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
As the issue regarding Internship programme for Pharmacy graduates heats up, some major stakeholders have continued to spearhead the debate canvassing for an enduring resolution. In a chat with health editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, the National Vice Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Pharm. Samuel O. Adekola, elaborated on the crux of the matter. What are your feelings concerning fresh pharmacy graduates in relation to the prevailing Internship programme; what is the cause of the big row? There are so many pharmacy graduates who have been out of school and they are not able to find a place to go for their internship; some have found themselves sitting at home for a number of years without finding placement. And the consequences ar
KUKA Consumer Healthcare limited is an indigenous consumer healthcare company with a major thrust on importation, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical products. It was incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission and registered by the Pharmacist’s Council of Nigeria. KCH has been in full operation for more than fifteen years and has registered a wide range of generic drugs with the National Agency for Foods and Drug Administrations and Control (NAFDAC); the range of medicines comprise mainly of OTCs and prescription drugs. KUKA Consumer Healthcare Limited (KCH) recently introduced into the Nigerian market its own brand of pain reliever known as Zerafen. According to the Managing Director/CEO, Pharm. Chris Ukah, the product which is already available in reputable outlets is c
Pharmacist of the month: Interview PCN should ensure license acquisition is less tedious – Pharm Ikechukwu A member of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) as well as the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Eberendu Ikechukwu superintends over a pharmacy outfit situated in Ikeja, Lagos; in a chart with Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, he dissects some of the nagging issues confronting the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. Recently the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Disciplinary Tribunal commenced a massive clampdown on erring members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; what is your reaction to this move? It is a good thing that they want to sanitise the practice of pharmacy in the country, but there are a lot more important things
A member of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) as well as the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Eberendu Ikechukwu superintends over a pharmacy outfit situated in Ikeja, Lagos; in a chart with Health Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, he dissects some of the nagging issues confronting the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. Recently the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Disciplinary Tribunal commenced a massive clampdown on erring members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; what is your reaction to this move? It is a good thing that they want to sanitise the practice of pharmacy in the country, but there are a lot more important things to be done other than hounding members. Like for instance there are a number of non-professionals that are gate-cra
USAID-funded PQM provides technical support to NAFDAC, drug industries on quality assurance, security of medicines supply chain Plans to make Nigeria major pharmaceutical hub for Africa *Why generator fumes are linked to rising cases of cancer, sudden death Dr. Chimezie Anyakora is the Chief of Party for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programme, promoting the Quality of Medicines programme (PQM), which is implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) through a cooperative agreement with USAID. With the USAID support, PQM is working to strengthen health systems in 35 countries across the world. Anyakora in an interview said the PQM programme is providing technical assistance and support to the National Agency for Food Drug Administratio...
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?