News in 1 Shot (October 2012)


Feature News:


2012 Annual Report of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum of FIP


Days of silos over for GPs and Pharmacists


HOME PHARMACEUTICAL CARE for Hing Users of Outpatient Services


Partnerships the key








[NPS]: News Update (October)


[WHO]: News Update (October)




Call for nominations Host Madsen Medal 2013 and FIP Award Winners 2012


[FIP]: Job Hunts


MPS-Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2012, 31st Oct – 02nd Nov 2012, Hotel Istana, Final Programme (Updated with Oral Presentations Timetables)


Post-Conference Workshop: How to write and submit a world-class paper


Partnerships the key


[Publication]: Forefront Volume 2 Number 38~41


Days of silos over for GPs and Pharmacists


2012 Annual Report of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum of FIP


HOME PHARMACEUTICAL CARE for Hing Users of Outpatient Services


Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands officially opens the FIP Centennial Congress


Sholarships help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacy students


GPP Travel Grant Scholarships





WHO-Planning,implementing and monitoring home-based HIV testing and counselling






Forefront Volume 2 Number 38~41


Planning, implementing and monitoring home-based HIV testing and counselling




Upcoming Event:


31.10.2012 – 02.11.2012 
MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2012 (31st Oct – 02nd Nov 2012)


Forensic Tutorial Session


World Pneumonia Day


World Diabetes Day


World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day






A mass campaign to vaccinate nearly 3 million people against meningitis “A” starts today in Ghana


Schools targeted on first days of the campaign




Public Health:


22 October 2012 
Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda – update


21 October 2012 
Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda


17 October 2012 
Dengue Fever in Madeira, Portugal


10 October 2012 
Novel coronavirus infection – update




Pharmacy Education – E-Learning:


[NPS]: News Update (October)




[NPS]: News Update (October)


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[WHO]: News Update (October)


Improving the lives of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus

25 October 2012 — Spina bifida and other congenital anomalies kill an estimated 270 000 newborns every year, while many more live with long-term disability. WHO guidelines on community-based rehabilitation help therapists like Ambrose Ganshanga who is working in rural Uganda develop programmes to improve survival and quality of life. Learn more about his work in this feature story and photo gallery.

Declining cases of polio

23 October 2012 — Polio eradication partners around the world are marking World Polio Day (24 October), the first since India was removed from the list of countries with active transmission of wild poliovirus. This development provides a historic opportunity to complete polio eradication in the three remaining endemic countries. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced by more than 99%. Complete elimination of polio in the next five years would save over US$ 40 billion.

Working together to beat cholera

19 October 2012 — A cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone has killed almost 300 people and affected more than 20 000. Without support to sustain and expand the response operation, as many as 32 000 cases could be expected this year. This photo gallery displays images of the cholera response operation in New Town, a slum in Aberdeen Bay, Sierra Leone.

20 million lives saved through tuberculosis care and control

17 October 2012 — An estimated 20 million people are alive today as a direct result of tuberculosis (TB) care and control, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2012. In the space of 17 years, 51 million people have been successfully treated and cared for according to WHO recommendations.

News releases

  • 20 million lives saved through TB care and control 
    17 October 2012 — An estimated 20 million people are alive today as a direct result of tuberculosis (TB) care and control, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2012.
  • ITU and WHO launch mHealth initiative to combat noncommunicable diseases 
    17 October 2012 — A new partnership called the ‘mHealth’ Initiative was launched today. The Initiative uses mobile technology, in particular text messaging and apps, to help combat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases.

WHO highlights

  • October 2012

    Launching the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative

    The new Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) web site is live as of 16 October 2012. The web site outlines actions that will be taken to achieve the eight objectives of the Blueprint – on vaccine safety monitoring, evaluation of safety signals, communication, internationally harmonized tools, regulatory frameworks, global technical support, expert advice, and interaction between stakeholders.

  • October 2012

    Investment case for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of syphilis

    Mother-to-child transmission of syphilis (commonly referred to as “congenital syphilis”) is relatively simple to eliminate. Congenital syphilis is also inexpensive to detect and treat. Investing in screening and treatment for syphilis in pregnant women ranks as one of the most cost-effective antenatal interventions.


Disease Outbreak News

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The Access and Control Newsletter

This newsletter will update you on both issues of drug control as well as access to controlled medicines, especially if the World Health Organization is involved. Generally speaking, these issues will be any matter related to the evaluation of substances within the framework of the UN drug conventions, especially the 1961 and 1971 Conventions, and any matter related to WHO’s Access to Controlled Medications Programme (ACMP) The newsletter will be published at irregular intervals, but certainly not more than once a month.




    Dr Sabine Kopp (Switzerland)

    Dr Vinod P, Shah (USA)


    Dr Horst-Dieter Friedel (Germany)
    Mr Niels Kristensen (Denmark)
    Mr Warren Meek (Canada)
    Mr Avi Moshenson (Israel)
    Ms Ema Paulino (Portugal)
    Dr Mario L. Rocci (USA)
    Dr Hitoshi Sasaki (Japan)
    MrLeopold Schmudermaier (Austria)
    Ms Eeva Teräsalmi (Finland)
    Mr Heinz-Günter Wolf (Germany)
    Dr Lowell Anderson (USA)
    Ms Mei-Ling Hsiao (China Taiwan)
    Dr Régis Vaillancourt (Canada)


    Dr Leslie Z. Benet (USA)


    Prof. Charles D. Hepler (USA)


    Dr Joseph A. Oddis (USA)

    To see pictures of the award ceremony, please click here.

    Call for nominations Host Madsen Medal 2013 and FIP Award Winners 2012


    The Høst-Madsen Award is the highest Scientific Award of FIP. It is given every second year in the memory of Dr Høst-Madsen, who for many years was a very eminent President of FIP.  

    The Award is sponsored by the Danmarks Apotekerforening.

    A candidate for this Award is an eminent pharmaceutical scientist, who has particularly distinguished himself or herself by his or her research in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    The Høst-Madsen Medallist will be selected by the Høst-Madsen Award Committee. The proposal of the Award Committee has to be approved by the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences of FIP at its meeting on 2 and 3 February 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Awardee will receive the Høst-Madsen Medal at the FIP World Congress 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.

    Any member of FIP (Member Organisations and Individual Members) may nominate any other Scientist in the Pharmaceutical Sciences for this Award. Nominations must be made in writing to the Chair of the Award Committee. I would like to ask you to nominate candidates and send your nominations before 1 January 2013 to Ms Paula Cohen, FIP Secretary, at, who will then forward them to the Chair of the Høst-Madsen Award Committee.

    Your nomination should contain:
    –     a CV of the candidate (no more than 2 A4 pages)
    –     a list of key publications and
    –     a letter of recommendation about the major achievements and contributions of the candidate to the Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    Please find here the Regulations for the Høst-Madsen Medal. To see the previous medalists, click here.

    [FIP]: Job Hunts



    General Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    The International Pharmaceutical Federation/ Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique  (FIP)
    The only umbrella organisation for all aspects of the pharmaceutical profession around the world

    is looking for a

    General Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    The qualified applicant should have a broad knowledge of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. It is preferred that the candidate has additional training or experience in leadership and management.

     The position requires: 

    • Engaging with the elected officers and volunteers in assuring good governance of the organisation
    • Managing a team of eight staff members
    • Responsibility for financial management
    • Reporting to and advising the Executive Committee/Bureau
    • Creating and maintaining contacts with FIP members (individual and organisational), the World Health Organization, the UNESCO and the World Health Professionals Alliance and other partner organisations

    The candidate is required to be fluent in written and spoken English. Ability in additional languages would be an advantage.

    The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and must be prepared to live in the vicinity of The Hague, the Netherlands.

    A letter of intent and brief Curriculum Vitae, marked Private and Confidential, should be sent to:

    Prof. Henk J. de Jong
    Scientific Secretary FIP

    and be received no later than 31 December 2012

    Please click here to find the Description of the Roles and Responsibilities of the General Secretary/CEO.

    Project Coordinator / Policy Analyst

    The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), which represents pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists globally, is pleased to announce the opening of a new position: Project Coordinator / Policy Analyst.

    This position will be based at the FIP headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.

    Reporting directly to the Manager of Professional and Scientific Affairs, the Project Coordinator / Policy Analyst will support policy development, activities of the FIP Boards of Pharmaceutical Practice and Sciences and the monitoring and dissemination of information about FIP Member Organisation activities.

    For this position we are seeking an individual who has graduated from an accredited and recognised School/Faculty of Pharmacy with some experience in professional (or student) organisations. Candidates must be fluent (ideally native) in both written and spoken English and proficient in reading and/or speaking at least one other language (ideally French, Arabic, Spanish, German or Chinese). The candidate should be knowledgeable about and have an interest in public health as well as enjoy teamwork.

    Key competencies for the role include structured thinking and analysis, excellent writing and presentation skills, good planning skills and the capability to summarize complex information.

    To apply for this position, please send a one-page Curriculum Vitae together with a motivation letter and a short essay (up to 5 pages) in English on the global health challenges and how pharmacy can contribute in addressing these, before 12 November 2012 at:

    Type of contract: One year contract followed with the potential for a subsequent permanent position
    Annual salary (€):28,000-33,000

    Extemporaneous Workshop, 24th Nov 2012 (Saturday), Wisma MPS, Puchong


    Title: Extemporaneous Workshop, 24th Nov 2012 (Saturday), Wisma MPS, Puchong
    Date: 05-Oct-2012
    Category: Continuing Pharmacy Education

    >>> Click here for Programme Details

    MPS-Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2012, 31st Oct – 02nd Nov 2012, Hotel Istana, Final Programme (Updated with Oral Presentations Timetables)



    Pre-Conference Event
    29th – 30th October 2012 (Monday & Tuesday)
    08.00 am – 18.00 pm
    Research in Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
    Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
    Day 1: (Wednesday 31 October 2012)
    14.30 pm – 18.00 pm
    Registration at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
    Day 2 (Thursday 01 November 2012)
    07.30 am – 09.15 am
    Registration at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
    09.15 am – 09.30 am
    Chairperson: Prof. Dr Aishah Adam, UiTM
    Keynote Address: Pharmacy: Leading & Managing ChangeDato’ Eisah Abdul Rahman,MOH
    09.30 am – 10.40 am
    Opening Ceremony
    MC: Ms Syireen Alwi
    09.30 am Arrival of VIPs
    09.45 am Welcoming speech by Assoc Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin,, Chairperson of Organising Committee
    09.50 am Speech by Datuk Nancy Ho, President of MPS
    10.05 am Opening Speech by Guest–of-Honour
    10.40 am – 11.00 am
    Tea break: Exhibition, Poster viewing and Judging
    11.00 am – 11.45 am
    Chairperson: Prof. Dr Aishah Adam, UiTM
    Plenary 1: Evolving Pharmacy Education , Prof. Dr. P. T. Thomas,UKM
    11.45 am – 12.30 pm
    Chairperson: Assoc. Prof. Datin Zoriah Aziz, UM
    Plenary 2: Synergism?Prof. Dr. Robert Verpoorte, Leiden University, Netherlands
    12.30 pm – 13.00 pm
    Symposium Talk 1: The Role of Activated Vitamin D In The Management of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis, Dr Eugene Wong, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
    13.00 pm – 14.30 pm
    Lunch / Exhibition, Poster viewing and Judging
    14.30 pm – 15.00 pm
    Room 1: Pharmacy education/ Social Pharmacy
    Chairperson: Assoc Prof Dr Chua Siew Siang, UM
    Room 2: Pharmaceutical Chemistry / TCM / Pharmacology / Physiology Chairperson:  Prof Dr Chung Lip Yong, UM
    Room 3: Pharmacy Practice/ Clinical Pharmacy
    Chairperson: Dr Lo Yoke Lin, UM
    Room 4: Pharmaceutical Technology
    Chairperson: Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Ibrahim Noordin, UM
    Invited Speaker 1: Career PathwayPn Abid Haq,MOH
    Invited Speaker 2: Drug Design, Prof Stephen Doughty, Un of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus
    Facilitator: Patient BehaviourDr Lo Yoke Lin,UM
    Invited Speaker 4: Counterfeit Medicines, Mr Mazlan Ismail, MOH
    15.00 pm – 16.30 pm
    Oral Presentations
    Oral Presentations
    Oral Presentations
    Oral Presentations
    16.30 pm – 17.00 pm
    Tea break (Exhibition, Poster viewing and Judging ) & end of First Day
    20.00 pm – 22.15 pm
    Pharmacy Night
    Day 3 (Friday 02nd November 2012)
    07.30 am – 08.30 am
    Registration (for late arrival participants)
    08.30 am – 09.30 am
    Chairperson: Mr John CP Chang, MPS
    Plenary 3: Leading and Managing Change: Military Pharmacy Perspectives , Colonel Dr. A. Halim Hj Basari, Ministry of Defence
    09.30 am – 10.00 am
    Symposium Talk 2: Generic Quality, Safety and Efficacy – Manufacturer’s Perspectives, Mr Jimmy Piong, Kotra Pharma (M) Sdn Bhd
    10.00 am – 10.30 am
    Tea break / Exhibition, Poster viewing
    10.30 am – 11.30 am
    Chairperson: Dr Reena Rajasuriar, UM
    Plenary 4: Pharmacogenetics: A primer, relevance and opportunities for pharmacists,  Prof. Dr. Rusli Ismail, INFORMM, USM
    11.30 am – 12.30 pm
    Room 1:Pharmacy education/ Social Pharmacy
    Chairperson: Ms Nurul Adilla Hayat Jamaluddin, CUCMS
    Room 2: Pharmaceutical Chemistry/
    TCM/ Pharmacology/ Physiology
    Chairperson: Dr Michael James Christopher Buckle, UM
    Room 3: Pharmacy Practice/ Clinical Pharmacy
    Chairperson: Prof Dr Rosnani Hashim, CUCMS
    Room 4:
    Pharmaceutical Technology
    Chairperson: Drs. Riyanto Teguh Widodo,
    Oral Presentations
    Oral Presentations
    Oral Presentations
    Oral Presentations
    12.30 pm – 13.00 pm
    Closing Ceremony
    Closing remarks by MPS President
    Presentation of Best Poster Awards
    Closing remarks by Organising Chairman
    13.00 pm  
    Lunch & Adjourned

    >> Pre-Conference in Research in Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Programme

    >> Conference Programme

    >> Registration Form

    >> Oral Presentations Timetable

    >> Announcement of Abstract Submission 

    >> Hotel Reservation Form

    Pre-Conference Workshop on Clinical Pharmacy Preceptorship Training is cancelled

    Official Website for MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2012, please click the link below:


    Post-Conference Workshop: How to write and submit a world-class paper


    Post-Conference Workshop: How to write and submit a world-class paper.
    The intended audience for the workshop is young scientists who are interested to make the process of writing and submitting an article more efficient.
    Professor Rob Verpoorte, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and Phytochemistry Reviews.
    Friday, 2 November 2012, at 3:00 to 5:00 P.M
    Istana Hotel, Safir Room. 
    The topics will be
    General introduction to the scientific publishing world, impact factor, trends in publishing, how to prepare manuscripts, what to consider before submissions and how to increase the chances of manuscript acceptance.  
    Registration Fees
    RM20 for attendees of the MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference.
    RM30 for other attendees.
    The registration fees will be collected at the registration desk between 2:00 to 3:00 P.M before the start of this workshop. The registration fee includes one tea.  
    Please register early to avoid disappointment as the number of participants is limited to 100. You may make your reservations for the workshop by sending email to

    Free PSA membership for pharmacy students


    21 October 2012

     Pharmacy students across Australia will now be able to access PSA member benefits free of charge under an initiative aimed at helping students build for their careers outside university. 

    Announcing the new offer at PAC12 today, PSA National President Grant Kardachi, said the PSA had decided to introduce the free student membership so that young pharmacists emerging into the workforce would be better equipped for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. 

    “The pharmacy environment is rapidly changing and evolving. At PSA we recognise that any edge we can give to young pharmacists will be welcome,” Mr Kardachi said. 

    “Students can join up for free when they begin their pharmacy studies and have years of access to the wealth of educational, professional and business information available to PSA members whilst completing their qualifying degree”. 

    “This will give them a very solid foundation on which to grow their professional and business careers.” 

    Mr Kardachi said among the benefits students would now receive at no cost were:

    •  online access to member-only information on the PSA website, including online lectures, CPD and reference material
    • online access to PSA’s official monthly journal Australian Pharmacist
    • regular electronic newsletters
    • forums
    • complimentary face-to-face member events
    • seminars, conferences  and workshops at member rates
    • mentoring and networking opportunities such as early career pharmacist social events.

      “Importantly, students will be able to take advantage of discounts for more than 200 textbooks from our online store,” Mr Kardachi said. 

    “They will also be able to access to PSA training programs and offerings at PSA member prices. 

    “This is an exciting development and one which will become an essential tool for all pharmacy students.”

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