Animal Tests on Tumor Drug Finished

Apr 14, 2012

A medical research team has completed animal testing on a drug that fights an aggressive type of brain tumor and found that the average life expectancy of mice doubled after they were treated, the leader of the research team said yesterday.

Harn Horng-jyh , a professor at China Medical University, said his team is working with a biotechnology company to develop a drug against Glioblastoma multiforme, which is an aggressive type of malignant primary brain tumor.

The treatment of this kind of tumor usually involves surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but the drug aims to provide an alternative, Harn said.

Lin Shinn-zong , chairman of the Taiwan Neurosurgical Society, said this type of tumor is fast growing and has a high recurrence rate.

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Animal Tests on Tumor Drug Finished


106th PSS Council Formed

22 April 2012

Following the recent Annual General Meeting which was held in York Hotel on 17-Mar-2012, a new set of PSS Council has been formed to lead the 106th PSS Council. There were 12 nominations fielded for the 12 positions, and at the end of nomination, no additional candidates were nominated and thus all nominees were successfully elevated to helm the 106th PSS Council for 2012/13 Council Year. Ms Teng Bee Choon, Christine was unanimously elected President of the 106th Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore.

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106th PSS Council Formed


Policy Will Not Be Implemented if Unsuitable

23-Apr-2012

However, government spending for health will increase from 2.11 per cent of GDP in 2007 to an estimated 2.85 per cent of GDP or RM13.6 billion to RM23.4 billion in 2007.

“We have a healthcare system that is not heavily privatised, but Malaysians are still recording good health statistics going by global ratings,” Ng said.

The government has argued that the 1Care system will be able to offer more equitable healthcare services across all levels of society, particularly the poor, and reduce leakage of public funds.

However, the implementation of a mandatory tax under the proposed policy was heavily criticised.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had said nothing has been cast in stone, as the ministry was still studying the proposal, and the policy will not be implemented if found unsuitable.

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Policy Will Not Be Implemented if Unsuitable

Policy Will Not Be Implemented if Unsuitable

23-Apr-2012

However, government spending for health will increase from 2.11 per cent of GDP in 2007 to an estimated 2.85 per cent of GDP or RM13.6 billion to RM23.4 billion in 2007.

“We have a healthcare system that is not heavily privatised, but Malaysians are still recording good health statistics going by global ratings,” Ng said.

The government has argued that the 1Care system will be able to offer more equitable healthcare services across all levels of society, particularly the poor, and reduce leakage of public funds.

However, the implementation of a mandatory tax under the proposed policy was heavily criticised.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had said nothing has been cast in stone, as the ministry was still studying the proposal, and the policy will not be implemented if found unsuitable.

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Policy Will Not Be Implemented if Unsuitable


1Care Monopoly

23-Apr-2012

Only accredited pharmacies can dispense medicines under proposed scheme, sparking fears of higher healthcare costs


PETALING JAYA:
 The 1Care national healthcare scheme (1Care for 1Malaysia) will see “preferred” pharmacies appointed to dispense medicine.

Under the proposed scheme, general practitioners will prescribe medication and patients will have to buy them from accredited pharmacies.

The Malay Mail understands that a pharmaceutical chain and a multi-level marketing giant are in talks to obtain what critics say is a monopoly on the dispensation of prescription drugs, which may lead to costlier medications.

According to the policy, concept paper prepared by the Health Ministry, a Primary Health Care Trust (PHCT) will acquire healthcare services from pharmacies and dentists, among others.

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1Care Monopoly

Doctors Differ on Medical Points System

23-Apr-2012

PETALING JAYA: Medical practitioners do not all agree with the Health Ministry’s proposed Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points system.

Some said the system, which stipulates doctors must collect a certain number of points every year before being allowed to renew their annual practicing licenses under the Medical Act 1971, would make it difficult for them to balance their professional and personal lives.

Dr Wani Basri, 30, who works at a gevernment hospital, said many would not be able to renew their licenses if the ministry made it compulsory.

“The workload of a doctor in this country is already so heavy that if they had to attend courses and conferences, it would leave them no personal time. Another doctor from a government hospital in Selangor, Dr Malwinder Singh, 55, felt there was no relevance to the points system.

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Doctors Differ on Medical Points System


Cut-Off Point for Doctor

22-Apr-2012

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A trainee doctor from Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Dsherry Anjum, checks blood pressure reading of a police officer during a blood donation campaingn. — NSTP pix by TENGKU SYAMIM TENGKU ISMAIL.

SUBANG JAYA: More than 35,000 doctors in the country will soon have to earn Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points before renewing their annual practising licences, under amendments to the Medical Act 1971.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said those who did not earn sufficient points as stipulated by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), risk being de-registered.

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Cut-Off Point for Doctor

Pharmacoeconomics Guidelines for Malaysia March 2012

19-Apr-2012

The Pharmacoeconomic Guideline for Malaysia was launched at the 1st Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research Conference 2012 held end of March in Hotel Istana.

Pharmacoeconomic analysis concerns not only the efficacy and effectiveness of new health technologies but with the costs of these technologies weighed against their benefits. Pharmacoeconomic analysis helps the decision makers of healthcare institution to optimise the limited resources in health.

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Pharmacoeconomics Guidelines for Malaysia March 2012


Delivering and Growing Pharmacy Professional Services

19 April 2012

 With ongoing pressure from government to contain health costs especially the PBS, pharmacy faces significant business and professional challenges to remain a strong and viable component of the Australian health sector into the future.  By connecting pharmacy practice to patient outcomes, the profession can not only survive but thrive. 

The PSA’s Clinical and Practice Expo (CPExpo) will be at the forefront in preparing and supporting the profession deliver and grow professional services that will produce new and/or expanded income streams, business differentiation as well as provide individual pharmacists even greater levels of professional satisfaction. 

More than just education, CPExpo will provide the profession with the knowledge, skills, understanding and resources needed to negotiate the difficult economic and financial circumstances confronting pharmacy today.  CPExpo will enhance the educational and practice experience through incorporating an integrated learning space as part of the event.

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Delivering and Growing Pharmacy Professional Services