, saying that the sector had performed better when people outside the profession were appointed to head the Ministry. The group, Assembly of Healthcare Profession
Over the years Nigeria has continued to expend huge amounts of hard currency in the importation of anti-snake venom vaccines. This is mainly because certain areas of the country are actually endemic to snake bites especially as rural farmers embark on their routine of crop cultivation and harvesting at different times of the year – leading to tens of thousands of deaths annually. As such snake bites are indeed a major healthcare concern that needs more concerted efforts at curbing the hazards. Recently, a team of researchers at the University of Jos developed what is termed the world’s first plant-based anti-snake venom vaccine. What’s more, according to the experts the vaccine which is a remedy for snake bites of various kinds is very cheap compared to the imported vaccines. PharmaTimes E
An issue formerly perceived as the problem of a select few, drug abuse is today becoming a problem of a sizeable proportion of the world population. The problem is so grave that it has extended beyond the usual characteristic profile of abusers being male, adult, and urban-based to now include females, youngsters and those who live in rural areas. In this Cover, PharmaTime’s CHIGBU NWAOBIA looks at the huge task before us and the possible new solutions. The challenge posed by drug abuse in Nigeria points to a pressing need to sensitise Nigerians especially the youth on the negative effects of the syndrome which is progressively heading to a public health catastrophe. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), drug abuse refers to “a state of psychic or physical dependence or both on a
• Patients advised to detoxify before attempting conception It is fast becoming popular as an alternative form of cure (especially in the advanced world) for various ailments including infertility, etc. Mayr cure or therapy is based on a detox programme to get rid of toxins at the end of which patients leave feeling fully... ,...toned, full of energy and excited. PharmeTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this Cover Story writes on the unique therapy developed by Franz Xavier Mayr in Austria in the early 20th century and in which a team of Nigerian researchers have recently made an exciting discovery. Recently some Nigerian researchers achieved what could be described as a scientific breakthrough using the Mayr type of therapy to treat infertility in couples who go through assis
•Describes Story as Grossly Inaccurate Statement and Fake Allusions The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in a swift reaction, has come out to publish a rebuttal regarding a recent publication in the Vanguard newspaper. The publication which claimed that 70% of all medicines sold in the Nigerian market are fake, was clearly refuted in a public statement, and an official disclaimer signed by the Director General of the federal agency, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye and made available to news hunters. The statement read as follows: “NAFDAC wishes to inform the members of the public, especially health care providers, policy makers and development partners to disregard an online publication at https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/in-south-east-numbe
• World body calls for Collective Response In recent times the world has witnessed a spike in measles epidemic. Over the years vaccination against this deadly childhood disease has generally been stalled especially as a major manufacturer of an anti-dengue vaccine once stated that it’s adverse effects could pose deadly consequences. With the continued loss of faith in the measles vaccine and the consequent resurgence of measles in most parts of the world, experts say there is definitely reason for us to be alarmed and be on the red alert. In this month’s cover, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the reality and depth of the looming danger. The rising wave of measles epidemic worldwide has understandably given global health watchers cause for worry. Meanwhile experts say there
The National Health Insurance Scheme was set up to ensure that every Nigerian has access to good health care services without let or hindrance, and to protect families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills. Recently, the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) and the Basic Healthcare Provisions Fund (BHCPF) was launched by the Federal Government in Abuja. According to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma who represented President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion, said the second National Strategic Health Development Plan as approved by the Federal Executive Council on Sept. 5, 2018, is the health sector’s plan leading to attaining universal health coverage for all Nigerians. But how equipped are the strategic plans on groun
The pharmaceutical industry is a highly regulated one, and even today it has become technology-intensive especially in the advanced market economies wherein knowledge is the main source of competitive advantage. In Nigeria the biggest challenge now is for the industry to align with technology, while getting pharma employees to be more innovative and responsive in their thinking to enable optimal use of the new tools to deliver solutions. In this cover, PHARMATIMES explores the new direction of pharma industries worldwide and the need for Nigeria to tap into the big gains of the new revolution. A faster pace of innovation, and new business models, the pharmaceutical industry globally has not been spared the need to adapt to the technological revolution currently dictating the way
•Clamps down on Quackery Illegal drug sales as well as adulterated and substandard medicine business has been in the news lately and it continues to be a topical issue for discussions and heated ... ...debates. And of late it appears that the regulatory agencies have stepped up their game, making heavy seizures and embarking on nationwide clampdown on unauthorised premises and dealers alike. In this write up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes a cursory look into the campaigns of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, an agency operating from the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as the latest controversies surrounding quackery and unlicensed facilities in the country amongst other activities of the regulatory and law enforcement agencies. Recently, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeri
Zeramal, the anti-malarial drug of KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited has been recognised as the premium brand of the year 2018 by the Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria (IBMN). The anti-malarial was recently distinguished among many during the IBMN organised award presentation and investiture ceremony held at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja - Lagos. The organisers of the annual event explained that Zeramal was recognised for its efficacy in the effective treatment of uncomplicated malaria among millions of Nigerians who make use of the product. “The award was conferred on deserving companies as well as brands and individuals who have made impacts on the lives of consumers through their innovations, inventions and ideas,” said Mr. Desmond Esorougwe, IBMN Registrar/ Chief Executive
Recent reports have it that Nigeria ranks topmost in terms of latest figures on HIV infected babies around the world. According to the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu, the challenge posed by stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS, access to care services, busy nature of youths, and lack of comprehensive knowledge of the dreaded disease are among the factors encouraging the increase of HIV/AIDS among the youth in the country. In this cover story, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA x-rays the predominant factors responsible for the appalling statistical tag hanging on Nigeria in the global ranking of nations with the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS epidemic, after South Africa. The United Nations Organisation’s latest report says h
With more than $200 billion lost to substandard drugs annually, the unholy grand cabal of fakers with an international network does not seem to be abating. The intensified efforts of both NAFDAC and the NDLEA are yet to cage the monstrous activities of the dare devil merchants of death i.e. fake and adulterated drug peddlers. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the latest technology that is hoped will bring about a lasting solution. Experts say Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare in general and the pharmacy supply chain in particular. In his resounding lecture at the 90th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in Umuahia (Abia 2017), Dr. S. Nevin, Ph.D – the Keynote Address Speaker emphatically stated that Blockchain technology
• Only 40 of 91 countries may achieve 40% reduction Malaria is an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected tiny flying insect vector - mosquito; it is marked ... ... by paroxysms of chills and fever. As the world marks World Malaria Day this April 25, Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the extent of the war against a life-threatening but preventable disease that continues to ravage most of the tropics, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and even parts of Europe. World Malaria Day takes place on 25 April each year; it is an internationally recognised day, to highlight the global efforts to control malaria and celebrating the gains that have been made by those in some endemic countries. Malaria is clearly a life-threatening
For long, studies have continued to reveal one thing about the incidence of high blood pressure - the fact that the black community is more predisposed to contracting cardiovascular diseases at a rate much higher than their white ... counterparts anywhere in the world. In this cover issue, Editor PharmaTimes, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the question of high blood pressure and hypertension which are the causative factors leading to heart disease and stroke, and how this affects the black population. According to Dr. Chris C. Amah, the Chief Medical Director of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, the black man or Africans in general suffer most from incidences of heart diseases simply because of the high rate of disease, infection, poverty as well as ignorance on the conti...
Recently, the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI), an NGO announced that it would carry out trauma intervention for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East, beginning first quarter of this year. This move ... by a non-governmental organisation is a welcome move contributory to the health care delivery needs of the hapless victims of insurgency and other related armed attacks leading to humanitarian crises in the north-east and even the middle belt regions of Nigeria. In this cover story, Editor of PharmaTimes, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the level of medical health needs as well as the urgency of special intervention for the populations in the IDP camps across the affected states. On a daily basis, so many lose their lives in Nigeria simply because of inadequate health...