Focusweek Issue 166, January 4, 2017
When it comes to health matters, most people head to the hospital or clinic to see the doctor, even if it is for something as routine as a cough or flu.
Or, they self-medicate by purchasing over-the-counter medicines from the pharmacy. Rarely do they ever consult the pharmacists, unless it is filling a prescription from the doctor.
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) would like to change all that by training pharmacists to expand their role to include consultation.
In collaboration with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, MPS is launching the myPharmAssist programme here on Jan 22. The programme will also be tested in other countries such as China, India, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The new programme, developed by a team of 46 pharmacists, is targeted at pharmacists, pharmacist assistants and independent pharmacy owners who may or may not be pharmacists.
Under the programme are “six or seven modules that will be rolled out this year”, says GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK CH) Malaysia general manager Stacy Wallace, who is also president of the Pharmaceutical Association Consumer Healthcare Chapter.
These modules will cover minor issues such as pain relief as well as respiratory, gastro-intestinal, skin and oral health matters.
“It is meant only to provide continuous education around minor ailments such as pain, cold or flu – problems that 80% of Malaysians will experience at some point in their lives,” she adds.
She says the collaboration with the MPS is to enable registered pharmacists to learn and acquire knowledge at their own pace without having to attend classroom-style training.
To read more, check out pages 1+2 of Focusweek issue 166.