PRICE CONTROL MAKES HEALTHCARE AFFORDABLE
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) applauds and supports the recent proposal by Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC) commissioner Dr Sothi Rachagan for implementation of price controls on medicine by the government.
MPS president Amrahi Buang said, "MPS congratulates the Pharmacy Services Division (PSD) and related pharmacy stakeholders for their tremendous efforts in collaborating with MyCC on this subject as it has a high impact on the affordability of healthcare for the rakyat since medicines are not mere commodities".
"MPS and other pharmacy stakeholders have worked alongside PSD in promoting affordability of medicines to the rakyat under the Malaysia National Medicine Policy. Finally, after years of hard work and lobbying, we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel" he explained.
"Guidelines for the Good Pharmaceutical Trade Practice (GPTP) were put into place in February 2015 under the National Medicines Policy after recommendations from all stakeholder; with the objective of eradicating unhealthy practices such as price cutting, market monopoly, creation of artificial demand, unfair bonusing, discounts and rebates; bundling of unwanted medicine and inducement."
When asked how the GPTP factors into the price control agenda, Amrahi said, "The GPTP provides an even playing field for respective stakeholders. It benefits all parties especially the consumers. It has been reported that the price of medicine in Malaysia is the highest in the region despite the fact that medicines imported into the country are non-taxable."
He further stated, "Although MPS has successfully lobbied the government to zero-rate the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for control medicine and are currently working towards zero-rate of all medicine under the 'x' category, in line with the urging by the prime minister to provide better healthcare and wellness for the rakyat, the prices of medicine remain high.
"Therefore, price control is the next logical step forward in halting the escalating cost of health care and reducing out-of-pocket medicines expenses for the rakyat."
Speaking to reporters, he said, "MPS has always been fighting for some form of price control of medicines in Malaysia. Our objective for doing so is inline with the MPS motto of 'Berkhidmat Untuk Kesihatan Rakyat'. Price control will reduce the burden of cost of medicines for needy patients, eliminate the element of price war in the market and reduce the potential of medical inducement by healthcare professionals and drug companies."
"Malaysians deserve to have the sanctity of the public healthcare system protected. If we do not address and correct the price discrepancies of medicines in Malaysia against the International Reference Price (IRP), we will lose this privilege that we have enjoyed for so many years. The government needs to act fast and push for a medicine price control as soon as possible."
Malaysiakini: 9 March 2017
PHARMACISTS TO LEAD THE WAY IN INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE WITH SUPPORT FROM LEADING MALAYSIAN INSTITUTIONS
Pharmacists to educate the safe-use of complementary medicine and the possible interactions with conventional medicine.
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 March 2017 - The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) together with Blackmores Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Taylor's University, are coming together to support pharmacists to lead the national conversation on the use of complementary medicine (CM), providing appropriate guidance to both consumers and patients.
Through the development of a unique, evidence-based healthcare education programme, the collaboration aims to equip Malaysian pharmacists - current and future - with the knowledge and understanding surrounding CM and its beneficial uses alongside conventional medicines.
The use of complementary medicine (CM) such as herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, and vitamin and mineral supplements is on the rise worldwide to help prevent, treat, or manage illness. In Malaysia, research has shown that we are increasingly investing in over-the-counter (OTC) CMs such as health supplementsi which, beyond addressing deficiencies, are widely considered to reduce the burden of disease, and enhance quality of lifeii.
"Increasingly, complementary medicine is being shown to work alongside conventional treatments to help individual manage complex health conditions and improve their quality of life." said Dr Lesley Braun, Director of Blackmores Institute. "Therefore, it is vital that our healthcare professionals can provide the public with clear, evidence-based advice regarding the best way to use these combined methods to improve safety and enhance responsible use of integrative medicine." The MoU signing between all four parties signifies the start of the learning journey which will instill pharmacists with the confidence to act as trusted consultants of integrative medicine for consumers across the country.
"Given their pharmacological expertise and distinct relationship with consumers, pharmacists are in a unique position to undertake this pivotal role," said Amrahi Bin Buang, President of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS). He added, "Even though many pharmacists have shown interest for additional CM learning, very few have been exposed to formal study on this subject. Therefore, this collaboration will provide pharmacists with quality resources and distinct learning opportunities that ultimately could help guide the Malaysian public to reach the best possible health outcomes."
"The program will enhance pharmacists' knowledge and their contribution to the society, which is in line with MPS's 50th Anniversary theme: 'My Society, My Passion' - representing MPS, as well as the Malaysian community at large, which the pharmacists continues to serve passionately." he further explained.
The program will be CPD accredited, allowing pharmacists to gain additional professional development points as they progress through the program. With the formalization of the partnerships, the modules are expected to be launched in mid-2017.
Leading educational institutions in Malaysia, UKM and Taylor's University also provide the programme with distinctive but complementary insights and perspectives, which will help to unify the national understanding of CM and bring a holistic learning process for pharmaceutical students in both public and private universities.
Professor Dato' Seri Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali, Vice-chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia stated, "As part of the collaboration, students that are interested in CM will also be provided with the opportunity to further research in this field through the research grants and internships awarded by Blackmores Institute. The MoU signing marks the first step in educating pharmacists, both current and future, in the importance of integrative medicine, elevating their roles as trusted consultants to help guide the Malaysian public in their quest for better health.
"We understand that pharmacy students need to have CM as an integral part of their training," said Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor's University. "We are delighted to be involved as part of this distinguished initiative to help promote CM learning in the pharmacy faculty of all institutions and ensure all students receive empirical insights regarding the use of CM."
i Siti Z et al. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2009. 17(5-6): 292-299.
ii Braun L. Herbs and Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide. 4th edition. 2015. Sydney, Australia. Elsevier.
50th MPS SEMINAR 2017, 12th - 14th MAY 2017, HOTEL ISTANA, KUALA LUMPUR
Thinking about attending the 50th MPS Seminar, AGM and Dinner ? If you need more information, then this guide is for you
Registration is now open for the 50th MPS Seminar 2017 from 12 ? 14 May 2017 which will take place at the Mahkota Ballroom, Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur with the theme Towards Global Standard in Pharmacy Practice
This year's emphasis is again given to provide a seminar that will benefit all pharmacist practitioners - those in the hospital as well as in the community sector. The line-up of the topics will include Clinical Considerations in selection of an antidiabetic agent, Drug/Herb Interactions guidelines, complimentary medicines in today's pharmacy, what you need to know to help to reduce antimicrobial resistance and on allergy. There will also be topics on Women's Health.
There will also be a topic on HIV:-
Ever since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1980s, the model of care for HIV, from the predominated treatment of opportunistic infections and palliative care, to the management of chronic illness, proved the evolving needs of care for patients living with HIV. It's a paradigm shift, but how well are we prepared for it?
Dr Reena Rajasuriar, senior lecturer of the Department of Pharmacy in University of Malaya, who is also the post-doctoral scientist for the Centre of Excellence for Research in HIV/AIDS (CERIA) in University of Malaya and the University of Malaya Immune Therapeutics Laboratory (UM-ITL), will give us good insight on this topic.
A definitely not-to-be-missed lecture ! See you at the MPS 50th Anniversary Seminar from 12-14 May 2017!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE FIRST 500 MPS MEMBER TO REGISTER AND PAY THE FEES WILL BE ENTITLED TO A RM200 DISCOUNT OFF THE FEES.
>>> Seminar Program / Registration Form / Hotel Booking Form
MPS-50th AGM 2017, 14/05/2017 (SUNDAY)
20th February 2017
TO: ALL MPS MEMBERS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society shall take place at the Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur 14th May 2017 (Sunday) at 11:30 am (registration starts at 11.15am)
All MPS Members are invited to attend.
- Call to order
- Establishment of Quorum
- Opening Remarks by President of MPS
- Adoption of Agenda
- To confirm the Minutes of the 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Holiday Villa Hotel & Conference Centre Subang on 28th May 2016.
- Matters Arising from minutes of 49th AGM
- To receive the Annual Report of the Council
- To receive the Statement of Accounts 2016 duly audited
- To alter or amend the Constitution, Article or Rules of the Society ( if any )
- To discuss any other matters, notice of which shall be given to the Honorary Secretary at least 4 weeks before the date of the meeting
- Members who wish to table any item(s) for discussion during the AGM are requested to submit their proposal(s) to reach the Honorary Secretary by 07th April 2017. Such notice shall be proposed by one Ordinary Member and seconded by at least one other Ordinary Member.
- Members attending AGM of Professional Society qualify for two CPE Points (under CPD Category B3).
>>> AGM Registration Form
MPS PERAK AREA AGM, SEMINAR & MPS 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 2017
8 & 9 APRIL 2017 MH HOTEL, IPOH
Highlights of the 2 day event:
- 17 CPD points can be collected via exciting Seminar Talks, Exclusive Symposium, members AGM and Special Meetings.
- Meet the MPS President session with Tn Haji Amrahi Bin Buang
- Celebration of MPS 50th Anniversary and Free MPS 50th Anniversary memorabilia (T-shirt and Mug) for MPS members/New member who sign up for the full registration.
- 1st ever Special Meeting for Public Sector Pharmacist with the MPS President Tn Haji Amrahi Bin Buang and MPS Public Pharmacy Chapter Head Dr Nour Hanah
- Be part of the 1st ever Bariatric Symposium in Perak conducted by the HRPB team of bariatric surgeon, endocrinologist, dietician and pharmacist; exclusively for Perak pharmacist.
- Session with BPF Perak
- Booth display from Pharmaceutical Companies.
We hope to see all you there in full force!!!
>>> Notice of MPS Perak Area AGM 2017
>>> Registration Form part 1, part 2
>>> T-shirt size
MPS Young Pharmacist Chapter Asian Young Pharmacist Group (AYPG) Leadership Summit 2017
MPS Young Pharmacist Chapter will be hosting the Asian Young Pharmacist Group (AYPG) Leadership Summit 2017 this 11 - 13 November 2017 at the International Medical University (IMU) Campus, Kuala Lumpur.
Themed "Pharmacists : Engaging Communities For Health", participants will gain immensely from sharing sessions by AYPG leaders, as well as insightful lectures and discussions by distinguished speakers and forum panelists. The organizing committee wishes to invite participants to exchange their ideas via a strategic planning session for all AYPG member countries. In addition, MPS YPC welcomes submission of past projects involving community engagement; the best projects will be awarded with cash prizes ! Check out the poster abstract submission guideline at the following URL : https://goo.gl/2P5iXk.
Interested to join ? Wait no more as registration is now OPEN at the following URL :
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UPCOMING TRAINING OF PRECEPTORS (TOP) - LIBERALISED PRP TRAINING FACILITIES
The upcoming TOP will be on 25 May 2017 (Subject to changes). All interested participants please submit COMPLETE* application forms to Pharmacy Board Malaysia (PBM) by 27th April 2017. Forms received later than 27th April 2017 will be considered for the next TOP (date will be finalised soon). Successful candidates will receive an INVITATION LETTER on 11 May 2017. ONLY invited candidates are allowed to attend the TOP.
>>> For More Info
CPA CONFERENCE 2017
Building on the success of our previous conferences, the CPA is proud to be partnering with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) to present you with an exciting international programme for our 13th biennial conference PSA17, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Darling Harbour, Sydney over three days from 28 to 30 July 2017.
Embracing the theme of 'Leading Pharmacy Innovation', the conference will explore the future of your profession globally. The programme has been developed with a focus on innovations in pharmacy through leadership, diversity, expanded roles and new models of practice. PSA17 will provide an excellent forum to not only discuss global pharmacy issues which impact practices around the Commonwealth, but also learn about best practice and the latest innovations from many excellent local and international experts. The CPA will be co-hosting several global focus sessions, including a global forum on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), AMR stewardship training, refugee health and discussing ingredients of successful partnerships between Commonwealth countries.
Do you want to join us but the fees seem too much? You might be eligible for the £2000 CPA Travel Fellowship Award.
Join CPA now and for a £15 membership fee get a $330 discount on registration!
COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS CONTACTS
Dear Community Pharmacists / Type License A holders
We are calling again to seek the assistance of all community pharmacy that we wish to contact all CPs via email and Whatsapp. Kindly provide us with your contact and email so that we can communicate effectively with you. We will only use it to disseminate information related to the activities of the profession.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your information as below. Your information will be used for the following:
- Updates on RUUF matters
- Updates on professional fee as CP Chapter is planning to provide certification courses to enhance our services to our community
- To invite CPS who have specialization /master/research paper to share with us their knowledge from time to time
- To identify CPs who have done any special contribution in their area of interest in the community setting
- To keep abreast with the latest updates in the community
- An avenue for pharmacists to share their experience with CP Chapter.
- To invite interested CPs to engage in activities from time to time.
Community Pharmacy Chapter
MPS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Members are encouraged to renew their membership as soon as possible. As an appreciation of your prompt payment, a bottle of Surbex Bio C Plus (60's) worth RM 88/- is waiting for you for each renewal or new membership (Ordinary / PRP / FRP / Associate included), which is contributed by Abbott Laboratories.
Current Life and Fellow members of the Society automatically qualify for this free gift. There is no need for any action from your part and the voucher will be sent to you.
Hurry! Complimentary gift offer is valid until 31st March 2017. However the date to claim this gift is till 31st May 2017.
NOTE: The vouchers are being sent out in batches since beginning of the week and you should receive them by next week. If not do not receive it please email to us at email@example.com
MPS-50th ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT ORDER FORM
Be one of the first to wear this specially design, custom-made Polo Microfibre T-Shirt (Unisex). It is available only for the 50th Anniversary of MPS. Place your customised size below.
>>> Order Form
MOUNT KINABALU CLIMB
In conjunction with the MPS 50th Anniversary, there will be a Mount Kinabalu Climb on 25th August 2017.
The objective will be to promote a climb towards a healthier lifestyle.
To take part in the Climb you will need to be fit. Special training and guidelines will be organised by the organising team soon to bring up the fitness of the climbers
To smoothen the journey to take part in the climb, you will be assisted in the bookings of accommodation in the National Parks and on the mountain. Transportation is also arranged to ferry the climbers from Kota Kinabalu to climb site and return. Mountain gears and porters are also being arranged to assist the climbers
>>> Click here for the Program, climb map, indemnity form and booking form
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- Pharmacist / RedCap Pharmacy / Johor / contact 012 625 9442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Retail / Community Pharmacists/PRPS / Muar Johor / contact Mr Lau at 019-6656022 or Mr Chia at 012-7986880 or email at email@example.com