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Career Option for Pharmacist : Industrial Pharmacy Consultant


Simple word to describe this field is "Consultancy". Many big pharmaceutical companies rather than spending lot of money to address specific problem at hand through in house staff, ask consultants to carry out study and suggest alternatives. This could be related to product development, mapping competitiors, problems related to marketing including promotion, restructring or reviving a particular brand, understand market potential for certain category of products. This field is quite upbeat and fast growing.

What i have tried to highlight in these blogs is just the gist of what activities are supposed to be done if your opt for it as a career.

Forums PinoyPharmacy is now online


Hi!! Im happy to announce for the creation of the forums for PinoyPharmacy.
Feel free to visit and join the forums


Doctors Samples and Freebies: do you support them?


Is it really an issue in accepting freebies and samples? Everyone loves freebies, and medical practitioners are no exception. So drug company sales representatives try to keep sample cabinets in medical offices well stocked with the latest medications, for doctors to dispense as the need arises.

Why you chose PHARMACY degree?


My dear readers especially pharmacist, we recollect why we have chose pharmacy as our profession
I would start my reason.. I chose pharmacy because:

1. There are many girls in the college of pharmacy. (hahaa!)
2. I attended the open day at CEU. It seemed like an interesting course so i just applied. LoL!
3. I love chemistry
4. Im looking for a Pre-med course.
5. I have ALWAYS wanted to work in the healthcare sector, even as a young child.

Noodle Manufacturer in Japan Recall 500,000 noodles


TOKYO (AFP) - - Japan's Nissin Food Products Co. said Friday it was recalling half a million cups of instant noodles over fears of insecticide contamination in the latest food safety scare to rock the country's consumers
Nissin was voluntarily recalling around 500,000 cups made on the same factory line the same day, a company spokesman said.

source: here

PharmD or not to PharmD in the Philippines


Many questions have been raised if a B.S Pharmacy Graduate should take the Doctor of Pharmacy Program..

Here's one of the reason why you should take the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Doctor of Pharmacy program now on its 4th year of offering at CEU Makati. Two batches have graduated already. Graduates of Pharm D. Are now working at Makati Medical Center, St Lukes Hospital, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Singapore. Hospital clerkships are done at Makati Medical Center while the drugstore clerkships are done at Manson Drugstore Inc.

A ladderized 6 yr course leading to Doctor of Pharmacy and 4 yr course leading to Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy is offered effective first semester SY 2008-2009. A student can opt to finish only BS Pharmacy or go directly and finished the Doctor of Pharmacy.

This is a good news because of you finished Doctor of Pharmacy in six straight years, you can now take the FPGEE. Yes you heard it right, NABP allows foreign pharmacy graduates to take FPGEE as long as the you graduated before 2003 and 5 years after 2003. So in summary, you can have your degree in 6 straight years in doctor of pharmacy and take the FPGEE.

Prescription Drugs are not advertised? why?


I dont know why a prescription drug is not advertise (radio, tv, billboards) in the philippines.. do you know why? Im talking about prescription drugs not OTC drugs..

Career Option for Pharmacist : Product Management


This is particularly useful to those pharmacists that have MBA as an additional degree. That does not mean other pharmacists cannot enter this field. Pharmacy graduates after BS Pharmacy or even after Master of Science in Pharmacy can opt Product Management as career option. This filed is related with the gamut of identifying the opportunities for promoting a company's product (medicines in this case), designing strategies for promoting these products that includes how to distribute them what channels to use and what points to highlight while promoting the products to doctors (as doctors are customers for pharmaceutical companies). It also includes working with medical representatives and assisting them in implementing the strategies that are designed more effectively. Pharmacists with flair for travelling and those who are good at designing strategies can opt for this field. To get into this field, one should (or shall i say must) have knowledge of working in the field as medical reperesentatives(sales) or as a marketing officer(marketing). Knowledge of working as medical representative is that you know the market characteristics very closely and keenly.

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Pharmaceutical Marketing : A Practical Guide


Designed as a practical guide for the pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceutical Marketing applies cutting-edge marketing concepts and tools to the real-world intricacies of marketing a heavily regulated product whose success is determined not by the actual end-user, but by various industry stakeholders. From creating a worldwide vision that cascades into local tactics to managing a drug portfolio or pricing a particular product, this book guides readers through developing, implementing, and auditing a successful marketing strategy geared specifically to the pharmaceutical industry. It provides graphs, tables, worksheets, pharmaceutical case studies, and a sample marketing strategy.

USP defer inclusion of Green Tea Extract


The United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s Dietary Supplements Information Expert Committee in the Council of Experts has decided to defer its decision on whether a cautionary labeling statement should be included in the USP Powdered Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract monograph.

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Heparin contamination


Due to the prevalence of contaminated heparin products that have resulted in more than 80 deaths, USP has revised its monographs for Heparin Sodium and Heparin Calcium. These "Stage 1" revisions to the monographs are accompanied by two new and two existing USP Reference Standards. USP will continue efforts to revise these two heparin drug substance and related drug product monographs in future, Stage 2 revisions. Stage 2 revisions include consideration of new methodologies for identification, the development of a new potency assay and tests for impurities.

USP will review and undergo revision of the monograph

Stage 1 Monograph Revisions
Stage 2 Monograph Revisions
USP will be focusing Stage 2 activities on new methodologies for identification, the development of a new potency assay and tests for impurities

Source: here

Food Causing Cancers


Researches found out that some common foods that we eat everyday causes cancer when you grow old. I'm not say not to eat these food but eat in moderation.

1. Hot dogs

Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can't live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed meats and bacon

Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

3. Doughnuts
Doughnuts are cancer-causing double trouble. First, they are made with white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated oils, then fried at high temperatures. Doughnuts, says Adams , may be the worst food you can possibly eat to raise your risk of cancer.

4. French fries

Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process. They should be called cancer fries, not French fries, said Adams .

School Days in Pharmacy is it really enjoy?


I want to ask my readers if you and did you really enjoy your pharmacy years when you were still a student?? Pharmacy Students can read this and learn something from you.

Fruits are good for your health


  1. Pear & Banana - regulates sugar content.
  2. Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon -To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.
  3. Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango -Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .
  4. Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system.
  5. Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.
  6. Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.
  7. Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.
  8. Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi -To improve skin complexion.
  9. Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 - increase cell activity and str engthen body immunity.
  10. Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.

Pharmacy Industry


Pharmacy is a major industry and it is one that really affects our daily lives. Each one of us is prone to sickness at some point of time or another. Thus, we have to occasionally run to the pharmacy to buy one kind of drug or another.

However, the world did not always have pharmacies. But as developments continued in the world of medicine by physicians and scientists from all parts of the globe, pharmacies began to develop. It became necessary for pharmacists to have a place from which they could operate. Thus, an expert pharmacist sat there preparing and selling medicines. However, the pharmacists of the twenty-first century are not always required to compound medicines. The drugs are brought completely ready from the pharma factories. The pharmacist has increasingly begun to appear less like a health professional and more like a retailer. As a result, these days we are seeing pharmacies being filled with technicians so that the pharmacist can deal with the patients.

Pharmacies today are of various kinds. There are the community pharmacies which have an eye on retail. Many of them do not confine themselves to stocking medicines. They begin stocking toiletries, chewing gum, and cosmetics as well. Then there are the hospital pharmacies which are located within hospital premises. Now, while the community pharmacy is more concerned with selling its stocks, the hospital pharmacy has much more work of a clinical nature. Preparation of emergency medicines is one of the jobs of the pharmacist at the hospital. She may also have to attend to patients giving them intravenous and intramuscular medication.

These two are the most generic kinds of pharmacies. But over the years, more specialist entities have been emerging. These include the clinical pharmacy, the compounding pharmacy, the consultant pharmacy, and the Internet pharmacy. The clinical pharmacy directly attends to patients who come there. The compounding pharmacy is a pharmacy which specializes in the making of drugs. The consultant pharmacist works as a medical consultant in medical institutions. This leaves us with the Internet pharmacy. It is yet another thing that we must thank the Internet revolution for.

The Internet pharmacy is a relatively new development and it concentrates on retail. So the next time you want to buy prednisone or femara, look for a reliable Internet pharmacy who will sell you the drug you require. And if you are having trouble finding the cheapest Internet pharmacy, take help from an online pharmacy pricer.

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Book: International Pharmaceutical Registration


The increasing globalization of pharmaceutical markets and continuing consolidation within the pharmaceutical industry have highlighted the challenges of rapidly evolving regulatory requirements and created a much greater appreciation of the need for regulatory awareness throughout the industry. This book provides a practical overview and guide to the complexities of international pharmaceutical registration. With individual country chapters written by experts within that country drawn from regulatory authorities, international pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory consultants, the book comprehensively covers regulations across the globe.

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Pharmacokinetics has evolved from its origin into a complex discipline with numerous subspecialties and applications in patient management, drug development, and regulatory issues. This expansion has made it difficult for any one individual to become a full-fledged expert in all areas. Fulfilling the need for a wide-ranging guide to the many existing subspecialties in this field, Pharmacokinetics in Drug Discovery and Development details the different areas in the field providing the ideal comprehensive, quick access text and reference. After an introduction of basic principles, the book is divided into sections that cover industrial and regulatory applications, clinical applications, and research applications. The following sections cover such topics as PK/PD approaches, clinical pharmacokinetic monitoring, population pharmacokinetics, linear systems approaches, and more. Fourteen authors, each an expert in his/her area of expertise, provide an extensive background into the subspeciality with emphasis on the section's theme. Covering the many sub-disciplines and providing pharmacokinetic concepts, terminology, and approaches, Pharmacokinetics in Drug Discovery and Development serves as a resource for professionals throughout this field.

source: Amazon

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President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo signed last June 6, 2008 Republic Act No. 9502, an act providing for cheaper and quality medicines. It is known as the UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE CHEAPER AND QUALITY MEDICINES ACT OF 2008.

RA 9502 compliments the Generics Act of 1998, for it also requires and ensures the production of an adequate supply, distribution, use and acceptance of drugs and medicines identified by their generic name.

The new law has four objectives:

1. Strengthen competition by amending the intellectual property code to:

  • Allow the parallel importation of patented medicines from other countries where these are more affordable
  • Prohibit the grant of new patents based only on newly discovered uses of a known drug substance
  • Allow local generics firms to test, produce and register their generic versions of patented drugs , and
  • Allow the government use of patented drugs when the public interest is at stake.
2. Give the President the power to set price ceiling on various drugs upon the recommendation of the secretary of health.

3. Strengthen the Bureau of Food and Drug to ensure the safety of the medicines, by allowing it to retain its revenues to upgrade its facilities, equipment and human resources, and

4. Ensure the availability of affordable medicines by requiring drug outlets to carry a variety of brands for each drug including those sourced from parallel importation, to give consumers more choices.

The implementing rules and regulation are still being prepared and will be available only after 5 months.

Article source: here
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CEU Pharmacy Annual CPE


Centro Escolar University Pharmacy Alumni
Continuing Professional Education for CEU Alumni
Librada Aveli
no Auditorium CEU, Manila
October 18, 2008 1-5pm
For details call 736-2995

Registration fee: 350.00
source: here

See you there!!!

Pest Control Programs for Good Manufacturing Practice ( GMP ):


Basic pest control in the food processing plant is an essential prerequisite food safety program. Unfortunately, many processors have never established a systematic, written pest control program. This fact sheet outlines the pests of concern and steps that the small processor can take to start a pest control program.

All meat and poultry processing facilities, regardless of size, must have a written Sanitation program.GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices) specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) clearly specify that pests cannot be present
in the food, drug-processing environment

The pest control program is a stand-alone program and is also a part of the plant’s food safety system. Most small food plants must decide whether to maintain a pest control program themselves or contract the program to a pest control company. There are positive and negative aspects of each approach.

Many small processing facilities hire a pest control company because the processor lacks the personnel and expertise to run such a program. Of course, a pest control contractor should be reputable and have proper training and experience. A pest control contractor must provide records and reports to the processor verifying that the program is effective and operating successfully. This verification is usually done through visual inspection for pests and/or evidence of pests in the plant or product. The processor must maintain these records with the plant’s hazard analysis records to prove that the contracted pest control program is effective. The verification records should include evidence of contractor training and certification to apply pesticides in a food-manufacturing environment, and evidence that the pesticides are approved for such use.

Items included in a pest control program
1. Pest control procedures — The activities performed to control each type of pest. The written procedures should be detailed and include frequency of action.
2. Recordkeeping — The documentation of each performed activity. These records must be accurate, up-to-date, and include inspection for evidence of pests in each plant area.
3. Responsible individuals — The person(s) who are charged with performing pest control procedures and recordkeeping. Also, the supervisor responsible for signing off on reviewed records.
4. Deviation — Evidence of a pest problem is a subjective determination that requires expertise. For example, periodically finding a cockroach under a trashcan may be acceptable, but finding many cockroaches would be a deviation. A deviation has occurred when an allowable limit has been exceeded.
5. Corrective measures — These are written action steps in the plan that will be performed if there is a deviation from the pest control program. Often, they may include increasing control procedures, retraining of employees, cleaning up the area, etc.
6. Verification and validation — Written scientific evidence that the procedures are effective at controlling pests. This material is often available from chemical, trap, and pest control equipment makers. Also, verification is documentation of visual inspection for evidence of pests.

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Canned Meat Products a threat to one's Health


I have seen the news today in ABS CBN news channel that National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) will be currently testing chinese canned goods for melamine contamination. These products were tested by private testing laboratory to contain some trace elements of Cadmium and lead. This is good news for me because I always wanted to verify the integrity and quality of these products. Everytime I shop in Grocery store, I never forget to get one of these products in the shelves. As I search on in the internet, I have found out that some of these chinese products are recalled from Hongkong because it contains nitrofuran. But as of today, because of this news I will refrain from buying and eating these products from china. I dont want to risk my health just to satisfy my taste buds.

source: http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/whatsnew/whatsnew_fa/whatsnew_fa_35_Recall_of_Canned_Luncheon_Meat.html
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Book Review: Drug Delivery Systems (Methods in Molecular Biology)


Publisher: Humana Press
By Kewal K. Jain
Number Of Pages: 259
Publication Date: 2008-02-22
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1588298914

ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781588298911
Binding: Hardcover

The field of drug development and therapeutics can be overwhelmingly encyclopedic and vast. In Drug Delivery Systems, Dr. Kewal Jain and a team of experts select the most important, cutting-edge technologies used in drug delivery systems taking into account significant drugs, new technologies such as nanoparticles, and therapeutic applications. The chapters present step-by-step laboratory protocols following the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, offering readily reproducible results vital for pharmaceutical physicians and scientists.

Concise and systematic, Drug Delivery Systems is a powerful reference tool for the hundreds of companies developing drug delivery technologies all around the world

This is a nice book has a very concise and systematic description of drug delivery technologies. You should read this one too!

dork: /94727479/Dd_sys.zip (no download links here)

Public Hearing: IRR on Cheaper Medicine Bill


Location: Star Plaza Hotel, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines
Fourth Public Hearing on Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9502 aka Universally Accessible and Cheaper Quality Medicines Act of 2008.

10 safe tips for Fast Weight Loss

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Although there are many programs advertised to help you lose weight, the only proven long-term and safe method is to burn more calories than you consume. Here are the basics of losing weight fast and effectively

1. Weight Loss Tip 1 - Change your lifestlye
This is the most effective way to lose weight. By changing the way you eat and way of living, you can effectively lose weight fast. Thats a fact.

2. Weight Loss Tip 2 - Eat less
By reducing the food intake there by reducing calorie intake, you are ensuring that all the fats in your body burns up.

3. Weight Loss Tip 3 - More exercise
Increasing your physical activity means increase metabolism, thereby increasing the energy expenditure.

4. Weight Loss Tip 4 - Drink more Water
Drinking Eight(8) glasses a day keeps your body nourish and promoting execretion of waste. Once the body gets rehydrated with water, the weight will come right back.

Weight Loss Tip 5 - Avoid Fast Food
These foods has more fats, preservatives and chemicals. But if you have no choices but to eat those, be sure to choose the less fatty foods.

6. Weight Loss Tip 6 - Eat more Salad, fruits and vegetables
Fresh foods contains more antioxidants, enzymes and fibers that promote good health.

7. Weight Loss Tip 7 - Decrease carbo
Lets face it, Carbohydrates has more calorie thereby increasing your calorie intake. So dont take too much rice, pasta, and breads. Avoid them.

8. Weight Loss Tip 8 - Consult your health care provider
A registered dietitian is an excellent resource for individualized weight loss. Always talk to your health care provider before starting any weight control program to provide you the best method you can use to lose weight.

9. Weight Loss Tip 9 - Stay positive. Dont lose hope
Be committed to staying on course and making these necessary lifestyle and dietary changes.

10. Weight Loss Tip 10 - If cant lose weight, use medication
If you are worried about losing weight, there are several OTC and Prescription medication you can use to help you minimize weight. But beware of any side effects that may occue. Just consult your health practitioner about your plans.

Weight loss does not have to be overwhelming and difficult. These are ways to decide whether to use a diet or not. If there is no nutritionally or medically reliable information provided, and if there are no statistics to back the claims, then it is not a good diet to consider. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

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Tilapia: a local fish is dangerous to health

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I was surfing today in when i came across this article. Here how is goes ...

If you eat fish, chances are you've recently eaten tilapia, one of the most highly consumed types of fish in the United States. You might want to change the menu.

Researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have concluded that farm-raised tilapia--the kind typically sold in supermarkets--contains very low levels of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and very high levels of the potentially dangerous omega-6 fatty acids.

How dangerous is it? Eating tilapia could be far worse for your heart health than eating a hamburger, doughnuts or even pork bacon!

The double whammy of low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of omega-6 fatty acids could be potentially dangerous for some people with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an "exaggerated inflammatory response." Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin and the digestive tract.

"In the United States, tilapia has shown the biggest gains in popularity among seafood, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010," write the Wake Forest researchers in an article published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The team discovered that farm-raised tilapia, as well as farmed catfish, "have several fatty acid characteristics that would generally be considered by the scientific community as detrimental." Tilapia has higher levels of potentially detrimental long-chain omega-6 fatty acids than 80-percent-lean hamburger, doughnuts and even pork bacon. "For individuals who are eating fish as a method to control inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, it is clear from these numbers that tilapia is not a good choice," the researchers write. "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of hamburger and pork bacon is lower than the average serving of farmed tilapia."

The heart healthy benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, found in abundance in salmon and trout, have been well documented--so much so that the American Heart Association recommends everyone eat at least two servings of fish a week. Just don't make one of those servings tilapia since it could actually do your body more harm than good.

--From the Editors at Netscape

Minimally I eat this kind of fish and especially the belly part of any fish. Belly of the fish especially the ones in bangus are very rich in cholesterol. So my advise to not to eat too much of these and most probably the steamed and grill but not the fried ones, cause it pays you to accumulate cholesterol in your body.

Erectile Dysfunction and Sildenafil Citrate


Sex may not be the most important thing in life. But to most men, it’s up there. So don’t let erection problems keep you from a satisfying sex life. Learn about a condition called erectile dysfunction, or ED.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is when a man has problems getting or maintaining an erection long enough for sex. It happens when not enough blood flows to the penis.

ED isn’t the same for all men. Some men aren’t able to get an erection at all. Others can get one, but it’s not hard enough for sex. And others get a hard erection but lose it before or during sex.

ED is a medical condition. So in most cases, erections will not improve without treatment.

A common issue
ED is more common than you might think. More than half of all men over 40 have some difficulty getting and maintaining an erection. The fact is, guys at any age can experience ED.

Treatment options

There are many treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). The most common is oral medication, or tablets.

Of all the ED tablets, VIAGRA is the one doctors prescribe most. It has been shown to significantly improve erections for men with ED

Sildenafil Citrate an oral medication for erectile dysfunction (ED). It helps most men with ED improve their erections. That means they are able to achieve harder erections.

Getting an erection is only half the story
Maintaining an erection is just as important as getting one. Sildenafil Citrate can help with both. This can lead to a more satisfying sexual experience with your partner.

Who can take Sildenafil Citrate
Sildenafil Citrate has an established safety profile of over 10 years. It has been shown to work safely and effectively in men with ED. This includes:

  • Men of all ages
  • Men who have difficulty all the time or just some of the time
  • Men with other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression
Find out if Sildenafil is right for you. Speak to your doctor and visit your nearest Pharmacy. They can tell you if you have ED. And can recommend an effective treatment.

Most Filipino men don't visit their doctors to consult about their problem regarding Erectile Dysfunction. Instead, they buy these medication over the counter and fly-by-night pharmacies. Its is not recommended to use this drug without a consult from your medical practitioner simple because it can aggrevate other disease like heart problems.

Every pinoy pharmacist should know that Sildenafil Citrate popularly known as Vigra is a prescription drug. I shout to all pharmacist out there please do not dispense this medication without a prescription.

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J-1 US Visa for Students and Professional


I attended today an orientation about US Internship.Consulting firm offers a clinical research internship in the Atlanta, Geogia. J-1 Visa is applied through these methods. Hiring an consulting firm and pay appropriate fee usually about $3000-4000 for the Immigration laywers and $500 for the agency.

The difference between regular and internship work is that some companies sponsoring home, travel and food accomodation for internship program. J-1 visa usually is granted in 3-4 weeks depending on the application.

As a working professional, I don't really recommend this kind of career path going through the internship and paying some huge fees just to learn the Educational and Culture of other country. These type of visa usually last for 12 months which can be extended up to 18 months. After that you are required to go back to your country of origin. You cant apply for another type of vsa. Well, what will you do after that? These, I think are the basic questions to answer before getting into signing contract and paying extensive fees.

If you have more questions, you can post your comments. Thanks.

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Update on 22nd FAPA Congress 2008


Translational Research: The Approach to Quality Healthcare

Where: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore
When : 7th-10th November 2008

As part of the FAPA Congress, some exciting Workshops and Field Trips have been put in place.

Here’s a glimpse of the Workshops and Field Trips that are available:

Workshop 1: How to Write Successful Research Grants and Manuscripts for Publication
Workshop 2: Cancer Supportive Care Workshop
Workshop 3: Pharmacists in Ambulatory Clinics
Workshop 4: Critical Appraisal Skills
Hospital Field Trip 1: Singapore General Hospital
Hospital Field Trip 2: Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Community Field Trip 1: National Healthcare Group Pharmacy
Community Field Trip 2: Guardian Health & Beauty @ Suntec City Mall
Industry Field Trip: Merck Sharp & Dohme (Singapore) Ltd
Academic Field Trip: National University of Singapore

source: fapa2008.com


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Cut the Price of Medicines
Public Hearing on The IRR of The Universally Accessible Cheaper & Quality medicines Act of 2008 R.A 9502

The public and all interested parties are hereby invited to attend the THIRD department of health sanctioned public hearing on the IRR for the “Universally Accessible Cheaper & Quality medicines Act of 2008” on October 09, 2008 from 09:00 am to 12:00 nn at The Lung Center of thePhilippines Auditorium, 2nd Floor, T-Block, Quezon Ave., Quezon City.

This public hearing shall deal with the following:
  • Chapter 1: General provisions
  • Chapter 5: Non-Discriminatory Clause
  • Chapter 6: Generics Law Amendments
  • Chapter 7: Pharmacy Law Amendments
  • Chapter 8: Miscellaneous Provision
And others A working draft of the IRR will be presented


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The nonconformance report 101


I'm pissed off today as the result of our meeting with a BIG multi-national pharmaceutical company. I'll just state this in filipino/tagalog language since this is a pinoy site. Kaninang umaga tinawag kami ng ahente namin may meeting daw sa isang customer namin tungkol sa NCR(nonconformance) na nangyari noong mga nakaraang lingo. Nagrerequest daw ang QA manager para meeting daw namin sila. Aware of the situation about the NCR, I was forcefully sent to meet with them. Dalawa kaming pharmacist at yung sales agent namin. Noong nandoon na kami sa meeting, i was nervous what will happen sa mga ganitong situation na malaking company ang customer at may problema ang produkto. Mas sanay ako sa mga customer complaint na mga consumers lang ang nag rereklamo. Naka damit desente sumugod kami sa kumpanya nila na walang pag hahanda. Pumasok kami maayos pa ang mood ko, kaya hindi ko masyadong ininda ang situation.

Pero noong nakilala ko na ang mga KA-MEETING namin ay kinabahan na ako ng todo. Nangiginig ang kamay ko at mabilis ang tibok ng puso. Akalain mo ba naman na QA manager, Purchasing Manager, at isang supervisor ang humarap sa amin. Goodluck sa amin, isang pharmacist at isang ahente lang ang kasama ko. I cannot imagine na ganito ka tindi ang susugurin naming kalaban. Para kaming sumugod sa giyera ng walang bala. I started the meeting with a grappling voice. Matindi talga ang nerbyos ko neto. Pa utal utal habang nag sasalita. Tapos english pa yung conversation. Hello???!! naubos tuloy ang aking bokabolaryo sa aking baul.

Habang nag meeting, they questioned yung mga nakasulat sa NCR. Bakit ganito, bakit ganyan. So ineksplika ko sa kanila ang standard operating procedure kung bakit nag ka-ganun. So going smooth ang usapan na pero kabado paren, along the way I questioned an issue kung nagiba ang situation sa isang issue ng NCR ano ang mangyayari...then the QA manager ask questioned my position kung taga QC or QA daw ako at bilgang nag iba ang tuno nya. Nakakairita talga! Na shock ako sa pangyayari iyon. Biruin mo, sabihin ba naman.. "Excuse me, Are you from Quality control?" sabay ngiting parang sinasabing ang bobo mo hindi mo ba alam un?. Parang nagunaw ang mundo ko noong ipahiya nya ako sa lahat ng tao sa kwarto. Natulala akong bilga at hindi naka imik. Hindi ko na siya nasagot, pero buti nalang biglang sumagot yung ahente at sinalo ako. Explaining their point of view hindi ko paren naintindihan kung ano ang gusto nilang ipahiwatig. Kung dinedefend nila ang kumpanya nila o sinasabi lang nila ang side nila. Feeling ko tuloy lumulusot lang sila sa problema na sila naman ang may gawa. Bwisit sila! Lapses ng kumpanya nila ay isinisisi nila samen.

Hangang ngayon ang nabbwisit paren ako sa nangyari. Nanliit ako sa sinabi nya waaah! Dayuhan kasi kaya hindi alam ang totoong kalakaran dito sa pilipinas. Hindi nya alam mas matindi pa sa bansa nila ang mga problemang ganun. Bukas mag rereport ako sa boss ko kung ano mga nangyari. Sana maalala ko pa ang mga bagay bagay at mga points na dapat naming pag isipan para ibwelta sa kanila. Sinulat ko dito sa blog ang mga bagay bagay na gusto kong ipahiwatig para lumuwag ang sama ng loob ko sa mga nangyari. I cannot elaborate more of this issue and especially i cannot put a names on this baka ako ay ma demanda ng libel. hehehe mabuti na yung nag iingat!

Basic Requirements for Local and Oversease Employment


Here listed below are the very basic requirements you should need to apply for a job in abroad. I may miss some point but you can post a comment if you want to add more information. I also post some important points for you to know. You find only this tutorial here in Pinoy Pharmacy.

Birth Certificate - I guess everyone seem to have a birth certificate.

  • Name: Other people seem to have a lot of problem on their names. You should verify it with National Statistics office if the name written does not match with your true name.
  • Name of your Parents: Verify also the name of your parents and their marriage license.
  • Birth Place: this is also important so please double check. It should indicate where you are born so that they can trace up with your local registrars office.
You may request this certificate in National Statistics Office. Forms

Valid Passport - dont tamper, wet or do anything stupid on this documents. Protect it with your life. Its one of the most important document you can show to everyone.
  • Issuance: it must be issued by the Department of foreign affairs. Don't fall into fixers offers they will just put you into trouble. If immigration officer caught you with fake documents, they can file a suit againts you.
  • Validity: For me, it must be 2 years validity prior expiry. It give you time to complete your contract before it expires. So if your contract expires then you can go back to Philippines and renew it.
Fee: 500 (regular) + 250 (additional for rush)

Procedure | First-time applicants | Renewal | Fee

NBI Certificate - This certificate is issued by the National Bureau of Investigation. This documents is required to all countries where you want to go to.
  • Purpose: When applying for NBI clearance so to it that you indicate the purpose why you are requesting for this document. If you are going abroad. you should indicate for "TRAVEL ABROAD" and not for "Local Employment".
  • Storage: Dont lose your old personal copy of this document. It make take time for you to recover and request again a new original copy. If expired , carry the old one to renew . This will save you from taking the finger prints again.
Steps | FAQs

Diploma - If you want to them to credit your degree, you should have a copy of your diploma.
  • Original: Get an original copy of your diploma to your school where you finished your college degree.
  • Translation: If there are some ethic writings or non-english content you should request a translation from your school to prevent future discrepancies, denial and refusal of your job application.
Professional License Card/Certificate - If your a professional, a Pharmacist who pass the licensure exam, you need these two documents/card if your applying for a job.
  • Validity: Validity is important when applying for a job. Before applying make sure your PRC card is valid. Have it photocopied, incase you lost you still have the document copy.
  • Authentication: Be sure you have an authenticated copy of your PRC certificate before applying for oversease job.
  • Certificate of Good standing: You can also get this document in PRC. This is to certify that you are still a good pharmacist and did not abide any professional laws and even though you are a ghost pharmacist. LOL
Initial Application | Renewal

Photos - You should be aware that almost all documents requires a photo. Bring a bunch of "UPDATE" photograph of yourself.
  • Size: Be it in whole body, 2 x 2 , passport size, 1 x 1, Visa Size. Dont cut out good photos of your face in your family picture and with your love ones. It can be easily identified that you cut from these pictures.
  • Copies: Bring multiple copies and with and without name tags. Some institution requires name tag on their photos.

I believe this is all for now. I'll update soon some of the requirements needed for successful job application. Happy Hunting!


Local market for Milk Manufacturers


PHOTO AT LEFT - SAFE FRESH MILK: A farmer sells carabao milk to motorists along the national highway in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. A bottle of carabao milk sells for P20. Credits to ERNIE PENAREDONDO]

Due to contaminted milk scare that going on in our country. Do you think theres a chance for market of our local milk manufacturers?

I dont really know on the nutrition facts of our local milk produc compare from imported. But with the same flavor, taste and nutrients, I'll rather go for Carabao's milk. These milk are not processed and free from preservatives.

Scorpion in the Kitchen wall


Last night i was surfing the net and break off to get some water to drink. When I switch on the lights and go to the sink. I came across to see a scorpion near the sink. Yes, you heard me right, SCORPION in the Kitchen. Hey, this is Philippines! What in the world a scorpion doing in my kitchen. So i get me IXUS camera to take a few photos of the scorpion resting on the wall. I climbed on the over the sink to take more shots of it. The scorpion is resting above the tiles. I just got a plastic cup and force the scorpion to move into the cup. After several attempts, I successfully put the small scorpion inside. I'm not sure what kind of specie of scorpion is this but surely i'll try to research more of this in later time. I'll just put it near my computer and observe.

A&L's Quick Review Pharmacy: 900 Plus Questions and Answers 12th Edition


By Joyce A Generali, Christine A Berger

Product Description
Appleton & Lange's QUICK REVIEW: Pharmacy 12e book/CD-ROM package is the most time-effective tool you can find for NAPLEX preparation.
* More than 900 Q&As for your preparation
* Reflects the exam's increasing emphasis on clinical cases
* Concise to-the-point answers
* CD-ROM allows you to practice and test yourself using an electronic format
* On-target answers with fully explained answers reduce study time and build confidence
* Fastest complete preparation for the NAPLEX

From the Back Cover

* 900+ exam-type questions and answers
* CD-ROM prepares you for NAPLEX
* Tips, hints, and skill builders
* Tests knowledge in all major areas of pharmacy
* Emphasizes clinical cases

Appleton & Lange's QUICK REVIEW: Pharmacy 12e book/CD-ROM package is the most time-effective tool you can find for NAPLEX preparation.
* More than 900 Q&As for your preparation
* Reflects the exam's increasing emphasis on clinical cases
* Concise to-the-point answers
* CD-ROM allows you to practice and test yourself using an electronic format
* On-target answers with fully explained answers reduce study time and build confidence
* Fastest complete preparation for the NAPLEX


This one-of-a-kind QUICK REVIEW helps you:
* Learn more in less time
* Practice with over 900 questions
* Focus on the areas where you need help
* Evaluate your areas of strength and weakness
* Prepare for the questions on the actual exam

Anyone can prepare for the exam with unlimited time. But only QUICK REVIEW adds value to the time you have.

Great for course and finals review too! Appleton & Lange's QUICK REVIEW: PHARMACY adds value to the study time you have. Open it and earn the highest score possible score on the NAPLEX.

Some answers and questions are incorrect answers. Some questions are too easy to answer. I recommend this book for undergraduates to use as a Quiz guide...Overall, i give it a rating of 7/10 as it is still usefull if you want a quick glance on the topic.

Source: Amazon

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Seminar for Food Establishments


Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Seminar for Food Establishments as per Bureau Circular 10 s. 2006

November 26


Seminar Fee: P 600

Pre-registration is required due to limited slots
Closing date for the registration is on 25 November 2008
No Payments will be accepted on the day of the Seminar
For more details, Please proceed to room 129, Regulation Division II

Source: BFAD

MELAMINE free products


Here below list of products tested by BFAD which contain and free of melamine.

Products confirmed to have melamine!

  1. Greenfood Yili Fresh Milk
  2. Mengniu Drink

Products free of Melamine.

  1. Anchor Lite Milk
  2. Anlene High Calcium, Low Fat Milk
  3. Bear Brand Instant
  4. Chic Choc Milk Chocolate
  5. Farmland Skim Milk
  6. Jinwei Drink
  7. Jolly Cow Pure Fresh Milk
  8. Kiddie Soya Milk Egg Delight
  9. Lactogen 1 DHA Infant Formula
  10. M&M Milk Chocolate Candy
  11. M&M Peanut Chocolate Candy
  12. Milk Boy
  13. Nestagen 2 DHA Follow-up Formula
  14. Nestagen 3 DHA Follow-up Formula
  15. Nido 3 Plus Pre-bio with DHA
  16. Nido Full Cream Milk Powder
  17. Nido Junior
  18. No Sugar Chocolate of Isomalt 2 Oligosaccharide (cocoa butter substitute)
  19. Nutri Express Milk Drink
  20. Pura Fresh Milk
  21. Snickers (roasted in caramel nogut in thick milk chocolate)
  22. Vitasoy Soya Milk Drink
  23. Wahaha Orange
  24. Wahaha Yellow
  25. Want Want Milk Drink
  26. Windmill Skim Milk Powder
  27. Yinlu Milk Peanut
  28. Yogi Yogurt Flavor Milk Drink

source: BFAD

Desk Reference of Clinical Pharmacology-Second Edition


  • ISBN: 978-1-4200-4743-1
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Published by: CRC Press
  • Publication Date: 31st October 2007
  • Pages: 824

Designed specifically for physicians and other healthcare professionals, Desk Reference for Clinical Pharmacology: Second Edition features complete yet concise descriptions of the properties of every drug used in clinical practice. The book presents brief A to Z drug facts and provides short reviews of such topics as drug-drug interaction, adoptive immunotherapy, antisense therapeutics, drug metabolism and transport, as well as pharmacogenomics. The book also features discussions on diseases and treatment as well as comprehensive tables on the current uses of antibiotics in medicine.

Wow! Never seen this kind of book before. It has extensive and concise information about pharmacology.

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