Why people don’t just take their damn pills! (Part 2)

It always puzzles me when I see people treat their pets better than treating themselves. For instance, I regularly come across people picking up prescription medicines for their pets. The fact that people are willing to spend a fortune to see a vet but question the $5 government tax for their own prescriptions proves the point that they appear to … Read More

Why people don’t just take their damn pills! (Part 1)

Imagine yourself as a pharmacist. Actually, it is hard for people to have an accurate image of what a pharmacist does. Because quite frankly, besides associating us as someone who counts pills and prepares prescriptions, people don’t know. I don’t blame them because they’ll need to have an extraordinary imagination to come close to fully understanding what their pharmacist does. … Read More

COVID-19 vaccination hurdle: How to convince Kiwis to get vaccinated?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on the 8th March that the government has secured an additional 8.5 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on top of an already ordered 1.5 million doses, bringing our total Pfizer vaccine order to 10 million doses. This literally means that we’ll have enough vaccines to vaccinate our team of 5 million. These vaccines are expected … Read More

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine explained

If you have been keeping up with the latest news regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, you will know that the first shipment of 60,000 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived 2 weeks ago and the latest shipment of an additional 76,000 doses arrived last week. By the end of March, NZ would have received a total of 450,000 doses of the vaccine and the … Read More

What does 2021 mean to you?

Seven Days into the new year and I’m sitting down in my office at 10:30 pm, scrolling through Facebook on my phone. It’s really interesting to see people talk about their new year resolutions, the things that they look forward to in 2021, how they all optimistically think that everyone will thrive in the year ahead and things could not get … Read More

Will antibiotics ruin your Christmas & New Year?

Alcohol, to many, is a universal representation of having a good time. The problem is that once we have a taste of a good life, our brain will almost always long for it. The aroma and taste that comes with a fine glass of red can become an experience that one would certainly relish. For some, perhaps such experience is … Read More

How to deal with a significant medical diagnosis?

There is no doubt that we all know life is full of suffering. One of the hardest things we all have to bear in life is the concept of “loss”. Sooner or later, we all will have to bear some form of loss. Whether it’s losing our loved ones, losing our health, or losing materialistic things, we are in a … Read More

Mapping our way to COVID-19 free

What makes the coronavirus so hard to contain since it reached a global pandemic stage is because it is not visible to our naked eye. All we can see is its effect; the symptoms, the spread, and the deaths. One of the questions that many of us might be pondering ever since our first lockdown is how can we plan … Read More

5 things you don’t know about pharmacists

Being a pharmacist over this past year has been one of the most challenging times of my career. Practising during a pandemic is something that they don’t include in your pharmacist training. I’ve seen the good, bad and ugly. It’s been difficult for all of us, yet, I think that during this past year I have grown the most – … Read More

Do I need to wear face mask while I’m driving?

I’ve started to notice many drivers on the road lately wearing a face mask. Is it because I’ve missed another announcement on the radio or is it something they know about COVID that I’m not aware of? Anyhow it is a phenomenon that happens quite frequently and is on the rise. I’ve seen at least 7 drivers wearing a mask on … Read More