Help for Sendong’s Victims

Dear Fellow Pharmacists and Local PPhA Chapters,

The PPhA National Officers are soliciting your help and support for our colleagues & their families in the typhoon affected areas of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan city. Let us show our support in the form of can goods, bottled purified water,towels, blankets, and used clothes.

You may send your help to the PPhA National Office, 815 R. Papa St., Sampaloc, Manila. Please indicate sender information such as: sender name, chapter and address.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our fellowmen. God bless you all…

For more information for help, please refer to the PPhA website

THE PHILIPPINE PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Help for Sendong’s Victims

Dear Fellow Pharmacists and Local PPhA Chapters,

The PPhA National Officers are soliciting your help and support for our colleagues & their families in the typhoon affected areas of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan city. Let us show our support in the form of can goods, bottled purified water,towels, blankets, and used clothes.

You may send your help to the PPhA National Office, 815 R. Papa St., Sampaloc, Manila. Please indicate sender information such as: sender name, chapter and address.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our fellowmen. God bless you all…

For more information for help, please refer to the PPhA website

THE PHILIPPINE PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Pharmatech 2012- International Conference & Exhibition On Pharmaceutical

The conference sets to act as a meeting point for integrating scientific knowledge from the perspectives of dosage form design, material synthesis, drug discovery, formulation, processing technology, manufacturing design, clinical trial, in-vitro and in-vivo characterization. It aims to provide an opportunity for the local and foreign participants to share research findings, to establish network, to pursue continuing education, to identify research partners for product development and industry partner for commercialization and business matching.

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Pharmatech 2012

1st Pharmaceutical Research Conference for Pharmacy Student & Young Graduates (PRC) (18th – 19th Feb

1st Pharmaceutical Research Conference for Pharmacy Students and Young Graduates (PRC) will be organised by Faculty of Pharmacy, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS). This is the first scientific conference exclusively organised to gather pharmacy students and young graduates from throughout the country in a national research conference. During the conference, students and young researchers will get the rare opportunity to interact with one another exchanging experiences and ideas on pharmacy and pharmaceutical related researches.

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1st Pharmaceutical Research Conference for Pharmacy Student & Young Graduates

1st Pharmaceutical Research Conference for Pharmacy Student & Young Graduates (PRC) (18th – 19th Feb

1st Pharmaceutical Research Conference for Pharmacy Students and Young Graduates (PRC) will be organised by Faculty of Pharmacy, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS). This is the first scientific conference exclusively organised to gather pharmacy students and young graduates from throughout the country in a national research conference. During the conference, students and young researchers will get the rare opportunity to interact with one another exchanging experiences and ideas on pharmacy and pharmaceutical related researches.

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1st Pharmaceutical Research Conference for Pharmacy Student & Young Graduates

Teach The Public to Deal with The Home Disposable Medicines with Six Steps

Reference: Taiwan pharmacists association-Pharmacist Weekly, No.1748,Nov.28,2011

Link: http://www.taiwan-pharma.org.tw/weekly/1748/1748-1-2.htm

Translator: Ting-Yi Liu

In order to disseminate “Do not throw the household expired medicine to the toilet or basin”, TPIP have proposed the approach of “Six steps to deal with the household waste medicines” at current stage to propagate the importance of dealing with household waste medicines and discuss the serious cases of waste medicines. By expectation of pharmacists’ professional guide currently would establish the correct concepts of medicine use for the public, and also educate people to take care of disposable medicines at home by themselves.

The suggestion from advanced countries or from WHO about dealing with expired medicines could be processed by special incinerator. Such as rotary kiln equipment with uniform and effective combustion more than 1200℃, and it could handle the expired medicines of organic compounds with halogens and anti-cancer medicines. Therefore, disposable medicines should still proceed toward the direction of building the incinerator in the future.

TPIP has educated people to deal with the household disposable medicines with six simple steps, and all of 115 “Family medicines check up station” around Taiwan would assist the publics to deal with the home disposable medicines. and the pharmacies would provide the leaflets of the clear steps of waste medicines for the public. Please refer to the internet of http://www.52014.org.tw/.

How to Fix Taiwanese Medicine?

In recent years, the number of medical disputes has risen rapidly and the industry’s regulatory body now reportedly handles an average of 430 cases every year. One prominent medical dispute in 1996 concluded with record compensation of NT$43 million (US$1.42 million) this year.

Justice might have been done in this instance, but the reality is that few medical professionals can afford to pay such large settlements. Fear of being sued forces people to behave defensively to minimize their exposure to possible mistakes. As long as such a culture of blame prevails, it is extremely difficult to improve information transparency and encourage medical practitioners to learn from their mistakes.

It has been established that the risk of being injured in hospital is as high as in daily life. However, while there is mandatory third-party liability auto insurance to cover those involved in traffic accidents, an insurance system to cover medical malpractice remains in its infancy in Taiwan.

In addition, that medical malpractice can be dealt with under criminal law in Taiwan means that a higher number of medical professionals are convicted of committing crimes than in other countries.

The most common reaction in a medical dispute is to blame the individual medical workers involved rather than the system. For example, if an obstetrician decides that an urgent Caesarean section is needed, but the hospital fails to provide the resources needed, adversely impacting the baby, who is to blame, the doctor or the hospital? Even doctors themselves tend not to pay attention to systemic problems.

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How to Fix Taiwanese Medicine?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012

On behalf of the PSS Council and Secretariat, we would like to wish all our members and loved ones a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Prosperous New Year 2012.

 

As Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Sunday, the following Monday – ie. 26-Dec-2011 and 02-Jan-2012 will be public holiday in lieu.

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012

Pharmacists Unfairly Blamed

WE read “Malacca Hospital gets more funds” (The Star, Dec 12) and “Hospitals in Malacca out of medicine” (The Star, Dec 7) with dismay.

 

While the pharmacy profession was not named specifically in the articles, the comments unfairly paint the pharmacy profession as incompetent and unable to discharge its duties of medication procurement and management effectively, thus leading to the medication shortage in Malacca.

 

This is despite the statement by the Malacca Chief Minister that the shortage was due to the failure of the Health Ministry to release its allocation to Malacca Hospital to purchase medications (“Medication shortage due to allocation delay” – The Star, Dec 10).

 

There was nothing about the pharmacists’ failure to request more funds or planning for shortages. As a matter of fact, the report stated that the hospital had indeed attempted to source medicines from other hospitals.

 

The failure of the ministry to provide allocations has not only resulted in the unfair loss of public confidence in the pharmacy profession, but has also made the professional duties of pharmacists all the more difficult as they are unable to provide quality medicines to their patients.

 

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Pharmacists Unfairly Blamed

Medicine Shortage due to Allocation Delay

Compiled by LIM WEY WEN, NG SI HOOI and A. RAMAN

THE recent medicine shortage at the Malacca Hospital was due to a delay in the Health Ministry’s allocation for the purchase of new supply, Kosmo! reported.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the rare incident began in September.

“The shortage is due to the ministry’s failure in releasing the rest of the yearly allocation (RM3.5mil) needed in September by the hospital to buy the medicines,” he said after being briefed by state health director Datuk Dr Azmi Hashim.

“However, the shortage only affected Malacca Hospital, not other hospitals and clinics in the state,” he added.

Mohd Ali said the situation worsened as the number of patients who sought treatment at Malacca Hospital had increased.

To meet their daily needs, the hospital had resorted to using “alternative” medicine besides sourcing for supplies from the Muar Hospital, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and other hospitals in Negri Sembilan.

He said Malacca Hospital received RM34.5mil in allocation, released in three instalments, from the ministry each year for medicines.

“I appeal to the ministry to immediately release the funds so we can resolve this issue,” said Mohd Ali.

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Medicine Shortage due to Allocation Delay