FEEDBACK FROM A CONCERNED COMMUNITY PHARMACIST AND REMARKS FROM THE MPS PRESIDENT
The MPS Secretariat received a letter from a Community Pharmacist who is a life member of MPS. It highlighted some of the concerns and issues related to the members with constructive suggestions. The MPS President felt best that the reply be tabulated so that the issues are clearly highlighted for all to see. This letter is highlighted because it gives the issues which many pharmacists are concerned with, and at the same time also the aspiration of many members.
The sender wished to remain private and his choice is respected.
|Comments from a life member
who is a community pharmacist
|Reply from the MPS President,
En Amrahi Bin Buang
|I am a life membership of MPS. I would like to highlight some ideas for enhancing the image of community pharmacists.
||Many thanks for being a life member and I welcome any idea that will enhance the image of community pharmacists in Malaysia.
|In future, hopefully MPS can act as a main regulatory body to provide license to pharmacists as well as enforcing and monitoring the code of conduct of pharmacy practitioner instead of giving the government to control the pharmacists.
||Not under current laws and RUUF. Regulatory stills belong to LFM and later MPC. Beyond that I'm not sure. Our situation is the same as in UK. However, I feel that self-regulation is the best for pharmacy to be seen as professional and independent.
|If MPS can stand stronger, I believe we will not be able controlled by the political people. MPS is the only society which should design the future of pharmacy practice instead of the political people and the ministry staffs. MPS know more about the practice instead of the government staffs. Actual practice is definitely different from the
theoretical ideas (as can be observed among the ministry staff).
||I hope that MPS can stronger than now. With 50% membership from practicing pharmacists, we need to improve.
Because of the dichotomous nature of the health care system, there's a gap in practice between both. This need to be address under the healthcare transformation plan.
|MPS should learn more from other pharmacy associations from other developed countries. Instead, South Africa Pharmacy association can do better than us. Now it is the time for all pharmacists to stand together and decide what is the best for their practice. Our association should act like the MMA or Bar Council which can act as stronger bodies to control and manage their members. The enforcement role related to pharmacy practitioners should belong to MPS. Let ministry staff control all licenses for the general people.
||I agree that MPS should be a learning organization. MPS need to a very strong organization first. We need leaders at all levels. Currently, structurally, MPS is the same as MMA. The Bar Council is more independent. Looks like it will continue like MPS even under RUUF. It will be MPC, MPS and MAP. The actors must play their roles efficiently.
|MPS can take further action to explore other perspectives and ideas among other CPs regarding this matter. The current practice is now becoming bored and stressful. However, nobody decide to voice it out until we noted about it through the international publication about CPs' roles in Malaysia. I believe that all CPs will support you as our lovely President in any strategies that your team can work out for pharmacy practice. We must stand alone, not being manipulated by the political people through the ministry.
||CP practice is a huge challenge. I appeal for unity among chain, group and independent pharmacists. It is going through a change from a product based practice to a patient based practice. The faster the change takes place, the better it is for CP and the consumers. MPS will continue to support CP. However, MPS need a genuine and honest co-operation from CP to change the practice. If this can be achieved, CP practice will grow in the right direction. I leave it to the CPs to reflect on this.
|We are stronger now than before. A lot of pharmacists are now holding master and phd or pharmD or even BPS. We must do something for our future. A lot of pharmacists will join MPS if MPS can proceed with these strategies. MPS MUST STAND STRONGER AND DECIDE HOW THE PRACTICE SHOULD BE.
NO MORE POLITICAL PEOPLE TO DECIDE HOW WE SHOULD BE.
|Hopefully MPS can be stronger. To do this, we need the numbers and committed members. We also need effective leaders at national, area committees and chapters. MPS is run by volunteers who sacrifice their time, family and money to bring MPS and the profession forward.
Talking about politicians, let them be as such. For them, it is all about power for themselves and their parties.
MPS should connect effectively to all parliamentarians and members of the various state assemblies.
MPS RESPONSES TO DOCTORS GROUPS SEEKING SELLING OF MEDICINES OVER THE COUNTER
There was much publicity over a recent news report stating that the MMA called upon the Ministry to allow clinics to dispense OTC Medicine. MPS immediately sent a respond to the Star but until today it has not been published it. Meanwhile the respond was also loaded to a news agency portal and it was reported to have over 3000 hits.
Below is the text of the respond.
16 May 2017 Puchong, Selangor ? Referring to the article " Allow Clinics to Dispense OTC Medicine" published on 11 August 2017, MPS would like to offer some clarification on some of the terms used.
The term Over-The-Counter (OTC) medicine is defined as medicines that are not controlled under the Poisons Act 1952. Examples of OTC medicines are non-poison cough preparations, sore throat preparations, anti-diarrhoeal preparations and laxatives, amongst others. These types of medicines are available in department stores, convenience stores, clinics and pharmacies, and sundry shops.
Medicines controlled under the Poisons Act 1952 are classified into two types namely Group B and Group C medicines and can be provided to patients with certain restrictions unlike the Over-The-Counter medicines. Group B medicines are strictly to be dispensed upon prescription by doctors. Group C medications can be dispensed by pharmacists without any prescription after consultation with the patient, or by doctors themselves after examining the patient.
Pharmacists are well versed in the pharmacological effects of medicines as it is the core subject of their degree. To ensure safety, the law requires that medicines in Group B and C to be dispensed either personally, or under the direct supervision of doctors or pharmacists. Every patient deserves to be examined or seen by the relevant healthcare professional before being given any medicine to prevent any harm to the patient.
There are strict rules to the supply of medicines in clinics and pharmacies. Only pharmacists with a Type A licence are allowed to sell medicines by retail to patients. As per Malaysian law, only board registered pharmacists can apply for the Poison A license which gives them the right to provide medicine by retail.
Unfortunately, in this country where there is no separation of dispensing from prescribing at the private community sector, which has shown to provide additional patient safety worldwide. The Poison Act 1952 give doctors the full freedom to dispense medication by themselves after examining a patient. However, they do not have the freedom to supply medicines by retail from their clinics without providing consultation to the patient first. This legislation is in place to prevent harm to the person seeking treatment.
The Pharmacy Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Health monitors and takes action against any establishment including clinics, pharmacies and traditional medicine facilities if they do not comply to the Poisons Act 1952. The Enforcement Officers perform their duties within their scope of authority in ensuring the safety of the rakyat.
We hope this clarifies the difference between OTC and Controlled Medicines as well as how medicines can be supplied to patients.
XVII INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ONCOLOGY PHARMACY PRACTICE (ISOPP 2018)
April 11-14, 2018, Shanghai, China
The International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP) presents the XVII International Symposium on Oncology Pharmacy Practice (ISOPP 2018), April 11-13, and one day Masterclass, April 14, at the Kerry Hotel Pudong in Shanghai, China. The local host is the Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association.
Attend ISOPP 2018 to: advance your practice and build competence, make connections with oncology pharmacy practitioners from around the world, be part of the ISOPP community advancing cancer care and explore Shanghai and the surrounding area!
Visit www.isopp2018.org or email email@example.com for more information about #ISOPP2018, to submit an abstract, register, book accommodation or sign up for the e-newsletter.
PERAK PARKINSON INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Date: 21-22 Oct 2017
Venue: Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh
Registration fees: caregivers: RM150 - RM200; Medical officers / Specialists RM500
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ASIAN YOUNG PHARMACIST GROUP (AYPG) LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017
EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Missed out the chance to showcase your best community projects? Worry not as we heard you!
Due to multiple requests, we are pleased to announce that the abstract submission deadline for our poster competition is now EXTENDED till 30th September 2017!
Grab the chance today and you're in contention to win cash prizes up to RM 5000!
Head over to the following links for more details now :
Abstract Submission Guideline :
There are more to offer at the AYPG Leadership Summit 2017! Make a beeline to the details as listed below:
- Program Tentative: https://goo.gl/fqS3KK
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Do not miss the chance to earn 15 CPD points as a participant, and another 5 additional CPD points when you are qualified to present your poster during the Summit! Join us NOW!
13th MPS-USM PHARMACY SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE 2017
===ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31ST AUG ====
Due to overwhelming demand, the organizers have extended the abstract submission deadline to 31.8.2017.
Details of the event are as follows:
Date: 3-5 November 2017
Venue: Bayview Beach Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Early Bird for Registration Deadline: 1.9.2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31.8.2017
CPD Points: 20 (full attendance) + 5 (presentation)
Do not miss out this collaborative effort from MPS and USM
Visit our website to register TODAY!!!
KELANTAN PHARMACY DAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 | AEON MALL | KOTA BHARU
The Pharmaceutical Services Division of the State Health Department Kelantan, in collaboration with the MPS-Kelantan Area will be organizing the Kelantan Pharmacy Day 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/
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