Codeine: Emzor Pharmaceuticals breaks silence, speaks on shutdown

Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industrial Limited, one of the companies implicated in the illegal manufacture and distribution of codeine-contained syrup has broken its silence. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, had recently lifted the shutdown placed on Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara State, and Emzor Pharmaceuticals…

Codeine Has Nearly overtaken Tramadol as the Most Abused Opiate in Nigeria..

In Nigeria, between January and December 2015, 1044 patients were admitted for treatment in the 11 treatment centers currently part of the National Epidemiological Network on Drug Use (NENDU) reporting system. 28.3% of the patients had an opiate addiction. and the opiates were mainly prescription medicines: tramadol (71% of opiates as 1st most frequently used…

Diagnosing Diabetes

After just wrapping up National Diabetes month, it seems a good time to review the fact that type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile onset diabetes (JODM) is diagnosed in about 13,000 children every year. In type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin, which is the hormone that is necessary to take glucose (sugar)…

Get Smart About Anitbiotics

It is ”Get Smart About Antibiotics” week! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Amercian Academy of Pediatrics collaborated on an online article to be published in the December issue of Pediatrics) which offers updated guidance on treating respiratory tract infections in children, with the goal of reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. This article…

The many benefits of immunisation

Contrary to popular belief, the immunity conferred on children through the colostrum does not suffice to protect that child from diseases all through the baby’s life. In fact, that immunity diminishes as the baby grows, experts say. They also confirm that it is true that newborn babies are immune to many diseases because they have…

Early Symptoms of Diabetes

How can you tell if you have diabetes? Most early symptoms are from higher-than-normal levels of glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. The warning signs can be so mild that you don’t notice them. That’s especially true of type 2 diabetes. Some people don’t find out they have it until they get problems…

The Good and the Bad of Antibiotics 

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. Experts, in this report by Sade Oguntola, fear that this may continue to threaten the ability to treat common infectious diseases. Diagnosed of ulcer three years ago, he spent so much money moving from one hospital to another where antibiotics and…

How drug addiction threatens Northern Nigerian women

This reporter had to be introduced as an NGO worker helping children and women to get her to agree to a meeting. Even then, she extracted a promise that she would be given “something” before she settled down for a chat. She looked cheerful but shy and carried her lean frame gingerly as if afraid…

Commercials For Sudrex Nigeria (30secs)

This combination medication is used to temporarily relieve symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing. Watch for more emphasis