2012 25th Jan. News Update Quick Look!

Main WHO News Release:

1.India Records One Year Without Polio Cases 

2.(Last Call)!!!!

2012WPPF/FIP Travel Grant scholarship application is due on 31st Jan.

News Updates:

1.Ten Chinese Medicines Importation Will Be Inspected

2.Department of Health Commend Thirty-Two Internal Pharmaceutical Manufacturers For Updating to PIC/S

3.A Brief Talk About Taking Gastrointestinal Medicine Concepts

4.TFDA Kind Reminder For Not Buying Any Weight-Control Drugs Especially Within Chinese Dragon New Year

5.Flu Threat Expected to Heighten as Holiday Nears

6.India Marks Milestone of a Year Without New Polio Cases

7.Antipsychotics in Focus at Offshore Refresher 

8.Mental Health Roadmap a Good First Step 

9.PGA Newsletter – Vol.2 No.1 18th Jan. 2012 

10.A New Event in 2012 to Accelerate Pharmacy Business 

Pharmacy Education:

1.NPS Case Study Report 70Antipsychotics

2.NPS RADAR January 2012 

International News: 

1.Vaccine Preventable Disease 

2.African trypanosomiasis

3.WHO-(WHSR)Volume 2, Issue 4, October to December 2011

 

Publication: 

1.10 Stories That Mattered in Access to Medicine 2011

2.Survey of the Quality of Anti-tuberculosis Medicines Circulating in Selected Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union 

Upcoming Event:

1.Clinical and Practice Expo 

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Ten Chinese Medicines Importation Will Be Inspected

Reference:The Pharmacist Weekly No.1753

Original Link:Ten Chinese Medicines Importation Will Be Inspected

Translator:Ting-Yi Liu

Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health (DOH), held the convention of the border management for Chinese Medicine importation on October, 2011 to ensure the safety of Chinese Medicines usage. Red dates, astragalus, chinese angelicas and licorice roots will sampling batch for examination, and radix rehmanniaes, ligusticums, tuckahoes, white peony roots, atractylodes, and eucommia barks will be reviewed in paper. All of these can be imported if qualified.

Chairperson Huang Lin-huang of the DOH’s Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy noted that for the importation of ten kinds of Chinese medicines including radix rehmanniaes, ligusticums, tuckahoes, white peony roots, atractylodes, eucommia barks, red dates, astragalus, chinese angelicas and licorice roots have to attach certificate of analysis (COA) with heavy metal test, aflatoxin test, and pesticide residue test at the primary stage of driving the border management of Chinese medicines.

About the relative details of “the examination for border management of Chinese Medicine importation”, the obligor of the application for imported Chinese medicines inspection shall enclose the attachments of application form for inspection, the hard copy of application of import, the hard copy of the licence of Chinese medicinal merchant, and the official COA from the exporting country when imported Chinese medicines to Taiwan. If the obligor cannot provide the official COA from the exporting country, the merchandise will be retained at the gateway until receive COA from the inspection laboratory which is approved by DOH, Executive Yuan, or the pharmaceutical manufacturer which is complied with Good Manufacturing Practice for Chinese Medicine. And then the application for inspection will be received.

Department of Health Commend Thirty-Two Internal Pharmaceutical Manufacturers For Updating to PIC/S

Reference: The Pharmacist Weekly No.1752

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Department of Health Commend Thirty-Two Internal Pharmaceutical Manufacturers For Updating to PIC/S

Translator:Ting-Yi Liu

In order to ensure the safety of public drug usage, Department of Health advocated pharmaceutical manufacturers complying with international Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards to reduce the concern for generic drug from the public. Thirty-two modern pharmaceutical manufacturers conformed to international PIC/S GMP, and they were commended by Department of Health on Dec. 7.

At the time of the awards presentation, Hsiao Mei-ling, Deputy Minister of Department of Health, said that they expect all internal pharmaceutical manufacturers will comply with international GMP standard in 2014 and expand the domestic medicine to overseas markets. President Ma Ying-jeou also particularly congratulated to all prize winners with sincere felicitations and encouragement, and hoped the winners can keep the concept of continuous improvement and contribute to enhance the public’s health and welfare together.

 

PIC/S GMP is the guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products that promulgated by the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (referred to as PIC/S), and it’s the most widely accepted international standard so far. And currently, the countries implement PIC/S or GMP which is equivalent to PIC/S including multi-country in European Union, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and so on.

A Brief Talk About Taking Gastrointestinal Medicine Concepts

Article/ Reporter from Chiayi County Lin Qitai

Origin : The Pharmacist Weekly

Translator: Yun- Ting Wang (Alice Wang)

Link: A Brief Talk About Taking Gastrointestinal Medicine Concepts


The drugs acting on gastrointestinal are so called gastrointestinal medicines, including antacids and prokinetic agents, which inhibit the secretion of gastric acids and protect gastric mucosal. According to the statistical data, there are great differences between Westerners and Orientals. Westerners usually take prokinetic agents to relief the stomach upset ; Orientals (such as Japanese) is prone to taking antacids or gastrointestinal analgesics for treatments. The living style between Taiwanese and Japanese is quite similar. Therefore, Taiwanese and Japanese both have a wrong concept that all medicines are harmful to the stomach and it is necessary to take gastrointestinal medicines to protect the stomach.

I had a chance to talk about this issue with doctors. They said the most common situation is the patients complaining upset stomach and asking physicians to prescribe the gastrointestinal medicines for them. The last couple of years, the community pharmacy pushing ” recovery of abandoned or expired drugs ” found that the gastrointestinal medicines account for a scary proportion. This is not only a waste of medical resource but also a serious warning that taking gastrointestinal medicines at will is a bad habit which should be avoided.

In fact, the experts pointed out that the reason why patients complaint the stomach upset is because the bad custom about taking antacids frequently and cause the change of the environment and pH of stomach, it proofs that taking more gastrointestinal medicines getting more hurts. Moreover, most of the drug itself does not cause damage to the stomach, there was no need to take gastrointestinal medicines to protect the stomach. In case of unwell experience, it is just a local irritation, antacids only could alleviate the stomach discomfort, but it could not prevent drug-induced gastrointestinal ulcers. In some cases, antacids will affect absorption and efficacy of certain drugs.

Many advertisement of gastrointestinal medicines announced those drugs could neutralize gastric acid and treat the hypergastric acid symptoms. The masses trust those drugs and it have an extensive market share in Taiwan. Not because the drug is bad or improper, but as pharmacists, we should stand by the side of the public health, warn the consumers initiatively and let them aware of the health effects about taking drugs by themselves at will. If people could follow the instruction of doctors and pharmacists to take the medicines when necessary, they can be away of wasting money and harming health.

TFDA Kind Reminder For Not Buying Any Weight-Control Drugs Especially Within Chinese Dragon New Year

25th Jan, 2012

Translator: Miranda Liang

As the chinese Dragon New Year’s coming, it’s getting easier to add weight.

Part of publics might think about going on diet,but the kind reminder from Department of Health(DOH) for the publics

not buy any weight- control drugs by random in case cause health injury and wasting money.

Currently, the weight control drugs that aquired the admission from DOH should need Physicians’ and Pharmacists’ prescriptions or it should be prescribed durgs.

All these weight- control drugs are supposed to have medical professions’ direction.

Publics can buy these drugs in pharmacies,but it’s still necessary for consulleing from Phamacists and other services related. Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration(TFDA) says, prescribed drugs need to release the syndroms by getting right dose and using the right ways. As the admitted Weight- Control Drugs as examples from DOH, the common side effects are including digestive system problems, and rectum pain and so.

TFDA also says, the weight-control drugs which got admision from DHO will have admitted number on those products’ label and package. 

DHO reminds again, combining diet control and regular excerise with patience and great persistance,by doctors’ drug direction, publics can have healthier condition and good shaped body.

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TFDA Kind Reminder For Not Buying Any Weight-Control Drugs Especially Within Chinese Dragon New Year


Flu Threat Expected to Heighten as Holiday Nears

January 21, 2012

Three more people in Taiwan died from flu complications yesterday, raising the total number of flu-related deaths in the country since last July to 31.

One of the three most recent victims was a 34-year-old Kaohsiung resident who had a body mass index of 49 (the normal range is 18-24), according to Chou Jih-haw, deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The man, who died within three weeks after first coming down with flu symptoms, had not been vaccinated against influenza, and it was unclear whether he had been prescribed and treated with Tamiflu, the official said.

Excessively overweight people are considered to be among those most vulnerable to the flu, Chou said.

The other two who succumbed to flu complications yesterday were a 77-year-old Pingtung County resident, who had been vaccinated against the flu, and an 82-year-old New Taipei resident who had not been vaccinated.

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Flu Threat Expected to Heighten as Holiday Nears


India Marks Milestone of a Year Without New Polio Cases

January 14, 2012 

NEW DELHI — India is about to hit a milestone in its battle to eradicate the polio virus with no new cases reported in the past year, the country’s health minister said on Thursday, a dramatic drop from being the country worst affected by the crippling disease.

The last case was detected on Jan. 13, 2011, in a 2-year-old girl in the country’s east. A full year without any new cases means India will no longer be classed as “polio-endemic” by the World Health Organization, leaving only Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

“We are excited and hopeful, at the same time, vigilant and alert,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad in a statement, cautioning it was still important to remain vigilant.

“This giant leap towards polio containment in a short span of two years is an

endorsement of India’s tireless and persistent efforts.”

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India Marks Milestone of a Year Without New Polio Cases

Antipsychotics in Focus at Offshore Refresher

19 January 2012

To many pharmacists and GPs, antipsychotics are something of a mystery.

But for pharmacists attending the PSA offshore Refresher Conference this year, help is at hand.

Professor Andrew McLachlan, Education Director of the Refresher Conference, will present some simple rules to help understand the differences and similarities of the conventional and atypical antipsychotics.

It will be explained that the CATIE study showed there were no differences in symptom scores and quality-of-life measures between most antipsychotics; however there are differences between safety and tolerability and have a greater impact on therapy than any difference in efficacy.

Because of these substantial adverse effects, non-adherence is a common cause of treatment failure and pharmacists have an important role in assisting patients cope with the adverse affects including weight gain, hyperprolactinaemia, sedation or activation, anticholinergic effects plus recognising the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension and QT prolongation.

The PSA Offshore Refresher Conference 2012 is being held in the iconic city of Istanbul in late April where delegates have access to  45 group 2 accredited CPD points at presentations given by expert speakers on a wide range of therapeutic topics, professional issues and business trends.

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Antipsychotics in Focus at Offshore Refresher


Mental Health Roadmap a Good First Step

18 January 2012

 The Government’s draft Ten Year Plan for Mental Health is a welcome first step in helping to address what is Australia’s third most prevalent health problem after heart disease and cancer.

However, Vice-President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Claire O’Reilly, said the draft was disappointing in that while calling for  “a collective role” in improving mental health and  wellbeing, the draft fails to look very far beyond the usual suspects (or ‘current system’) and makes no mention whatsoever in its 42 pages of the most accessible of all health-care professionals – pharmacists.

“Pharmacists are well placed to be alert to symptoms of  mental health problems in consumers, and to help advise and refer them for further treatment when appropriate,” Ms O’Reilly said.

“Pharmacists interact with people who suffer from psychological or mental health problems on a daily basis and therefore are in the prime position to help people with mental health problems.

“It is therefore disappointing not to see any mention of the role pharmacists can play in this draft roadmap.”

Ms O’Reilly said the PSA had put forward a submission to the Government, highlighting the role pharmacists could play in the mental health area, particularly during the very vulnerable time when patients were transferring from hospital to home or a care facility. 

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Mental Health Roadmap a Good First Step


PGA Newsletter – Vol.2 No.1 18th Jan. 2012

18th January, 2012


A study by NPS in collaboration with the University of Melbourne —published in the Medical Journal of Australia — has provided new insights into

how people use medicines on a daily basis and highlights that the use of multiple medicines in older Australians is common and more complex than previously thought.

The national survey of Australians aged 50 and over found that on the day the snapshot was taken:

  • Medicines were used by the majority of Australians (87% of Australians aged 50 and over used at least one medicine)
  • The use of multiple medicines was common with one third of 50-64 year olds, almost half of 65-74 year olds, and two thirds of people aged 75 and over taking five or more medicines on that day; and 
  • Women were more likely overall to be medicine users than men (90.3% versus 83.9%).

NPS CEO Dr Lynn Weekes says the study’s findings emphasise the importance of the availability of accurate information about medicines, and of health professionals speaking with their patients about the medicines they are taking.

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PGA Newsletter- Vol.2 No.1 18th Jan.,2012