Drug counterfeiting and the recent formal approval of the PharmD degree have continued to make the rounds across the health/pharmaceutical sectors, and among major stakeholders. The National Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali, in this interview with PharmaTimes GABRIEL IFINNWA, spoke extensively on the activities of the association as it relates to these issues and other developments in Nigeria’s pharma industry. Excerpts: As President of the ACPN, what has been your major achievement? As National Chairman my major achievements have been in the areas of trainings (antibiotic resistance prevention, Respiratory diseases, body language and the use of hand writing in fraud detection, etc.) of our colleagues in collaboration with some ma
Mrs. Oge Ikeakanam is the Group Head of Regulatory Affairs at KCH. In this interview with PharmaTimes, she stated that Pharmamax, a member of the KCH group has declared war on cardiovascular diseases through efforts geared towards formulating high quality combination therapy for prevention and management of cardiovascular risks. She also spoke on the issue pertaining to drug counterfeiting among others. It is popular knowledge that cardiovascular diseases have become an alarming health concern both for the healthcare providers and the citizenry. What is your company’s contribution towards the prevention and management of cardiovascular risks in the country? You are correct on that notion. Basically, we are concerned about the rising incidence of Cardiovascular Diseases - p
The former Chairman, Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ebenezer Adeleke, is one of the numerous professional stakeholders deeply worried by the spate of quackery about the pharmacy profession. He has a strong warning for the consuming public - to be wary of the dangers of patronising charlatans in the business. Adeleke believes all over the world it is an integral part of the role of the pharmacist to promote and advocate for the function of the pharmacist in improving health in his community and indeed every corner of the world. He is supposed to help sensitise the public on drug usage while highlighting the impact and added value of the pharmacy profession to the general public. On the recently concluded 89th Annual National Conference of the...
Olutayo Arikawe had a great 2016 grabbing an award as Britain’s Pharmacist of the Year. A community pharmacist and pharmacist manager at Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, Arikawe had earlier won the Chemist and Druggist (C+D) Community Pharmacist of the Year and Pharmacy Manager of the year awards. As a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, she gives career advice and offers work placements for students. Arikawe spoke to journalists about her professional journey since relocating to the United Kingdom in 2005. Import of the ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ ‘The I Love My Pharmacist’ award was created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain, to showcase and celebrate the great work that pharmacists do for their
Dr Chizoba Wonodi is the Country Director, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) What is your assessment of vaccine availability in the country? Right now it is really good because there has been no stock out of routine vaccines in the last two years or so. But there will be funding gaps coming up, beginning from 2017 when the funding from GAVI will start to decline. We need to have our plans in place. We need to know how we are going to replace the money that is leaving from GAVI. We need to know how we are going to fund the additions of new vaccine that are going into the programs. Do you see government increasing funding for vaccines using the revenue from the country? I think that is even the best thing to do because if you consider the altern
Prof. Akin Bamigboye is a specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. He is the Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the University of Medical Sciences, Laje, Ondo State. In this interview with Gabriel Ifinnwa, he expressed dissatisfaction with the worrisome high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country, and what can be done to halt the trend. What exactly does Maternal Mortality Ratio mean? Maternal Mortality Ratio is a figure which depicts the health status of a community or a nation. It has a direct correlation with the health status of a nation and it is defined as the number of women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy or within 42 days of ending a pregnancy. It includes incidental causes. The rate in Nigeria in 2015, according to WHO statistics, stan...
Continued from last edition At this stage, it is important to differentiate between the terms objective and goal, because the words, objective and goals seem to be synonymous, but, in fact, they are not. It does not matter much which word you call goal and which word you call objective if you are consistent in your own use and understand its relevance or applicability. However, if there are words in English that are confusing, especially to the students, objective and goal are the ones among them. It’s therefore important to understand them so as to avoid the confusion. Identification of the pharmacy's strengths and weaknesses. Strengths - internal attributes and resources that support a successful outcome. Weaknesses - internal attributes and resources that work against a succe
By Pharm. Okoh Godwin Atta Strategic management has been touted as a continuous process of strategic analysis, strategic creation, implementation and monitoring used by organisations with the purpose to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage (ovidijus, 2013). It has been seen as one of the effective management tools in strengthening organisational performance through effective decision making and systematic strategic formulation and implementation (David, 2009), Key to Success in Community Pharmacies. Although there is overwhelming evidence in business literature that strategic management can be essential to the survival of an organisation as well as strong evidence of a positive correlation between strategic management and organisational performance (Langley, 1988). The use of st
The 35th Annual National Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) may have come and gone but it has continued to be a talking point among stakeholders. Pharm. Albert Kelong Alkali, Chairman of the Association speaks with PharmaTimes team of VICTORIA HARUNA & GLORY OKPE on the outcome of the just concluded confab which was held at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, from the 29th May – 3rd June 2016. Excerpts: This is the first Conference organised under your leadership as the National Chairman of ACPN. How will you access your performance so far? It was a huge success; it was well organised that people can testify. I will not take all the credit because the conference chairman and members of the LOC gave in their best and that is why we have a huge succes
As the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) prepares to gather in Enugu in May/June for its 35th Annual National Confab tagged ‘Coal City 2016’, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA just managed to squeeze into the very tight schedule of the Conference Planning Committee Chairman, Pharm. (Mrs.) Bridget Okocha for a brief chat, and a glimpse of what is cooking. Excerpts: As the ACPN gears up to hold its Annual National Conference come May/June, what preparations are on ground for the events? First of all I want to thank Pharmatimes for wanting to partner with us, i.e. the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria. We have put good tools on ground to have a smooth and successful event. We are working to have the Enugu state Governor and top dignitaries personally g
Staff and students of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical sciences, University of port-Harcourt, in honour of Prof. Udeala recently organised a Send-off ceremony to wish him well as he retires from active service. Professor Udeala, who is a former Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) (1992-1995), is seen and known to be the Father of Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Technology in Nigeria by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry and in the health sector. Udeala, a professor of pharmacy, was the first alumnus to be appointed Vice Chancellor of the institution. The occasion which was held at the Prestigious Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, UNN with Professor Emeritus Nimi D. Briggs - former VC University of Port-Harcourt as the Chairman of occasion, and Prof. M. U. Adikw...
Dr. Francis Ashibudike Idebolo is a medical practitioner working and residing in Lagos. Recently PharmaTimes Reporter, GLORY OKPE was at his office in Lekki to have a chat with him on issues that border on health and healthy living. Excerpts: In recent times, there have been quite a good number of incidents where people, especially young people collapse and die suddenly. What in your opinion is responsible for this worrisome trend? Do you think it has a direct link to hypertension? Yes, of course. In recent times, you’ll agree with me that in our environment for example, lots of people do not go for medical checkups; they don’t check their blood pressure, they don’t exercise, and they don’t do anything physically active. Sometimes, they have high tendencies to developing hypertension.
Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali is the National Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN); recently PharmaTimes engaged him in an exclusive media chat during which he elaborated on a number of issues pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry as well as the health sector in general. The Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA gives us excerpts from the discussions. Recently the country joined the rest of the world to mark World Cancer Day; what is the body of pharmacists in Nigeria doing about this dreaded disease that is ravaging the world? Is there hope of a cure for cancer? Most of the cancer cases we see are actually preventable; most of the work we are doing now involves advocacy campaigns to enlighten the general populace to see the need to go for vaccinations. Take for exampl...
Recently KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited which is an indigenous consumer healthcare company based in Lagos, launched one of its products in its range of nutraceuticals – Elyseewoman. According to the company’s Executive Director in charge of Advertising and Promotions, Mrs. Yetunde Ukah, Elyseewoman is a nutritional food supplement that every (active) woman deserves. Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA recently interviewed her on this latest achievement. Excerpts: How is Elyseewoman performing since being released into the market? I am glad to say that the product is doing very well in the market and the women are really happy with what they are getting. I say so because within the short period we have observed a surge in sales, especially in the Nigerian market. And of course we are set to
Isaac Folorunso Adewole is a professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics; he was born on May 5, 1954 at Ilesa, an old town in Osun State. He attended Ogudu Methodist Primary School, Ilesa in 1960, where he spent just one year, and then Methodist School 1, Oke Ado, Ibadan where he also spent one year before finally completing his primary education at St. Mathias Demonstration School, Akure. Adewole later attended Ilesa Grammar School where he obtained a Grade 1 certificate with Distinction in 1970, and later a Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1972 from the same school. On October 1973, he enrolled at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and obtained an MBBS degree from the college where he also won the Glaxo Allenbury prize for outstanding performance in Paediatrics in 1978. He late