Dr. Bairy Laxmianarayna K is Professor of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Director in the department of Manipal Centre of Clinical Research, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka India. After acquiring his MBBS degree from Medical College Bellary, Karnatakla University, he did his MD (Pharmacology) from Kasturba Medical College Manipal, Mangalore Univeristy and joined as faculty in the same department in the year 1985. He earned his PhD in Pharmacology in the year 1991. He has guided 15 MD postgraduates’ students and ten candidates for their doctoral program. He has presented about 50 research papers in various national and international conferences. He has delivered several invited talks at various National and International Conferences. Dr. Bairy has published about 210 research articles in various National and International peer reviewed journals. He is the recipient of Practitioner’s gold medal for standing first in Physiology in the Karnataka University Examination held in December, 1976 and Dr. T. M. A .Pai Gold medal for excellence in Medical Research for the year 1987 in Kasturba Medical College, India. Best Audio Visual Teaching Material-2014, Second Prize.
Zincovit oral drops, an advanced formulation of high concentration of vitamins, minerals, lysine and flaxseed oil is prescribed to children to boost immunity and supplement other nutrients. However, its effect on lipid profile is not known. The present study is to evaluate the influence of Zincovit oral drops on lipid profile in healthy Wistar rats. There was no significant difference in the serum triglyceride, total cholesterol, very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level among the Zincovit drop treated groups in comparison with the control group. Serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level was significantly decreased in the group of rats treated with 25 mg/kg/day (p=0.012) and 100 mg/kg/day (p=0.001) when compared with the normal control (untreated) group. Zincovit drops did not alter any lipid parameters except low density lipoprotein cholesterol and it is safe on chronic use.
Alwaleed Mohammed Ahmed Abdalatif Ali at 27 years completed masters (MSc.) Degree in clinical pharmacy from the Omdurman Islamic university. Published many local research regarding Use of antibiotic in surgery, management of GERD and new onset diabetes mellitus after transplantation (NODAT).my area of interest is in pharmacotherapy. Work at Fedail private Hospital and serving as PSM coordinator (Procurement &supply manger) of Malaria, AIDS and TB drugs at Sudanese people living with HIV association.
In recent years there has been a trend towards increasing the number of drugs that are available over the counter (OTC) without prescription. Simultaneously, community pharmacists have been encouraged to develop and extend their role. Self-medication for symptoms of gastro esophageal reflex is very common, usually with antacids, alginate, histamine2 receptor antagonist and proton pump inhibitor. The study aims to examine community pharmacists’ attitudes, perceptions and practices towards gastro esophageal reflux disease management. The method used was postal questionnaire to a sample of community pharmacists from Khartoum city-Sudan. Of 241 questionnaires sent, 241 were returned; an overall response rate of 100%.Fifty one percent of respondents knew the right definition of heartburn according to Montreal congress definition 2004. Ninety six percent of respondents were aware that lifestyle modifications positively help in GRED management. Most pharmacies suggest changing eating habits is the best treatment of GRED during pregnancy. Very few pharmacists stated that the drugs that worsen heartburn. Half of pharmacists provide corrected information about causes of heartburn during pregnancy. Pharmacists are aware of sing and symptoms associated with GRED that requires referral to doctor. Two third of pharmacists consider antacids as the most common dispensed OTC drugs class in community pharmacies. Regarding drug-drug interactions 58.5% of pharmacists admit that sodium and magnesium containing antacids interfere with Azithromycin, Quinolones and Tetracycline’s when used concomitantly.