Friday, June 28, 2013

Over-the-ear Headphones Are The Best

  • Caring for our ears include choosing the right headphone that suits your needs. Headphones are classified into four categories depending on purpose and style. 
  1. Earbuds
  2. In-ear
  3. Circumaural
  4. Supra-aural
Because of the inventions of so many latest listening devices, owning one kind of headphone becomes a necessity. We tend to buy certain type that can give us the sense to appreciate the music more. Basically, the use of headphone is to eliminate outside noise. That is ok as long as you don't exceed to the maximum volume our ears can accept which practically depends on your listening device. Otherwise, your hearing will be impaired. 80 db (decibels) is said to be the threshold of hearing damage. You can basically loss hearing immediate to 130 db. Just to give youan idea, 100 db is the sound of a hungry baby.

An ipod for example is producing 100-115 decibels. It is advisable to use at 60% volume up to 60 minutes and then rest from listening. Over-the-ear or supra-aural headphones like akg headphones at musicians friend are healthier to use than earbuds. Why? The style itself can reduce the ambient noise which will then make you use smaller amount of volume. Though it is expensive but it is definitely worth it. 

Another thing, avoid using headphones when exercising because it can affect our circulation. But if you still want to reduce the noise coming from your surrounding by listening to your running music, make sure to limit the volume up to 50% for a maximum of 30 minutes.

If you have hearing problems, consult your doctor if you can use one of these headphones. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Art of Patient Counseling

This type of competition helps students of pharmacy to develop the the art of patient counseling. This is really worth watching. 

Video by APhA ASP National Patient Counseling Competition

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Child Proof Home

Child accidents that occur at home can be avoided by child proofing homes. Creating a safe home for children is not at all hard these days. You can buy different home safety products that you can easily install in every corner of your house. 

The usual things around the house that we can put some safety pieces are:

  • Door
  • Cupboard
  • Window
  • Fridge
  • Table
We should also take into consideration how are we going to arrange our furnitures inside our house. The hanging items like painting, picture frames, appliances must be placed securely. Make sure to use quality mounting brackets for tv, especially now that most televisions are wall mounted. Remember to keep all pointed objects, lighters, matches and candles inside a locked cabinets. Regularly check your child's toys and put away small ones to prevent accidents of ingesting those objects.

Make your house a safe home for your kids. DO it now so you won't be sorry later.

Practice Patient Counseling

One of the duties of a pharmacist is to ensure that the patient is taking the right medicine for his complain or condition. In a typical day in a retail pharmacy, there are two types of person coming to you for drugs. First, the one who have an idea of what to buy and the other one is totally clueless of what should be taking. Either type, as pharmacist you should give the patient the information he needs to know regarding certain medication. But of course, the only drug we can dispense are the over-the-counter preparations. Other than that, doctor's prescription is a must.

Authentic Medicines

  • As consumer you have the right to choose which brand of medicine to use as long as it is the same generic name as prescribed by your physician. Generic dispensing is also very popular nowadays. You don't need to worry about the quality of generic drug over branded because they are pretty much the same. 

Original and fake medicines obviously differs in effect. Fake drugs can worsen the condition and that is something we certaintly don't like. It is the same as buying fake car parts rather than buying original toyota parts. If the part is not authentic, you will never be sure of its effect to the overall function of the car.  As to original medicine, we will get the expected beneficial effect out of it.

If you're in doubt on the authenticity of the drug, ask for the Product Registration isaued by FDA Philippines. 

Pharmacists Licensure Examination on June 25 and 26

God bless to all pharmacy graduates who will take the Pharmacists Licensure Examination on June 25 and 26, 2013 in Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao.

Please take note of the following general instructions by PRC. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

FDA Ban Food Products Contaminated With Maleic Acid

Recently, FDA Philippines released an advisory about banning food products that have been tested with the presence of Maleic acid. What is it and why it is not approved to be an additive for food products?

Maleic acid is an organic compound, other known as toxic acid or dicarboxylic acid. It is composed of two carboxyl groups giving us the molecular formula of HOCOCH:CHOOH, written as follows:

The uses of Maleic Acid is basically for creating Maleate Salts to be used in bulk production of medicines such as Chlorphenamine Maleate and Pheneramine Maleate. In other words, Maleic acid in its original state is not fit to incorporate to anything to be ingested, may it be drug or food. If a person consumed this Maleic Acid in a long period of time, his or her kidney will be harmed which will render danger to his or her over all wellness.

FDA Philippines is now monitoring food products specifically those coming from Taiwan since the reported contaminated food products originate there. In light of this advisory, our government is hoping that we should not only take their advisories as cheap flyers but instead our actions are well appreciated. We can report to them if in case you come across any of these products during your trip in a grocery. To guide us what food products to avoid buying, see the following list from FDA Philippines.

FDA Advisory: Ban on Food Products Contaminated With Maleic Acid

FDA Memorandum: Submission of Certificate of Analysis for Absence of Maleic Acid

In connection to the advisory of ban food products with maleic acid, FDA Philippines is requiring all importers and manufacturers of starch-based food products to submit their Certificate of Analysis to confirm the absence of maleic acid on the said date.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Benefits of Swimming in Seawater

When the month of May comes, we always thought of having a nice day near the seashore. All the famous beaches start to populate during summer season. I know you can’t resist marching on the fine sand of Boracay with your la blanca swimwear. But hey, getting attention because of your lovely figure on a lovely bikini is not the only benefit you can get. 

Jobs: June 21, 2013 (St. Luke's Medical Center and more)

June 21. 2013

Follow the links to view details of the jobs and to apply for the positions available.
  • St. Luke's Medical Center (Quezon City)  - Clinical Pharmacist

Memory Foam Is Equal To Painless Sleep

Lately, hubby complained of back pain. I asked him few questions and arrived into conclusion that it was due to sitting too much in the office. That is why it’s important to walk around every coffee break you have. Or you should at least do few exercises while sitting. I’m sure you heard of these many times.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jobs: June 13, 2013

June 13. 2013

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  • Pacific Eye and Laser Institute Inc. (50 Jupiter St.,Bel-Air Makati City) - Pharmacist

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Announcement from FDA Regarding Submission of Registration Application

Here's the original announcement from FDA Philippines:

In lieu of the legal holiday on 12 June 2013, Wednesday (Independence Day), please be advised that the Center for Drug Regulation and Research (CDRR) will accommodate submission of registration applications from establishments/companies whose corporate name starts with letters L to Z on 13 June 2013Thursday following the same cut-off time in receiving of applications which is at 5:00 pm.

Leg Lengthening

Leg lengthening is becoming popular nowadays not only to solve problems of those with deformities in their legs but also for aesthetic purposes. In year 2011, one surgeon in West Palm Beach performed 650 of this type of surgery. Most patients who signed for this kind of procedure is not to correct any deformities. 

This surgery is not as simple as using coupling nuts to join bones. When I first read about this, I can feel how painful this could be. Imagine, a surgeon will cut the leg bone and will insert a rod that will be adjusted 1mm everyday. The bone will be allowed to heal by itself, encouraging increase to the leg length. It will take 3-9 months before a person can fully see the outcome. This justify the saying, "There's no gain without pain."


Osteotomy is the medical term for cutting the bones for the purpose of shortening, lengthening or change of alignment. The surgery cost is ranging from $25,000 - $85,000. 

Would you consider this to add few inches on your current height?

Jobs: May 31, 2013

May 31. 2013

Follow the links to view details of the jobs and to apply for the positions available.
  • Armstrong Resources Corporation (Recruitment Firm) (Riyadh)- 10 Pharmacists (Full-time positions) 
  • Manila Doctors Hospital (NCR-Manila) - Male or female Pharmacist
  • Watsons Personal Care Stores (Philippines), Inc. (Binan, Laguna/ Sta Rosa, Laguna) - Licensed Pharmacist
  • Watsons Personal Care Stores (Philippines), Inc. (San Juan and Mandaluyong Area) - Licensed Pharmacist
  • Luxury and JP International Corp. (Recruitment Firm) (Doha, Qatar) - 5 Licensed Pharmacists
  • Generika Drugstore (Sta Ana, Manila) - Licensed Pharmacist
    If interested, please email your resume and contact number to


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