Friday, August 31, 2012

PRC I.D. Renewal Centers at SM Malls


August 31, 2012
The Professional Regulation Commission are really on its way of improving their service to all professionals. Not long ago, they introduced the Fast I.D. system which made a great change in renewing Professional ID. Now, another e-service is up and running. Last 29th of August 2012, PRC announces the pilot-testing of its project called "Regional I.D. Printing". The said project is developed to answer the backlog in the release and issuance of Professional Identification Cards. Once the project is totally operational, regional and satellite offices will be able to print I.D.'s rather than heading to Central office for that purpose. Upon application of I.D. renewal, the renewed PRC I.D. is available after seven working days. Not bad at all, considering you will do the renewal at your own time and convenience. 
PRC has also launched the ID Renewal Centers at SM Malls last 6th of August 2012. It was the same day when the Memorandum Agreement among PRC, SM Mart Inc. and Bureau of Treasury was formally signed. This another e-service provided by PRC will definitely help all Filipino Professionals to renew their licenses on time plus the chance to renew their PRC ID even on weekends and outside government office hours. The ID Renewal Centers are open during mall hours. 
Thanks to the Professional Regulation Commission for making things easier for all the busy Filipino Professionals. 
Source: PRC

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recall of Loviscol 50mg/mL Syrup (Oral Drops)

August 20, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration released their DOH-FDA Advisory No. 2012-007 which stated the order of pulling out one of the Pfizer's products in the market. According to FDA, Carbocisteine (Loviscol) 50mg/ml Syrup (Oral Drops) was recall because of the "incorrect concentration declaration of the claim in the formulation for both the carton and the bottle labels" of the said cough syrup. Distributors an, sellers, and the public are warned to discontinue the distribution, selling and using of the affected batches of the Carbocisteine Loviscol 50mg/ml (Oral Drops). The following are the affected lot numbers in 15ml packing size.


  • Lot Number: 11LID6   /  Expiration Date: Aug-14
  • Lot Number: 11LID8   /  Expiration Date: Oct-14
  • Lot Number: 11LID9   /  Expiration Date: Oct-14
  • Lot Number: 12LID1A /  Expiration Date: Dec-14
  • Lot Number: 12LID1B (Samples Only) /  Expiration Date: Dec-14
  • Lot Number: 12LID2   /   Expiration Date: Jan-15

The public may contact the Pfizer Healthline for inquiries: 
(02) 671-1000
1800-10-6711000 (PLDT provincial toll-free)
1800-3-6711000 (Digitel provincial toll-free)
fax: (02) 6722000
1800-10-6722000 (PLDT provincial toll-free) 
via SMS at 0918-8Pfizer (0918-8734937).

Source:
DOH-FDA Advisory No. 2012-007
Image of the Product

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fluoroquinolones: Classification and Therapeutic Uses

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that act by inhibiting DNA gyrase and inhibition of DNA type IV topoisomerase. Specific drug is intended for specific conditions. Before taking any of the quinolones, advice of a highly qualified health professional is needed. These medicines can cure certain bacterial infections but can also produce side effects and adverse effects. Proper use is recommended to avoid unwanted effects.

Fluoroquinolones are bactericidal agents for growing bacteria. It is related to nalidixic acid. The mechanism of action of this popular class of antibiotics is by inhibiting DNA gyrase and inhibition of DNA type IV topoisomerase. They basically interfere with DNA replication. These agents are highly active against Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella bacteremia, Shigella, Neisseria, Haemophilus influenzae, Chlamydia, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Chlamydophila, Moraxella catarrhalis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila and Campylobacter.

These fluoroquinolones are classified by generation based on their antimicrobial activities. Brand names of these agents may vary depending on country.

First-generation agents are not often used today. They are indicated for uncomplicated lower urinary tract infections given through oral administration for 7 days. They have restrained gram-negative reactions and inconsequential systemic distribution. Patients suffering from liver disease should take these medicines with precaution.
  • Nalidixic acid
*Reported side effects with this drug are cranial nerve palsy, metabolic acidosis and toxic psychosis.
  • Cinoxacin


United States
United Kingdom
Philippines
Generic name
Brand Names
Nalidixic Acid

NegGram

Uriben

Cinoxacin
Cinoxacin
Cinobac
Uriben


Second-generation agents are very active in treating diseases caused by aerobic gram-negative bacilli but have narrow gram-positive activity.

Class I
Class I agents of this generation are indicated for urinary tract infections.
  • Lomefloxacin
  • Enoxacin
  • Norfloxacin
*Patients should definitely avoid driving or skilled activities when          taking Norfloxacin as it prejudice performance with the said tasks.   400 mg of this drug should be given twice a day for 7 – 10 days. If      in case the urinary tract infection is uncomplicated, Norfloxacin is    given for 3 days only. Chronic relapsing of UTI may occur; in this case 400mg twice daily of Norfloxacin is given up to 12 weeks. If     suppression of the infection is acceptable then the dosage may reduce to 400 mg once a day for 4 weeks.


United States
United Kingdom
Philippines
Generic Names
Brand Names
Lomefloxacin

Maxaquin



Enoxacin

Penetrex



Norfloxacin

Noroxin

Norfloxacin (non-proprietary)
Utinor



Euroflox
Fasqilon
Jaydisyn
Norex
Urithracin
Utiflox
Winaflox



Class II
Class II agents are used to target infections such as complicated urinary tract infections, Nosocomial infections, Gastroenteritis, Prostatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases. Class I of these agents are given orally while Class II can be given orally or intravenously.
  • Ciprofloxacin
*Effects of Ciprofloxacin are enhanced by alcohol.
  • Ofloxacin


United States
United Kingdom
Philippines
Generic Names
Brand Names
Ciprofloxacin






Cipro




Ciprofloxacin (Non-proprietary)
Ciproxin


Ciloxan
Ciprobay
Cipromax
Cipromet
Qinoflox
Xipro


Ofloxacin

Floxin
Ofloxacin (Non-proprietary)
Tarivid
Inoflox
Imoflox
Qinolon

Third-generation agents have a wider gram-negative and atypical intracellular activity. They also have enhanced reaction against gram-positive spectrum. They gave a higher serum concentration making it more effective against bacteria like Enterobacteriaceae, Streptococci and other atypical pathogens. They have similar indication as the Class II of second generation antibiotics except that they can be given to hospitalized or non-hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia. These can also be given in patients suffering from exacerbated chronic bronchitis in which patients are not responding to other antibacterial agents. These agents are administered orally and intravenously.
  • Moxifloxacin
  • Levofloxacin
Some side effects that can be seen with the use of Levofloxacin are hypoglycaemia, flatulence, constipation, sometimes tachycardia and very rarely pneumonitis. This medication reacts adequately in acute sinusitis with 500 mg daily oral dose for 10-14 days. For some complicated UTI, 250 mg daily by intravenous infusion is given and may be increased in severe infections. 
  • Sparfloxacin
  • Gatifloxacin
*Gatifloxacin was withdrawn due to increased frequency of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycemia.


United States
United Kingdom
Philippines
Generic Names
Brand Names
Moxifloxacin


Avelox

Avelox


Avelox
Vigamox

Levofloxacin

Levaquin

Tavanic
Levox
Levocin
Pravox
Wilovex
Sparfloxacin

Zagam



Gatifloxacin (Withdrawn)
Tequin



















Fourth-generation antibiotic inhibits both DNA gyrase and topoisomerase which enables the slowing down of resistance development. It is consider in treating intra-abdominal infections. This antibiotic can be provided through oral and intravenous administration.
  • Trovafloxacin
        *Trovafloxacin was withdrawn due to the risk of hepatic toxicity.


United States
United Kingdom
Philippines
Generic Names
Brand Names
Trovafloxacin
(Withdrawn)

Trovan










There are some precautions to watch out in using quinolones. Among the occasional adverse effects that may arise are headache, dizziness, insomnia, diarrhea, nausea, dyspepsia, hypoglycaemia, tendonitis, photosensitivity and effects on central nervous system. In some cases, rashes, hallucinations, tremor, leukopenia, and urticarial may occur to patients taking these antibiotics. Quinolones are contraindicated in patients with a history of tendon disorders related to quinolone use.  Drug dosage forms of antibiotics may differ considering the site of infection and the age of the patient to take the medication. 

References:
Merck Manuals
British National Formulary 56




Monday, August 13, 2012

JOBS: August 13, 2012


Position
Company/Job Description
Location
Licensed Pharmacist
Jenerick International Manpower Inc.
ü  Female, 25 – 35 years of age
ü  Preferably with a minimum of 4-5 years related job experience in any reputable pharmaceutical industry.
ü  3 Full-Time positions available.
United Arab Emirates - Dubai
Clinical Pharmacist

St. Luke’s Medical Center
ü  Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.
ü  Must be able to set priorities and make accurate, sound and critical decisions affecting the area.
Quezon City


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This Page acts as a free-of-charge job posting service only of Pinoy Pharmacists and makes no recommendations regarding potential employers. Applicants and employers must ensure the integrity and credibility of each other by requesting references or by asking for any additional information. Pinoy Pharmacists site owners and editors are not responsible for safety, salaries, working conditions, or any other matters concerning employment.For free job posting service please email info@pinoypharmacists.com.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Vitamin C and Vitamin C Supplements



Vitamin C, other known as Ascorbic Acid, is a very famous agent that helps boost the immune system of a person. As anti-oxidant, it destroys free radicals associated with aging and certain cancers preventing further damage. Ascorbic acid is generally needed in all parts of the body for growth and repair of tissues. Vitamin C helps in wound healing and in repair of bones and cartilage. It also helps in absorption of iron preventing anemia. Its functions revolve in formation of vital proteins like carnitine and amino acids.

JOBS: August 3, 2012



Position
Company/Job Description
Location
Licensed Pharmacist
Japedia Inc.
ü  At least 1 year of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
ü  Female, age 21 to 27 years old.
ü  Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.
NCR- Pasay City
Pharmacist
Wipro BPO Philippines Ltd., Inc.
ü  Responsible in providing excellent customer service to clients.
ü  Good English speaking skills.
ü  Willing to works in shifts.
Cebu City

Licensed Pharmacist
Watsons Personal Care Stores, (Phils.), Inc.
ü  Supervise over-all pharmacy day-to-day operation.
ü  Executes accurate and prompt dispensing of medicines.
Paranaque Area
Licensed Pharmacist

Watsons Personal Care Stores, (Phils.), Inc.
ü  Supervise over-all pharmacy day-to-day operation.
ü  Executes accurate and prompt dispensing of medicines.
Las Pinas
Licensed Pharmacist
Watsons Personal Care Stores, (Phils.), Inc.
ü  Supervise over-all pharmacy day-to-day operation.
ü  Executes accurate and prompt dispensing of medicines.
Bacoor and Molino Area
Pharmacist
Canadian Healthcare IT Company
ü  Knowledgeable in order set content, including medication, modules, submodules, phases of care.
ü  Must have excellent written and oral skills.


Valenzuela

Disclaimer:

This Page acts as a free-of-charge job posting service only of Pinoy Pharmacists and makes no recommendations regarding potential employers. Applicants and employers must ensure the integrity and credibility of each other by requesting references or by asking for any additional information. Pinoy Pharmacists site owners and editors are not responsible for safety, salaries, working conditions, or any other matters concerning employment.For free job posting service please email info@pinoypharmacists.com.

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