The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), has said the ban on importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations was not an outright solution to solving the problem of drug abuse in the country.
Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali, National Chairman of the ACPN, who called for a holistic approach in tackling problem of drug abuse, asserted that adopting a multisectorial approach involving the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other drug control regulators would ensure drug tracking from the manufacturers to the end users.
He told newsmen on Thursday that: “We should be able to account for all the drugs that are manufactured and imported into this country.
“If we have such a tracking system in place, then the issue of drug abuse will be reduced to the barest minimum.
“So, the drug distribution system channel must be structured and the new National Drug Distribution Guideline (NDDG) should be implemented.
“We are still afraid that the deadline for the implementation of the new NDDG, January 2019 might not be met.
“They should be able to know that there is a drug that is being abused, investigate to find out where the abuse is coming from,” adding that with the current development, every relevant stakeholder would sit up.”
“Eating One Egg Per Day May Keep Heart Disease Away” – Study
A study published online in the British journal Heart has revealed why Nigerians should eat an egg per day.
Eating an egg each day appears to be linked to a lower risk of heart disease among middle-aged Chinese, according to a study published online in the British journal Heart.
The study, authored by a group of Chinese scientists, analyzed data from over half a million Chinese aged 30 to 79 from 10 diverse survey sites in China during the period from 2004 to 2008, and have since been followed up upon to determine their morbidity and mortality rates.
“Our findings contribute scientific evidence to the dietary guidelines with regard to egg consumption for the healthy Chinese adult,” said the scientists.
The study linked eating an egg a day with lowering the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) by 11 per cent, ischemic heart disease by 12 per cent, major coronary events by 14 per cent, hemorrhagic stroke by 26 per cent as well as ischemic stroke by 10 per cent.
Daily consumers of eggs also have an 18 percent lower risk of CVD death and a 28 per cent lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke death compared to non-consumers, it showed.
Eggs are a prominent source of dietary cholesterol, causing the concern that eating too many may be unhealthy.
But they also contain high-quality protein, many vitamins and bioactive components. In recent years, more scientific evidence has emerged for the positive impact eggs have on human health.
Previous studies focusing on a link between eating eggs and heart disease mostly had smaller sample sizes, fewer CVD events and were unable to obtain accurate estimates on stroke subtypes, said the Chinese scientists.
Taking Vitamin C with Fanta or Sprite is dangerous
The Igbosere High Court also told the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to force the Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) Plc to place a written warning on the drinks.
The judgment was given on Monday, March 13, by presiding judge, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji.
Justice Oyebanji also awarded damages of N2 million against NAFDAC for failing “to live up to expectations.”
“In consideration of the fact that this case was filed in 2008 and has been in court for nine years, N2 million is awarded against NAFDAC. Interest shall be paid on the cost awarded at the rate of 10 per cent per annum until liquidation of the said sum,” Justice Oyebanji said.
The case against NAFDAC and NBC was instituted by Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, and his firm, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Ltd.
Fijabi Adebo Holdings had, in March 2007, purchased large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and Soda Water from NBC for export to the UK for retail purposes.
However, the drinks failed a sample test for human consumption in the UK and became poisonous in the presence of Ascorbic Acid, known as Vitamin C.
The court also said that NAFDAC had failed Nigerians by certifying the drinks as satisfactory for human consumption.
Fijabi, on his part, urged the court to direct NAFDAC to conduct routine laboratory tests of all soft drinks and allied products of the company, to guarantee their safety.
On March 16, 2017, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) filed an appeal against a court judgment which indicted it for failing in its duties to Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the NBC also appealed the case saying that the judgment is inaccurate and its products are safe.
On March 17, 2017, the Federal Government reassured Nigerians that the Coca-Cola products manufactured in Nigeria were safe for consumption.
This was released in a statement issued by Mrs Akinola Boade, the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, in Abuja.
She said the explanation followed a stakeholders meeting summoned by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to address related issues on the recent court judgment on the case filed by Fijabi Holdings against the Nigeria Bottling Company and NAFDAC.
4 Benefits of Daily Exercise
So many people feel reluctant when it comes to the Area and aspect of Daily exercise, ignoring the fact that it plays a vital role in our body.
Here are some of the benefits of engaging your self on a daily exercise
- It Makes You Feel Happy, naturally proven with so many testimonies
- It Can Help you loss Weight and help you regain fitness,
- It Reduce the Risk of Chronic Diseases and sickness eg. Obesity
- More especially It Can Help improve and protect your Skin from skin deceases.
Engage your self in daily exercise today and enjoy the benefits that comes with it.