The Dean Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), Professor Emmanuel Ibezim has decried the high rate of counterfeit and unwholesome drug abuse in the country, saying it was high time pharmacists asserted their professional relevance by curbing the menace. Ibezim spoke at the opening ceremony of the 40th National Convention of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students, PANS, held at the Nsukka Campus of the university. The don noted that the problems of ill-regulated and chaotic drug distribution network in the country appeared to have defied human solution, adding that “the lip service currently being paid by the powers that be to the nation’s numerous drug related issues was disturbing.” According to him, the convention should be able to
By Victoria Haruna It was a week full of giving back to the society by the Pharmacists body (PSN) in Lagos State. The Pharmacy week which ran through the 7th - 14th of August 2015 themed “Good Pharmacy Practice – The Key to Better Health Outcomes”, began with a Thanksgiving Service at the Mosque and Church, to activities showcasing what the various Technical and Interest Groups have to offer. One of the high points of the Pharmacy week celebration was the Opening Ceremony which held at the Welcome Event Centre, Ikeja, with Pharmacists numbering not less than 300 in attendance. Below is a brief glance on the Event
The Nigerian Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the injustice in the health sector. This was said at a conference entitled, “Transforming Hospital and Administrative Pharmacy Practice for Improved Healthcare Delivery.”In Lokoja, Kogi State, According to the association, the Federal Ministry of Health and other health institutions in the country have been denying its members key positions. It stated, “We have appraised the incessant spate of industrial unrests within the Nigerian health sector and traced its origin to the hegemony of injustice perpetrated by one group of health professionals perennially. “These professionals use the instruments of offices of their privileged members in high places to seek favours.
The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists (NSP) has revealed that the nation’s healthcare system is surviving with just 1,000 physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is the therapeutic use of physical agents or means, such as massage, exercises, water among others, rather than drugs, in the field of medicine, to treat diseases, bodily defects, or weaknesses, such as heart attack, diabetes, stroke among others. Taiwo Oyewumi, NSP President added that the nation could only boast of 4,000 registered physiotherapists, even as he explained that 50 percent of the nation’s registered physiotherapists have migrated to seek greener pasture. Oyewumi said: “The unfortunate thing is that less than 1,000 physiotherapists are gainfully employed. There is job for the other 3,000 physiotherapists, but it is not b
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
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
... 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
NAFDAC boss advocates recognition of herbal drugs. Dr. Paul Orhii, the National Agency for Drugs Administration and Control Director General has emphasised the importance of roots and herbs in curative medical health delivery. He said that a good number of such herbal-based drugs have shown proof of efficacy, and as such had passed the agency’s tests. The NAFDAC boss stated this when a new range of herbal-based products – VitaTree Nutritionals, was launched recently. Dr. Orhii stated, “The amazing findings on the efficacy of herbs are noteworthy. We now have herbs grow on graves of people who died of ailments such herbs could have cured. I commend the VitaTree Nutritionals team on the wonderful job and research they have undertaken on their products. I hereby declare that all