Just like bottled drinks, milk, canned goods etc. all medicine has an expiration date indicated in their labels or containers. It is a requirement by the Food and Drug Authority upon its approval for the general market.
Disappointingly, some drug outlets - hospitals and private clinics in particular, ignore the expiration date's importance and dispense expired drugs, solely for business reasons. Without even knowing it, you could have been a victim.
Is the salary not enough? Are you having problems with your boss or a
colleague? You are fed up with the company's regulations?!
There are lots of reasons why a person would quit his job. Some can
really get in one’s nerve that all he wants to do is shout resignation on his
boss's face and then, stomped out of the office without looking back. This
could be satisfying letting it all out. But, take a deep breath and think
If you are single, your reputation is at hand. If you are married,
your good name and your family are at stake. Sure you can quit. They can't stop
you if you really want to. But do this calmly.
Your First Step
Look for job opportunities in the classified ads. Make inquires and
seek aid from you families and friends.
Opportunities do not come instantly. They do come along eventually.
You just have to be patient and be aware. Sometimes, opportunities arrive
without you knowing it.
Analyzing Your Prospect
Do not grab a job offer at once. But take a small hold of it and ask
for allowance to think it over. Analyze the company if it would suit you. You
do not want to jump from the frying pan and into the fire.
If you are already decided, go ahead. Get on with the interview and
make the necessary arrangements. Be frank about the work status- their
expectations and yours.
Notifying Your Employer
Do this at once. The sooner, the better. Whether your boss is an angel
or the other one, you can find saying goodbye difficult. While the good boss
will try to persuade you not to leave, the other type might try to pressure you
before letting you go. But get on with it. Do it for their own benefit that
they can have adjustments or even hire someone to replace you.
Be professional in explaining your side. Family, health and money
matters are reasonable.
If a co-worker had been a problem; your boss's nasty ways; or the
company's ill management, try not to point the following as your cause for
resignation. A company has its own reason for its regulations and therefore, it
won't change for you. Raising a personal issue with a boss or a colleague could
result to some scandal.
In the Philippines, while rich and powerful people get the most privileges,
little people are deprived of almost everything- and would you believe even
with their government doctors?
I work as a pharmacist in a generic drugstore designed for
people who want cheaper medicines. Every day, I talk to customers explaining to
them the difference between the generic and branded drugs. Most of my customers
are from the lower class- still ignorant and in need of assistance regarding
the concept of medicine. Sadly, these people usually undergo self medication-
bad that they are not being diagnosed by a registered physician and worse that
they are always buying the wrong medicine for their ailments.
With the crisis going on, most drugstores in the Philippines
normally let customers buy OTC medicine and even Rx drugs, providing them with
proper instructions and information about the medications they are buying. But
when it comes to serious conditions, customers are being advised to see a doctor
first, specifically if a young child or infant is involved.
Unfortunately, eight out of ten of these people would risk
their health by buying unfamiliar medicine suggested by friends rather than
seek help from a real doctor. Two reasons: Private Doctors are expensive and government
doctors are hard to find.
The Philippine government provides health care units for
every municipality. These health units consist of doctors, dentists, nurses and
midwives. The aim of these facilities is to provide health education, free
medicine and other medical services for its people, particularly for those who couldn’t
afford these necessities. While some of these facilities are still unavailable
in some parts of the country, in particular those beyond the reach of the government,
those towns with these services still fail to support those people who needed
Just recently, we have been receiving prescriptions made by
midwives. In the absence of the physician, these can be acceptable. The funny
thing about it was that, ‘the prescriber’ seemed no to know the drug he was
recommending. The capsule was abbreviated cup instead of cap; The teaspoon was abbreviated
TBSP for tablespoon, when a four year old child should be taking it; No strength
indicated, the pharmacy personnel would have to ask how old the person taking
it and one must understand that the dosage of the drug also depends on the
weight of the patient and severity of the disease; And more disturbingly, the
generic name of the medicine didn’t make sense with the brand.
Now, we may ask? Where was the doctor? Took a stroll somewhere
while the midwives performed the job for him?
Can’t afford people waste their time and wait in line just
to be diagnosed by midwives? It is no wonder; these people would definitely
turn to self medication.
Then again, being thoughtful, government doctors could have
been on a seminar or they could have some emergencies elsewhere, every week. It
is really unfair for them not to have time for themselves with the exemption of
Saturday and Sunday offs. And whatever happened to the Hippocrates oath?
Considering the problem closely, we may ask the government,
is the salary of our government doctors not enough for them to do their job
well? And is this also the reason, why most of them fly to other countries to
become nurses instead of serving their own people?
I am not a political person. My only concern is the well
being of my customers- their right for a proper health care. But it seems like,
any problems involving people are always linked to its government.
Political leaders are not perfect. Most of them make bad
impressions by enjoying some privileges they deserve. How can they resist
depriving themselves of a luxurious dinner in a foreign country while hundreds
of Filipino people young and old die of hunger? And did I mention that they ate
with the country’s money?
They say that people make their government. It is not the
fault of the leaders of whatever ill fate befalls to its country. It is always
the decision of the people. But how can a sick, illiterate or a jobless person
make a wise decision? As it would turn out, he will only be bought by some influential
Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next.
One of the best advantages of a Sodium Ascorbate – generic name of Fern-C (FERN), Vit-cee (CNN Generics) and Alka-C (Interchemex Lab), is this vitamin does not cause stomach upset unlike Ascorbic acid. Similar to ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate is an important source of antioxidants beneficial for the body. But, is Sodium Ascorbate really better than Ascorbic Acid?
I would condemn someone I love. Make him look good by making myself ugly. Then, in the end, when everyone has understood him, I will step out and kiss him. The world will know that everything was just a big show to get attention.
Bed of Rosesmaybe an English expression, which means an easy and peaceful life, but with the Bed of Rosesby John Francis Bongiovi Jr, it’s a different thing.
It’s not about the Bon Jovi band being a hard rock band, it’s in the lyrics. Bed of Roses is an over-radio played song in the 90’s when metal and hip hop groups would clash. Then again, Bed of Roses is neither the song for the metal groups nor the hip hops.