Nepal’s Pharmacovigilance Initiative: Progress and Challenges

Words by Suman Shahukhal Clopidogrel is a widely prescribed antiplatelet drug and if you practice internal medicine or cardiovascular medicine, you certainly may have prescribed the drug to multiple patients, right? There has been a revision in the guidelines for Clopidogrel use based on Pharmacovigilance data. The pharmacovigilance studies revealed …

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Deprescribing Medications for Better Health

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Words by Sanjaya Mani Dixit  Deprescribing offers a plethora of advantages, transcending age boundaries. The practice allows healthcare providers to gain a clearer understanding of the patient’s actual health conditions, leading to more informed treatment decisions. Deprescribing is more than just a trend; it’s a paradigm shift that prioritizes patient …

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Use of Antibiotics in Poultry Industries: Benefits, Common Practices, and Concerns

One of the most widely consumed products of animal origin is poultry meat, which is the second most consumed meat in the world after pork meat, according to a 2013 survey on worldwide meat consumption. Poultry meat has been found to be healthier than red meat. Demand for foodstuffs originating …

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Hello Eye Drops, Goodbye Glasses

Beginning around the age of 40, most adults have difficulty with near vision, and many find the need to use reading glasses. In October 2021, the US FDA granted approval for the use of Allergan’s eye drop, Vuity (pilocarpine HCl ophthalmic solution) 1.25%, which could eliminate the need for reading …

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The Situation of Community Pharmacies in Nepal

Pharmacies opened on a community level to cater to the medication needs of the people living in the nearby area are called community pharmacies. A community pharmacy (aushadhi pasal) is often referred to as a medical shop or chemist store or retail pharmacy in Nepal. In a developing nation like …

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World Immunization Week: Busting Myths on Vaccines

The World Immunization Week 2022 has just completed with the theme: Long Life for All. The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more people and their communities to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization is considered a cornerstone of public health, and one of the most cost-effective interventions …

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Understanding Drug Abuse

Drug abuse refers to use of drugs by self medication in a manner and amount that deviates from the approved medical and social patterns in a given culture at a given time. As the above line states, there are many things related to drug abuse, it involves self medication, that …

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The Thalidomide Tragedy and its Effect on Drug Safety Regulations

Swiss pharmaceutical company Ciba first synthesized thalidomide, a sedative similar to barbiturates, in 1953. The company’s intention was to use it as an anticonvulsant; however, since no such success was seen in tested lab animals, the company stopped its research on the drug. In October 1957, West German company Chemie …

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Karuna Hospital

The more we use antibiotics, the more we lose antibiotics.   A young male patient with diagnosis of sepsis secondary to pneumonia was referred to us from another hospital. On reviewing his lab investigation reports, microbial culture reports of sputum, blood, and urine were missing. Chest X ray of the …

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