World Pharmacists Day 2016
25 September 2016 Puchong, Selangor – World Pharmacists Day will be celebrated nationwide this Sunday by pharmacists across Malaysia.
The theme for this year, Pharmacists: Caring for you, was chosen to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care to the public as the role of pharmacists has expanded from that of a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care.
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society President, Tn Haji Amrahi Buang wishes all pharmacists a Happy World Pharmacists Day and urges the rakyat to take advantage of the services provided by pharmacists especially those in the community. The community pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare provider for the community to learn more about their treatments and medication requirements.
Tuan Haji Amrahi said, “Community pharmacists are excellent healthcare partners of the rakyat because they can provide care in the form of checking, filling and dispensing of prescribed medication and medication counselling, medication identification, supplements education and counselling, selfmonitoring assistance, prescribing and dispensing of group C and OTC products, referring cases to doctors/specialists for illness and diseases that require a medical doctor’s review, amongst other services. ”
Tn Haji Amrahi also mentioned that this year, pharmacist nationwide as well as Pharmacy Faculties of numerous universities carried out events designed to educate the public on the roles of pharmacist by showcasing pharmacy services in all sectors, the importance of requesting for a prescription and the importance of knowing your medication.
The prescription education campaign was initiated by MPS to provide educational material for the rakyat on the importance of having a prescription for their own health and safety. The Know Your Medicines (“Kenali Ubat Anda”) campaign is a long standing initiative by the Pharmaceutical Services Division. Ministry of Health which has brought great benefit to the rakyat.
At a recent World Pharmacists Day celebration in Penang, Dr Salmah Bahri, Director, National Regulatory Pharmaceutical Agency, Ministry of Health had stated that the New Pharmacy Bill was being revisited and redrafted before it was sent to the AG chambers. This statement elicited positive response from the pharmaceutical fraternity with the hope that the issue of nonmandatory issuance of prescription would be resolved in the favour of the patients’ rights, amongst the other contentious issues that were highlighted to the Prime Minister's Office in May this year.
When asked to elaborate on the statement from Dr Salmah Bahri, Tuan Haji Amrahi said, “We hope that the redrafting of the NPB should provide safety and quality to the rakyat in all aspects of pharmaceutical care delivery. The NPB also needs to ensure the quality and competency of pharmacists in this country. The highest level of practice at all sectors of pharmacy should be encouraged and supported. The government should address all contentious issues to protect patients’ rights and to enhance medication safety”.
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Brief
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) is the national association for pharmacists formed in 1967 to promote and maintain the honor and interests of the profession of pharmacy in the country. The Society plays an important role to further the development of pharmacy and pharmaceutical education and to foster intraprofessional relationship among members. It strives to improve the Science of Pharmacy for the general welfare of the public by fostering the publication of scientific and professional information relating to the practice of pharmacy and aid in the development and stimulation of discovery, invention and research.
The Society also represents the interests of its members and also the general public by having representatives at the Pharmacy Board and the Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health, and other consumerrelated interest groups. The Society also confers Honorary membership, Fellowship and Awards to deserving pharmacists. For students, the MPS presents the annual MPS Gold Medallist Award to deserving graduating students from local pharmacy institutions.
Membership is opened to all registered pharmacists in Malaysia.
There is also a category for student membership. Through this channel students can focus their activities through various interest groups (NoGAPS, IPSF, Student Chapter). Special consideration is also given to students to attend MPSorganised activities either through complimentary invitation, or at special student rates.
The Society is actively engaging pharmacists in Continuing Professional Development activities. Throughout the year courses and seminars are being organized to facilitate pharmacists participation. It is also pursuing accreditation of pharmacies for standardization of practice.