13th MPS USM PHARMACY SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE
Date: 3-5 November 2017
Venue: Bayview Beach Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Early Bird for Registration Deadline: 1.9.2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31.7.2017
CPD Points: 20 (full attendance) + 5 (for presenters)
Visit our website to register TODAY!!! http://www.mps.org.my/mpspsc2017
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RAYA GATHERING AT MPS
There will be a Raya Gathering at Wisma MPS to celebrate Hari Raya. All are invited. This is to foster a good and close community, and also to thank all pharmacists and well-wishers in every sector who have contributed in one way or another towards MPS.
Date: 23rd July 2017
Time: 12pm -3pm
Venue: Wisma MPS
For catering purpose kindly RSVP your attendance by 14th Jul preferably by email to email@example.com (subject matter: RG-<your name> , and just stating your full name with meals preference (vegetarian), or fax 80700388 using the reply form, or by reply through this link
Muslim Pharmacists who wish to contribute towards this Gathering may do so using the Borang Sumbangan
>>> Hari Raya Borang Sumbangan
MAKING WAY FOR BIOSIMILARS
by Hah Hui Ling
While pharmacists are putting their focus on conventional chemical drugs in their practice, the use of biologics are becoming more widespread in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis and leukopenia. Biologics include monoclonal antibodies, hormones, biological factor, human insulin and analogues, and erythropoiesis-stimulating agent, to name a few. They are mostly available in expensive brands such as Remecade (infliximab), Avastin (bevacizumab) and Herceptin (trastuzumab). However, as more patents for these innovator biologics become expired, there is a rapid development of biosimilars across the globe. This calls for the attention of pharmacists on biosimilars, a non-identical but highly similar version of a branded biologic.
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MEDICINE PRICING CONTROL: SARAWAK PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE
The Sarawak Pharmaceutical Society would like to share its concern on the above matter.
The present situation from the private sector is as follows:
(1) the cost of drug supplied to the private is very high in comparison to the one supplied to the government hospital or on tender. E.g. aqueous cream. The tender cost is RM5 but in the private sector is RM15. This is too huge a difference. If it is sol at RM20 [34%] as compare to the government price which will only be RM6.65 after the same % of mark up.
(2) The expiry of 2 years is too short and often is only about 1 year by the time the CP received them. So most CP can only purchase a minimum quantity which will be at a higher price due to the price tier system- the more the amount purchase, the cheaper it is. With short expiry the CP will lose out
(3) The retail Selling price at the moment is not high with respect to the cost of purchased price. In fact, there is mass undercutting of prices that many CP are making losses if were to try to keep up. This market competition itself will control selling prices well.
(4) There is no after service for medicine sold by more and more drug companies. Many are using a "no return" policy, though some out of good will would help circulate the short-expired product which is illegal because (many do not have wholesale license.
(5) Having expired product contribute to a hugh loss to the CP.
- For example, if 1 jar of aqueous cream is expired, one needs to sell 3 jars just to get back the cost price for it.
- For medicines that come in the 1000 tablets packing one needs to sell 2/3 of it to get back the cost price for the whole box and it is only in the last 1/3box that one makes money.
With a short 1 year or so expiry date, often one cannot even finish selling the balance and so they have no income from that box of medicine. What fair margin should be set for this product to cover loss? 50%?
Hence, one just cannot fix a standard common margin for the selling price across the board either.
For the present moment, the SPS would want the CP to be allow to regulate their own selling price based on the recommendation from the drug companies and allow the free market to float because medicines are not food items with sales or clearance sales. They cannot be pushed off or sold to individual who do not have a condition that need them.
Hence, we in Sarawak respectfully DO NOT AGREE to the putting of a Ceiling Selling Price on the retail packaging at the present very "messy" situation.
THE SPS WOULD BE MOST HAPPY TO COMPLY TO A REASONABLE MARGIN OF RECOMMENDED SELLING PRICE IF THE FOLLOWING 2 CONDITIONS CAN BE FULFILLED:
(1) There be a standardized unit or nett pricing of medicine by the manufacturer or supplier for everyone (retailer) regardless of the quantity purchased. (wholesaler or agent can have their dealing with manufacturers with say an extra 5 or so % to cover their services but their supply to retailer is still at the same price).
2) There is the availability of return of the expired products for credit note or for exchange by the supplier.
THESE TWO CONDITIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT WILL ENABLE THE PHARMACISTS TO BE SET FREE TO IMPROVED ON THEIR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSTEAD OF SPENDING LOTS OF TIME WORRYING ABOUT THEIR LOSSES FROM EXPIRED STOCK.
With same cost price and rebate for expired products; the setting of a fixed selling price would be welcomed. This will also allow CP to claim from Health insurance policy. This will also cut out all the illegal drug runners.
The CP are not overcharging anyone instead are barely surviving due to the present undercutting of prices. The selling price is high only because the cost price to the CP is high.
This situation will be highlighted in a letter to the Director of Pharmaceutical Services
Persatuan Farmasi Sarawak
SALE OF SCHEDULED POISONS FOR VETERINARY USE
The sale of Group A Schedule Poison by wholesale and retail is subject to Section 20 of the Poisons Act 1952 were it cannot be supplied direct to farmers. However Group B and C can generally be use for purpose of treatment. As such the BPF need to assure that the supply of Group B and C for veterinarians use is only for purpose of treatment in accordance to the same control for sale for use in human
For a more detailed description on the control of supply of scheduled poisons for veterinary use please refer to the circular from the Pharmaceutical Services Division
>>> More details: KKM Letter Page 1 | Page 2
GOOD AND SERVICES TAX ON PHARMACEUTICALS IN MALAYSIA
In Malaysia, the goods and services tax (GST) was implemented in 2015. Within this context, medicines are subjected to GST. However, essential medicines are exempted. In fact, exempting essential medicines from tax is in line with the Malaysian National Medicines Policy which aims to promote equitable access to affordable essential medicines of good quality to improve health outcomes of the people. The implementation of GST on medicines can generate a stable source of revenue for the nation. However, there are some ways/actions that could be considered to ensure the affordability and accessibility of all medicines post-implementation of GST in Malaysia.
Wong et al. Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory 5 l (2), 221-223.
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SABAH STATE PHARMACY CONFERENCE
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INTERPROFESSIONAL BOWLING GAME (BIM)
The Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia will be organising a Bowling Game.
Day: Sunday, 16th July 2017
Time : 11.00 am
Venue : Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Jalan Bukit Kiara Off Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Last year MPS sent a team to the game. It is hope that this year there will another team.
Kindly register as a team by returning the registration form to
fax 03-77277354 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No registration fee. Please encourage your members to join the event.
>>> Invitation Letter
INTRODUCTION TO STARZ-DRP: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH TO MAKE TRIAGING DECISION AT COMMUNITY PHARMACY SETTINGS
MPS Penang in collaboration with USM shall be organising a training entitled "INTRODUCTION TO STARZ-DRP: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH TO MAKE TRIAGING DECISION AT COMMUNITY PHARMACY SETTINGS". This program carry 6 CPD points
It is open for all community pharmacists to enhance and enrich their skills in servicing the public.
Date: 23th July 2017, Sunday
Venue: Safira country clubs,Seberang Jaya.P.P
MPS Member~RM 60 / Non MPS member~RM 90
Bank Payment Details:
Bank: CIMB BANK
Acc.Name: MALAYSIAN PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY(PENANG AREA)
Kindly RSVP before 10th July 2017 to Mr.Tan : 0194180032
MEMBER BENEFIT - DISCOUNT FOR BMW AND MINI CARS
Auto Bavaria, the distributor of BMW and MINI cars is offering special discount to members of MPS for the purchase of selected models of their cars.
The discount offered are:
2 to 4 units: 6%
5 units and above 7%
BMW 1 Series: 4%
The discounts are cumulative for purchases made by members
Terms and conditions:
- Being a member of MPS for at least 6 months
- Not applicable for demo / registered cars or other promotional campaign
- The car can be registered under the spouse name
- Each family (member and spouse) shall only be entitle to one discount per year
- The car purchased must not be sold within a period of twelve months
- There will be a 3% discount off the normal rate for credit if provided by their related credit company
- A special discount of RM900 for a Driver Training Program
- A special introductory letter will be provided to eligible MPS members upon request using the request form
Note: Each member don't have to buy 2 cars to qualify for the discount. As long as you and another member buy one car each, both will qualify for 6%. If 5 members purchase 5 cars, all will get 7%. The purchase need not be carried out all together. Thus the member who bought earlier with 6% discount will be given additional rebate of 1%.
To apply please submit the Fleet Discount Membership Benefit Application to the MPS Secretariat
>>> Fleet Discount Membership Benefit Application
Other terms and conditions may apply and members are advised to check with the dealer:
Mr Albert Sim 012-4123005 or
MALAYSIAN COMMUNITY PHARMACY BUSINESS FORUM (MYCPBF) 2.0
Having the enthusiasm for committing in community pharmacy, yet hazy of how it ought to be?
The diagram below delineates what you would pick up at the Malaysian Community Pharmacy Business Forum 2.0.
With the line-up of distinguished speakers and panelists, we are assuring you a rare occasion for pharmacists up-north in the Northern Region which you might not want to miss !
Well, if you wonder what RM 15 does to you, we are giving you a shot on how you could enhance it with all the value-added benefits in the Malaysian Community Pharmacy Business Forum 2.0 !
Make your move now !
For registration details, head over to https://goo.gl/D7JDa6
Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/MyCPBFNorthern
AYPG LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AND POSTER COMPETITION
Gentle reminder the early bird rate for AYPG Leadership Summit and Poster Competition will close by 31 July 2017. We have cash prize up to RM 5000 for the winners.
1. Program Tentative: https://goo.gl/fqS3KK
2. Registration Packages: https://goo.gl/7XfwXg
3. Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines: https://goo.gl/2P5iXk
4. Information Starter Pack: https://goo.gl/YSqov7
5. FAQ (Infographics): https://goo.gl/xfufbs
A wealth of warm and friendly Malaysian hospitality awaits you! Sign up for an unforgettable experience of joy, lifelong friendships and growth.
See you soon!
#PHARMACIST #ENGAGINGCOMMUNITIES #AYPG #YPC #MPS
Thank you and best regards,
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>>> For more Info
- Community Pharmacist / Caliph Pharmacy / Sungai Buloh / please send your resume to email@example.com or call 012-6604038 (Noor Azam)
- Pharmacist / Samad Pharmacy / Seri Kembangan / Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms Diana at 011-1147 9182 for interview appointment
- Production Pharmacist / Xorix Sdn Bhd / please email resume to email@example.com
- Management Trainee, Provisionally Registered Pharmacist, Customer Care Center Manager / Zuellig Pharma / Kota Kinabalu, Kuching / Please email in with a details to firstname.lastname@example.org