DSAP teams up with J & J to empower pharma counsellors on OTC drugs

The Drugstore Association of the Philippines (DSAP) in cooperation with Johnson & Johnson Philippines conducted mobile drugstore app orientation to enhance the knowledge of over-the-counter counsellors on competency-based learning modules for TESDA certificate NC3.

 

At least 75 drugstore owners and pharmacists from different parts of the country attended the momentous activity, titled: “Developing Pharmacy Assistants through Digital Technology Educating the OTC Counsellors Orientation” held recently at the Tandang Sora Hall of the TESDA Women’s Center in Taguig City.

DSAP, the largest group of local drugstores in the country teams up with JnJ to come up with the mobile drugstore app.

Vicente Briones, RPh, president of DSAP said the two-day event was crucial in equipping OTC counsellors in using a mobile learning application where users learn basic but important knowledge for different types of drugs and their function to the different systems of the human anatomy based on TESDA NC3 standards.

“Our duty is to strengthen the capacity and technical knowledge of over the counter staff of all our member drugstores so they can render quality services to the public,” said Briones.

TESDA Deputy Director General Diosdado O. Padilla, who gave the opening remarks, commended DSAP for its continuous efforts to upgrade the skills of OTC counsellors of their member pharmacies.

On the first day of the workshop, participants learned valuable product knowledge on various drugs and their impact to the Central Nervous System, Immune System, Respiratory System as well as Reproductive System and anti-infectives

Likewise, participants also learned about drug products and their impact on skin, eyes, mouth and throat, as well as digestive system and cardiovascular system.

On top of these, speakers gave information on impact Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Products to the body. Participants were also taught about dosage forms and drugs calculations.

On the second day, trainers learned about Dispensing Pharmaceutical Products, Supply and Inventory Management as well as Promotion, Education and Vigilance and Good Manufacturing Practice.

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Old Orchard Cranberry’s Tips on How to Take Care of your Kidneys

Kidneys are two bean-shaped multifunctional powerhouse organs of the urinary system. They expel waste from the body, balance body fluids, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and control the production of red blood cells.

With all those jobs to be done, our kidneys deserve attention and care. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reported that Kidney Failure is the 7th leading cause of death among Filipinos and close to an estimate of 30,000-40,000 patients yearly undergo dialysis. Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented early by taking care of our urinary tract. With the aid of Old Orchard’s resident US nutritionist, Amy Bragagnini, MS, RD, CSO, here are some tips that can help you prevent urinary tract and kidney infections.

 

  1. Eating Healthy and Exercising Regularly.

                Diabetes and high blood pressure cause most of the kidney problems. When blood pressure is high, blood vessels stretch to allow blood to flow more easily. The stretching eventually injures and weakens the blood vessels, impairing their ability to clean blood properly, including those in the kidneys. That’s why it is always best to follow healthy eating habits such as limiting intake of sodium (2,500 mg) and sugar, and controlling weight and blood pressure through exercise. Watchful eaters should also consider the addition of calcium-filled food (milk, yogurt, calcium fortified cereals, etc.) to their diet. However, Bragagnini notes that one must not mistake calcium supplements as an alternative to the natural food sources, as it could result to kidney stone formation when taken in excess.

 

  1. Giving up on Smoking.

If you’re smoking, you should quit now as smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. This results to an impairment to function properly which increases risks of kidney cancer by 50%.

 

  1. Following Directions for Over-the-Counter Medications.

                Your kidneys can only take so much. Overdoing your medications create high toxins level in the body, posing great burden on the kidneys. So as much as possible, limit yourself from too much chemical exposure. If you really need medications, consult with your physician and follow the instructions well.

 

  1. Having them Screened Regularly.

                If diabetes or high blood pressure is in the genes, it is always ideal for you to have your kidneys tested regularly as part of your routine check-up. A creatinine level higher than 1.2 for women and 1.4 for men is a sure sign of a kidney problem.

 

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

“Fluid intake is another important step to help lower risk of kidney stone formation and urinary tract infection”, stresses Bragagini. Healthy individuals who aren’t suffering present kidney diseases should consume enough water and other fluids of at least 2 liters of fluid per day. Consuming enough fluid helps dilute the urine and helps flush toxins. Bragagini prescribes that pairing a meal with Cranberry juice in moderation is a great way to reduce instances  of irritation in the urinary tract. In fact, Cranberries are power packed fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and a source of Flavonoid and Phytonutrient contents called Hippuric Acid and Proanthocyanidin. These power duo components prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking into the wall of the bladder and urinary tract preventing further damage to the kidneys.

Bragagini closes by saying that the most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your overall body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys. Coupled by prevention, it is also aided by continuously doing consultation with your physician or dietitian.

Old Orchard can be enjoyed in three flavors: Cranberry, Apple Cranberry, and Cranberry Raspberry. There are also diabetic-friendly variants that contain 75 percent less sugar and only has 20 calories: Healthy Balance Cranberry and Healthy Balance Apple Cranberry. From health tips to fruity recipes, you can also learn more at oldorchard.com

WATTPAD SEASON ENDER PRESENTS: Just the Strings

After a brief hiatus, former PBB sweethearts Cora Waddell and Luis Hontiveros will team up, once again, for the season ender of WATTPAD PRESENTS entitled, Just The Strings.  Based on the Wattpad novel by Beeyoch, this is the second book of the author’s “Just” series that has captured millions of Wattpad readers and is, in fact, the most-awaited TV adaptation this year.

Just The Strings is the story of Imo (Cora Wadell), a quintessential “emo” girl whose life evolves around books and underground music.  Her so-called miniscule world becomes large in all proportions when she accidentally rode on the wrong car, thinking it was her UBER ride, which is being driven by the school heartthrob and basketball star, Saint (Luis Hontiveros).  This chance meet-up leads to a blossoming romance despite Imo’s eternal infatuation with her childhood best friend Parker, who is played by Starstruck finalist, James Teng.  Imo is also ruptured by the fact that both Saint and Parker are linked with other girls but in some such way, also baited by Imo’s kindness and whimsical character.

KILIG PA MORE?

Whose string will Imo be attached with?  Who is “the one”?  Her long-time best friend Parker or Saint, who gave her worth and romance?  Or will there be . . . just the strings?  This episode will surely bring a lot of kilig for everyone, both young and old.

Also starring Chris Leonardo, Jefferlyn Serrano, Ruth Lopez-Dee and Sophia Reyes.  Written by Mark Ghosn and Fyodor Macanda, under Firestarters Productions, INC. and directed by award-winning director Isabel Quesada, catch WATTPAD Presents Just The Strings #JTSonTV5 on Saturday, 9PM on TV5.

 

 

 

“Capture the Night” at 0% interest, even without a credit card!

When it comes to smartphone photography, lighting is often a big factor, and can make or break a great shot. A scenery that yields a stunning pic during the day can all too often turn into a so-so image once the sun sets.

With Samsung’s “Capture the Night” campaign, this problem is now a thing of the past, with an exciting new model that can take great-looking photos even at low lighting conditions. But there’s more: smartphone photographers are in for a double treat, as they can avail of this model at low monthly payments across 9 months with 0% interest—even without a credit card!

Samsung is teaming up with Home Credit, a global Fintech company that helps consumers to purchase smartphones and other goods on installment, to offer the new Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro at 0% interest in Samsung concept stores and partner retailers throughout the country starting July 15.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is the perfect flagship for the “Capture the Night” campaign, which has no less than popular actress Liza Soberano as the endorser. With the Galaxy J7 Pro’s 13-megapixel main shooter and F/1.7 aperture, users can snap vivid, bright-looking photos even in low lighting conditions—letting them capture the night, literally! Selfies at night are likewise a cinch, thanks to a nifty front LED flash. And with a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, you can enjoy your gorgeous pictures and videos to the fullest.

When it comes to performance, the dual-sim Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is no slouch, as it has an Octa Core 1.6GHz processor on the flagship Exynos 7870 chipset, running on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 OS. The ultra-large 3,600mAh battery life allows users to engage their smartphones more, for longer. Plus, LTE Cat.6 Double Carrier Aggregation Technology gives users faster data speeds on both networks. And if sleek looks are your thing, you came to the right place, as the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro has an incredibly fluid design thanks to its full metal unibody, curved back, and 2.5D glass.

When it comes to value-for-money, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is already a tough model to beat, as it packs all of the above features in an easy-on-the-pocket P15,990 smartphone. But with Home Credit’s 0% interest promo, consumers can get their hands on the Galaxy J7 Pro at low monthly payments that are even easier on your budget.

All you need to do to avail of this promo is to go to any of the participating outlets, approach the Home Credit sales associate, present two valid IDs, fill in the form, and wait for the loan application result within minutes!

“We know just how important having a great camera is to smartphone users, and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is a great choice for anyone who loves taking photos, day or night,” said Home Credit Philippines Head of Sales Adam Bernasek. “Home Credit is excited to partner with Samsung so that more and more people are able to enjoy this smartphone, through a fast loan approval with affordable installments.”

For more information on store locations, new Home Credit promos for Samsung, and useful tips for customers and interested loan applicants, visit www.homecredit.ph.

Survey debunks (and confirms) workplace myths on millennials

Home Credit’s HR survey reveals interesting data about tweens—and thirtysomethings, too.

Much has been said about millennials, the segment of the population that typically falls in the 18-29 age range. Every aspect of their behavior, from their TV viewing habits and shopping preferences to home and workplace behavior, is constantly being scrutinized.

With many applicants and new hires coming from this segment, companies are eager to know what makes millennials tick, what motivates them, and perhaps most important of all, what would make them stay with the company. To do this, we need to separate the facts from the myths, the conclusions from the assumptions, and confirm or debunk them as needed.

This is exactly what Prague-based fintech company Home Credit—itself an employer to more than 4,800 millennials, or 82% of the Home Credit PH workforce—did, as it recently surveyed close to 600 applicants about their career and workplace preferences (you can check out the survey here).

With close to 80% of the respondents falling under the 18-29 range, it gave plenty of interesting insights about millennials, while shedding some light on the other/older respondents, too—allowing us to determine whether the following are simply myths, or solid facts:

Myth or fact: work location is everything

It is almost universally agreed by all Filipino workers, young and old, that traffic is no fun—and no good. But some say that millennials don’t mind a few hours of commute daily if it means working at a fast-paced business district, where all the action is (and where the top companies are).

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According to the Home Credit survey results, millennials are virtually split between preferring to work close to home (48%), or work in a top business district (52%). A similar split is seen in the 30-something segment, with 49% wanting their office to be near home.

Myth or fact: it’s all about the money

It’s no surprise that salary is a top consideration for employees, especially young ones, while older workers—many of which might have families to support—also want good benefits for their loved ones. In fact, 67% of Home Credit’s 30 years old and above respondents chose having good benefits for their families over simply having a high basic salary.

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But what might be surprising is that an even higher percentage of millennials—73%– chose good benefits for loved ones over high basic pay, possibly an indicator of Filipinos’ strong family-oriented culture, even among modern millennials.

Myth or fact: work is life

There are those who say that millennials are hooked on long work hours, especially those in creative-driven industries, while some say that young professionals are actually averse to overtime work, and want to have some “me” time after 6.

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But it seems that workaholics comprise a very small minority, as an overwhelming 76% of surveyed millennials put a premium on work-life balance, almost equal to the 77% preference rate of the 30-and-above group.

Myth or fact: size (and name) matters

Another seemingly obvious ‘fact’ is that employees care about the name or image of the company they work for. A big-name company is good, while a small, obscure company is not-so-good. Right?

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Not quite—while 54% of young respondents did say that they’d rather word for a big company than a start-up, 46% said that they prefer helping a start-up grow. The discrepancy is even smaller for thirtysomethings, with 48% preferring to work at a big company and 52% wanting to offer their services to a start-up.

Myth or fact: millennials = job hopping + quick promotion

The last (and perhaps one of the most popular) myth/fact: millennials are prone to moving from one job or company to another. And while this is not uncommon, 86% of Home Credit’s millennial respondents said that they prefer to grow their careers in the same company—with the 30-and-above group having the exact same rate.

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Moreover, 84% of millennials said that they prefer to become specialists or experts in their field before moving up the ladder, while only 16% indicated that they prefer quick promotions.

So what do you think, millennials? Do you agree with the results? Share your thoughts in the comments section!