(Cover Story) Adverse drug reactions and, or side effects come in various shades and colours, and have overtime become issue for concern except that much attention has not been paid to this recurring phenomenon, or so it seems. Most at times the effects of adverse drug reaction is just mild and so it is easily overlooked, but at some other times they can be dangerously alarming such as even leading to death! And so health watchers are wont to ask: with all of these, is therapeutics entering a new phase? In this write-up, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA ponders these issues, and brings to light what we ought to guard against, and what we all can do. In a developed society such as Australia, facts have it that an estimated 140,000 patients are admitted to hospital every year because of problems a
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) about 24.6 million people live with cancer worldwide while about 12.5 percent of all deaths are attributable to cancer. It also states that an estimate of more than 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer yearly, while about 80,000 die from the disease. This then implies that about 240 Nigerians fall victim to this dreadful epidemic on a daily basis, or 10 Nigerians dying every hour from cancer. We are also reminded that the country’s cancer death ratio of 4 in every 5 affected persons happens to be one of the worst in the entire planet! PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this story lets us know why there is a great cause for worry, and what can be done. Cancer is any malignant growth or tumour caused by abnormal and uncontrolled
The challenge posed by the prevailing economic recession in the country was perhaps the major factor that limited efforts of government, stakeholders, existing and potential investors in the sector from achieving greater successes. However, looking through the eye of PHARMATIMES, the highlights and monthly review of events that took place during the year indicate that the sector witnessed considerable strides during the period when compared with the preceding years. Generally speaking, the health and pharmaceutical sector in 2016 recorded remarkable achievements and successes, though there were areas clearly in dire need of improvements. JANUARY Ojukwu Varsity graduates first medical doctors World and regional organisations partner to expand access to quality heal
Since the inception of the pharmaceutical industry in the 19th century, it has come a long way, and since emerged as one of the most influential and successful industries in the world. As the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) congregate in Minna this November to deliberate, PharmaTimes tries to pre-empt the discourse in matters relating to the practice of pharmacy in the country. The discovery of insulin and penicillin by Fredrick Bating and Alexander Fleming respectively in the 1920s indeed marked the beginning of modern pharmaceutical industry that has become a major contributor to the economy of many nations of the world. Apart from providing health benefits to populations around the world, the impact of Research & Development in the industry is being felt in the discovery an
The rainy season and the wintry winds of this period especially as we get into the August Break, some people argue, perhaps comes with it so much that maybe having to do with people falling ill. There seems to be so much sneezing and coughing around, and people wonder what’s in the air. As we continue to wade through the rains, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA seeks to know if there is a possible link between the frequent occurrence of the flu and Pneumonia, as well as what you can do to be on top of the weather. At this time of the year or season, it is somewhat rampant to hear or see an increase in the number of people complaining of various body discomforts. Thus it is common to see people manifesting all manner of symptoms ranging from mild cough to sneezing, feverishness and cold, etc. We ha
Of late studies have been revealing likely promises held by the use of aspirin in the treatment of cardiovascular disease patients, but not many actually know how this new ‘heart drug’ works as well as the dangers in its wrong application. As experts continue the search for a heart-friendly remedy for cardiovascular disease sufferers, Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA reveals some salient issues surrounding the use of aspirin. Among so many remedies that are available today from over the counter, special prescriptions, to a range of alternative applications, there is little question aspirin has earned its reputation as a powerful drug among well known heart drugs and remedies. But the question we all need to tackle seriously is: just how much do you really know about aspirin with respect to the he
If your skin has been showing some ncommon‘allergic’ reactions and you have been on some medication lately, it is advisory you go see your healthcare provider for professional examination. This is the advice from the Federal Ministry of Health especially concerning the recent sudden appearance of the deadly Stevens-Johnson Syndrome in Nigeria. But this rare medical condition contrary to opinions was not discovered in Nigeria, and it is not new. In this report, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA examines the genesis and the nature of this emerging dreaded killer disease in Nigeria. As if in a game of cards, Nigerians have once more been placed on red alert regarding the latest ‘strange’ disease in town. In recent times the country has had to battle with somewhat strange diseases such as Ebola, Lassa
Rights of the Patient and Healthcare Provider The National Health Insurance Scheme has remained as just an idea since 1962 when it was first mooted. The lofty idea as it is, did not come to fruition until an enabling law was promulgated in 1999, and then in May 2005 the programme kicked off in earnest. And down the line the general consensus has been that the scheme that was given legal teeth 17 years ago is yet to seriously get up and run. Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this write-up looks at the programme’s long road to universal coverage, vis-a-vis the rights of the parties involved. Since the National Health Insurance Scheme project was set in place health watchers and experts alike have come to the opinion and conclusion that so far it has remained largely a paper tiger. Accordi
As if by a sudden twist of fate, the South American country of Brazil, and by extension the entire world looks on with bewilderment as the Zika virus disease is unsettling the minds of so many health watchers and experts alike. This new epidemic coming at a time the whole world is preparing to gather in Brazil for the forth coming Summer Olympics (August) this year, has raised more than enough concern already and the World Health Organisation is declaring an emergency situation. Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA traces the root of the fast spreading viral disease, and how the authorities are dealing with it. Currently Brazil is being ravaged by the new epidemic called Zika – a viral infection that is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes Mosquito, the same that is responsible for
While news of the resurgent viral epidemic filtered in, Health Officials and government people alike have been caught in frenzy once again since the end of the battle with Ebola. Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA who has been keeping a steady tab on the unfolding events, captures the details of these as well as what you need to know about the renewed Lassa fever epidemic which has become like a recurring decimal. Ever since August of 2015 when the dreaded disease - Lassa fever made its latest come back into the country, the health authorities have continued to grapple with this renewed scourge. The major vector of this disease is a species of the popular house mouse, but not every rodent is necessarily a carrier of the disease, however, they are all potential hosts and transmitters of the vi...
Cover story: The Critical Role of SMEs in Integrated Healthcare Delivery For a long time Nigeria has not been able to adequately tap into the inalienable benefits embedded in the existence of a thriving small and medium scale enterprise driven environment. This is because SMEs in the country have not really gotten the boost they need to flourish and even survive. The health sector as in all other sectors is in dire need of government support and funding as the country is still grappling with basic health development challenges. Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA gives a picture of what the issues are, and how the country can properly harness the advantages inherent in a viable SMEs driven economy, as well as the critical role SMEs can play in the healthcare sector. It is on record tha...
Lansoprazole May Yet Present the Best Hope for TB Treatment – Scientists What scientists and health practitioners were looking for in far, remote and complicated terrains may just be lurking around the corner as researchers are on the verge of a breakthrough for Tuberculosis cure. They have stumbled on a simple (OTC) antacid which has always been in your neighbourhood stores. Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA follows the trend of this new finding which places great hopes on lansoprazole as an excellent treatment for TB. Who would have thought that a simple over-the-counter drug just lying by the side could be the efficacious remedy that doctors and patients alike have looked for to take care of a stubborn and deadly disease such as tuberculosis? Well, as interesting and simple
For many years running until now, the world has had to confront the dreaded disease of the tropics transmitted through the bite of a tiny insect vector – the Mosquito. Malaria aside, researchers and scientists worldwide have had to confront so many other health issues, some of them relatively new, with the bid to finding lasting solutions by way of vaccine production. There is no gain saying the fact that a lot of successes have been attained over the decades; but the world has also waited patiently for thirty years since deliberate and concerted efforts began towards finding a lasting solution to the bugging malaria question. As the world rejoices over the approval of the first ever malaria vaccine made possible by pharmaceutical giants - GSK, Health editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, traces the lo
CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA COVER STORY- June Edition CHALLENGES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRACTICE IN NIGERIA An induction and oath-taking ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin took place. The event offered the body of pharmacists in Nigeria to take a deep look into challenges confronting both the pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. To this effect, as part of the event, a keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lolu Ojo, a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. In his opening remarks, the keynote speaker summarised the outcome of the series of events and activities that have been on in order to help redefine pharmacy and the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. And referring to the chosen topic for his address – ‘Pharmacy
The abuse of painkillers may be disastrous, fatal, experts warn Trailing the numerous incidents of inexplicable violent behaviours of especially the youths, and the incessant incidents of preventable accidents resulting in fatalities, scientists have delved deep into ascertaining the root causes. Recent studies have tried to diffuse the tension brought on by the arguments that these behaviours and incidents could be associated with the abuse of prescription painkillers: Writes Morgan Nwanguma, Editor Painkillers are medicaments or drugs administered to a patient in order to alleviate pain and discomfort such as in the treatment of migraine pain or general pain symptoms. Though playing a very important role in the life of a patient who is in need of them, these drugs are still regarde