Late Rxs Are The Worst

Your prescription is a few minutes away, fatigued that city is for you and me to nourish. One hundred metres down the valley of paradise then climb. A beautiful city stands majestically and squarely on a piece of prime land owned by who knows what. Walking, walking Johnny Walker got tired with alcohol and where is he now? Liquor is bad, profits made with never ending money bottle after bottle. Left side state of art edifice, cascade hypnotically onto the hypothesis most secure path. Nauseating, looking down at the economic progress.

Uncontainable metastatic dripping melanin flowing leisurely on meticulously prepared virgin land to provide a nexus between the two gradients. The white caps protecting busy golfers hitting towards the arena from the sun rays. A fleet of parked waits on the upper lane toward the arena waits for traffic to open up as hawkers figure out ways they can put bread on the table. The course is tranquil concealed in green beautiful trees.

Incised half way through time is not on my side, eat-exercise-limit. Oops! I can’t recall that, “say that again?” Eat, and ooh yeah limit that alcohol intake. Sweat pouring in between my arms; I am probably burning some calories. Slow down, breath in, breath out… I have to deal with this since the sun is setting as the day begins. Slap that sick shoe on the ground, which is not enough you are looking messy huh. Sorry but you got no option but to deal with that.

Late Rxs are the worst. Your doctor wasted your eight plus hours at the clinic but you want that prescription to be filled in thirty seconds because of time. Then we reach the point of bargaining, can that price be lower is the same as “how do I take the meds?” The meds sometimes turn out to be more important than the doctor, how crazy is that? Random I have forgotten my prescription and other stories follow up later, I assume for a case like the one that nothing much can be achieved.

Clears glasses with tissue then wears them back fitting them in position with the index finger. I need to bath of this sweat so that we can begin the day. That playlist should be playing in the background as I flex again before I take that cold shower. I must be there on time for that prescription.

The 12 Must Have Items For Your First Aid Kit


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Whether you are travelling, going camping, school trip, in an office, at home or anywhere there is activity that can lead to injury; a first aid kit should be the number one item in your mind. This is to help either you or any other person that may need urgent help before being taken to the hospital. A first aider gives basic first aid to someone who needs it to preserve life, try to stop the casualty’s condition from becoming worse or promote recovery.

Here are 12 items that at least you must have in your first aid kit:

  • Crepe bandage

Crepe bandage comes in different sizes (2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch). This is a piece of elastic material ideal for providing light support to sprains and strains. Restricts movement and avoids further swelling to the injured part. It is also used to hold a pad or dressing in place.

  • Cotton wool

Used for cleaning and bathing the skin and bathing wounds. A small size cotton wool is preferred for a first aid box. The cotton wool should not take most of the space so that you do not have room for essential items.The size of the cotton wool can change depending on the number of people you expect to cover.

  • Elastoplast

This may be used to dress minor cuts, abrasions, punctures or lacerations to prevent dust and fluid that may cause infection on the affected area. One that is waterproof is the best to have in a first aid kit.

  • Surgical/Methylated spirit

This is used for cleaning and disinfecting wounds. The quantity varies with the size of the first aid kit. Don’t buy a big bottle to avoid taking so much space in the kit.

  • Alcohol swabs

Alcohol swabs are used to clean insect bites and new blisters. They can be used to disinfect the scissors also.

  • Examination gloves

Examination gloves are used to prevent cross contamination between a caregiver and a casualty. You should wear gloves if you might touch bodily fluids, blood, tissues or anything that might have come into contact to these things. Preventing cross infection using gloves is an important part of keeping yourself safe as you save life.

  • Sterile gauze swabs

Comes three inch or four inch, there is always danger of infection or losing of blood if a major vessel has been damaged. Five compressed sterile gauze swabs can be used to apply direct pressure to a wound and hence prevent or stop the bleeding. Apart from that, the compressed gauze helps in cleaning the open wound, stemming, and absorbing blood and exudate fluids from a wound. A single gauze can be folded or cut into a small piece to help cover minor wounds with help of an adhesive tape.

  • A pair of scissors

For cutting bandages and other things that need to be used in small size. The scissors can help cut other items not necessarily the ones in the first aid kit so long as you are saving life.

  • Surgical blade

Surgical blade is a leaf shaped blade sharpened along its leading edge. Used for making short and precise incisions, excision of a skin lesion.

  • Roll of adhesive tape (Transpore/ Zinc oxide plaster)

Holds bandages in place or for tying gauze in place. This is the best way to hold a dressing in the right place.

  • White Open Wove (W.O.W ) bandages

They come in different sizes (2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch). The bandage does not contain elastic material and it will not constrict wounds. It is ideal for securing wound dressing in place.

  • Pain reliever gel

There are different brands of these gels in the market and they are used to treat minor aches and pains of the muscles, joints, backaches and sprains.

List Of Top 10 Most Abused Prescription Drugs


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This is a list of prescription drugs mostly abused either through fake prescriptions or through refill of one prescription more than once. Prolonged used of these medication leads to addiction and dependence. Emergency contraceptives (P2s) are raising concern since the use is getting out of control. A majority of young adults is using it more than recommended.

Emergency contraceptives {levonorgestrel}

In most chemists, it sold as an OTC. Oral emergency contraceptive may help to prevent a pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse or failure of a contraceptive method. Repeated administration within a menstrual cycle is not advisable because of the possibility of disturbance in the cycle.

Bromazepam

This is medication prescribed for short-term use in anxiety. Bromazepam belongs to the class of medications known as benzodiazepines and it works to reduce anxiety by affecting certain substances in the brain called neurotransmitters.

Diazepam

This is also a benzodiazepine used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia with anxiety, child night terrors and somnambulism, acute alcohol withdrawal, acute panic attacks, status epilepticus, convulsions due to poisoning, cerebral spasticity, muscle spasm, as rectal solution and acute anxiety and agitation. Mode of action is by potentiation of effect of Gamma-amino butyrate (GABA)

Concomitant use of benzodiazepines may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma and death.

Alprazolam

Alprazolam is medication prescribed for short-term use in anxiety associated with depression. Mode of action is by potentiation of effect of Gamma-Amino butyrate (GABA).

Midazolam

Midazolam is medication used for anesthesia, procedural sedation, trouble sleeping and severe agitation. Mode of action: Midazolam is known to potentiate the inhibitory effects of amino butyric acid (GABA) in the CNS.

Codeine Phosphate

It is an active ingredient in some cough suppressants and painkillers Indications: Mild to moderate pain especially of visceral origin, coughing and diarrhea.

Zolpidem

Zolpidem is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic of imidazopyrimine class used in short term management of insomnia. Like benzodiazepines, it interacts with a GABA receptor complex and shares some of the pharmacological properties of the benzodiazepines it also binds to omega 1 receptor.

Dihydrocodeine

Dihydrocodeine is an opioid agonist analgesic used to relief moderate to severe pain including pain. It is more potent than codeine.

Morphine

Used in prolonged relieve of severe and intractable pain acute or chronic; opioid adjunct during general anesthesia; adjunct in acute pulmonary oedema; relief of severe dyspnea.

Rohypnol

This is more of a street drug than pharmacy drug. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. It is a hypnotic for drug for short-term use.

Night Time Over The Counter (OTC) Cough Suppressant Is Now Prescription Only Medicine (POM)

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has banned Benylin with codeine alongside other cough suppressants that contain codeine phosphate as the active ingredient. This means you will need a valid prescription from a physician for you to get a bottle of the same. This is good news and at the same time bad news, good news since this will help in controlling the abuse and bad news is that addicts will have to go an extra mile first to get a prescription before they can buy any syrup. The sales will also go down since these products will become slow moving.

Cough medicines are medications used in those with coughing and related conditions. Codeine is a centrally acting cough suppressant. This ingredient causes drowsiness and when taken in high doses it makes someone high. Continuous use of the same leads to addiction and dependence. Addicts can visit a pharmacy frequently without even having a cough. Some buy several bottles from different pharmacies to avoid being flagged or noticed.

These are some of OTC cough syrups addict’s favorites;

Codelzine                  

Each 5ml contains;

Promethazine hcl bp 4mg

Codeine phosphate bp 8mg

Ephedrine hcl 8mg

Menthol bp 0.5mg

Actifed dry cough & cold

Each 5ml contains;

Pseudoephedrine 30mg

Triprolidine 1.25mg

Codeine phosphate 10mg

Benylin with codeine

Each 5ml contains;

Diphenhydramine hydrochloride 12.5mg

Codeine phosphate 10mg

Ammonium chloride 125mg

Phencod Cough

Each 5ml contains;

Promethazine 4mg

Dextromethorphan 8mg

Ephedrine hcl 7.5mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Improved Pharmacy And Poisons Board Website To Saves Time

PPB logo

The other day I was checking the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) website; I am so impressed they finally upgraded the design of their website. Usually when I am browsing through any website, my concentration primarily is always on the design more rather than the content. The site amazed me when I first clicked the link to the home page, a clean, parallax and user-friendly site opened before me! I am constantly appreciating web design, I must say the pharmacy, and poisons board website is exceptional. I understand there could be better local sites out there but still PPB site stands out as one of the best.

The pharmacy and poisons board is simply the body mandated by the Kenyan Constitution under cap 244 to regulate the importation and distribution of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry is one low-key underrated healthcare institution but highly on demand since at the end of the day medication has to be dispensed. This is where the PPB comes in to ensure quality, safe and potent drugs reach the patient. Fundamentally, they ensure hawkers do not sell fake medicine to you and me in the streets so that professionalism is maintained in dispensing medicines.

For healthcare providers directly involved with dispensing and need renew or pay for licenses the PPB portal is one vital page. You will all agree the page loads up very fast and back to what I was saying at the beginning of this post user friendly which is key having in mind users don’t like pages that take years to load like traditional iTax and HELB pages. This portal has saved many people, and this is something its users should value, for instance manual registration of premises used to be overwhelming and it would take months for a premise to inspected and registered for one to begin business. Now there is less need of going to the PPB physically since most services are online only for some forms that you may need to fill online then download and submit in person. Given that there is high demand of people looking to venture into pharmaceutical business, with the new site it is far much easier whether it is setting up a pharmacy or it is a new product/drug being registered.

The website has a blog page, although the last time I checked there was less activity I guess they are still working on something.  I am pretty sure and hopeful that in future the blog page is going to show posts that will provoke conversations with the aim of initiating improvements in the Kenya pharmaceutical industry. I am certain and otherwise sure this might help with research and follow up on issues that are dragging the pharmaceutical industry behind.

To sum up and this is the best part of them all is that they are introducing CPD very soon. This is going to help with continuous professional growth since we have a very huge disparity among professionals especially now that there is constant change in the pharmaceutical industry. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is doing well and there is a lot to look forward to.

Liebster Award – Thanks


Liebster

I don’t usually write midweek since most of my free days are weekends. So this week I was nominated for some award! The award is not about me not prescribing controlled drugs, I have not heard of it before and this makes it interestingly an award I should look forward to. Liebster is a German word which means dearest. This award is designed to help smaller bloggers with less than 200 followers get more exposure with the help of other bloggers.  It is a great way to get your words out by getting the word out with other bloggers.

Great thanks to womenlifestyleblog for nominating me for my first Liebster award. I must say I feel humbled and happy; actually, I got my first follow from her ten days ago. I was just wondering through my wordpress reader looking for a blog about health and lifestyle when I found her blog. I got impressed with her blog, she is objective and informative and for sure, you will find one or two of her articles to be helpful.

I checked out the blog and I must say it is educative; her posts are like CMEs to me and exactly the right prescription to supplement myself with the regular posts. I get to refresh myself with information relevant to me. Here are two of her posts I think you should check out.

I would like to nominate

 Please click their links below to check out what they are writing about. You will be surprised the entire selection is not about medicine, lifestyle or healthy living I am inspired by their writing and content. I like diversity and new things basically differed stuff and the list below fits that.

  1. learn – The Molecular Biologist
  2. #moe404
  3. Piyali’s blogs
  4. THE THINGS I WRITE
  5. Rude Girl – Living in an Aspie World

My Favorite Blog

I know WOMEN’S INSPIRATION TO HEALTH AND FITNESS must have searched to the last text something to say about my blog. It is crazy that my blog is mostly random text to fill space, yes I just love writing and this part that I have to say my favorite blog is kinda difficult. Long story short this week I interacted with Rude Girl’s blog and the experience was awesome. Her blogs tittle is weird I don’t understand why she chose that, but well that is that she is cool. I like movies coincidentally she was reviewing a series I have been following since season one to eight here. You just don’t understand how it feels when you find someone you can share with the same interests.

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. I enjoy reading and filling prescriptions.
  2. I a problem solver
  3. I love adventure especially internet adventure
  4. I enjoy watching and listening to music, I would like to share my current playlist but let us just leave it there.
  5. I at my best writing as I listen to music
  6. I am so into black and white pics and animations
  7. I have been learning webdesign through youtube and online DIYs
  8. I like making new friends
  9. I am so passionate about healthy living and how humans interact
  10. Fam is key yall

The Liebster Award Rules

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:

1) Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.

2) Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3)Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.

4)Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Optional. However,  If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)

5)Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6)List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to Inform the people/blogs you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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