Poor quality medicines are the source of an alarming, but often overlooked global health crisis. A report from the International Policy Network estimates that 700,000 people die every year from fake anti-malarial and tuberculosis drugs alone.
Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) marked a major milestone in the fight against substandard and poor quality drugs by acheiving internationally recognized ISO 17025 accreditation.
When it comes to making and administering medicines – precision is paramount. To ensure consistency – the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists and healthcare professionals benefit from a universal reference. That reference is a pharmacopeia – a reference book (and today an online resource) of very specific formulations and quality tests for drug ingredients and medicines.
Each January, countless Americans begin the year by making promises to improve their lives or the lives of their family. Many New Year’s resolutions involve ways to improve health. A list of the most popular resolutions according to U.S. government sources includes: lose weight, eat healthy, get fit, stop smoking, and manage stress.
There are many explanations for the gifts of the magi – gold, frankincense and myrrh. At first glance, these items seem like very strange gifts for an infant. Biblical scholars and the popular carol “We Three Kings” point to their symbolic significance: gold for Jesus’ status as king, frankincense a symbol of his priesthood and myrrh a foreshadowing of his death.
There is a balance between ensuring we have access to prescription medications that help us stay healthy and protecting our communities against prescription drug abuse. The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has new resources available about prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.