iBulletin 141017

17 Oct, 2014

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Members

We, at the Malaysian Pharmacists’ Family, are in a jubilant mood as we share our triumph of the recently concluded 25th FAPA Congress 2014 which was held from 9 – 12 October 2014. Words cannot fully describe the gratitude we feel about the HUGE contributions of pharmacists to the success of the Congress.

The biennial Congress held in Kota Kinabalu was hosted by The Federation of Pharmaceutical Associations and organized jointly by The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society and The Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health with the Sabah Pharmaceutical Society as the Local Organizer. There were altogether 37 official meetings over the last four years with many side meetings. All sectors of the fraternity chipped in by way of financial, physical, emotional and spiritual support, amongst others.  As Organizing Chairman, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to EVERYONE. Your valuable contribution will forever be cherished and appreciated.

Altogether over 1200 participants came from 23 Countries with 142 volunteers who helped. The young pharmacists and students gave us a lot of physical support. We are so proud of our younger generation of pharmacists. Our pharmacy profession has a bright future to look forward to with such quality pharmacists.

The entire Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health including Sabah Health Department, the Universities including University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) the pharmaceutical industry including PhaMA, MOPI and MAPS, the Government Agencies including the Federal Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the State Government, the Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) Kota Kinabalu City Hall,  MOSTI, Sabah Ministry of Industrial Development, Sabah Foundation to name a few were solidly behind the Organizing Committee. The FAPA Member Countries, MPS, SPS, the MPS Secretariat and the local agencies like the event organizer Sri Pelancongan Sdn Bhd, Harry Sound and Lights, Angkatan Hebat Sdn Bhd the logistics specialists, Sabah Police, Immigration and Customs Departments and many others formed the formidable organizing team. All our sponsors, donors and exhibitors gave us the resources to organize.

The scientific papers were all of a very high standard with 23 notable speakers from Countries in Asia and was as far as United Kingdom and Iran. Our very own Health Minister, YB Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam gave an outstanding keynote address. We are lost for words as we relive our proud moments thinking of our Wonderful Country – Malaysia and its Beautiful People.

No success can be attributed to any single entity. Do ask for a copy of Programme Book from the MPS Head office to see the long list of heroes and heroines behind the success.

The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society is very proud of you all.

May you be richly blessed.

Yours in MPS

(Datuk Nancy Ho)
President Cum Organizing Chairman of 25th FAPA Congress 2014

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iBulletin 141003

3 Oct, 2014

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Members,

The “Final Countdown” for 25th FAPA Congress 2014 has now JUST began! We are counting our days before the curtain rises on the Congress. The “red carpet” is being rolled out to welcome all delegates.

Thanks to the Pharmaceutical Services Division under the Ministry of Health and all in the Pharmacy fraternity, we have surpassed our target of 1200 registration!. The support rendered is truly amazing! A big “THANK YOU” to everyone. Our corporate leaders’ from the pharmaceutical industry have also lent a helping hand in the sponsorship. Many have come forward to offer a word of encouragement and volunteered their help. The members of the Organizing Committee have gone on the overdrive to ensure that the stage is set and that no STONE is unturned.

The “World Pharmacists Day” was celebrated with the limelight turned on the Pharmacists throughout the Country. Thank you for doing us proud!

Pharmacists, let us keep the banners flying high and our head held high.

See you at 25th FAPA Congress 2014!

Yours in MPS

(Datuk Nancy Ho)
President

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[Publication]: Forefront Volume 4 Number 37-41

Forefront - an e-newsletter from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

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 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.

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ibulletin 140925

25 Sep, 2014

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MESSAGE FROM DATUK NANCY HO, PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow Pharmacists

Today is a special day in our Calendar. Today 25-9-14 pharmacists around the globe celebrate “World Pharmacists’ Day”.

This day is dedicated to pharmacists throughout the world in celebration of their contributions to healthcare services.

The theme for this year’s World Pharmacists’ Day is “Access to Pharmacists is Access to Healthcare”. This is indeed appropriate as Pharmacists today are in the forefront of health delivery.

“Pharmacists” have been described by the World Health Organisation and its sister organisation – the International Pharmacist Federation (FIP) – as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, lifelong learner, leader and manager. In short, they are dubbed the “Seven-Star Pharmacist” highly respected and accreditated to be one of the most trusted professionals by rating authorities such as the Gallup Polls. Thus we have a HUGE reputation to uphold!

Pharmacists in Malaysia rank high among the Health Ministry authorities as hardworking, passionate, competent and committed, thanks to the efficient team at the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health. Pharmacists have been found to make a big positive difference in many arenas, be it in Hospital Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Academia, Manufacturing, Industry, Marketing, Research and Development, to name just a few

Yes, fellow pharmacists, we have reasons to be proud of our achievements. Let us celebrate!

Happy Pharmacists Day

Yours in MPS
Datuk Nancy Ho

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ibulletin 140922

22 Sep, 2014

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WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY: 25TH SEP 2014

Every 25th of September is World Pharmacist Day; a day set aside to honour and appreciates the outstanding contributions of pharmacists to the betterment of health globally.

A Pharmacist is a professional trained to be honest with his patients about their health. He is trained to be accountable to his community and the world in general by putting their health and welfare above all things. He is resourceful, smart and fast in providing solutions to his patient’s health challenges. He is trained to handle situation with maturity. Highly and easily accessible to his people and this is why you can find him in every community. His utter confidence inspires his patients to believe every of his word and concur sorely to his instruction to achieve superb result. Three of his cardinal attributes are sincerity, trust and intelligence. And with these exceptional qualities he is and remains a blessing to his community, nation, region, continent and the world.

Some of the pharmacist functions are:

  1. To provide expertise about the composition of drugs including their chemical, biological and physical properties, and their manufacture and use.
  2. To educate consumers and patients on the use of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications and advice physicians, nurses and other medical professionals on drug decision.
  3. To help patients to get well.

Pharmacists are the impetus behind the discovering of new and all medicines that saves lives, reduces morbidity, mortality and helps us to have a healthier and better world.

Pharmacists are the key that unlocks all you and I need to know about our medicines, health and good living. They are the world most accessible healthcare provider because they are very close to you; they are in your street, in your estate or perhaps a stone throw from your house. They are always with you in sickness and in health.

Pharmacists are not just drug experts; they are leaders, drug designers, clinicians, communicators, councillors, managers, role models, entrepreneurs, technocrats per excellence, motivators, change agents and blessings to our world.

The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), working together with the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health, would like to encourage pharmacists in Malaysia to celebrate this auspicious day at their own practice settings so as to uplift the spirits of the Pharmacist profession in this Country. This will certainly benefit the Country and its people towards better health.

On this day, pharmacists should celebrate our profession by organising activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in accordance with the theme for this year’s celebration “Access to Pharmacists is Access to Health”.

And to create awareness of this special day, we provide a poster for you to print out and display at your pharmacy, your place of work, your office or any other conspicuous place.

>> Download Poster (A3)

>> Download Poster (A4) 

PHARMACY WEEK IN CONJUCTION WITH WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY, 20-26TH SEPTEMBER 2014, PAHANG

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iBulletin 140911

11 Sep, 2014

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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Members,

We are at the threshold of the final quarter of the year and need to quickly try to achieve what we’ve set out to do at the beginning of 2014.

We’ve reached many milestones this year with a Strategic Meeting held at the beginning of the year to conduct a SWOT analysis of the Society.

The Annual General Meeting saw many Council members being elected into office and they wasted no time to get the ball rolling into working with the hardworking Bahagian members to look into Good Dispensing Practice and Good Distribution Practice. The Dispensing Separation project is also well on its way to the finishing line, thanks to all the hard work put in by all concerned.

On 25th September 2014, the World Pharmacist Day will be celebrated throughout the Pharmacy World. Here in Malaysia, much emphasis is paid to propagating the theme “Access to pharmacist is access to Healthcare”. Let us work together to celebrate our Day.

For All FAPA Congress Participants, we are coming to the final stage of our preparations and count down is in progress.

We shall be grateful if you could kindly take note of the following details.

  1. 9th October 2014 – There shall be a Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:00pm for the Poster Exhibition by the Honorable Datuk Ewon Ebin Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in Magellan Sutera Hotel. This is especially important for exhibitors to take note that they set up all the exhibition by then.
  2. Please wear Business attire (e.g. lounge suit) for the Opening Ceremony by the Sabah Chief Minister with Health Minister giving a keynote address. A tour of the booths will take place after the group photo immediately after the Opening Ceremony. There will be a rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony at 11:00am in the Magellan Ballroom.
  3. Please wear National costumes for the Friendship Night on 10th October 2014. It will be held in another Hall and punctuality for transfers is requested.
  4. Please wear something to match the “Gold and Silver” theme of the Gold and Silver Gala Banquet on 11th October 2014. Evening gowns and black ties are preferred.
  5. A special luggage tag is featured hereafter for all delegates to download from the website and attach to their luggage for easy recognition by Customs Officers.
  6. Kindly bring exercise gear for morning tai-chi exercise.

Pharmacists are in the forefront of Health and Wellness and let us continue to work together to make a difference.

Yours in MPS
Datuk Nancy Ho

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[Publication]: Forefront Volume 4 Number 33-36

Forefront - an e-newsletter from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

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.

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iBulletin140814

14 Aug, 2014

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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Members,

Just when the last ketupat is about to be consumed, the Council of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society is inviting members to the Open House held on Saturday 16/8/14 at the Wisma MPS. The intentions are to provide an avenue for networking and spreading the message of goodwill among members. So for those who could spare the time, we would love to see you from 12.30 pm to 2 pm at the Wisma MPS to share some precious moments with us.

A historical event was held on 14/8/14 night when the President and 5 exco members of Malaysian Medical Association joined the Council Members of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society and Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild for a dinner to interact and network. The cordial function was held in a spirit of mutual respect and goodwill. Much ground was covered in discussing the dynamics of dispensing separation. All present were willing to share ideas and collaborate on a win/win basis. The meeting laid a strong foundation stone for future discussion and cooperation in the interest of the Rakyat.

World Pharmacist Day is a Day dedicated to highlight the contribution of pharmacists to World Health. We have made a strong presence in every arena and deserve to celebrate that success. This year Malaysia’s World Pharmacists Day will be organized by the Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health and supported by the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society during November 2014.

Meanwhile, preparations for 25th FAPA Congress 2014 are “gearing up”. Entries for the poster exhibition are being received. There will be is a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to declare the Poster Exhibition opened. YB Dato’ Seri S Subramaniam, the Minister of Health and YB Datuk Seri Dr Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation have been invited to grace the Ceremony. Afterwards there shall be a Press Lunch for the media representatives. We are proud that many quality posters are being submitted which reflect the high standards of Research and Development by pharmacists.

The plenary session will begin with a “heavy-weight” speaker in the person of Mr Ash Soni, OBE who is the newly elected President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. His presentation will no doubt start off the 25th FAPA Congress 2014 “with a bang”. Many notable speakers will present high-quality papers at the Congress. The CPD points at the Congress shall be 20.

Moreover, the social events are specially prepared to ensure that every delegate has a chance to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. Kota Kinabalu is ranked 6th as the most preferred destination by Trip Advisor and has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Special field trips are being arranged for Sunday 12th October 2014 and a Mountain climb to conquer the highest mountain in South East Asia and to admire the flora and fauna of Malaysia will also commence on 13/10/14. Every morning during the Congress, a Tai-chi master will conduct exercise sessions for delegates. Hence, please bring your exercise gear to keep fit.

While writing this message, I am being filled with excitement and anticipation with what is in store for delegates. So hurry, register online, send in your abstracts and posters and we await to help you gain an experience of a life time.

See you at 25th FAPA Congress 2014.

With Warm Regards,

Yours in MPS
(Datuk Nancy Ho)
President

FAPA CONGRESS 2014 – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DATELINE EXTENTION

Due to popular request the Abstract Submission is extended to 25th August 2014.

Please hurry to submit your abstracts before the closing date.

Please note also that abstracts will only be accepted for presentation and publication in the Abstract Book if the presenting author has registered and paid by 15th Sep 2014. Abstracts presenters who haven’t registered and paid the fee by this date will be disqualified; these abstracts cannot be presented and will not be published

FAPA CONGRESS 2014: SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS

In order to encourage pharmacy students to participate, the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Council has decided to offer each Pharmacy Educational Institutions 5 scholarships for final year and post-graduate students at RM300.00 each for the registration fees to be rebated at the end of the Congress.

The Pharmacy Educational Institutions are to submit a maximum 5 names enbloc from each Pharmacy Educational Institutions. Only those recommended by the Institution will be considered. Please register and pay first before rebate which will be reimburse when the student present themselves at the Congress. Some Universities like Josai International University in Japan is requesting a special session for student pharmacists to interact. Hence, we would encourage Heads of Schools of Pharmacy to submit 5 names as soon as possible to expose student pharmacists to the International and National Pharmaceutical scene

SURVEY ON SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES

In the earlier iBulletin article about Survey on Smoking Cessation Services the updated link to the survey is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oU-YKjHpNsrzLf5Eb6T7BHNEryDGiUIxmYTLfD8EiQw/viewform?c=0&w=1

This survey is being conducted to identify the perceptions on barriers encountered by pharmacists in Klang Valley in providing smoking cessation services. It is part of the research being conducted by a third year Bachelor of Pharmacy student of the Faculty of Pharmacy in Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) and supervised by Madam Shairyzah Ahmad Hisham and co-supervised by Mr. Masro Mohamad. Your participation in this research will help as a guide for possible interventions to improve smoking cessation services and increase the cessation rate. The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All data collected in this study will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Agreeing to participate in this study is taken as your consent. To participate please fill out the form Perception on Barriers in Conducting Smoking Cessation Counselling Among Practising Pharmacists in Klang Valley given above.

MIGRAINE

The following article was received from a community pharmacist:-

With reference to your article on Migraine in the Pharmacy Today April 2014 issue, there is nothing new to give relief and cure to the sufferers of this migraine beast.

The aetiology and relief for migraine pain has already been known since 1986. Why medical science has not adopted this breakthrough discovery. I fail to understand I have personally adopted this discovery to bring relief to my clients for the last 15 years.

This breakthrough discovery was the work of a bio-chemist Professor Rodolfo Low while as an advisor for the Ford Foundation in 1961 with most of the work done at Pontifical Catholic University at Bogota. His work was strongly endorsed by Norman Canfield MD of Yale School of Medicine, Larry A. Pearce MD – Wake Forest University and Fredric W Pullen MD – President of Hearing Education and Research Foundation Miami.

In this study, a person suffering from migraine has an unusually sensitive pancreas which overreactsto even small quantities of glucose. It overreacts to glucose with the secretion of insulin too large to maintain an equilibrium in the body and the person suffers symptoms of hypoglycemia.

In order to maintain equilibrium in the body, adrenaline and other catecholamines are then secreted in an attempt to rectify this hypoglycemia by conversion of glycogen into glucose. Adrenaline is a powerful vasoconstrictor. This is the key to unraveling the mystery of migraine.
At the same time that excessive adrenaline attempts to balance the body’s metabolism,, other effects also are magnified. This brings about visual disturbance just prior to the onset of pain.
The body has a strong need to maintain its state of equilibrium. After a period of time, this vasoconstriction is followed by its opposite i.e. a vasodilation of blood vessels in the head which is brought about by Prostaglandins. The pain of migraine begins when the blood vessels in the head expand.

In short, the intake of refined sugar can lead to the pain of migraine. All pains due to clinical conditions such as cancer and injuries are not included as they need only strong pain killers.

This is essentially preventive measure that works permanently through nutrition. To apply this one needs to :-

  1. Avoid all refined sugar in all foods and drinks
  2. Avoid hunger ? eat food at 3 hour interval ? non-sugar foods
  3. No alcohol as it causes hypoglycemia.

Drinks made from vegetables like celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber and juicy fruits eg. apples, oranges, papayas, guavas are preferred. Natural fruits are alright as they contain natural sugar (fructose), which are not refined sugar. However do not drink it in excess.

Avoid all aerated drinks, sweet cakes, ice-creams and cookies. However, biscuits like cream crackers without sugar are allowed.

Therefore, one needs to change his/her lifestyle for a healthy life free from migraine and without drugs.

Reference “Victory over Migraine” – Professor Rodolfo Low

Bernard Woo
COMMUNITY PHARMACIST
(contact available on request)

SEMINAR ON IMPACT OF PHARMACY ON HEALTHCARE

Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy shall be organising seminar on Impact of Pharmacy on Healthcare

Date : 23rd August 2014 (Saturday)
Time : 11.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Venue : MPS Building, Puchong

Features of this seminar would be a lecture by Prof Brian Furman from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow who will be speaking on Impact of Pharmacy on Healthcare in the 21st Century ? A UK Perspective; Implications for Pharmacy Education.

Next, would be a lecture by Mr Amrahi Buang from University Malaya Medical Centre on Update on Dispensing Separation.

There also will be an Update GST on Medicines.

For registration, please fax registration form to: 03-8070033 or email: ain.mps@gmail.com

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SEMINAR ON UPDATES ON NEUROPSCYCHO-PHARMACOLOGY OF NICOTINE ADDICTION, PHARMACOTHERAPY AND BEHAVIOURAL INTERVENTIONS FOR SMOKING CESSATION

Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy shall be organising seminar on Updates on Neuropscycho-Pharmacology of Nicotine Addiction, Pharmacotherapy and Behavioural Interventions for Smoking Cessation.

Date : 26th September 2014 (Friday)
Time : 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Venue : MPS Building, Puchong

Features of this seminar would be a lecture by Dr Renee Bittoun from University of Sydney who will be speaking on Updates on Neuropscycho-Pharmacology of Nicotine Addiction, Pharmacotherapy and Behavioural Interventions for Smoking Cessation.

For registration, please fax registration form to: 03-8070033 or email: ain.mps@gmail.com

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VACANCY

  • Pharmacist/ Johor Bahru, Johor/ Sin Ming Pharma/ Mr Su: 019-7904968
  • Pharmacist/ Caring Pharmacy/ Ms Wong: 03 7782 1988/ hfwong@caringpharmacy.com.my
  • Retail Pharmacist/ Penang /Biopharmalink Pharmacy (Sg. Dua, Pg)/ Mr Khong 019-4719716/ biopharmalink@gmail.com
  • Pharmacist/TTDI, Kuala Lumpur/ Dr Sangeet: 012-324 6737 or dr.sangeet@aeglepharma.com / Mr Vivek: 017-522 2016 or vivek_@aeglepharma.com
  • Pharmacist/ Balik Pulau, Penang/ Ms Ang: 04-8665421/ ph126.sripulau@gmail.com
  • Pharmacist & Locum Pharmacist/ Johor Bahru, Selangor & Kuala Lumpur/ D’ Apotic Pharmacy/ Mr Maal: 016-7028654/ Pn Rohana: 016-7028655
  • Pharmacist / Nationwide / Lovy Pharmacy / Contact: Ms. Ye 05-2418484 / Email: hr@lovypharmacy.com
  • Operation Pharmacist & Community Pharmacist/ Klang Valley/ Constant Pharmacy/ Mr Loh – loh@constant.com.my
  • Retail Pharmacist/ Farmasi Goodmedic/ Mr. Siah: 03-91333395, 012-3388152

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iBulletin140731

1 Aug, 2014

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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Members,

This is a special message from the Organizing Committee of the 25th FAPA Congress 2014.

After years of preparation, the Organizing Committee is entering the final 70 days before the Opening Ceremony of the 25th FAPA Congress 2014 to be held on 9/10/14 at 4.00pm in the Magellan Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu Sabah. The Guest-of-Honor shall be YB Dato’ Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, Minister of Health, Malaysia and Dignitaries from the Health Ministry, State Chief Minister’s Department, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, State Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Universities, Captains of the Industry, Corporate Leaders will join delegates to witness the colorful Opening Ceremony.

Delegates from the 18 Member Countries will spend the next three days in a learning environment. Top-notch speakers have been invited including those from UK, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, China, Singapore, Taiwan, USA, Korea, Vietnam and proudly from Malaysia.

The Ministry of Health, Malaysia has spared no efforts to support the event by sending distinguished delegates to learn and share their knowledge.

In the private sector, delegates from the Private Sector in the States include:-

No States Private Sector Participants
1 Johor 0
2 Melaka 2
3 N.Sembilan 2
4 Selangor / KL 51
5 Perak 3
6 Penang 4
7 Kedah 2
8 Perlis 0
9 Pahang 1
10 Kelantan 1
11 Terengganu 0
12 Sarawak 9
13 Sabah 30
  Total 105

The Area Committee Chairpersons have worked hard to motivate their members to participate. We expect that the Area Committee Chairpersons are still hard at work to send a strong delegation from the respective States. Please visit www.fapa20p14.com to learn the latest programme and to register.

We are also happy to announce that 2 Institutions of higher learning had taken up the scholarship offered to the students for participation at the Congress. They are IMU and CUCMS. The offer dateline has been extended till 15th August 2014. So please hurry to submit names of students keen to learn.

The social programme are just as exciting with food, culture, sights and tours in the offering. For those who want to climb Mount Kinabalu, please find out more in the website. Golf can also be arranged. Morning exercise is part of the programme. Hence bring the right gear to “Relearn, Relax, Recharge and Rejuvenate”.

We look forward to welcome you. Meanwhile, the countdown continues…

With Warm Regards,
Yours in MPS

(Datuk Nancy Ho)
President Cum Organizing Chairman of 25th FAPA Congress 2014

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The MMA- TPPA Committee held a round table discussion on TPPA .

Representing the MPS at this discussion is En Amrahi bin Buang, the Deputy Vice President.

The speakers for the day were Mr Lim Chin Wei who spoke on ” Issues of costs of Medicines & Other Health costs , Mr Fauwaz Abdul Aziz , “Liberalisation of the Health Services Sector ” Prof Lekhraj Rampal “Tobacco Control the TPPA” Datuk Khaw Lake Tee ” Human , Social Rights & the TPPA , YB Dr Jeyakumar ” Overview of the TPPA

The TPPA stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement . It is a multilateral free trade agreement currently being negotiated by 11 countries led by the USA. Malaysia is one of the countries in negotiations on the terms of the TPPA . It aims further to liberalise the economies of the Asia -Pacific Region . It covers a broad spectrum of areas and has 29 chapters ( and still counting ) Some areas affect the public health environment, healthcare and practice . Though it is labelled as a Trade Agreement and there are 29 chapters , only 5 chapters are related to trade

WHY MALAYSIANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED

  • There is absolute secrecy in the discussions even after 19 rounds of negotiations
  • What we know is in bits and pieces provided by those who have attended these meetings and by whistle blowers .
  • The price of drugs , generics , ever-greening of patency , extension of patency , freedom for HMOs , entry of foreign players into the Health sector including stand alone clinics , and hospitals are some of the worries

MMA will hold further discussions, collate facts before meeting with MITI to raise our concerns and objections if needed

Dr NKS Tharmaseelan 
Chiarman 
MMA-TPPA Committee

PhAMA AWARDS 2014

The following message was received from PhAMA:-

The Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA) is an organization which represents multinational companies involved in the Research & Development, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales and the Distribution of innovative medicines in Malaysia. The association was formed in 1972 and our members currently stand at 44. Our member’s activities are centered towards providing access of innovative medicines to improve the health and quality of life for all Malaysians.

PhAMA is pleased to announced that this year we will kick off our inaugural PhAMA Awards 2014 as an important initiative to encourage and recognize the innovation and research, and community impact that students, researches, members of the academia, health care professionals as well as members of the public has contributed to the society. The contest is divided into two categories i.e. the Minister of Health Innovation & Research Award and the PhAMA President’s Community Impact & Awareness Award.

  • Minister of Health Innovation & Research Award – [ Details ]
    Grand prize winner will receive RM 12,000; and the first runner-up will receive RM 6,000.
    The objective of this award is to celebrate the innovation and research of individuals or team efforts with significant contribution to healthcare and / or standards of care in Malaysia. 
  • PhAMA President’s Community Impact & Awareness Award – [ Details ]
    Grand prize winner will receive RM 8,000; and the first runner-up will receive RM 4,000.
    The objective of this award is to celebrate the impactful efforts or initiatives contributing towards improving an aspect of community health, wellbeing, awareness or standards of care within Malaysia. The scope of the projects can be from articles, campaigns or corporate service responsibility in which efforts are not profit oriented.

Closing date for submission is 15th October 2014

All submissions shall be made online through the website www.phama.org.my

PHARMACISTS AND DOCTORS: SEPARATION OF ROLES VITAL TO PREVENT MISHAPS

The following article appeared in the NST on 11th Jul, in response to an article on “Docs’ right to dispense medicine” by the Association of Specialists in Medical Practice.

FROM time immemorial, the dispensing of medicines is considered a professional obligation of the pharmacists. The Arabs separated the art of apothecary and physicians in the 8th century and the Europeans followed through with the edict of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in 1240.

Thus, for many centuries, in most countries in the world, other health professionals are not allowed to dispense medication. In Malaysia, in 1985, doctors and pharmacists had a formal understanding to recognise dispensing as the professional role of pharmacists.

However, because of the severe shortage of pharmacists, doctors, especially general practitioners (GPs), are legally allowed to dispense medications.

Now, with at least 2,000 new pharmacy graduates here every year and more than 19 local universities offering pharmacy degree programmes, pharmacists are now ready to do what they have been trained for.

While dispensing medicines, the pharmacists come in contact with the patients and thus enhancing several professional roles that go beyond dispensing. Dispensing of medicine now involves intricate knowledge and skills in pharmacology, clinical pharmacy, pharmacoeconomic, pharmaceutical technology, physiology and forensic pharmacy in order to ensure the right medicine is given to the right patient at the right time. These are the basic ingredients of a pharmacy degree programme

However, a formal separation between prescribing and dispensing medicines is an enormous task as it involves various stakeholders.

It is not only confined to community pharmacists and GPs. Among the issues that need to be addressed:

  • CONVENIENCE.
  • COST.
  • SAFETY.
  • RESCHEDULING the current poisons’ list.
  • ESTABLISHING a generic substitution policy.
  • ESTABLISHING pharmacist-physician patient referral.

One of the problems in Malaysia is that doctors and pharmacists do not really appreciate each other’s roles.

Pharmacists are highly trained professionals in the rational use of medicines.

With the changes in the curriculum of pharmacy schools across the globe, pharmacist undergraduate training becomes more patient than drug oriented.

Written by: Associate Prof Dr Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali,deputy dean, (Student Affairs & Networking), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences,Universiti Sains Malaysia

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SURVEY ON SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES

A survey is being conducted to identify the perceptions on barriers encountered by pharmacists in Klang Valley in providing smoking cessation services. This is part of the research being conducted by a third year Bachelor of Pharmacy student of the Faculty of Pharmacy in Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) and supervised by Madam Shairyzah Ahmad Hisham and co-supervised by Mr. Masro Mohamad.

Your participation in this research will help as a guide for possible interventions to improve smoking cessation services and increase the cessation rate.

The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All data collected in this study will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Agreeing to participate in this study is taken as your consent.

To participate please fill out the form Perception on Barriers in Conducting Smoking Cessation Counselling Among Practising Pharmacists in Klang Valley at: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MdLwmiC1FdUl48kBECjdsqqIzDXvydftfM5_P26dLSQ/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

For any enquiries, please contact Huong Siew Ching at 017- 4361110.

KARNIVAL MESRA UBAT (KaMU) WORKSHOP

On the 12th April 2014, a workshop on medication related issues and handling was given by the Pharmaceutical Services Division (PSD), Ministry of Health Malaysia (MoH). This workshop was organized by KaMU (Karnival Mesra Ubat) committees and was coordinated by Datin Mariani Ahmad Nizaruddin. It was held from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. at Al-Razi of CUCMS.

The main purpose of the workshop was to train and prepare for Karnival Mesra Ubat (KaMU) as well as all pharmacy students who are interested to join. Facilitators from the PSD include Mr. Mohd Dziehan Mustapa, the Principal Assistant Director of the Pharmaceutical Services Division (PSD), Ministry of Health Malaysia, Miss Leow Chuan Ying (pharmacist of Pejabat KesihatanTitiwangsa Kuala Lumpur), Mr Kamarul Azhar Bin Dato’Kamaruddin, Senior Assistant Director (JabatanKesihatan WP Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya).

Activities include Mood Meter, identifying fake and genuine drugs. There were presentations on “What Is a Drug?” “Important Aspects in Use of Drug”

This workshop has received tremendous support from the participants with a new and great style in presentation. The Organisers were indeed grateful that the respected facilitators and Datin Mariani have given full support and sacrificed their precious time to the workshop. The day ended with knowledge, creative and joy. We sincerely hope that more workshops or trainings may be organized in the future.

Prepared by,
Chen Mei Fei

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[Publication]: Forefront Volume 4 Number 29-32

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