ASIAN YOUNG PHARMACIST GROUP (AYPG) LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017
PARTICIPANT REFERRAL PROGRAM
Calling all Early bird participants! Get any 3 friends to register with a between 1st August - 30th September and RM80 is YOURS!
Not an early bird yet? Register and pay by 31st July 2017 to qualify for the program!
For Terms and Conditions of the referral program, make a beeline for https://goo.gl/tp5JV6
Intrigued to find out more about the Summit? Check out the details as listed below:
1. Program Tentative: https://goo.gl/fqS3KK
2. Registration Packages: https://goo.gl/7XfwXg
3. Information Starter Pack: https://goo.gl/YSqov7
4. FAQ (Infographics): https://goo.gl/xfufbs
Do not miss the chance to earn 15 CPD points as a participant, and 5 more additional CPD points when you are qualified to present your poster during the Summit! Join us NOW!
MQUIT CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP - NORTHERN REGION 2017
Calling all pharmacists !
Grab the chance to participate the ONLY MQuit Certification Workshop for Northern region, this 19th August 2017 (Saturday) !
Brought to you by Assoc. Prof. M. Haniki Nik Mohamed, this is definitely a golden chance for those who have completed the online CSCSP (Certified Smoking Cessation Service Provider) module to be certified for its Level 2 OSCE examination, and to get exposure on the details of MQuit program and how it helps you and your pharmacy premise to establish a good smoking cessation service!
Head over to the following links for more details today :
- Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/mquitnorthern2017
- Registration Form : http://www.tinyurl.com/mquitkedahperlis2017
THE ANTIBIOTIC COURSE HAS HAD ITS DAY
With little evidence that failing to complete a prescribed antibiotic course contributes to antibiotic resistance, it's time for policy makers, educators, and doctors to drop this message, argue Martin Llewelyn and colleagues.
Antibiotics are vital to modern medicine and antibiotic resistance is a global, urgent threat to human health. The relation between antibiotic exposure and antibiotic resistance is unambiguous both at the population level and in individual patients. Reducing unnecessary antibiotic use is therefore essential to mitigate antibiotic resistance.
Avoiding overuse requires healthcare professionals and the public to be well informed about antibiotic treatment, as set out in the first objective of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan. Public communication about antibiotics often emphasises that patients who fail to complete prescribed antibiotic courses put themselves and others at risk of antibiotic resistance. For example, in materials supporting Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 WHO advised patients to "always complete the full prescription, even if you feel better, because stopping treatment early promotes the growth of drug-resistant bacteria." Similar advice appears in national campaigns in Australia, Canada, the United States, and Europe And in the United Kingdom it is included as fact in the curriculum for secondary school children.
However, the idea that stopping antibiotic treatment early encourages antibiotic resistance is not supported by evidence, while taking antibiotics for longer than necessary increases the risk of resistance. Without explicitly contradicting previous advice, current public information materials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health England have replaced "complete the course" with messages advocating taking antibiotics "exactly as prescribed." We explore the evidence for antibiotic duration, clinical effectiveness, and resistance, and encourage policy makers, educators, and doctors to stop advocating "complete the course" when communicating with the public. Further, they should publicly and actively state that this was not evidence-based and is incorrect.
>>> Read more here
Comments : MPS Antimicrobial Group Chairman
In my opinion, we all know that there are issues with antibiotics duration, in terms of evidence. Some guidelines are also not spell out clearly. Nevertheless, it is NOT for the patient to decide the duration of antibiotics, it is the prescriber duty to determine the optimal duration based on his clinical judgement and guidelines. Some infection like osteomyelitis, meliodosis, meningitis and TB require long duration of antibiotics
Comments: John Chang
A significance report at the heart of global AMR campaign which is very real and threatening. Still need to pursue "Perlukah Antibiotik?"
What happens when lay press picking up this news, just like now its ok to take fats and oily stuff not responsible for heart diseases, its sugar causing inflammation the culprit, can cause serious problem if taken literally by people ever yearning for fast food.
We have to work harder to explain to ensure people see this news within context and cautiousness and the confidence in HCPs not undermined by confusing news. As report says, many still just stop taking once symptoms subside within days. Are they right?
Comments from the England Medical Officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies
The message to the public remains the same: people should always follow the advice of healthcare professionals. To update policies, we need to further research to inform them. "[The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence] is currently developing guidance for managing common infections which will look at all available evidence on appropriate prescribing of antibiotics.
E-CIGARETTES LINKED TO HELPING PEOPLE QUIT SMOKING
Electronic cigarettes help people trying to quit smoking, according to a new study that helps to settle a long-running debate over the risks and benefits of e-cigs.
For the study, published today in the journal BMJ, researchers analyzed survey data from over 160,000 people spanning almost 15 years. They found that smokers who used e-cigs tried to quit smoking more often and succeeded (for at least three months) more often than smokers who didn't use e-cigs. Overall, more people quit in the latest year that data was available - the 2014-15 year - than in the 2010-11 year.
E-cigarettes vaporize liquid nicotine, so they deliver the drug directly instead of burning tobacco and creating tar, which has cancer-causing chemicals. As vaping becomes more popular, there's been a lot of debate over the role of e-cigs. Some say that they're healthier than actual cigarettes, but others argue that their popularity lures nonsmokers into smoking, or that people think it's healthy so they try less hard to quit.
>>> Read More here
Comments from Assoc Prof Dr Mohamad Haniki
As stated in the article, the study does have limitations. It used surveys, which don't tend to offer the most detailed information, such as the type of e-cig used. And the results don't mean that e-cigs get all the credit for the good news. The authors write that things like national ad campaigns against smoking and a tobacco tax probably helped, too. This suggests that, in some cases, e-cigs may do more good, however, and maybe it's time to take another look at attitudes surrounding the technology.
There are also other tobacco control strategy implemented (price, smokefree area, etc) will come into play.
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
>>> 13th MPS-PSC Video
SENARAI HITAM PENGUATKUASA FARMASI MELAKA-MALAYSIA ( PHARMEL BLACKLIST (EDISI MEI 2017)) KEPADA ANGGOTA FARMASI BERDAFTAR
Sukacita dimaklumkan bahawa Cawangan Penguatkuasa Farmasi Melaka bersama-sama Bahagian Perkhidmatan Farmasi, KKM telah menghasilkan inovasi PharMel Blacklist yang diedarkan kepada anggota perubatan, agensi penguatkuasa dan orang ramai untuk memudahkan semakan status sesuatu produk, sama ada dicemari racun atau tidak.
- Pangkalan Aplikasi Google Play dengan kata kunci "Pharmel Blacklist" [Kemaskini Automatik] atau
- Pautan laman web: http://bit.ly/pharmel5-2017 [Kemaskini Secara Manual] atau
- Pautan laman web: http://www.pharmacy.gov.my/v2/ms (ruangan Dokumen & Media > Penerbitan)
ANTHONY SOH TEK CHANG
Ketua Penolong Pengarah Farmasi [Kuatkuasa]
Bahagian Perkhidmatan Farmasi,
Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Melaka,
KELANTAN PHARMACY DAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 | AEON MALL | KOTA BHARU
The Pharmaceutical Services Division of the State Health Department Kelangan, in collaboration with the MPS-Kelantan Area will be organizing the Kelantan Pharmacy D ay Program in AEON Mall, Kota Bharu on 30 September 2017.
Activities that are planned include Medication Consultation Day, and Pharmacy Run
These activities are intended to promote a culture of health awareness and sports. Participation is open to the public.
Registration for Kelantan Pharmacy Run 2017 Category 7km >>
For further enquires please visit
ALLIED AGAINST DENGUE: FUN RUN
To highlight the danger of Dengue, there will be a Fun Run organized by the Allied Against Dengue group of which MPS is a part of, on 17th Sep 2017
Venue: 1 Jalan Flora 3, Bandar Rimbayu, Telok Penglima Garang, Selangor
Registration fees: RM55 to RM80
Time reporting 6am
Closing date: 30th Aug
Register at: http://adrenalineaddict.asia/aad2017/
REAKSI ISSUE 4/2017
- Hyoscine Butylbromide Injection: Risk of Serious Adverse Effects in Patients with Underlying Cardiac Disease
- Keytrudaź (pembrolizumab): Risk of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
>>> Reaksi Issue 4/2017
IN MADRAC BULLETIN ISSUE 01/2017
- Cyclopentolate Eye Drops Use in Premature Infants: Risk of Respiratory Adverse Events
- Colchicine: Reminder on the Risk of Toxicity
- Summary of Safety Concerns Linked to Dipeptidyl Peptidase (DPP)-4 Inhibitors
increase awareness among healthcare professionals and stimulate ADR reporting.
- Levonorgestrel-containing Emergency Hormonal Contraception: New Advice on Interactions with Hepatic Enzyme Inducers and Contraception Efficacy
- Reaching Out to the Public
While previously, most of the communication from NPRA has been targeted to healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical companies, now we are striving to increase communication to the general public on issues related to medication safety.
>>> MADRAC Bulletin Issue 01/2017
REAKSI 3 2017
- Loperamide: Risk of Serious Cardiac Adverse Events with High Doses, Including Through Misuse
- Thalidomide, Lenalidomide and Pomalidomide: Risk of Hepatitis B Reactivation, Herpes Zoster and Pulmonary Hypertension
>>> Reaksi Issue 3/2017
THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY: CONFRONTING AUTOMATION
Nearly half of jobs in America have the potential to be eliminated by technology within the next two decades. The impact of computerization on the labor market is well established in the literature. Oxford's 2013 study confirms the decline of employment in routine occupations-jobs mainly consisting of tasks following well-defined operations that can easily be written into a sophisticated algorithm and then performed by a computer.
What Types of Jobs Are Automated?
Customer-empathy positions and manual tasks of the service industry are less susceptible to automation; however, the 50-50 chance that a robot could replace you still exists.
We all are aware of jobs that are moving toward automation, such as manufacturing, banking kiosks, diagnostic tasks for medical records, sorting legal briefs for law firms, robots for climbing wind turbines, and vehicle controllers. As technological abilities expand, automation can be expected to slowly substitute low-wage service occupations.
Pharmacies Are Confronting Automation
Hospitals are already employing autonomous robots to transport food and prescriptions-both retail and hospital pharmacies are a target for automation. An important distinction to make, however, is that pharmacy automation is not a generic term for a robot.
>>> Read more here
ROAD TO WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY 2017
PERINGKAT ZON HULU SELANGOR 12th AUG 2017
Pelbagai aktiviti menarik akan dijalankan seperti:
- Pertandingan "Know Your Medicine Explorace"
- Pameran Kenali Ubat Anda
- Pameran Kerjaya Farmasi
- Senamrobik & Cabutan Bertuah
- Saringan Pemeriksaan Kesihatan
- Saringan Pemeriksaan Gigi
- Derma Darah
- Pameran Antidadah
- Pameran Kempen Derma Organ
- Pertandingan Mewarna
- Pertandingan Teka Kapsul
- Pertandingan Penyediaan Makanan Sihat
- Cabutan Bertuah
- Pelbagai kuiz dengan hadiah istimewa
- Goodie bag dengan cenderahati istimewa
- Pelbagai pameran lain dan gerai jualan
Sebarang pertanyaan lanjut, mohon hubungi Nurzafirah Binti Mustapha Kamal / Farah Abd Rahim (Pegawai Farmasi, Hospital Kuala Kubu Bharu) di talian 03-60641333 sambungan 254 / 209 / 279.
ROAD TO WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY ZONE 3 GOMBAK SELAYANG MALL
Well done MPS team and JKNS team. The turnout was excellent and the activities were exciting.
HARI RAYA GATHERING 2017 AT WISMA MPS
Around 100 Pharmacists, senior, junior, and future pharmacists from various sectors (community, hospitals, industry, academia) gathered under one roof on 20th Jul for a Hari Raya gathering at Wisma MPS.
Also present were well-wishers from the industry as well as from other NGOs.
It was indeed a joyful occasion
Thanks to all the council members and guests who attended this function.
In appreciation also to the AJK of MPS Raya 2017, and MyPSA for helping out with the organising of this event
PHARMACISTS CARE FOR THE HEALTH OF ORANG ASLI
MPS Penang organised a community service at the Orang Asli Centre in Tasik Banding near Gerik on 22nd Jul 2017. It is no easy effort to reach the area to help the community improve their livelihood and health
Service towards a Healthy Society
>>> YouTube Video Link 1
>>> YouTube Video Link 2
MYCPBF2 - A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION
Another fruitful occasion up north is done. We embrace the joy and knowledge input, as well as the rooms of improvement to ensure a better success next time
Thanks for the kind support and efforts from all who make this occasion a success.
Without you, we couldn't have make MYCPBF2 a historical start at the Northern region.
We have more intense collaborations coming up together with AIMST and comrades at the Northern region. Stay tuned!
A special note of thanks also to the CPD and Seminar Committee, Faculty of Pharmacy in AIMST, especially Mr Ng Yen Ping, lecturer at AIMST who work closely with us towards the event.
Credits to pharmacy students at AIMST as well. they played a crucial role in making the event a success.
And it is our great pleasure to work hand in hand together, learning from each other.
It proves that there shall not be any boundaries as we are pharmacists first.
BIM NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT AT 44TH AGM 2017
At the recent AGM of the Balai Ikhtihiais Malaysia, Mr John Chang, Past President of MPS, was elected as the President of BIM for the term 2017/2018. He is the first pharmacist to be elected to this position and is willing to take up this great responsibility of leading this group of professional organisations.
IPSF APRO BEST MEMBER ASSOCIATION AWARD 2016/2017
It is an honor to share with all of you that MyPSA was awarded as the 'Best Member Association 2016/17' in the recent Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Symposium held in Bangkok, Thailand. On behalf of the association, I would like to thank all members of MyPSA for your contributions in bringing the best we could for the association. Not to forget the hardwork from our excellent executive members (EXCO) and the mainboard of MyPSA. They have been sensational throughout the tenure committing to various projects nationally and internationally. Let us all embrace this moment and celebrate along with the 50th Anniversary of our parent body 'Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society, MPS'. We shall strive higher and target to furnish a better service for our profession through learning in platforms like in IPSF/FIP.
"Towards Pharmaceutical Excellence"
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
- Retail / Community Pharmacist / PRPS / Muar / please call Mr Lau at 019-6656022
- Custom Medz / full time retail Pharmacist / Jalan Klang Lama, KL / please email to email@example.com
- Community Pharmacist / Caliph Pharmacy / Sungai Buloh / please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 012-6604038 (Noor Azam)
- Pharmacist / Samad Pharmacy / Seri Kembangan / Please email resume to email@example.com or call Ms Diana at 011-1147 9182 for interview appointment
- Production Pharmacist / Xorix Sdn Bhd / please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org