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THE REASON PHARMACISTS SHOULD BE SELF-ASSERTIVE – OSAK UWUBANMWEN

pharmacist3There are two professionals I love and want them always to succeed: The pharmacist and the physician, while the earlier would be the objective of my write up today but the latter I love and have worked with all my career, I also have one for a brother. In the Nigeria health sector, there is so much tension and in-fights between the various health professionals, and this is sad. When people squabble, the open-mindedness needed to achieve a collaborative greater purpose is lost, and this means less than ideal service to the end users of these services, the patients. In Canada, I and the physicians that I get their prescriptions work together in the best interest of the patients no one is the master or servant. There is such mutual respect that when I raise a query about a drug or prescription the physician knows that that is my turf and may make me see reasons for the clinical decision made, at the end of the day the most suitable and best safety option is chosen usually based on extensive references.

Akwa Ibom says 262,447 patients are without drugs

medium hiv ribbonThe Akwa Ibom Agency for the Control of AIDS (AK-SACA) says 262,447 persons living with HIV in the state do not take any anti-retroviral therapy (ART). The Project Manager, AK-SACA, Dr Nkereuwem Etok, disclosed this on Friday in Uyo while presenting situation reports at the Akwa Ibom 2017 HIV/AIDS Summit.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit has the theme, “HIV/AIDS in Akwa Ibom State: Taking charge of our destiny”.

Germany passes law allowing prescription of cannabis

cannabisGerman doctors will soon be able to prescribe cannabis to patients following a unanimous vote by lawmakers on Thursday,  to recognise the medicinal benefits of the drug.

Patients suffering from serious illness will be able to receive cannabis in order to treat symptoms such as chronic pain, loss of appetite and sickness caused by chemotherapy, according to the legislation.

PSN PRESIDENT H.E AHMED YAKASAI INAUGURATES EDUCATION AND INTER-PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEES

committeePSN PRESIDENT INAUGURATED EDUCATION AND INTER-PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEES AT PHARMACY HOUSE, JANUARY 19, 2017.

The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the Honorary Consul-general of Pakistan in Nigeria, His Excellency, Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, FPSN has inaugurated the education and inter-professional committees at Pharmacy house, Anthony Village, Lagos, today, January 19, 2017.

Malaria drug, chloroquine, treats brain cancer

chloroquineThe Federal Government in 2005 banned the use of Chloroquine and Sulfadoxine – Pyrimethamine as first line drugs in the treatment of malaria because increasing evidence of drug resistance, which had led to treatment failures.

But the malaria drug, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal eLife, was successfully used to treat 26-year-old cancer patient. Lisa Rosendahl was given only a few months to live by her doctors after her brain cancer became resistant to chemotherapy and then to targeted treatments.

Pharmaceutical society begins fresh registration procedure for pharmacists

OBA of LagosThe Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has informed all pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies that arrangements have been concluded with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to facilitate a smooth registration season in 2017.

President PSN, Ahmed I. Yakasai, in a statement said this is particularly key to achieving a faster pace of licensure of practitioners and pharmacy facilities to ensure that the tenets of Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) are entrenched for consumers of health in Nigeria. Yakasai said in 2017 the procedures will entail that all pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies fulfill the protocols of regularizing their membership of PSN following which they would be issued clearance certificates by the respective state branches.

Egypt increases prices of some medicines after currency plunge

Anti malaria drugsgypt will raise prices for a number of medicines after months of negotiations with pharmaceutical companies hurt by dollar shortages and a weakening currency, Health Minister Ahmed Rady said.
 
He said that the rises apply to 15 per cent of domestically manufactured medicines. Also to 20 per cent of imported medicines, he said, adding that the increases will cover 30-50 per cent of the value of the depreciation of the Egyptian pound.
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