Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stunning Backdrop

When was the last time you've watched a live performer on stage? Have you noticed his/her backdrop?

Happy Holidays Everyone

To all Pinoy Pharmacist, 
readers, followers and friends

Editor and contributors of 
would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

May we all experience and share the true meaning of Christmas all days of our lives. 

God bless us all. 

For Better Sound

If you're wondering why music videos sound so perfect? The top pro tools 10 is the answer.

DOH-FDA Advisory No. 2012-017

This advisory was released by DOH-FDA to inform the public about Antimicrobial Resistance. Please take time to read.


Source: FDA Philippines

Disclaimer: The owner of this blog does not claim ownership on the above file. This is shared to help DOH-FDA Philippines to spread the advisory. 

Benefits and Health Risks of Smoking Cigars

Smoking is dangerous to your health. We need to remember that smoking can cause diseases including cancer. We certainly do not want to suffer from those. 


It's good to see that there are other ways to keep safe this coming new year. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Promoting a New Pharmacy Business

Your pharmacy business is now up and running but the sales are not giving you significant figures. The solution is advertising and wide-ranging tactics. 

Pharmacy Calculations and Simple Gram Conversion

This is a very helpful video tutorial on simple gram conversion and pharmacy calculations. Hope you'll find this useful.

Do you want to try snowboarding?

Snowboarding is an activity that require skills and stamina to withstand cold surrounding. Minor accidents or serious injuries may occur if not properly trained to do so.


“There are more ways to be happy in welcoming the New Year. An injury in the family will not make our New Year happier,” this is the concluding statement of Secretary Ona of Department of Health (DOH).

Despite the decreased of fireworks-related injuries, Secretary Ona announced that they might consider banning the individual use of fireworks. Only accredited organizations can buy and use fireworks on designated areas.

I personally like this option. Hope it will be approved to continuously avoid injuries caused by fireworks during festive seasons.

Have a Safe New Year Everyone. 


Pharmacy Computer System

In running a pharmacy business, having custom computers with custom software that can perform specific task are very important. 

What is Metformin and How Does it Work?

Metformin is a medicine use to treat Diabetes Type II, also known as non-insulin dependent type. Diabetes is a disease that happens when the body does not use the insulin properly or the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. When this occurs, the glucose level in the blood goes up. 

Pharmacy Shelving

There are so many things to consider in building your own pharmacy. Aside from preparing a bunch of documents, the location and the actual floor area matters.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Addictive Food

There are numerous addictive food that sometimes we don't realize they are. Whether you are on diet or not, you should be aware of this to avoid bad effects.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Keeping Away From Danger

Whatever we do and where ever we go, there are things we can do to avoid injury. We don’t know for certain what’s on our way so it’s better to take precautionary measures to keep us away from any health hazard.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

No Acceptance of Application for Authorization for Medical Devices

December 18, 2012
Calling the attention of all medical device representatives, please be reminded that FDA-Philippines is not accepting application for authorization of Medical Device from December 16, 2012 until January 13, 2013.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Is there a standard salary for pharmacist in the Philippines?

One of our fellow pharmacists asked a question, "Is there a standard salary for pharmacist in the Philippines?"

Our say:

At the moment, we don't have anything to hold on as standard salary. If that law will be implemented soon, we are classified in Grade 15 Salary (Step 1: Php24,887) for pharmacist working at the government. For those pharmacists working in the private sector, at least 35% above of the minimum wage is the possible salary, based on the New Pharmacy Law. 

Nowadays, fresh graduates are at the window of Php 8000- 12,000 monthly basic salaries. If a pharmacist has 1-4 years' experience, Php 10,000-15,000 is the salary range. Supervisor positions of pharmacists are receiving between Php 15,000-20,000. If you are at the managerial position, the salary is between Php 15,000 - 25,000.

These are not good ranges to look at so we are hoping that the New Pharmacy Law be implemented soon.

Here's the latest Legislative Status of Philippine Pharmacy Act of 2010:

Legislative Status:
Consolidated/Substituted in the Committee Report dated February 28, 2012.

In no time, the bill will be out for debate or voting. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sounds of Christmas

December 11, 2012
Every year, we see bunch of individuals singing carols on our doorsteps. There are good and there are not so good. I think it’s safe to say that way. Kids love repeat performance. I mean, kids will be back tomorrow and the next day and the next five days. But after their piece, some homeowners still pull something out of their pockets and hand over to the kids. Some annoyed homeowners will shout, “patatawarin” (Filipinos way of saying, “forgive me I don’t have something to give you”). This is true especially when they are in the middle of watching their favourite tele-novela (TV Series). 

In Europe, people don’t do caroling outside homeowners pretty decorated houses. People go to the shopping center, auditoriums and churches to sing and play instruments like harp, accordion, violin, flute and other instruments. In Ireland for example, most people know how to play instruments. Irish people can make you sing and dance on Christmas Day through the sound of one amazing accordion. Believe me, this instrument really makes a lovely harmony.

On the streets, there are singers, instrumentalists, bands and other performers putting notes and acts together to inspire and share the spirit of Christmas.

Whether they perform so they can have food on their table, for charity, for candies or something else, these people perceived that music is their way of saying Merry Christmas. 

Cosmetics Have Expiration Date Too

December 11, 2012
Not all cosmetics have expiration date printed on them especially when their shelf life is 3 years or 30 months. This is a tough one since it’s hard to tell when the item was manufactured. Even so, there are precautionary measures that we can do to protect ourselves from the ugly effects of expired cosmetics.

One of trusted brands when it comes to cosmetics.
  1. Choose a reliable store to buy your make up or other personal care products. 
  2. Check the labels or packaging before heading towards the till. Always look at the period after opening (PAO) on the label. It looks like the picture below. Please take note, a cosmetic that has been opened are exposed to microorganisms that can cause skin irritation, allergies or infection.
  3. Close the container after every use to reduce chances of contamination.
  4.  If you’re not yet convince, you can check the physical consistency of the product. Check the smell, color and texture.
  5. If still you’re still unhappy, contact the manufacturer to verify manufacturing date of the cosmetic you have.
  6. Toss to the bin any expired make-up, face creams and similar items.
  7. Do not buy brands you don't trust. 
Period After Opening

Monday, December 10, 2012

How to Take Care of Your Eyes

December 10, 2012
Our eyes are very important in our daily lives. Taking care of them is not hard as long as we know what to do. If something’s not right, go to the doctor or optometrist for check-up. 


Few Things About Doxycycline

December 10, 2012
Doxycycline is an antibiotic that can be used in treating infections such as the following:
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Dermatological Issues
  • Other Unusual Infections including cholera, gastroenteritis and conjunctivitis.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

How Can I Show You Love?

December 9, 2012
Ensuring the safety and good health of our kids are two of the many responsibilities of parents. Inside and outside of the house, we do not want our kids to get harm whether physically, emotionally or mentally.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Proper Storage of Medicines

December 8, 2012
In movies or commercials, we often see actors looking for medicines inside a cabinet found in the bathrooms. That's a complete no-no.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Plan Before You Dine Out

December 7, 2012

In a sudden trip to a restaurant, questions keep on popping in our minds while our hungry stomach keeps on bothering us.  What food to eat, what is the restaurants’ specialty, or can they serve our food in a quickest possible time?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Just a little favor

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Fish Spa: Is it safe or unsanitary?

December 3, 2012
Fish spa or fish pedicure is becoming popular nowadays. How does it work? The fish called Garra rufa, consume all the dead skin which in a sense helps in cultivation of healthy skin. This is a native fish in Middle East where fish spas are accepted as treatment for a skin disease known as psoriasis.  Garra rufa is also known as the nibble fish, physio fish, kangal fish or doctor fish.

Some believed that it only cures the symptoms temporarily and the process should be repeated in certain period of time in order to achieve the desired effect.

The popularity of these claims has encouraged the entrepreneurs to establish new business line known as nail salon fish baths. In US, not all states have accepted the idea. In fact, some of the states, banned the fish pedicure because of many reasons such as the following:

1. There's an outbreak of nontuberculous myobacterial infections due to infections left behind by previous customers.
2. The tubs are not properly cleaned.
3. The fish itself cannot be sanitized between customers.
4. Wrong fish was used. There are species of fish that have teeth. They can blood from customers which creates the chance of spreading infections.
5. Fish are deprived of eating real fish food so they can function well by eating skin during the spas. This is believed to be animal cruelty.
6. Garra rufa is not native in US which is possible treat to plant and animal if release into the wild.

In Austria, the treatment is done in a controlled facility not in salon.

In Malaysia, Sampuoton Fish Spa at Petaling Jaya in Malaysia is one of the popular establishments that have fish spa therapy. 

In Philippines, fish therapy is not only conducted at salons or clinics but also in oceanarium. The fun at Manila Ocean Park doesn't stop at seeing the lovely sharks and sting rays. The tickling experience continues at the fish spa area where hundreds of hungry Garra rufa are waiting to feast on your legs and feet.

Fish Spa at Manila Ocean Park
Is fish spa safe or unsanitary? There are many factors to be considered in order to answer the question.
If you're not comfortable doing it then don't. The benefits of fish spa are good but precautions must be taken in order so as not to worsen the situation.

Have you tried it yourself? I did.