Interview with a Young Pharmacist and Author
Received on 05/04/2022
Name and area of expertise
My name is Pharmacist Kenneth Etokakpan and I am an expert in Digital Health Technology and Medicines Management.
What is the title of your book?
The name of my first book is titled ‘Getting The Best Out Of Your Medicines’.
What is the motivation behind this book and the topic you chose?
The motivation behind this book is to completely demystify the world of medicines and health to the average consumer of healthcare and to also empower healthcare professionals with a resource they can easily recommend to their patients or the general populace that explains simply the correct use of medicines. I discovered that a lot of people especially in the global south countries do not have access to authentic medicines information and as a pharmacist and a medicines expert, this made me take up the challenge to dispense practical tips and knowledge on how to maximize and safely use medicines in this book .
This topic, Getting The Best Out Of Your Medicines was so motivating to me because according to a report,50–60% of humans would have taken some form of medicine at a point in their lives or know someone currently taking medicines. As a result of this, I take the initiative in talking about what I like to call “One of man’s greatest inventions” in a manner devoid of complexities and completely relatable to everyone. I also use the opportunity in this amazing book to address drug abuse, antimicrobial resistance, and so many other public health issues that are affecting the world today.
How can young Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists get involved?
Young Pharmacists and Young Pharmaceutical scientists can get involved by recommending this important book to as many people within and outside their sphere of influence as possible. But more importantly increasing awareness of the pertinent issues that are addressed in the book like medication adherence, antimicrobial stewardship, and what I term Meticulous Medications Management (MMM). This book serves as an excellent recommendation for pharmacists’ and patient’s engagements.
What is your advice for young pharmacists who are thinking of writing a book?
My advice for Young Pharmacists thinking of writing a book is to stay the course, especially once you have decided to write a book, refuse to be discouraged no matter what, and get as much help as you can on the journey to publishing so that you don’t make avoidable mistakes.
What is the general take-home message from your book
The General take-home message from the book is that Medicines can be poisons, the difference between a medicine being therapeutic and being poisonous is in the dosage taken and in the handling of the medicine. Correct Knowledge and its application is necessary in Getting The Best Out Of Your Medicines.
Thank you so much for your time and Best of luck.