Swank Pharm http://www.swankpharm.com Pharmacy Today Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:38:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 What you should know about the supplements CoenzymeQ10 http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/22/know-supplements-coenzymeq10/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/22/know-supplements-coenzymeq10/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:38:35 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12281 The ubiquitous compound COENZYMEQ10, otherwise known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like chemical molecule present in all the cells of the body. The Q in the formula stands for the Quinone chemical group, while10 represents the number of isoprenyl subunits attached to it. CoQ10 is primarily found in the mitochondria of the cells ...

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The ubiquitous compound

COENZYMEQ10, otherwise known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like chemical molecule present in all the cells of the body. The Q in the formula stands for the Quinone chemical group, while10 represents the number of isoprenyl subunits attached to it.

CoQ10 is primarily found in the mitochondria of the cells where it plays a role in the electron transport chain in the aerobic cellular respiration. This is the process of energy (ATP) generation in the mitochondria in the cells. It has the ability to exist in the fully reduced and fully oxidized states and this property of CoQ10 shall be the basis of our discussion as it relates to its functions in the body.

Between the extremes of existence of CoQ10 in the body, the fully reduced and fully oxidized are three states. These states are the fully oxidized (ubiquinone), the intermediate semiubiquinone and the fully reduced states (ubiquinol).

CoQ10 is an electron carrier and this makes it possible for it to function in the aerobic cellular respiration for the production of energy. Being a fat-soluble molecule, it passes easily through the cell membranes as a component of the electron transport chain.

In a fully oxidized form it functions in the production of energy and in a completely reduced form, it functions as an antioxidant by releasing one or two of the electrons it is carrying to free radicals in its vicinity. These two major roles of CoQ10 in the body define its health benefits to mankind.

Health benefits of CoQ10

CoQ10, as I have mentioned, is found in every cell of the body, more so in organs of the body that require more energy for their functions. Organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. The effect of CoQ10 in diseases has not been conclusively determined. However, there is some evidence that CoQ10 plays certain roles in some diseases that affect man.
Cancer

Researchers showed in the early 1960s that the blood level of CoQ10 was low in some types of cancers. In this list are diseases such as cancer of the colon, prostate, breast, pancreas, kidney, myeloma, lymphoma etc. Apart from the increased energy production for cell growth and maintenance, CoQ10 may also help to boost the immune system to be able to attack cancer cells.

Cardiovascular health
Heart failure
The role of CoQ10 in treating heart failure has not been established. Supplementation with CoQ10 can however be used along side conventional drug treatment for heart failure. Evidence shows that it might improve the symptoms of heart failure.

Generally speaking, CoQ10 has a positive effect on the cardiovascular health. Because of its high concentration in the heart muscle, it helps the heart muscles to perform optimally, a process that may help to regulate the blood pressure. Not only that, CoQ10 helps to maintain the status of LDL cholesterol at a healthy oxidative state. All of these help to keep the blood vessels at optimal health. The result of this is that conditions such as hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease etc are prevented.

CoQ10, predominantly found in the mitochondria has been found to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headache. Migraine headache itself is a condition that has its roots in the mitochondria.

CoQ10 also enhances male fertility by improving the quality and characteristics of sperm cells. The motility of the sperm cells is what is most positively affected in this instance. Other health benefits of CoQ10 are prevention of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease at high doses.

Sources of CoQ10

CoQ10 can be made available to the body from 3 sources. The first is by synthesis in the body. Secondly, it can be gotten from food. Common food sources of CoQ10 are beef and chicken heart, fish such as sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon. Olive, soybean and sunflower oils contain CoQ10 as well as peanuts, sesame seeds, walnuts, almonds and hazel nuts. Vegetable and fruit sources are parsley, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and avocado.
Supplements of CoQ10 can be bought from reputable health food shops.

Conditions associated with deficiency of CoQ10

Two conditions that can lead to deficiency of CoQ10 are decreased biosynthesis as in the use of statin drugs that block the synthesis of CoQ10. The second is increased utilization by the body. In diseases such as heart failure, muscular dystrophy and cancer, the use of CoQ10 tends to increase and could lead to a deficiency.

The following diseases could be associated with the deficiency: high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, angina pectoris, deranged blood sugar control and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as gingivitis and stomach ulcer.

Source: The Guardian

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NAFDAC cautions media against illegal advertisement of pharmaceutical products http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/22/nafdac-cautions-media-illegal-advertisement-pharmaceutical-products/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/22/nafdac-cautions-media-illegal-advertisement-pharmaceutical-products/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:27:37 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12279 The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned the media over the advertisement of pharmaceutical products without confirmation from the agency. The Director General of the agency, Prof. Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this at a press briefing, while its arraigned suspected drug peddlers over sales and distribution of falsified pharmaceutical ...

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned the media over the advertisement of pharmaceutical products without confirmation from the agency.

The Director General of the agency, Prof. Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this at a press briefing, while its arraigned suspected drug peddlers over sales and distribution of falsified pharmaceutical product in Lagos state.

She said, one of the media outfits had consistently advertised a listed herbal aphrodisiac medicine (Libigal and univasur herbal capsule) manufactured by Kolaq Herbs Limited, Ogun state, upon which, after investigation, it was discovered that the listing approval of the product had expired in October 2006.

She noted that the company was sanctioned in 2016 and has refused to comply with the agency’s regulation.

According to her, the revenue of registered companies whose drugs are being falsified is compromised, impacting the economy negatively.
“These drugs have negative impact on the health of the takers or consumers and have caused the death of many Nigerians and newborns,” she said.

The Director General, however, urged the media to desist from illegal advertisement of products not confirmed by the agency, as it is against the Food and Drug Act.

Speaking on drug hawkers in the state, the Director for Investigation and Enforcement, Kingsley Ejiofor said the agency has intensified effort at ridding the country of the menace of drug hawking by partnering with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to drive awareness on the harmful effect of the drugs to every car park, which is part of the agency’s mandate to safeguard the health of the people.

Source: The Guardian

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Prof. A. T. Mora Launches New Book On Drug Distribution http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/22/prof-t-mora-launches-new-book-drug-distribution/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/22/prof-t-mora-launches-new-book-drug-distribution/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:21:42 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12277 Pharm. (Dr) Ahmed Tijani Mora, former registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), foundation dean, Kaduna State University (KASU), and visiting professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, Igbinedion University (IUO), Okada, Edo State, has launched a new book on drug distribution. The book, The Lizard Shape Model in Drug Distribution in ...

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Pharm. (Dr) Ahmed Tijani Mora, former registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), foundation dean, Kaduna State University (KASU), and visiting professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, Igbinedion University (IUO), Okada, Edo State, has launched a new book on drug distribution.
The book, The Lizard Shape Model in Drug Distribution in Nigeria, an updated version of the first edition launched in 2014 was unveiled during a well-attended ceremony held at the Empowerment Centre, Gabriel Akinmade Taylor Plaza, Allen Avenue, Lagos State recently.
The event was graced by stakeholders from both health and education sector. They included, Rtd Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, director general, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Chief Dr Stella Okoli, founder and chairman, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, who was the chairperson of the occasion; Prof. Gabriel E. Osuide, pioneer director general, National Agency for Food and Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), who was the special guest of honour; Pharm. Dr S. Okey Akpa, national chairman, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN); Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited and Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former president and chief executive officer, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc.
Others were Prof. O.O Kunle, acting director general, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD); HRH, Igwe Pharm. Alex Uzo Onyido, Igwe Ezechuan Agha 1 of Ogidi, Anambra State, who was the royal father of the day; Prof. Peter Aziba, who represented the vice-chancellor, Igbinedion University (IUO), Okada, Edo State; Pharm. (Mrs) C.C Onunkwo, who represented the director, Food and Drugs Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja; Mrs. Cecilia U. Gayya, director general, ASCON, Badagry; Pharm. Augustine Ezeugwu, zonal director, PCN, who represented the registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, Mr. Abdulrahaman Rajab, who represented the minister of state for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar; Prof. U. U. Pateh, former dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, who reviewed the book and also represented the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), University of Jos, Plateau State, Prof. Nelson Ochekpe and Prof. E. N. Sokomba, former chairman, PCN, among others.
Speaking with Pharmanews, an elated Prof. Ahmed Tijani Mora, noted that since the publication and public presentation of the first edition of the book in May, 2014, many practitioners across the country have been scrambling to get copies. According to him, the demand was high to the extent that the first 1,000 copies published were exhausted. This, in his opinion, justified publishing of the second edition which was an updated version of the first, with more recent data and information.
Speaking on the reason for the unique name of the book “The Lizard Shape Model in Drug Distribution in Nigeria”, the university don explained that the book is not on the biology of lizards, but rather about drugs that affect the human body system. “Besides, the manufacture of pharmaceuticals products to their ultimate destination in officially designated healthcare premises for citizens to access is a long journey,” he said.
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Common blood pressure medication prevents onset of type 1 diabetes in 60% of patients http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/common-blood-pressure-medication-prevents-onset-type-1-diabetes-60-patients/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/common-blood-pressure-medication-prevents-onset-type-1-diabetes-60-patients/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:31:52 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12272 *Common blood pressure medication blocks molecule that can trigger disease A drug commonly used to control high blood pressure may also help prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes in up to 60 percent of those at risk for the disease, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University ...

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*Common blood pressure medication blocks molecule that can trigger disease

A drug commonly used to control high blood pressure may also help prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes in up to 60 percent of those at risk for the disease, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Florida in Gainesville, United States (U.S.).

The study was published online this week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.”This is the first personalized treatment for type 1 diabetes prevention,” said Aaron Michels, MD, a researcher at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and associate professor of medicine at CU Anschutz. “We made this discovery using a supercomputer, on the lab bench, in mice and in humans.”

The drug, methyldopa, has been used for over 50 years to treat high blood pressure in pregnant women and children. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential drugs.

But like many drugs used for one condition, Michels and his colleagues found it useful for something totally unrelated. Some 60 percent of people at risk of getting type 1 diabetes possess the DQ8 molecule which significantly increases the chance of getting the disease. The researchers believed that if they could block specifically the DQ8 molecule they could also block the onset of the disease.

“All drugs have off-target effects. If you take too much acetaminophen you can hurt your liver,” Michels said. “We took every FDA approved small molecule drug and analyzed HLA-DQ8 binding through a supercomputer. We searched a thousand orientations for each drug to identify those that would fit within the DQ8 molecule binding groove.”

After running thousands of drugs through the supercomputer, they found that methyldopa not only blocked DQ8, but it didn’t harm the immune function of other cells like many immunosuppressant drugs do.

The research spanned 10 years and its efficacy was shown in mice and in 20 type 1 diabetes patients who took part in a clinical trial at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

“We can now predict with almost 100 percent accuracy who is likely to get type 1 diabetes,” Michels said. “The goal with this drug is to delay or prevent the onset of the disease among those at risk.”

Michels and fellow researcher David Ostrov, PhD, hope this same approach of blocking specific molecules can be used in other diseases.

“This study has significant implications for treatment of diabetes and also other autoimmune diseases,” said Ostrov, associate professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Center for NeuroGenetics. “This study suggests that the same approach may be adapted to prevent autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and others.”

The next step will be a larger clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in spring.”With this drug, we can potentially prevent up to 60 percent of type 1 diabetes in those at risk for the disease,” Michels said. “This is very significant development.”

Source: the guardian

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Codeine abuse rampant among married women http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/codeine-abuse-rampant-among-married-women/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/codeine-abuse-rampant-among-married-women/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:13 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12274 The Chairman of the Codeine Control and Other Related Matters Working Group, Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku, has raised the alarm over the widespread abuse of codeine and other controlled medicines in many parts of the country. Odeku noted, in an interview with our correspondent, that the abuse of the substance cut across all ages and social ...

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The Chairman of the Codeine Control and Other Related Matters Working Group, Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku, has raised the alarm over the widespread abuse of codeine and other controlled medicines in many parts of the country.

Odeku noted, in an interview with our correspondent, that the abuse of the substance cut across all ages and social strata.

She said, “The problem is going deeper into the society by the day. There are reports of drug abuse among secondary school pupils and students in tertiary institutions. The use of codeine containing cough syrup has increased even among married women.’’

She said the development was due to the fact that many users of the drug, including married women, were always in need of some relief or a way out of their problems.

Explaining how people get easily hooked to drugs, Odeku said, “A young man addicted to codeine consumes up to six bottles of the substance contained in a cough syrup every day. When he realises that it is not enough to achieve his desired state of euphoria, he starts making a cocktail with spirits and other prescription drugs.

“Most abusers of drugs do not think of the negative impact on their bodies. All drugs are poisons. Drug misuse can completely alter the normal physiological functions of the body and it takes more than 48 hours for some drugs to be eliminated from the body.’’

Odeku said the CCRWG would collaborate with other agencies and civil societies to tackle the menace posed by codeine abuse in the society, adding that it would adopt an aggressive public enlightenment strategy on campuses to warn Nigerian youths on the dangers associated with drug abuse.

Asked how the group intended to monitor the supply of the drug in the country, she said, ‘‘The working group actually consists of regulatory agencies and relevant stakeholders that are involved in drug manufacture, distribution and regulation.

Part of the terms of reference is to look at the supply chain and come up with recommendations on how the drug supply and distribution systems can be managed to properly control the sale of controlled substances. It will also involve the design of pharmacy screening, monitoring and surveillance systems especially at the level of dispensing to drug users.

“We are still working on the strategies that will be adopted. We have to look at the problem holistically and come up with our recommendations. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has given us six weeks to come up with an interim report. That is what we are still doing.’’

She called on policy makers, civil and non-governmental organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to work together with the group to ultimately overcome the challenge.
Source: The Punch
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Drug Abuse: Pharmacists Assure On Commitment, Seek Multi-Sector Collaborations http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/drug-abuse-pharmacists-assure-commitment-seek-multi-sector-collaborations/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/drug-abuse-pharmacists-assure-commitment-seek-multi-sector-collaborations/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:29:37 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12269 The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has pledged to strengthen its activities and collaborations with relevant stakeholders, including the National Assembly and the media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in the country. Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) made the commitment at the sensitisation programme on drug abuse and misuse, ...

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has pledged to strengthen its activities and collaborations with relevant stakeholders, including the National Assembly and the media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in the country.

Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) made the commitment at the sensitisation programme on drug abuse and misuse, organised by the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna, weekend.

Yakasai who was the special guest of honour, said there was need for multi-sector collaboration among organisations, institutions, groups, even individuals and government to provide practical and lasting solution to the societal ill.

The PSN boss said; “All hands must be on deck to find practical and lasting solution to this societal menace. Over 3 decades ago, I was deeply involved in drug abuse campaign across the country as Director and subsequently National Deputy Presdent of Nigerian Institute of Substance Abuse (NISA). The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria is working and will continue to work with the relevant stakeholders like the members of National Assembly and Media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in our great country.

“The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria is working and will continue to work with the relevant stakeholders like the members of National Assembly and Media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in our great country.”

He commended PANS ABU for their choice of theme for the programme, saying; “The theme is apt and appropriate, with the latest trends in drug abuse and misuse particularly in this region of the country.”

Earlier, Yakasai praised the university maintaining a track record of excellence, especially in the area of pharmacy. He said; “For decades, Ahmadu Bello University has been the centre of excellence in human capacity development in Nigeria and Africa.

“In particular, The School of Pharmacy, ABU has demonstrated commitment in training young minds to become distinguished pharmacists, leaders, change agents and problem solvers.”

While reminding the students that the school is his Alma mata, he tasked them to be studious.

“It gives me great pleasure to convey the warmest greetings of the entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to Faculty of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria , Ahmadu Bello University, my Alma mata on the occasion of their 2018 PANS sensitisation programme on drug abuse and misuse as the special guest of honour.

“My hearty congratulations go to all students of this great citadel for organising this very important programme, and having the honour to be a member of this great school of Pharmacy in Nigeria.

“I will advise you all as students to be diligent with your study. Be good ambassadors of this faculty, focus on what you want and be serious with your life. Set goals that inspire you, believe in yourself and be honest.”

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3 years after Ebola, West Africa’s response to epidemics is on http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/3-years-ebola-west-africas-response-epidemics/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/3-years-ebola-west-africas-response-epidemics/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:59:11 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12264 The West Africa Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (ECOWAS-RCSDC)—the region’s response to managing and preventing epidemics—goes operational in Abuja on Wednesday, nearly three years after heads of regional governments approved it in 2015. The West African Health Organisation announced on Tuesday the centre will work with member states in the region to “assure ...

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The West Africa Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (ECOWAS-RCSDC)—the region’s response to managing and preventing epidemics—goes operational in Abuja on Wednesday, nearly three years after heads of regional governments approved it in 2015.

The West African Health Organisation announced on Tuesday the centre will work with member states in the region to “assure the health security” of West Africa.

Heads of governments across the region are unanimous in their decision to have Nigeria host the centre to strengthen the region’s capacity to prevent, detect and control epidemics.

The decision came after West Africa struggle against the region’s first-ever outbreak of Ebola viral disease and lessons learnt from dealing the virus between in 2014, which infected nearly 20,000 people and claimed more than 11,000 lives.

ECOWAS-RCSDC will serve a specialised agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) under the authority of WAHO.

WAHO worked with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which has hosted the centre since its establishment, to speed up working getting ECOWAS-RCSDC operational

ECOWAS-RCSDC already has recruited staff and developed a workplan for 2018.

Togolese health minister, who chairs the ECOWAS assembly of health minister, alongside Nigeria’s health minister Isaac Adewole will officiate at the formal launch of RSCDC headquarters in Abuja.

Source: Daily Trust

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Why it is dangerous to give your child medicine without prescription http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/dangerous-give-child-medicine-without-prescription/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/dangerous-give-child-medicine-without-prescription/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:02:40 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12267 In this part of the world, it is common for parents both educated and illiterates to begin administering drugs to their children few days after birth which is against the conventional medical practice. Most of these drugs according to findings are usually not prescribed by paediatricians or qualified pharmacists. As gathered, the habit of using ...

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prescriptionIn this part of the world, it is common for parents both educated and illiterates to begin administering drugs to their children few days after birth which is against the conventional medical practice. Most of these drugs according to findings are usually not prescribed by paediatricians or qualified pharmacists.

As gathered, the habit of using drugs for children right from infancy is usually passed down by parents from one generation to another. It is common to hear grandparents tell their children: “I used the same drugs for you when you were born. It has been tested and trusted and that is enough confirmation for these young and inexperienced mothers to take to their own mothers’ practice unabatedly. Some of the commonly used medicines for babies are Afravite Multivitamin, Nospamin, Abidec, Gripe water, teething powder, among others.

Experts have now warned that administering some of these medicines such as multivitamins and pain relievers to children, if not prescribed by medical professionals is called self medication. This practice has been condemned on several occasions by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).

The arbitrary use of medicine for children especially those under two years often cause more serious damages to their body organs and in some cases death. Findings show that medicines commonly used by parents are pain relief medicines, herbal medications (e.g. agbo jedi) and sedatives.  Though pain relief like paracetamol can be obtained without prescription, it is not safe to use it too often as it can lead to poisoning or liver failure, experts have said.

In a chat with Xquisite Health, Mrs Helen Oduntan, Chairman, Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPS), Oyo State chapter, hospital pharmacist and Fellow of West Africa College of Pharmacists said:” This habit (or tradition) is wrong and dangerous to the well being of the baby. The baby’s organs of absorption and excretion are still very tender and cannot cope with these medicines.

‘’Medicines are not food and should not be given to babies without prescription.  We members of the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPS Oyo State) discovered that many parents give their babies multivitamin, pain and fever medicines routinely.  This is usually done from an “ajogba” and given to babies after their bath in the morning. This is drug abuse and should be discouraged.

“Apart from the danger to the baby’s tender organs, the baby’s system gets accustomed to some of these medicines so much that when the baby falls ill,  these first line medicines (which the baby has been exposed to prematurely) are not effective and stronger (and more toxic) medicines have to be prescribed  for common ailments.

“Children are given medicines if they cry or sneeze! Before taking little girls to salon to make their hair, some parents give paracetamol!  If they are restless, parents bring out the sleep medicines. Parents should endeavour to find the cause of the crying or restlessness instead of just giving medicines.”

She advised that, “When a child is running a fever, clinical thermometer should be used to determine the child’s temperature. If the temperature is below 38C, parents should remove the clothing, give him or her bath with room temperature and continue to clean the body with a soft towel soaked in room temperature water at close intervals.  If the child’s temperature is however above 38C, it is advised that paracetamol syrup should be given at recommended dose according to the age or weight of the child.”

On the implications of parents giving their children drugs without consulting experts, Oduntan said, “many parents have unknowingly caused irreversible damage or even death of their children through self medication.”

She posited that ”children’s lives are precious and should not be toyed with by giving them medicines suggested by friends, family, Internet postings (including Whatsapp forwarded messages) since each child is unique and cause of discomfort  (pain , fever and other ailments.) may differ from child to child.

“Health professionals like doctors and pharmacists are trained to make their diagnosis based on several factors and investigations. Parents should be encouraged to contact them whenever the need arises. These professionals also know their limitations and will refer parents for specialist care if necessary,” Oduntan said.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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N21.7m fraud: Doctors beg court to quash charges http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/n21-7m-fraud-doctors-beg-court-quash-charges/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/n21-7m-fraud-doctors-beg-court-quash-charges/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:51:21 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12262 Five former executive members of the Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), standing trial over alleged N21.7m fraud, have prayed the court to quash the charges against them. Emmanuel Ighodaro (chairman) Anthony Owolabi, Quincy Atoghengbe, Raymond Ogieva and Oseremen Gabriel Ogbebor were arraigned before the state High Court on January 31 by ...

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Five former executive members of the Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), standing trial over alleged N21.7m fraud, have prayed the court to quash the charges against them.

Emmanuel Ighodaro (chairman) Anthony Owolabi, Quincy Atoghengbe, Raymond Ogieva and Oseremen Gabriel Ogbebor were arraigned before the state High Court on January 31 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They were accused of conspiracy to commit felony, fraudulent false accounting and stealing of about N21.7 million belonging to the Edo State chapter of the NMA.

The accused persons, who were executive members of the state NMA between 2013 and 2014, pleaded not guilty to the 21-count charge and were granted bail.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, counsel to EFCC, Ben Ubi, told the court that counsel to the defendants have filed separate applications, seeking its leave to quash the charges and also challenge the court jurisdiction the matter.

The presiding judge, Justice Efe Ikponwmonba, adjourned case to March 20, for definite hearing.

Source: Daily Trust

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HIV: ‘FG should stop depending on donors for drugs’ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/hiv-fg-stop-depending-donors-drugs/ http://www.swankpharm.com/2018/02/21/hiv-fg-stop-depending-donors-drugs/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:45:13 +0000 http://www.swankpharm.com/?p=12260 As part of their effort to help those living with HIV in Nigeria, the Association of Civil Societies of AIDS in Nigeria (ACSAN) have said the Federal and State govts should take the responsibility of treating people with the  disease. This call was made Yesterday during a  press briefing by the  organizations. Speaking for ACSAN, ...

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As part of their effort to help those living with HIV in Nigeria, the Association of Civil Societies of AIDS in Nigeria (ACSAN) have said the Federal and State govts should take the responsibility of treating people with the  disease.

This call was made Yesterday during a  press briefing by the  organizations. Speaking for ACSAN, the executive secretary, Mr. Nwakamma Ikenna stated that most of the issues bothering both organizations were the issue of funding and accountability. He said “HIV is a national security but no one seems to be talking about it. The states should take responsibility for treating the patients in their states and stop depending on donors”.

“Narratives should change and people should not depend on donors”, he added.

Ikenna also stated that when funds are given for treatments, they should be accounted for. “We want to engage all stakeholders to be able to stand up for their responsibilities”.

The executive secretary ACSAN, also added that the Federal and State governments should increase the awareness programs and also identify core epidemic areas.

He added “Any external data collated by any organization outside Nigeria, will be rejected. Nigerian CSOs, researchers, Universities, Health practitioners will be involved in any data that we will work with”.

“The government should come to the reality that donors are leaving. Therefore they should set a target of when they would take the full responsibility of the citizens, especially those living with the disease”.

Maureen Onyekwazi, a vice chairman of ACSAN’s governing council said “Nigeria has the sole responsibility of taking care of its citizens. HIV in Nigeria is not supposed to be a donor-funding thing. Our government should start taking the health of its citizens very seriously.”

“Stakeholders should stop making commitment but they should come out and fulfill them”, she added.

Source: Daily Trust

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