Who mackem, who tackem and who usem?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS If you have ever lived in the North East of England you will understand the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle. I spent about 6 years in the North East of England studying at the prestigious, to me in any case, School of Pharmacy in Sunderland and the equally prestigious Northumbria Business […]

Stop; take a deep breath, then count to 72 hours

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS My advise to patients requesting antibiotics for common cold will be: Stop; take a deep breath and count to 72 hours. There is now a well recognised problem of increasing antimicrobial resistance due to overuse (1). We all have a duty to do our best to moderate that cycle of expectation […]

Odder than Odd!

by Kazeem Olalekan The discovery of blister packs of Seroquel XL (manufactured by AstraZeneca) and Neurontin 100mg capsules (manufactured by Pfizer) in Reckitt Benckiser’s Nurofen Plus OTC tablets is odder than odd (1)! As far as I can tell, these were not even manufactured in the same factory. Or arewere they? Reckitt Benckiser’s suspicion of […]

What has Pharmacy got to do with the riots?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The nation continues to face up to the aftermath of the riot that started in London and spread to different parts of the country. The perpetrators, the instigators and those just swept up in the whirlwind of mass behaviour are being identified and facing the full wrath of the law. A […]

A senseless charade: #londonriots

by Kazeem Olalekan The PJ News article about the rioters in London targeting pharmacies is emphasising the absurdity of this senseless charade (1). When you consider this in conjunction with the report in GP that GPs and practice staff have also been targeted (2), you start to wonder what this nonsense is all about. This […]

Packaging….Schpackaging!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS On this bookapharmacist.com blog, I have been very vocal in recent past about the seemingly increasing need to add additional layer of packaging to medication bottle. It started with our post on the 15th of September 2009 (1), then 28th of September 2009 (2) and later in October 2009 (3). It […]

It’s “yes” from me…

by Kazeem Olalekan In an attempt to avoid being pisunderstood, I will like to state here that fook-a-barm-a-cyst will be endorsing the “yes” vote to allow Pharmaceutical Scientist membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical society-RPS (1). This is the story of Rindercella and her sugly isters. Rindercella and her sugly isters lived in a marge lansion. […]

A step in the right direction

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I am an unashamed fan of big pharma. I have expressed this in a number of my posts. Given the right leadership and a dedication to what matters, then they can play a vibrant role in economic wellbeing of the nation. They can of course play a key role in helping […]

Speak of the Devil–Ozzy pays tribute to the NHS

It is always great to see legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne paying tribute to the NHS (caption). “I want to say a big thank you to all of the dedicated doctors, nurses and everyone else who makes up the NHS across the country – from Birmingham to Berkshire. Just like me, it’s still going strong after […]

The Daily Express: Adding Salt to my injury

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPhamS When you read this headline in the Daily Express: Now Salt is safe to eat, you will be forgiven for thinking that the time is right to get out the salt shaker and shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake it all the time. In fact the NHS advice of adult salt intake […]

What a great idea: Find the carers, help the patients

by Kazeem Olalekan The announcement that Sainsbury’s pharmacists are being encouraged to identify carers and signpost them to local care organisations (1) is a great idea which we welcome at bookapharmacist.com. The idea works on a number of levels: It will encourage pharmacist engagement with this group of customers. It will ultimately mean that those […]