Importance of Releasing the Shackles of Restraint for Pharmacy Profession

Dr. Patrick Ojo’s “Pharmacy in Bondage” is an intriguing work that sheds light on one of medicine’s often overlooked areas. The book offers insights into the complicated balancing act performed by pharmacists as they seek to dispense their expertise for the maximum benefit of patients/mankind by drawing on years of personal and professional experience.

This book should be read because it has various hidden gems and significant ideas. Pharmacists are an underappreciated and frequently overlooked component of medicine, although their contribution to the advancement of human health is tremendous. The book covers the entire history of the pharmacy profession, including its rise in popularity, practices, suppression into a forgotten part of medicine, and the challenges pharmacists confront in fully utilizing their knowledge to benefit patients’ health and the healthcare business.

Pharmacy as a branch of medicine is a critical issue when it comes to patients’ life, safety, delivery of optimal health outcomes, and lowering overall healthcare costs. Here’s what the writer had to say about the writing experience and his inspiration to start the project in the first place.

“—We all know that Anesthetics is a branch of medicine but it is an infinitesimal part of pharmacy that is not. The author considered Anesthetics as pharmacy’s baby and it doesn’t sound reasonable to hold parent(s) in bondage while the baby/child is free. — We all know that we have specialists catering to every aspect of our lives including Mouth (Dentists), Eye (Optometrists/Ophthalmologists), Skin (Dermatologists), Electricity (Electrical Engineers), News (Journalists), and others; but the drugs (poisons) we pumped into our body daily have none. This situation has resulted in prescriptive authority being used not only as a medical and political football, played and won by those who know how to dribble and win the game in medicine but throwing pills (medications) at patients like candy bars by some in the medical field. The resultant consequence of this is that the drug problem in our country, the US is the 4th to 6th leading cause of death.

“— 1 out of every 25 courses in school qualifies Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP) with no residence to prescribe drugs and 7 out of 10 courses in school do not qualify clinical pharmacists to do the same thing. Prescriptions written by clinical pharmacists are better than others in the medical field. The first Edition leads to the introduction of the H.R. 5780 Bill – Medicare Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner Services Coverage Act of 2008 in the 110th US Congress. Former Governor of Kansas State/Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Hollywood Book Review, and others have acknowledged “Pharmacy in Bondage” as a progressive book leading pharmacy in the right direction to the final destination. The author took American Medical Association (AMA) and American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS) to court over pharmacy profession’s pathetic condition.”

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Pharmacy In Bondage
Written By: Patrick Ojo
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This educational work is available for purchase online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & other online book retailers.

About the Author

Patrick Ojo was born and brought up in Benin City, Nigeria. He attended Benin Baptist Model Primary School, Evboneka Grammar School, and Eghosa Grammar School briefly for one year. Migrated to the U.S. in 1988 and graduated from Nova South-eastern University. He worked with the New York City Department of Homeless Services as a caseworker; at the same time, he attended New York City Technical College and Long Island University, College of Pharmacy, Brooklyn, New York.

Webinar on the importance of Poshan Vatika for alleviation of malnutrition organised

The Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Women and Child Development jointly organised a webinar on the importance of ‘Poshan Vatika’ for alleviation of malnutrition today.

The webinar was attended by Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai, Minister of State for Ayush and Women and Child Development; Indevar Pandey, Secretary MoWCD; Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush; Prof Sanjeev Sharma, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA, Deemed to be University), Dr JLN Shastry, former CEO, NMPB, Prof. Meeta Kotecha, Pro-VC, NIA, Varalakshmi Venkatapathy, Policy Consultant and Independent Researcher; among others

The speakers discussed the importance of planting herbal plants in Aanganwadis, schools and kitchen gardens to ensure the easy availability of nutritious food and medicinal plants for pregnant and lactating women and children.

Addressing the webinar, Dr Munjpara said, “Poshan Abhiyaan aims to encourage convergence among various Ministries to tackle the problem of malnutrition. Plantation of nutritional and herbal trees under PoshanVatika would reduce external dependency and make communities Atmanirbhar for their nutritional security.” The Minister added that Poshan Vatika can play an important role in enhancing dietary diversity by providing micronutrients through constant supply of fruits and vegetables sufficient to meet the family’s requirements, which can prove to be a sustainable model for providing food security and diversity to combat malnutrition at the household or community level. He further said that rural areas have ample space and establishing a Nutri garden/PoshanVatikas is far simpler as farm families are involved in agriculture.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, said that diet and nutrition have been explained in great details in Ayush systems. He said that his Ministry will collaborate with 3,000 Aanganwadis to take forward the campaign of establishing Poshan Vatikas and will also decide the nutritional and herbal trees that will be planted there.  “If we pay attention to nutrition then there would be no need for medicines. If we do not pay attention to our diet, then even the medicines won’t work,” he said quoting a verse from a scripture.

Indevar Pandey, Secretary, MoWCD, said his ministry along with the Ministry of Ayush was at the forefront of making sure that the wellbeing of women and children was being taken care of.

“The main motive behind launching Poshan Abhiyaan is to address the problem of malnutrition. Aanganwaadi covers 50% of the people who are poor and don’t get proper nutrition while Poshan Abhiyaan covers the other 50% who might not be poor but need information about proper nutrition,” he said.

Varalakshmi Venkatpathy, Policy Consultant and Independent Researcher, suggested that plants such as Moringa, Guava, Banana and Tulsi are great candidates to plant in a Poshan Vatika as they deal with problems of malnutrition in women and children.

In two very information packed presentations, Prof. Meeta Kotech and Dr. JLN Shastry shared both vision and implementation strategies of Ayurveda and the Ministry while underlining the possibilities of further enhancement and upscaling.


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