2012 25th Feb. Update Quick Take!

Main News:

  1. 2012 FIP Registration is NOW OPEN
  2. NPS-Dangerous Drugs Online: Counterfeits and Undeclared Ingredients
  3. NPS-Asia-Pacific Scholarship Offered for NMS 2012
  4. WHO Drug safety alert No125 Feb,2012

News Update:

  1. Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicine Polices  
  2. Continued Dispensing to Benefit Patients 
  3. PBS Spending Growth is Well Below Government’s Own Target
  4. PGA Newsletter – Vol.2 No.5 15th Feb.,2012 
  5. PGA Newsletter – Vol.2 No.6 22nd Feb.,2012
  6. Real Impact of Pharmacies on Ageing Population 
  7. Improving Dermatology Skills 
  8. Bitter Pill for Pharmacy Grads 
  9. Their Dream of Becoming a Pharmacist Remains Distant  
  10. Don’t Manipulate Information on 1Care Plan, Says Minister 
  11. Strict Licensing For Imported Drugs 
  12. There’s a Lack of Training Positions 
  13. Still Divided Over 1Care Plan 
  14. New Graduates of CPTC 
  15. Ractopamine in Beef Poses Health Risk: Toxicologist  
  16. Children of Drug Addicts Abused 

Pharmacy Education- E- Learning:

  1. NPS News 77: Antibiotic Resistance -A Problem for Everyone
  2. Newsletter Volume IV Issue 1 January 2012

International New:

  1. WHO-Improve Africa’s Health 
  2. WHO-Guidance on Hormonal Contraceptive Use and HIV


  1. Age Well Campaign

Public Health(H1N1):

  1. WHO-Influenza Experts Agree H5N1 Research Critical


  1. The Interagency Emergency Health Kit 2011

Upcoming Event:

  1. Entrepreneuship in Community Pharmacy Seminar

Children of Drug Addicts Abused

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang  yesterday called on the government to pay more attention to children in families whose parents are drug addicts, as they are more likely to become the victims of abuse.

“Since 2005, there have been 217 major child abuse cases, in which 99 child victims died as a result,” Wang told a press conference at the legislature. “On average, 1.2 children die from abuse each month … that’s a scary number.”

Of all major child abuse cases, 53 involved drug addicts, while 28 children died of drug-related abuse, she said.

“In other words, 28.3 percent, or one out of four children who died from abuse, were victims of drug addicts,” Wang said.

“Children in families where parents are drug addicts are three times more likely to become abuse victims,” Wang said, adding that children of drug users are not only at risk of being abused by their own parents, but also of being abused by their parents’ friends, who are often also drug addicts.

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Children of Drug Addicts Abused

Ractopamine in Beef Poses Health Risk: Toxicologist

Sat, Feb 18, 2012 

With the President Ma Ying-Jeou  administration announcing its reassessment of the viability of increasing US beef imports soon after last month’s presidential election,the first governmental inter-departmental meeting on the issue declared that “ractopamine should be differentiated from other lean meat feed additives.”

The announcement caused a public uproar as it was perceived as a “sudden” departure from the common perception of Paylean as a feed additive that promotes the production of lean meat in cattle. In an interview conducted by “Liberty Times” (sister paper of the ”Taipei Times”) staff reporter Jennifer Huang, Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital department of toxicology directorLin Chieh-Liang said that Paylean, an additive based on ractopamine, is definitely a lean meat additive, adding that although it is less toxic than others, it could cause side-effects in humans, such as heart palpitations or cardiovascular diseases

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New Graduates of CPTC

16th,Feb, 2012

A new batch of CPTC graduates received their WSQ full qualifications recently. A ceremony was held on 02-Feb-2012 to mark this special occcasion in the presence of

fellow colleagues, their parents, Pharmacy Managers, PSS Secretariat and of course the CPTC trainers and coordinator.  

Gracing the event was PSS President – Ms. Christine Teng – who congratulated the CPTC graduates who have put in considerable efforts to complete this part-time programme that lasted nearly one full year.

Achieving WSQ certification in the CPTC now represents a nationally recognized qualification in accordance with  Singapore Workforce Agency’s (WDA) standards; in addition to the established recognition conferred by the Pharmacy Profession and delivered by the PSS instructional methods which have been well-tested and adopted by the profession for the past 19th consecutive run of the Course.
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Still Divided Over 1Care Plan


PETALING JAYA: Amid public uproar over the 1Care for 1Malaysia healthcare transformation plan, industry stakeholders remain divided over its status.

Despite the Health Ministry’s reassurances that the programme is only at the planning stage, some feel that it is well on its way to being implemented.

Academy of Medicine Malaysia head Dr Chang Keng Wee claimed that the “planning cart has already left” and the “direction has already been set”.

“The 11 Technical Working Groups (TWG) were set up to determine how best to implement the plan and not to plan what we should do,” said Dr Chang, adding that the academy was represented in one of the TWG.

In a statement on Tuesday, Dr Chang had questioned the need for a major transformation of the Malay­sian healthcare system to meet the Health Ministry’s objectives of meeting patients’ needs and overcoming limited and mismatched healthcare resources.

“What is the logic behind public-private integration?” Dr Chang asked.

“Private hospitals are for profit entities run by private corporations. Should public funds be used to finance such institutions?” he added.

However, Malaysian Pharma­ceutical Society President Datuk Nancy Ho disagreed that the plan was ready to be implemented.

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Still Divided Over 1Care Plan

There’s a Lack of Training Positions


The articles reflect the plight of some pharmacy graduates who have not obtained their postings since their graduation at the end of last year.
Pharmacy graduates have to undergo a one-year training programme followed by a one-year compulsory national service before they can become fully registered pharmacists with the Malaysian Pharmacy Board.
Both have to be carried out at an approved institution, which at the moment are the government hospitals and university hospitals.
This is the final phase of the training of the pharmacy graduates towards the real-life situations that they may face in their career as pharmacists so that they can serve the public better.
The number of graduates coming out of pharmacy schools and seeking training
placement has been increasing over the years.
From a mere 420 in 2005, the number grew to 925 in 2010.
Such an increase, we believe, has placed a burden on the institutions.

It is just not the number of places that can be made available, but also the number
of qualified tutors and preceptors that are required.
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There’s a Lack of Training Positions

Strict Licensing For Imported Drugs


KUALA LUMPUR: All imported drugs will undergo a strict licensing scheme before entering the country from July.

Saying that the move is to safeguard public health, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said drug importers would need a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) licence if they want to bring in drugs and pharmaceutical products from countries without the Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PICS) status.

 The GMP licence is issued by the respective national drug regulatory authority of the exporting countries.

  Currently, there are 35 countries under PICS status, including Malaysia and Singapore in Asia, besides other European countries.

 The pharmaceutical companies will be given a six-month grace period to do the necessary before the ruling is enforced, Liow said after launching the pharmaceutical industry fact book yesterday.

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Strict Licensing For Imported Drugs

Don’t Manipulate Information on 1Care Plan, Says Minister


KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has hit out at those manipulating information on the ongoing discussions on the 1Care for 1Malaysia plan.

He said the discussions were still at the preliminary level and it was premature to decide on anything.

“There is a lot of manipulation by certain quarters to confuse the public and this is very unfortunate because the 1Care programme is an ongoing transformation effort for the uplifting of healthcare system in the country,” he said after the launch of PhAMA Industry Fact book yesterday.

Liow said one of the areas that these people kept focusing on was the 10% figure which individuals have to pay.

“This is a false figure and they are trying to scare the people.

“They know very well that the contributions comprised three parties the Government, employers and employees. But there are certain quarters who try to confuse the people and say that it is 10% from employees, which is totally wrong.” he said.

Liow said the ministry would disclose the truth to the public.

The ministry had pledged that the proposed healthcare transformation would be “better than the current system”.

On another matter, Liow refuted the notion that pharmacists have difficulty finding jobs.

He said the delay was due to the review of the New Public Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) that was being carried out.

“We will ensure that the new pharmacists are recruited as soon as possible,” he said, adding that they would be taken in at the old salary scale until the new scheme is in place.

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Don’t Manipulate Information on 1Care Plan, Says Minister

Their Dream of Becoming a Pharmacist Remains Distant


PETALING JAYA: After six years of studying, Sara had been eager to fulfil her life-long dream of becoming a pharmacist.
But that dream remains distant — she has been unemployed over the past eight months.She is among possibly hundreds of other pharmacy graduates in the same boat.
A graduate of Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada, Sara (not her real name) said her 11 coursemates had also applied for their one-year public hospital training stint last August.
 “We were told by our seniors that it would only take about a month to get a placement in a public hospital.
“I was called for an interview at the end of August and I am still waiting for news,” she toldThe Star.
Each time she called the Public Service Department (PSD), she was told that the delay was due to the review of the New Public Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA).
“While waiting, I worked at a private pharmacy to gain some experience. But I resigned after just one month when told that the offer letter would be issued anytime,’’ she lamented.

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Their Dream of Becoming a Pharmacist Remains Distant

Bitter Pill for Pharmacy Grads


PETALING JAYA: It is not just nurses who are finding it hard to get job placement in public 

However, unlike the job shortage for nurses, which was blamed on oversupply and not meeting market demands, pharmacy graduates believe that their applications for placement were unsuccessful due to issues connected with the New Public Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA).

Pharmacy graduates have to serve a mandatory training placement at public hospitals before they can obtain a practising licence.

The Health Ministry’s previous requirement was a one-year training and three-year attachment stint in public hospitals.

Last October, the three-year attachment condition was slashed to one. Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah said the SBPA should not have any effect on the intake of pharmacy graduates for training purposes.

“This cannot be happening. They shouldn’t be treated like that and I sympathise with their plight,” he said, adding that he would raise the matter with ministry officials.

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Bitter Pill for Pharmacy Grads