2015 IN RETROSPECT

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JANUARY

*Former PCN registrar, Dr. Ahmed Tijjani Mora (Wakilin Maganin Zazzau) gave out his daughter, Fai’zah Ahmed Mora, a Law graduate from ABU, Zaria, in marriage to her heartthrob, Mallam Muhammad Bello Abdulkareem, a lecturer with the Nasarawa State University on 3 January at the family house in Tudun Wada, Zaria.

*GlaxoSmithKline (Consumer) Nigeria Plc unveiled two new brands – Scott’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil and Panadol Suspension for Children at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on 15 January.

*Prof. Abayomi Sofowora, former Chairman of WHO Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine died on 22 January after a brief illness.

*The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) held a public lecture at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, on 28 January.

 

FEBRUARY

*The 15th Annual Health Week of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS), Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) took place at the main auditorium of the College of Health Sciences, Ogun State, on 17 February.

*Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA), Lagos branch held its maiden edition of practice grand rounds at Faculty of Pharmacy University of Lagos (UNILAG) on 27 February.

*Pharm. (Mrs) Abiola Paul-Ozieh was elected chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Lagos branch at the Pharmacy Villa, Ojota on 25 February.

 

MARCH

*The 2nd Annual Alumni Lecture of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG), took place at the main auditorium of the institution in Akoka, on 3 March.

*The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG) inducted 138 graduands on its Akoka campus on 5 March.

*Pharm. Linda Chidinma Okeke was announced winner of the maiden edition of the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia award in Nigeria during the induction and oath-taking ceremony of 138 graduates of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG) on 5 March.

*The 2nd Annual ‘White Coat’ ceremony of 175 pharmacy undergraduates was held by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG) at the school auditorium on 13 March.

*The 80th birthday celebration of pioneer pharmacologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Gabriel Ediale Osuide, was marked at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on 15 March.

*Pharm. Dahiru Wali, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), officially donated 60 volumes of pharmacy textbooks and journals to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kaduna State University (KASU) on 23 March.

*The Induction/Oath-taking ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin (UNIBEN) took place at 25 March.

 

APRIL

*Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm.) in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) held a three-day education summit at the University of Lagos Conference and Guests Centre, Akoka on 22 – 24 April.

*SKG Pharma Limited had its annual Trade Partners Conference and Awards at the De-Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on 23 April.

*Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan (UI), celebrated its maiden edition of the White Coat/Orientation Ceremony for 100 to 500 levels students on 29 April at the institution’s auditorium.

 

MAY

*Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) held its annual Prof. Marquis Memorial Lecture at the institution on 6 May.

*The 28th induction and oath-taking ceremony was conducted for the 2013/2014 set of University of Ibadan’s (UI) pharmacy graduands on 14 May 2015 at the Trenchard Hall, Ibadan.

*The Pharmacy Estate located in Eguru Village, Ogun State, was officially commissioned on 30 May by the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Olumide Akintayo.

*The 34th edition of the Annual National Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) was held from 31 May to 5 June, 2015, in Akure, Ondo State.

 

JUNE

*The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) hosted its 32nd Annual National Conference at the Cultural Centre in Calabar, Cross River State from 3 to 7 June.

*Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited (A Sun Pharma Company) held its 12th Annual Distributors’ Reward Function at African Sun Hotel, GRA, Ikeja Lagos on 16 June.

*Sanofi Nigeria introduced a new antihypertensive product, Aprovasc, at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on 17 June.

*The duo of Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director of Pharmanews Limited and Olorogun (Dr) Sonny Kuku, co-founder, Eko Hospital Plc, were decorated with Lifetime Achievement Award by Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on 26 June.

*A three-day grand health bazaar was held by LiveWell Initiative at Grace Garden Events Centre, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on 30 June.

*The 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and scientific symposium of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) was held Welcome Centre Hotel, Lagos from 29 June – 2 July.

 

JULY

*Pharm (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi and Pharm. Aloysius Anieke were both decorated with the Pharmacy Legend award during the 36th annual Pharmacy health week organised by the UNIBEN chapter of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS) on 7 July.

*Five pharmacists – Pharm. Chukwuemeka Obi, Pharm Chris Iyare, Dr. Collins Aireminen, Prof. Ehijie Enato and Dr. Patrick Igbinaduwa were each honoured with Pa E. A. Osadolor Merit Award during the 36th annual Pharmacy health week organised by the UNIBEN chapter of Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS) on 7 July.

*The 2nd annual Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi National Essay & Debate Competition, organised by the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Student (PANS), held on 9 July at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

*The 2015 PSN Board of Fellows (BOF) mid-year meeting and dinner held on 29 July, 2015 at Diplomat Hotel, Maryland, Lagos.

 

AUGUST

*Dortemag Pharmaceutical Ventures in conjunction with its Malaysia-based partner, Kotra Pharmaceuticals, held its 2015 annual Infectious Disease Forum at Lagos Airport Hotel, on 5 August.

*Pharm. (Mrs) Marcelina Onasanya, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), was honoured with the prestigious Retail Pharmacy Legend Award at the 7th edition of The Panel business summit organised by Pharmalliance on 11 August at the Sheraton Hotel and Suites, Ikeja, Lagos.

*The 2015 Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Day was marked at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on 12 August.

*The death of Pharm (Chief) Timothy Adebutu, managing director of Gem Pharmacy Surulere, Lagos, was announced on 13 August.

*Pharm. (Dr) Ahmed Tijjani Mora, former registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) was elected national president of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Alumni Association during the 10th Annual General Assembly of the association on 14 August.

*The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos Chapter held 2015 Pharmacy Week on 14 August, at the Welcome Event Centre, Lagos.

*The Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) UNILAG branch’s annual one-day symposium held at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos on 14 August.

*PCN, BOF, PMG-MAN, others lauded Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former Chief Executive Officer of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Plc during his 65th birthday celebration at Sheba Events Centre, Ikeja, Lagos on 17 August.

 

SEPTEMBER

*Roche Nigeria sponsored 15 Nigerian health journalists drawn from the print, broadcast and new media through an academy in partnership with the School of Media and Communication (SMC) at the Pan-Atlantic University, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos from 1-4   September.

*Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi won THISDAY Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual award anniversary ceremony of the Newspaper outfit held at Eko Hotel and Suite on 6 September.

*The 3rd Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers Expo organised by GPE Pharma Exhibitors in collaboration with Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) took place at The Haven, on 7 September.

*The Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) elected Dr Nkere Ebube as its new president during its 2015 Annual Scientific Conference and Exposition in Detroit, Michigan from 17 – 20 September.

*The 75th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 29 September to 3 October.

*The 2015 annual health week of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), UNILAG Chapter held at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos on 29 September.

 

OCTOBER

*Pharm. Seun Omobo made history as the first African to emerge chairperson of the International Pharmaceutical Federation–Young Pharmacists’ Group (FIP-YPG) during the FIP Annual Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany on 3 October.

*The 2015 edition of the Medic West Africa Exhibition and Congress (MWA) took place from 14 – 16 October at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.

 

NOVEMBER

*The 2015 Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) held at International Conference Centre, Abuja from 9 to 13 November.

*Pharm. Folashade Lawal, a distinguished community pharmacist was announced winner of the 2015 edition of the May & Baker Professional Service Award in Pharmacy during the 88th PSN Conference at International Conference Centre, Abuja on 11 November.

*For the second consecutive time, Pharmanews has clinched the 2015 edition of the annual Global Quality Excellence Award held at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja on November 12

*Pharmanews, Channels TV, eight others bagged different categories at the 2015 Media Health Award which took place at R & A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on November 19

*Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc announced the appointment of Pharm. (Mrs) Ebere Igboko Ekpunobi to replace the retired Pharm. Emmanuel Ekunno as acting managing director and chief executive officer on 23 November.

*Pharm. Regina Ezenwa’s not-for-profit organisation, Roses Ministry celebrated its Widows Day at National Population Commission (NPC) secretariat in Surulere, Lagos, on 26 November.

*Dr Poly Emenike, managing director of Neros Pharmaceuticals celebrated his 60th birthday at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on 28 November.

*The 2015 NAFDAC SummEx Summit & Exhibition with the theme “Exceeding Industry Baseline” held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on 30 November.

 

DECEMBER

*Emzor Pharmaceuticals’ annual thanksgiving party took place at City Hall, Lagos Island, on 5 December.

*The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Lagos branch held its continuing education conference at NECA House in Agidingbi area of Lagos on 10

 

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