World news wrapup: 29 November 2018

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US pharmacist charged with secretly recording people; New York pharmacist critical after shooting; lack of regulation causing havoc in Nigeria

Portland, Oregon: A pharmacist has been indicted on 71 charges after he allegedly set up a camera at his place of work to covertly record people, including a child.

Johnny Tuck Chee Chan is charged with first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, six counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, 28 counts of first-degree invasion of personal privacy, and 36 counts of second-degree invasion of personal privacy, reports Fox 12 Oregon.

Mr Chan was working as a licensed pharmacist with Kaiser Permanente’s Airport Way Center pharmacy supply and laboratory when an employee noticed a hidden camera inside a bathroom there.

The unisex bathroom is not used by the public, but mainly by employees.

“We notified Portland Police and collaborated with them on an investigation, through which we identified an employee suspect. We terminated the employee immediately,” Kaiser Permanente told Fox 12 in a statement.

According to prosecutors, some of the recordings constitute child pornography.

Mr Chan pleaded not guilty to the charges and will appear in court again in January.


New York, New York: A Duane Reade pharmacy employee is in critical condition after being shot in the head and hand by an armed robber, reports the New York Post.

Alejandro de Leon argued with the Queens robber, who had demanded cash, before being shot.

Mr de Leon’s daughter told the Post that her father’s condition was “really, really bad,” though there is hope he may survive.

The robber allegedly went on to “calmly” target three nearby convenience stores, straight after the shooting.

Mr de Leon’s co-worker described him as “that kind of honest person who does whatever it takes to ensure the safety of his store and of his co-workers”.

A Bronx man and his nephew have been arrested.


Abuja, Nigeria: Pharmaceutical care has been “infiltrated by interlopers sending people to their graves” by selling drugs in a range of locations including on public transport and in nightclubs and bars, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria’s president.

Sam Ohuabunwa, who has been discussing a range of issues affecting pharmacy with the country’s Health Minister in Abuja, said the PSN wants to work with the Health Ministry to address the problem.

This would include attempts to reduce “misuse and abuse of medicines” and support pharmacists to become accountable for “every capsule and tablet” available in Nigeria, reports the Daily Trust.

He highlighted that operating without the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria – which regulated pharmacists’ practice – has been “injurious to ethics and standards”. PSN is calling for the board to be reinstituted, as well as a revamp and full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines.

Health Minister Isaac Adewole, meanwhile, has suggested that after the country’s recent ban on codeine-containing cough syrups, alcohol could be next.

Alcohol sales of sachets, some of which can contain up to 50% alcohol by volume, are a growing problem, he said.


UK: A new survey has shown that while the average GP in the UK gets through 41 consultations in a working day, pharmacists only have as little as one to 10.

And 26% of pharmacists feel underutilised, the MAC survey reports.

Pharma Times suggests that part of the problem is that many patients still head to the GP for the treatment of minor ailments like colds or sore throats, instead of first visiting a pharmacy.

Only 5% of pharmacists feel the British public are aware of pharmacists’ full range of expertise.

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