Jan 12, 2016

Bored? Tired? In this crazy and complicated world, we all just need a time-out to recalibrate and to see things in different perspective. We might be bored of our routine, our practice, our profession. For the past years, we might be doing all the same thing. For the past years, we might be leading all the same direction. Why not pause for a while. Think and make new and exciting goals.

Dec 12, 2015

Last December 11, 2015 , Department of Health announced that all patients with hepertension and diabetes can get their free maintenance medicines starting January of 2016.

This is such a great news for all Filipinos suffering from these two diseases. DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin have assigned the DOH regional rural units to facilitate the registration of patients on DOH Hypertension  and Diabetes Club. Having said that, a patient must go the nearest health centre or primary health care for them to be assessed and screened then managed afterwards.

Dec 10, 2015

This is just a simple reminder that medicines are made to help if taken correctly. If bought without prescription, talk to the pharmacist to check if you got the right drug or preparation and for the right dose. Take time to read the labels as well. Product inserts or leaflets are provided for important reason and that is to supply us of vital information we should be aware of.

Dec 8, 2015

Doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other practitioners in the healthcare field use language that seems confusing and complex to the average patient, but learning to decipher this type of technical terminology may be helpful in understanding a diagnosis or treatment option. While most practitioners will take the time to answer questions posed by patients, having a knowledgeable base to draw from may simplify the conversation. 

Take a Medical Terminology Class

Those who have a great deal of leisure time may want to consider taking a medical terminology course at a community college; not only will the class offer students an affordable way to learn the prefixes, bases and suffixes that make up the medical lexicon, but it is also an excellent way to meet future medical professionals that may end up serving in local hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

If enrolling in a medical terminology course is not feasible for some reason, consider just buying the book that is used for instruction in that class. Learners may be able to purchase such a book at the college bookstore, but it is likely to cost less to buy the same title online.

Read Publications Written for Practitioners

One of the quickest ways to begin decoding the seemingly complicated language that is used in medicine is to read the publications that are produced for those individuals who work in a specific healthcare field. For instance, patients who wish to take steps toward a better understanding of the language used by doctors or dentists may want to read the American Journal of Medicine or the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, respectively.

Take Advantage of Free Online Resources

Online medical terminology dictionaries are available to define specific words that a patient needs to understand, but those looking to take a broader approach to learning medical terminology online will find a host of free games, flashcards and even courses that they can access. While this type of learning is not for everyone, it is definitely a good option for those who are competent internet users.

Understanding Terminology May Improve the Healthcare Experience

Whether an individual's practitioner is thorough or lax about answering questions, learning to understand medical terminology improves the healthcare experience for the patient. After a establishing a knowledge base for medical jargon, patients will find that their immediate interpretation of a provider's words offer a clear path to medical communication.

Dec 6, 2015

I am not a dermatologist but I know how to take care of my skin. I don't get pimples except when my period is about to come. But that is tolerable as it's only one or two on the forehead. 

We all know that there are plenty of good ways to take care of our skin. You may have your own tricks too. Allow me to remind or share with you the following basic skin care.



Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Our body uses up water in all our activities, if not replenish, our skin will show dryness or sometimes other skin problems like pimples. 



Eat healthy. Add more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in your diet. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals essential in keeping your skin glowing. 




Smoking cigarettes won't help. Stop is you are, don't dare if you're not. Smoking contributes in narrowing your tiny blood vessel leaving your skin dry. Not to mention the other diseases connecting to cigarette smoking.





Always protect your skin from the sun. Use products that can protect you against the harmful rays of the sun. Products with SPF 15 or more are recommended. If you are out swimming, bring with you your sun lotion and re-apply every two hours. 




Wearing make-up is okay. Just make sure you use the brand that you trust and brand that won't give you skin problem. Always try new product in small portion of your skin before thoroughly applying them. Also, you should keep your brushes and sponges clean and fresh all the time. Wash them regularly or replace them when possible. Dirt accumulated on your make-up applicators can also create skin problems. 




Wash you face at least twice a day. Use soap that is best for you. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to buy fragrance-free or soap-free products. The more scent, the more chance your skin gets irritated. Remove make-up before going to bed. Leaving them on you face will only make your skins clogged by make-up particles. 




Change your pillowcase regularly. Even when we are sleeping our skin produce oil which is left in the pillowcase. Plus, all the dirt from our hair will also sleep there. I'm sure you don't want them to get all that into your skin. Only worse could happen. Besides, it's always great to sleep on clean pillow and linens. 




Handle your stress well. Yes, stress can make your skin ugly. To avoid that, keep everything in order. Organize the things you need to do so you don't worry much of the things undone. Exercise daily as this is a very good tool to release your stress. Learn to unwind and take it easy. 


These are just few skin care tips that I can share with you. Remember, maintain good hygiene, eat and drink properly and exercise regularly to keep your skin healthy. If despite the extra care you are giving to your skin and there's still breakout of pimples, you may want to consult a doctor to check you out. It maybe caused by other things like hormones. 

Oct 15, 2015

Popular drugstores tend to share bigger part of the pie in retail pharmacy. They are more equipped and well-marketed all over the country. Having said that, the emerging new pharmacies will be making a gamble when located in areas with big "M" (I know you know what I mean). 
In opening a new drugstore, the word of the mouth is important as well as gimmicks to attract customers. Give-aways, discounts, membership, and promotions will also do the trick. Sometimes sound system cables and mini buffet can call attention of people to check out the store. But free food and lively music is everyday. After that you must have a strong marketing plan to beat your competitors.
As ro my personal opinion and experience, 4 P's must be maintained to keep you going.
P - price (price must be right and competitive)
P - professionalism (well-mannered, people oriented staffs)
P - products (availability of goods)
P - Pharmacist and Staffs (well-trained and loyal people that you can rely on)
Even before you open a pharmacy, another P is needed - Planning. Take your time, don't rush to make it right. 




DIY is definitely not applicable when it comes to appliances attach to our body like braces. Our teeth, if not properly taken care of, are prone to serious complications. It is the same as to wearing braces without advice of orthodontics. FDA Philippines have issued their official advisory regarding this matter. 



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The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader and NOT intended to replace the official advisory. We are only helping the FDA Philippines in disseminating these announcements.  The owner of this site disclaims any responsibility for the decisions you make based on this information.

May 14, 2015

It's very important in pharmacy to have a very relaxing and inviting surrounding. Having music played regularly helps in that aspect. Just so lately, I visited a local pharmacy and such visit made my day. They've been playing music of 90's and as if the sounds uses dually pickup .
Majority of us, men and women alike, are using cosmetic products. Most of us knew as well that "lead and other heavy metals" are found in most of these products such as lipstick, concealer, whitening toothpaste, foundations, sunscreen, nail polish, eyeliner, eye shadows, blush and even eye drops.

Nov 21, 2014

Loss of hearing can be ruled out of the scenario if proper preventive measures are taken into consideration. Having your ears check regularly and staying away from loud music will help a lot in taking care of your precious ears.

Always use proper and tested head set or earpiece  and do not put volume too high as it may damage your ears seriously. Yu can have a look at different cool and great pieces at musician'sfriend.com . When exposed to loud sounds excessively, you can freely use earplugs to protect your ears and take a break from such surrounding.

Avoid using pointed objects, cotton buds or even over-the-counter ear drops in cleaning your ears. These may damage your ears or may lead to serious ear infection. Rule of thumb, leave your earwax alone.

Noisy appliances contributes in damaged ears. Do not run those appliances all at the same time. Put your washing machines or any other noisy appliances in rooms with doors so you can close it every time it's running.

Before taking any medication consult your doctor or pharmacist as some drugs can harm your ears.


Disclaimer: 
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.

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