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News in 1 Shot (August 2012)

Summary of WPPF News Update

Topic News

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WPPF Executives on the Television Interview in Korea

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PHARMACISTS’ FEES: Move will improve healthcare

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KFDA announces proposal for reclassification of medical items

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2012 Pharm EXPO Korea

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Medscheck, Diabetes Medscheck guidelines for PSA members

 

 

News

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[Publication]: Forefront Issue 28~32

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[WHO]: News in August

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[NPS]: News in August

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PSA Excellence Awards nominations close in two weeks

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Rural Pharmacy Scholarships announced

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AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE: Prices of some drugs are not justified

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PHARMACISTS’ FEES: Ministry will ensure charges won’t burden patients

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Nominations for PSS Awards

 

 

International

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[WHO]: News in August

 

 

Publication

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[Publication]: Forefront Issue 28~32

 

 

Upcoming Event

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01.07.2012 – 31.08.2012 
PSA-National Intern Training Program course

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26.08.2012 
Seminar: Management of Obesity and Overweight – Training for Pharmacists

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27.08.2012 – 04.10.2012 
Annual meetings of WHO Regional Committees

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29.08.2012 
Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc 92nd Anniversary in PPhA Building

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30.08.2012 
The PSA Excellence Awards -Nomination deadline

 

 

Public Health

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WHO welcomes landmark decision from Australia’s High Court on tobacco plain packaging act

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22 August 2012 
Cholera in Sierra Leone

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21 August 2012
Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo – update

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17 August 2012
Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

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17 August 2012
Ebola in Uganda – update

 

 

PharmacyEducation E-learning

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Australian Prescriber: Volume 35 Number 4 August

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2012NPS factsheets: Fish oil supplements and cardiovascula 

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NPS News: Type 2 diabetes – reducing cardiovascular risk

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NPS RADAR: August 2012

 

 

Mr A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, 1955-2012, FIP CEO and General Secretary

Reference: President of WPPF – Mr. John Ware

IMAG0063Mr A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, 1955-2012, FIP CEO and General Secretary

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we must inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Mr A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, CEO of FIP. Mr Hoek passed away Saturday 28 July after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Mr Hoek took the role of FIP in 1999 and since that time brought the Federation to entirely new levels of development and accomplishments, especially in solidifying key global partnerships like that with the World Health Organization (WHO) and in incorporating FIP as a Founding Partner in the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA). His efforts in extending FIP’s outreach and impact not only elevated FIP to the position of an influential global stakeholder in medicines and health, but raised the image of the pharmacist as a healthcare provider around the world. Mr Ton Hoek was named an Officer in the Order of OrangeNassau, a royal declaration bestowed by the Queen of the Netherlands, only this month and may be seen in our website news.

 

The funeral of Mr Hoek will take place in the Netherlands on Friday 3 August.

 

The President and Executive Committee of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum, on behalf of all pharmacists in the region, extend their sympathy to his wife, Wijnandien and family, the President, Michel Buchmann and staff of FIP who have worked so closely with him in achieving the current international status of FIP.  We are sure the success of the Centennial Congress in Amsterdam will be a fitting memorial to his dedication.

 

John Ware OAM

President

[NPS]: News in August

Reference: 

http://www.australianprescriber.com/

http://www.nps.org.au/health_professionals/publications/factsheets

http://www.nps.org.au/health_professionals/publications/nps_news

http://www.nps.org.au/health_professionals/publications/nps_radar

Australian Prescriber

Volume 35 Number 4 August 2012

http://www.australianprescriber.com/upload/pdf/issues/172.pdf

NPS factsheets for health professionals

Title Date
Fish oil supplements and cardiovascular disease August 2011

http://www.nps.org.au/health_professionals/publications/factsheets/factsheets/fish_oil

NPS News

Title Date
Type 2 diabetes – reducing cardiovascular risk August 2012

http://www.nps.org.au/health_professionals/publications/nps_news/current/type_2_diabetes_priorities_targets

NPS RADAR

NPS RADAR August 2012 complete issue in PDF

http://www.nps.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/146632/NPS_RADAR_August_2012_complete.pdf

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[WHO]: News in August

Reference:  http://www.who.int/en/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2012/tobacco_packaging/en/index.html

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs368/en/index.html

http://www.who.int/features/2012/world_humanitarian_day/en/index.html

Preventing foodborne trematode infections

14 August 2012 — Foodborne trematode infections affect more than 56 million people throughout the world. These infections are caused by trematode worms (“flukes”). People become infected through the consumption of raw fish, crustaceans or vegetables that harbour the parasite larvae. This new fact sheet provides further information on prevention, treatment and WHO’s work.

World Humanitarian Day: WHO honours people working in emergency situations

17 August 2012 — Health is one of the most important aspects of humanitarian response. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO honours the thousands of people working in emergencies and humanitarian response throughout the world.

WHO welcomes landmark decision from Australia’s High Court on tobacco plain packaging act

15 August 2012 — The World Health Organization strongly welcomes the landmark decision from Australia’s High Court to dismiss a legal challenge from the tobacco industry, and calls on the rest of the world to follow Australia’s tough stance on tobacco marketing.

Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Swaziland

9 August 2012 — About 41% of pregnant women in Swaziland are infected with HIV, and they give birth to over 17 000 babies who are exposed to HIV. The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a top priority for the Government of Swaziland.

[Publication]: Forefront Issue 28~32

Reference: http://www.guild.org.au/The_Guild/tab-News_and_Events/Guild_Publications/Forefront.page?

Forefront

Forefront is a regular e-newsletter from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. 

Subscription is free and – while content is produced with Guild members in mind as the primary audience – open to anyone interested in news and current events relating to community pharmacy in Australia.

Just as community pharmacists are at the forefront of primary health care in the Australian community,Forefront aims to provide up-to-date, relevant and valuable content to subscribers.

Subscribers will receive regular (typically weekly) email summaries that link to more in-depth content on the Guild website.  These summaries aim to provide a quick and convenient snapshot of news, which provides value to the reader even if they do not have time to view the expanded content.

Click here to subscribe and see below for links to recent editions. 

Forefront issues

Nominations for PSS Awards

Reference: http://pss.org.sg/pss/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=123&Itemid=59

Dear Members, 
Do you know of any pharmacist around you who has contributed significantly to his/her organization and profession? It is time to recognize his or her contribution and efforts!


We are very excited to announce that the Annual PSS Awards are now open for your nomination! 
Awards available:

  1. Professor Lucy Wan Outstanding Pharmacist Award
  2. PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award
  3. PSS-LF Asia Community Pharmacist of the Year Award
  4. PSS-ICM Pharma Industry Pharmacist of the Year Award

All nominations must be submitted by 15 August 2012. Please click the hyperlink of each Award above to view the Award details and the accompanying nomination form.

Act now, do not miss this chance to give due recognition to these pharmacists.  If you require more information, feel free to contact us at PSS!

Yours faithfully,
PSS Secretariate

PHARMACISTS’ FEES: Move will improve healthcare

Reference:  http://www.mps.org.my/newsmaster.cfm?&menuid=36&action=view&retrieveid=3659

Title: PHARMACISTS’ FEES: Move will improve healthcare
Date: 02-Aug-2012
Category: The New Straits Times

I refer to the response from the Health Ministry “Ministry will ensure charges won’t burden patients” (NST, Aug 2). The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society is heartened to note the positive response.

The society  appreciates the ministry’s recognition of the pharmacist’s role in healthcare provision and  is mindful of the need to prioritise  patients’ financial well-being while delivering  pharmaceutical care.

It is deemed another initiative by the ministry to ensure best practices in healthcare.

The suggestion to have several things put into place  such as a fair pricing system, standardisation of service provisions and a monitoring system by the government and the professional body itself   is well received by the society, which supports the suggestion.

Collective efforts are being made to standardise medicine charges, accredit community pharmacies through benchmark standards and making sure  the “Continuing Professional Development” programme is compulsory for all pharmacists.

These initiatives will raise the standard of pharmacy practice.

On another note, the society would like to allay the fears expressed by Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) president Datuk Marimuthu Nadason that medicines for minor ailments, like a strip of tab Panadol at RM2, may end up costing RM7 if the RM5 pharmacist’s professional fees are charged. The society would like to stress that medicine retailed off the shelf,  that is, one that does not involve the pharmacist’s professional time, will not include professional fees. The society realises Fomca has only the interest of the consumers at heart, whom the society  is also keen to protect  The end result of all healthcare delivery must be quality service at affordable prices for the people.

Hence, the suggestion by the ministry will be  studied and implemented without burdening patients while fulfilling the vision of the ministry.

Datuk Nancy Ho,  President, Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society, Kuala Lumpur

AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE: Prices of some drugs are not justified

Reference:  http://www.mps.org.my/newsmaster.cfm?&menuid=36&action=view&retrieveid=3656

Title: AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE: Prices of some drugs are not justified
Date: 02-Aug-2012
Category: The New Straits Times

AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE: Prices of some drugs are not justified

THERE is no doubt that the cost of private healthcare in Malaysia is exorbitant and only those in the high-income bracket have access to such services. 

The private medical sector operates as a business, and profitability is their main concern, above that of providing affordable healthcare to the people.
Furthermore, things are more complicated in Malaysia, as not many people can afford to pay health insurance premiums, which, to a certain extent, cover private hospitalisation and treatment costs.
Currently, no health insurance companies provide coverage for outpatient treatment at private medical centres or practitioners in the country.
One must understand that the cost of private healthcare in this country is not because of professional charges by doctors, but mainly because of the increase in administrative costs.
In my experience seeking treatment at private healthcare facilities, the physician’s professional fees are quite reasonable for the most part, but the unnecessary charges for medications for instance, is not justified.
Imagine a medication retailing at RM3 per tablet is hiked up to RM15; these are some of the unjustified charges and are the main drivers for exorbitant private healthcare costs.
There is no point in pointing fingers on who should be blamed as the system is such that private healthcare in the country only caters to those who can pay for it.
For patients who cannot afford it, government hospitals will be the only choice for those seeking treatment, although sometimes, things are not so rosy, especially with the long waiting time and overcrowded wards.
I feel that there is a lack of commitment from interested parties to solve this problem, and it will prevail if the social context of providing equitable access to good healthcare is not made a priority.
Dr Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

2nd Aug 2012
The New Straits Times