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Free Online Continuing Education Courses for Pharmacists

Many Pharmacists asked me ways to get updated by Continuing Education Programs.  Most of them are attending some useless old topic based CPE, which they believe will do no help to their job. I suggest all Pharmacists to undergo some online Continue Education Courses specially designed for health workers. Some course are free of cost but some others are not. Select according to your desired topic, and attend the Course and Test online.

CONTINUE EDUCATION PROGRAMRxSchool is such a website where you had to register free to get a login and then attend continuing education courses of your choice.   RxSchool is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Here in this post, I am providing you some links for Free Online Continuing Education Courses. 


Happy dispensing…

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Job of Pharmacist - Boots - Abu Dhabi

M.H. Alshaya Co. is a leading international franchise operator for over 55 of the world's most recognized retail brands, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, P.F. Chang's, Office Depot and Boots. The company operates 1,800 stores across 7 divisions: Fashion & Footwear, Health & Beauty, Food Services, Optics, Pharmaceuticals, Office Supplies and Home Furnishings. At Boots, Pharmacists are required to manage the store and all functions related to the pharmacy. At all times, the best interests of the patient should be considered and the advice given by the pharmacist must reflect this. You need to understand and develop your understanding of the local practices and customer expectations in the UAE and Abu Dhabi in particular.



Division: Pharmacy

Brand: Boots
Country: United Arab Emirates

Location: Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.)
Closing Date: 31-Dec-2010



  • Responsible for providing customers with safe, legal and effective pharmaceutical service.
  • Decide how best to sustain legal and ethical requirements and best treatment available.
  • To develop the effectiveness of the operation of the pharmacy by highlighting areas of current practice where improvement may be gained.

Skills & Experience:

  • Ministry of Health certification is required. If you do not possess the UAE MoH Certificate it is possible you could be employed as a Pharmacist on condition that you pass the MoH (UAE) exam (sitting November).
  • UAE experience preferred though if you have 2 years or more experience as a Pharmacist in another Middle East country this will be acceptable.
  • Staff management experience is preferred.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume / CV

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King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) is a tertiary care ophthalmic facility operated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hospital provides quality tertiary ophthalmic care to the patients it serves and promotes the delivery of Kingdom-wide ophthalmic care through its outreach, educational, and research programs. There are many vacancies available in KKES hospital, in various departments. As their website announces, the vacancy of Pharmacist and the details are given below.


Post of Job: Pharmacist I


  • Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy from an accredited University (Essential).
  • Minimum of four (4) years experience working in a capacity of a Pharmacist in health care/hospital setting.
  • Demonstrates full understanding of new trends, practices, skills, and techniques of pharmacist job and stay current and updated (Essential).
  • Computer literate and familiar in the use and application of MS Office program (Essential).
  • Fluent in oral and written English (Essential).

Employment Type :  Contract

How to Apply:

Please complete and send your application form specifying the position to which you are applying, along with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, to one of the following addresses:

Fax:  +966-1-482 1908
Mail: Recruitment Office
         Human Resources Department
         King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital
         PO Box 7191
         Riyadh 11462
         Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Your application will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted with further instructions. You will be advised of the progress of your application by telephone, e-mail, fax, or letter, or through your recruitment agent.

Your application will be valid for 1 year.

Application Form (Microsoft Word , 248 KB)

Prepare effective Cough Syrup at home

After the suggestion of various medical authorities in different countries to withdraw cough syrups, cough expectorants and other cough preparations (contains so-called cough relieving allopathic medicines), people are in big confusion to find an alternative for treating cough. Here in this post we are trying to suggest you an effective natural cough syrup that can be prepared in your home by yourselves. Please remember to maintain clean conditions while preparing this instant cough syrup. This natural ginger-honey cough syrup is indicated for Cough, both dry and productive, mild throat infections and throat inflammation.

How to prepare natural cough syrup

Ingredients required:

1. Fresh natural Ginger: 100 gm Clean the surface properly and then remove the external skin and grate it into small pieces as shown in the picture.



2. Natural Honey : One table spoon, 15 ml




Take the grated pieces of Ginger, place it into a clean glass bowl and add 5 ml of cool water. (previously boiled and kept on room temperature to cool). Then crush the Ginger pieces and extract out full juice from Ginger. Use a clean fine sieve to remove fibers from the Ginger juice. Keep that filtered Ginger juice in a clean bowl.

Now mix two table spoon full of Ginger juice with one tablespoon full natural honey. Mix well. the color will become  similar to the picture given below.



That's all. Your Ginger Honey cough syrup is ready. Now for adults, consume 10 ml three or four times daily and for children aged between 2-12 can consume 5 ml 3-4 times daily. Under two years of age can consume 1- 2 ml three times daily. If the spicy taste of Ginger is more then you may add more honey because children love the taste of honey.

Points to Remember:

  1. Use glass utensils to prepare this syrup.
  2. Keep your hands clean while preparing this cough syrup.
  3. Store this Ginger Honey natural cough syrup in a glass bottle, after preparation.
  4. Store in a cool and dry place. You may keep the prepared cough syrup in 2- 8 degree Celsius for three days. But in room temperature, it can be stored for only one day.
  5. For getting ideal cough relieving activity, you must slowly swallow so that the prepared syrup will stay for more time in the throat area.

Cough and Cold Products: Not For Infants and Children Under 2 Years of Age

Recently the cough expectorants and other cough preparations were undergoing huge criticism that they are of no therapeutic importance. Many countries are withdrawing the license to manufacture and market such products among their own public. So I decided to re publish a post from FDA that strictly warns people about the various aspects of Over The Counter Cough and Cold products. Further updates about the topic can be obtained from FDA website. Definitely we will re publish the same at here also.


Q. What is FDA recommending about use of over-the-counter cough and cold products for infants and children under 2 years of age?

A. FDA strongly recommends that over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products should not be used for infants and children under 2 years of age because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects could occur.

Q. What are these side effects?

A. There are a wide variety of serious adverse events reported with cough and cold products.  They include death, convulsions, rapid heart rates, and decreased levels of consciousness. 

Q. What ingredients may cause these effects, and what should I look for on the label to tell if these ingredients are present in an OTC product?

A: OTC cough and cold products include these ingredients: decongestants (for unclogging a stuffy nose), expectorants (for loosening mucus so that it can be coughed up), antihistamines (for sneezing and runny nose), and antitussives (for quieting coughs). The terms on the label include "nasal decongestants", "cough suppressants", "expectorants" and "antihistamines."

Q.  How did FDA arrive at its decision to issue these recommendations?

A. FDA’s recommendation is based on the review of reports the agency has received about serious side effects, as well as a review of information presented at a joint Nonprescription Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committee meeting on Oct.18-19, 2007. FDA has determined that OTC cough and cold medicines, which treat symptoms and not the underlying condition, have not been shown to be safe or effective in infants and children under 2.

Q. Not effective?  Does that mean they don’t work?

A. FDA does not have any data to support that these products work in children less than 2 years of age.
Q. My child has allergies. Does this alert affect the medicines for my child?

A. This advisory relates only to the use of OTC products for the treatment of cough and cold.

Q. What should parents do if infants and children under 2 years of age experience cough and cold symptoms?

A. A cold is a respiratory illness that is usually self-limited and lasts about a week. Cold symptoms typically include sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat. Children may also experience a fever. Most of the time, a cold will go away by itself.  If you are concerned about making your child feel more comfortable, talk with your doctor about what approaches to take. Your doctor may recommend drinking plenty of fluids to help loosen mucus and keep children hydrated, and using saline nasal drops and gently suctioning mucus from the nose with a bulb syringe.  Your doctor may also recommend fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your child’s cold symptoms do not improve or get worse, contact your doctor. A persistent cough may signal a more serious condition such as bronchitis or asthma.

Q. Are particular products being recalled?

A. No. This public health advisory does not mean that products are being recalled. In October 2007, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), on behalf of leading manufacturers of OTC cough and cold medicines, announced voluntary market withdrawals of OTC products for infants and children under 2 years of age.  FDA strongly supports the actions taken by many manufacturers to voluntarily withdraw cough and cold medicines that were being marketed for infants.

Q. Is FDA making a recommendation about whether cough and cold products should be used in age groups other than infants and children under 2 years of age at this time?

A. No. This public health advisory does not include FDA’s final recommendation about use of cough and cold medicines in children ages 2 through 11 years. FDA's review of the data for these age groups is continuing. The agency is committed to making a timely and comprehensive review of the safety of OTC cough and cold medicines in children. FDA plans to issue its recommendations on use of the products in children ages 2 to 11 as soon as the review is complete.

Q. While FDA is completing its review for children ages 2 through 11, what should parents of children in this age group know about using cough and cold products?

A.  Giving too much cough and cold medicine can be dangerous. OTC cough and cold products can be harmful if more than the recommended amount is used, if they are given too often, or if more than one product containing the same active ingredient is being used. Parents need to be aware that many OTC cough and cold products contain multiple ingredients (for nasal congestion, cough, and fever). Giving more than one product could result in an overdose. There are many products that have similar names, so it is critical to identify the active ingredient(s) in the product, select the proper medicine, and use the correct dose.  Reading the DRUG FACTS section of the label will help caretakers learn about what active ingredients are in the products. Also, children should not be given medicines that are packaged and made for adults. 

Pending completion of its review, FDA recommends these steps for consumers who use OTC cough and cold products in children 2 years of age and older:

    • Check the "active ingredients" section of the DRUG FACTS label.
    • Be very careful if you are giving more than one OTC cough and cold medicine to a child. If you use two medicines that have the same or similar "active ingredients," a child could get too much of an ingredient which may hurt your child.
    • Carefully follow the directions in the DRUG FACTS label.
    • Only use the measuring spoons or cups that come with the medicine or those made specially for measuring drugs. 
    • Choose OTC cough and cold medicines with childproof safety caps, when available, and store the medicines out of reach of children.
    • Understand that OTC cough and cold medicines do not cure or shorten the duration of the common cold.
    • Do not use these products to sedate your child or make children sleepy.
    • Call a physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional if you have any questions about using cough or cold medicines in children 2 years of age and older.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Update page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Date Posted: January 17, 2008

Source: FDA

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