Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Schools of Pharmacy in the Philippines

This is a list of Schools of Pharmacy in the Philippines. If we missed other schools, please let us know by leaving a comment below so we can update the list. 

Adamson University 
Angeles University Foundation
Cebu Doctors' University 
Central Ilocandia College of Science & Technology
Central Luzon Doctor's Hospital 
Centro Escolar University (Makati)
Centro Escolar University (Malolos)
Centro Escolar University (Manila)
Emilio Aguinaldo College 
Lyceum North-Western (Dagupan City)
Manila Central University (Caloocan City)
Mariano Marcos State University (Batac)
Medina College (Ozamis City)
Mindanao Medical Foundation College  
National University (Manila) 
Negros Oriental State University, Dumaguete City
Nueva Ecija Colleges
Our Lady of Fatima University (Antipolo City)
Our Lady of fatima University (Valenzuela)
Panpacific University North Philippines (PANG.CST)
Philippine Women's University (Manila) 
Pines City College (PCEC)
San Pedro College of Davao
Saint Jude College (Manila) 
Saint Louis University 
Saint Paul University Tuguegarao) 
Southwestern University 
St. Scholastica's College (Tacloban)
Universidad De Zamboanga
University of Bohol 
University of La Salette (Santigao) 
University of Luzon 
University of Perpetual Help (Rizal-Calamba Campus)
University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (Las Pinas)
University of Perpetual Help System (Laguna)
University of San Agustin 
University of San Carlos  
University of Santo Tomas  
University of Southern Philippines Foundation 
University of the Immaculate Conception  
University of the Philippines (Manila) 
University of the Philippines (Visayas-Cebu City)
University of the Visayas (Cebu City)
Virgen Milagrosa Education Foundation 
World Citi Colleges, Quezon City (Quezon City M.C.C.)

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    24th FAPA Congress

    The Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA) is holding its 24th Congress at Bali, Indonesia on September 13 - 16, 2012.

    The theme for this upcoming conference is Culture and Medicine: Bringing Traditional Medicine to Modern Life.

    For more information, please visit 
    FAPA 2012 official website.

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    License for Rent: What's the real deal?

    July 23, 2012

    Article IV of Republic Act 5921 (Pharmacy Law) clearly states the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacists must remember every section by heart in order to avoid suspension or revocation of certificate of registration / license. 

    If somebody approached you earn extra money by lending them your license, think twice. The scenario is you are working in a different setting; let's say as a medical representative. Yes, you are not using your license as pharmacist to be a medical representative which gives you an idea that you can use your license elsewhere. The question is: are you violating any law? Yes, indeed! Here's the real deal, if you allow others to use your license that means you will be registered in FDA Philippines. Now, if you are listed as pharmacist of a certain company in FDA's rooster then it is your responsibility to display your certificate of registration in conspicuous place of that company. In doing so, your presence is needed in order for such establishment to operate. What law do I violate? Here it is: 
    SECTION 28.  Display of certificate required. - It shall be the duty of every pharmacist engaged in the practice of pharmacy either on his own account or under the employ of  another to display his certificate of registration in a prominent and conspicuous place in  pharmacy, drugstore, hospital pharmacy or drug establishment which he operates or in  which he is employed. No pharmacist shall with his  knowledge allow his certificate of registration to be displayed in such establishments when he is not actually employed or operating therein in his professional capacity.  
    FDA's inspectors visit all establishments registered to them announced or unannounced. If inspected and the pharmacist is not around, company/pharmacy owner may come up with an excuse and would probably work the first time but not all the time. In short, sooner or later your license will be suspended or revoked because you are a "GHOST PHARMACIST".  Not only that, if you are caught doing this over and over again, you may become a "JAIL PHARMACIST". 

    SECTION 41 Other penalties..– Any pharmacist who shall violate any of the provisions of Sections twenty-eightthirty-onethirty-threethirty-fourthirty-seven, and thirty-eight of this Act or any pharmacist, after his certificate of registration has been lawfully suspended or revoked, who continues to engage in the practice of pharmacy, suspended or revoked, who continues to engage in the practice of pharmacy, shall upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to a fine of not less than thirty days but not more than four months, in the discretion of the court
    I'm sure you don't like what you've worked for 4-5 years in academic school plus the honor of being "RPh" go away as quick as a blink of the eye. Say NO to those people approaching you for Php5, 000 (more or less) extra cash in your pocket for your license. 

    In the Philippine Pharmacy Law, we are not allowed to work as locum, meaning to hop on other's job for the time being while the registered pharmacists is not present for some time. Just likes what the doctor's do; they can temporarily replace someone in some place if needed. I knew one big company who practice this in Philippines. The only thing is they do it within company. For example, when the pharmacist of one branch will not be around for some time, pharmacist of other branch may carry on with the duties and responsibilities.

    In European countries, pharmacists may choose whether to work full time or part time. Part-timers are the locums. They work from one pharmacy to another. Sorry to say, it is not practice in the Philippines. 

    This type of set-up is very much advisable not only because it adds income to pharmacists but also to provide a safer public health since all establishments will be operating with qualified pharmacists. I think it is better idea than putting professional license in jeopardy. What do you think?

    By: Editor, Rph

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Be Kind To Your Liver

    The liver is the biggest glandular organ of the body that weighs about three pounds. Liver has four lobes of unequal size and shape and is reddish brown in colour.

    Liver showing its four lobes.

    The liver has many functions.
    • Produce substances that break down fats
    • Produce urea, the main substance of the urine
    • Filter harmful substances from the blood like alcohol
    • Storage of Vitamins A,D, K and B12 and minerals
    • Maintain a proper level of glucose in the blood
    • Convert glucose to glycogen
    • Responsible in producing 80% of cholesterol in the body
    • Make a distinct amino acids which is the building blocks of proteins

    Big Liver Tumor
    Disease of the liver
    Several diseases/conditions can affect the liver.
    • Wilson’s Disease
    • Hepatitis, inflammation of the liver.
    • Liver Cancer
    • Cirrhosis, a chronic inflammation of the liver that can lead to ultimate organ failure.

    Here are few tips that can be very useful in taking care of your liver.
    • Start your day by drinking one cup of warm water with a slice of lemon.
    • Drink green tea for it has catechins that guard the liver.
    • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and other green foods like spinach and seaweed.
    • Eat oily fish. It has essential fatty acids that are also good for the liver. 
    • Take Lecithin supplements. They help remove fat from the liver and it also lowers cholesterol.
    • Consider eating raw foods and vegetable juices like carrots and beetroot.
    • Alcohol changes the metabolism of the liver, which can have overall harmful effects if alcohol is taken over long periods of time so drink moderately.

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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Prices of Basic Medicines Monitored By DOH Philippines (July 06, 2012)

    As of July 13, 2012, DOH Philippines released a price monitoring charts of basic consumer goods. These include basic medicines. Since the previous price of July 6, 2012, there are no changes with the prices. 

    The table below is provided for our guidance: 


      1. Amlodipine 2.5 mg tablet
      1. Losartan 50 mg tablet
    11.00 - 21.50
      1. Metoprolol 50 mg tablet
    2.75 - 15.00
      1. Telmisartan 40 mg tablet
    25.00 - 25.75
      1. Aspirin 100 mg tablet

      1. Amoxicillin 250 mg capsule
    4.25 - 8.50
      1. Cotrimoxazole 400 mg tablet
    9.50 - 19.50
      1. Co-Amoxiclav 625 mg tablet
    38.00 - 48.90
      1. Cloxacillin 250 mg capsule
    12.50 - 14.00
      1. Clarithromycin 250 mg tablet

      1. Fluticasone + Salmeterol  100 diskus
      1. Salbutamol 60 mL syrup
    48.75 - 119.75

      1. Insulin 10 mL
    755.00 - 1,350.00
      1. Metformin 500 mg tablet
    2.50 - 7.75
    Source: DOH Price Monitoring Chart

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Facts About Sinusitis

    Ten million people or more experienced sinusitis. It is important to identify sinusitis and its common symptoms, causes, and types in order to provide appropriate treatment. Different types of sinusitis require specific approach. Recommended dosage of medication must follow at all times to attain desired results. It is also vital to complete the treatment to avoid recurrent sinusitis.

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    JOBS: July 16, 2012

    Al Manaf International Manpower Corporation
    More details
    Penang, Malaysia Hospital
    Hospital Pharmacist
    Generika Drugstore (St. Francis Cabrini Medical Center)
    More details
    Batangas (Calabarzon & Mimaropa)
    Licensed Pharmacist
    Generika Drugstore
    Drugstore experience an advantage. Fresh graduate with license are welcome. For interested pharmacists, send your resume via email at henryt_chua@yahoo.com.
    Sta Ana Manila
    Bison Management Corporation
    Applicants are welcome to visit their office from Mondays to Fridays (9am to 6 pm) and Saturdays (8am to 12 noon)
    More details
    Riyadh Saudi Arabia


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    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Other Local News

    July 13, 2012

    Global Fun commends Phl for gains in fight vs TB, malaria; but HIV/AIDS cases up

    June 11, 2012  "International funding agency Global Fund on Wednesday commended the Philippines fro the gains in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, the two diseases burdening the low and middle-income countries."  by Shiela Crisostomo Phil. Star 

    IBM solution lowers business cost of Cebu's ThreeSixty Pharmacy 
    May 29, 2012 "IBM and Cebu-based ThreeSixty Pharmacy announced on Tuesday that a recent strategic agreement has seen the retail and wholesale pharmaceutical company reduce its administrative and support costs thus proving the axiom that one of the ways small and medium enterprises can make themselves profitable is by making use of effective data management tools, especially if the business’ data requirements are on the upswing." by DVM, GMA News 

    PhilCAT, DOH celebrate World TB Day

    "Last March 12, 2012, the Philippine Coalition Against TB (PhilCAT), along with the Department of Health (DOH) and other stakeholders, celebrated World TB Day with a strong cry: 'Stop Tuberculosis (TB) in my lifetime!' " by Gabriel Angelo Sembrano, RN

    Unang Yakap (Essential Newborn Care: Protocol for New Life) 
    "Many initiatives, globally and locally, help save lives of pregnant women and children. Essential Newborn Care (ENC) is one." 
    by Unang Yakap 

    DOH reports dengue upsurge in 3 regions 
    "Three regions posted higher dengue cases this year while a downward trend was observed in the rest of the country, according to a report of Department of Health (DOH)"by Philipppine Star 

    Pharmacy Related International News

    July 13, 2012
    Synthetic Drug Chemicals Banned in Michigan
    Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan signed a new law that bans synthetic cannabinoid products such as K2, Spice and other dangerous synthetic drug. These drugs are now included in Schedule 1 drug list. read more
    FDA-US Alerts Producers About Unapproved Oxycodone Products
    Manufacturers and distributors are warned to remove in the market all unapproved oxycodone products in oral dosage forms. The said opoid analgesic did not undergo FDA testing for all parameters therefore made them illegal  to be distributed in United States.  Oxycodone is Schedule II drug list. read more

    UNICEF: Pneumonia, diarrhea top killers of kids
    "Pneumonia and diarrhea are among the top causes of childhood deaths around the world, particularly among the poor, said a report out Friday the UN Children's Fund." by AFP Phil Star read more

    Counterfeit Adderall Purchased Online Contains Wrong Active Ingredients, FDA Warns
    "Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers and health care providers about a counterfeit version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Adderall® 30 mg tablets that is being purchased on the Internet."  source: NABP read more

    Dramatic blood sugar control with gastric surgery  

    "Gastric surgery controlled blood sugar better than intensive medical therapy among obese type 2 diabetics, according to the STAMPEDE trial, the results of which were presented recently at the recent 61st Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology meeting in Chicago, Illinois, US." by Radha Chitale read more

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    New Pharmacists: July 2012 Board Examination

    July 12, 2012

     Toss to the successful examinees.


    to the new pharmacists. 

    Results of the July 4 & 5 Pharmacists Licensure Examination were released today, July 12, 2012 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Out of 1,770 examinees from Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao, 1,117 passed the said examination. 
    50 or more examinees and at least 80% passing percentage must be attained in order to become one of top performing schools (Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010). In this occasion, three schools are blessed with such honor. 
    1. St. Louis University with 98 examinees, 98 passed (100%).
    2. University of Sto. Tomas with 316 examinees, 281 passed (88.92%)
    3. Our Lady of Fatima Univesity-Valenzuela with 71 examinees, 63 passed (88.73%).
    Among the 1,117 who passed, 10 examinees acquired the highest scores.

    1. Heidi Rose Censon Tanjueco -Univeristy of Santo Tomas; 91.63%
    2. Rafael Paolo Cunanan Salimo - University of Santo Tomas; 91.42%
    3. Josept Mari Sales Poblete - University of the Philippines- Manila; 91.32%
    4. Vien Christian Lim Lansangan - University of Santo Tomas; 91.05%
    5. Kimberly Ann Dizon Gania - Centro Escolar University(Malolos); 90.25%
    6. Priya Ballagan - Univeristy of Santo Tomas; 90.05%
    7. Generose Lim Go - Univeristy of San Carlos; 90.00%
    8. Ludy Mae Lee Ang - University of Santo Tomas; 89.90%
    9. Ma. Fatima Julienne Litonjua - Univerity os Santo Tomas; 89.88%
    10. Llyod Aldren Cabili Reyes - Centro Escolar Univeristy (Malolos); 89.75%
    You can find all the names of the successful examinees in the link below.

    All successful examinees can register for the issuance of PRC ID and Certificate of Registration starting on July 16, 2012 until July 31, 2012. Please take notes of the following requirements:
    1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
    2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula)
    3. 1 piece 1" x 1" picture (colored with white background and complete name tag)
    4. 2 sets of metered documentary stamps
    5. 1 short plastic envelope with name and profession
    6. Initial Registration Fee of Php 600
    7. Annual Registration Fee of Php 450 (for 2012-2015)
    Successful examinees MUST personally register by themselves and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

    Official Links to July 2012 Pharmacists Licensure Examination:
    Registration for Issuance of PRC ID

    Pinoy Pharmacists.com accepts no responsibility for any errors concerning the generation of the official results by the PRC.
    Results posted here are linked to the Official results found at the PRC Website

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    JOBS: JULY 09, 2012

    July 09, 2012

    Licensed Pharmacist
    Watsons Personal Care Stores, (Phils.) Inc.
    more details
    Paranaque Area
    Licensed Pharmacist
    Watsons Personal Care Stores, (Phils.) Inc.
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    Manila Area
    Licensed Pharmacist
    Ocean Deep Industries
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    NCR-Caloocan City
    Regulatory Pharmacist
    Xeno Pharmaceuticals Phils. Inc.
    more details
    Berovan Marketing, Inc.
    more details
    Leyte (Tacloban City (Eastern Visayas)
    Licensed Pharmacist
    Watsons Personal Care Stores, (Phils.) Inc.
    more details
    Makati Area


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    Reported Product Recall

    July 9, 2012
    Three more products were reported for recall. The DOH-FDA released their advisory regarding the said matter last July 06, 2012. 
    1. Profurex (Celfuroxime Sodium) 750 Sterile Powder for Inj. (IM/IV)
    2. Varemoid Forte ( Hydroxyethylrutoside) 200 mg Tablet
    3. Valda Lemon Pastilles (FR-42925)
    Profurex (Celfuroxime Sodium) Lot No. P116069
    The Cathay Drug Company voluntarily recall its Profurex 750 mg sterile Powder for Injection( IM/IV) product with Lot No. P116069 due to manufacturing inadequacies. It was stated in the report that there was a broken glass found inside a vial of the said product that was manufactured at Thailand by Biolab Co., Ltd.

    Varemoid Forte ( Hydroxyethylrutoside) Batch No. 1201
    Varemoid Forte 200mg Batch 1201 was voluntarily recall from market by Novartis Healthcare Philippines, Inc. The product was assume to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cepacia. 

    Valda Lemon Pastilles( FR-42925) Batch No. 220212M and Batch No. 220212L
    This product, which is manufactured in Malaysia on Feberuary 22, 2012 for GlaxoSmithKline Philippines. It was reported because it was packed incorrectly with a Valda Menthol tin base rather than Valda Lemon in lid.

    The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader and NOT intended to replace the advice of a doctor. The owner of this site disclaims any responsibility for the decisions you make based on this information. If you have any health-related questions, persistent health condition or before taking any medication, please consult your health care provider.

    Recall of Robitussin DM

    July 09, 2012
    Last July 6, 2012, DOH-FDA released their advisory regarding the voluntary recall of Robitussin DM by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. The said product was withdrawn from the market due to error found in its primary and carton label. The erroneous label was specifically seen in the dosage instruction for age group 2 to under 6 years old. 2.5 ml is equivalent to 1/2 teaspoonful and NOT 1 teaspoonful.
    DOH-FDA advised the public to contact the said establishment if they have bought the affected products. For pharmacist and pharmacy owners, please check your stock and coordinate with your supplier. 
    You may contact Pfizer, Inc.for more details.
    23/F Ayala Life-FGU Center,
    6811 Ayala Ave., Makati City.
    Trunkline: +63 2 451-9200

    Pfizer Healthline

    Metro Manila: +63 2 671-1000
    PLDT Provincial Tollfree: 1-800-10-6711000
    Digitel Provincial Tollfree: 1-800-3-6711000

    Product Information
    Generic Name: Dextromethorphan HBr, Guiafenesin 
    Brand Name: Robitussin DM
    Contents: In every 5 ml of the syrup, 15 mg of Detromethorphan HBr, 100 mg of Guiafenesin, 1.4% Alcohol

    Indication and Usage:
    Robitussin DM is can be bought over-the-counter. It is commonly given if coughs is associated with acute head/chest cold, bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tracheitis, pertussis, influenza, and measles. It acts by loosening and clearing chest congestion and by reducing the frequency of coughing. Robirussin DM can be taken with or without food with the following dosage:
    • Adult: 1-2 teaspoon every 6 hours (maximum of 8 tsp/day)
    • Children 6 to 12 years old: 1 teaspoon every 6 (maximum of 4 tsp/day)
    • 2-6 years old: 1/2 teaspoon every 6 hours or as directed
    It is contraindicated for patients receiving Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or within two weeks of taking MAOIs.

    Adverse Drug Reactions:
    Nausea, vomiting, somnolence, hypersensitivity, dizzines and excitability. Altered sensory perception, ataxia, slurred speech and dysphoria may experience in the event of overdose in adult. While overdose in children may result to ataxia, respiratory depression and convulsion.

    Robitussin DM Syrup can be bought in 60ml or 120 ml.

    Source: DOH-FDA Advisory 2012-006

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