MPS PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS FOR WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY 2017
(Note: This message was released on 25th Sep 2017.)
"From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service" - this year's theme is spot on in showcasing the fact that pharmacist are involved in every aspect of medication; from the birth of a product during formulation right up to the dispensing of medication.
The theme is clear as crystal that all our duties and efforts go towards one end point which is providing the best service to the consumer/patient. Tying in the WPD theme to our own motto "Berkhidmat Untuk Kesihatan Rakyat", I can say that MPS has always advocated that pharmacist are here to serve the public. It is critical that we build that trust with the public because we are the most accessible healthcare provider. Educating the public on health and medicines is very important because it helps us cultivate the trust we want them to have in pharmacist.
How does MPS fulfill the theme set for us this year? Are we anywhere near the benchmark or have we surpassed it?
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WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY - NATIONWIDE
25th Sep, the designated date for World Pharmacists Day saw many activities being carried out worldwide as well as locally to highlight the value of the pharmacy profession and impact on improving health to authorities, other professions and the media, as well as to the general public.
While some states celebrated it on the day itself, some others celebrated it earlier and some at a later date. These celebrations are being carried out through all levels - at the community pharmacy, hospital, as well as at the Pharmaceutical Services Division. It is a very long list.
WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY - 7TH OCT: AEON MALL, BUKIT RAJA, KLANG, SELANGOR
At the MPS level the WPD 2017 will be held through a collaboration with the Selangor State Health Department (Pharmacy), and the Pharmaceutical Services Division on 7th October 2017 at Aeon Mall, Bukit Raja, Klang, Selangor.
The theme of the celebration is the internationally accepted "From research to healthcare: Your pharmacist is at your service"
As many pharmacists as possible are encouraged to attend this event as it is a gathering and celebration of pharmacists. Do come in full force to fill up all the floor levels at the Mall to witness the opening ceremony and show the unity of pharmacists to the Minister of Health, YB Datuk Seri Dr S Subramanian who will be officiating.
This WPD2017 celebration in fact started in May 2017 with the program Road to World Pharmacists Day whereby road shows were conducted in 6 zones / districts in Selangor at various intervals to promote the roles of pharmacists to the public. As such the 7th October celebration is the highlight of the whole series of the roadshow.
At the WPD2017 there will be program for the family including Live Sketch, Public Forum on Supplements or Drugs, Children colouring contest, public awareness campaign on Vaccination, Antibiotics Resistance Awareness, Photo/Social Media Booth, Exhibition Booth by companies, and exhibition booths on pharmacy services.
WPD 2017 - MEET-THE-PHARMACISTS
At the WPD 2017 Aeon Mall, there will also be a special MPS Booth whereby members of the public are able to "Meet-The-Pharmacists".
Pharmacists who have contributed to the profession in their own way, big or small, yesterday or today, in any sector, are called upon to be present at this event and to volunteer their time (for 2 hours) to be at this special booth. This is for them to share their experience and vision of pharmacy to pharmacists as well as members of the public at this "Meet-The-Pharmacists" booth.
These pharmacists could be from the universities (deans and lecturers), community pharmacy groups, chain pharmacy, Young Pharmacists of the MPS, Past Presidents of MPS, Past Presidents of the Malaysian Pharmacy Students Association, Medical Mythbusters, Mount Kinabalu climbers, pharmacists from the Ministry of Health, private hospitals, past senior directors of pharmaceutical services, pharmacists industrialists from the pharmaceutical industries be it trading, manufacturing, social activists on health, medical writers for newspaper, pharmacists active on social media promoting the profession, marine pharmacist, pharmacists sports personality, pharmacists active in charity work, smoking cessation providers, military pharmacists and many others. Do come along and volunteer and you may first drop in an email of your intention earlier so that the organiser could expect you.
>>> WPD2017 PROGRAM V4
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
PENANG CELEBRATES WORLD PHARMACISTS' DAY AT QUEENSBAY MALL
ON 30 SEPT - 1 OCT 2017
PROPOSED PHARMACY BILL REDRAFTED AND FINALISED TO RETAIN CURRENT SYSTEM!
Either by coincidence or by plan, during the week of World Pharmacists Day, the Ministry of Health informed through the press that Pharmacists have lost their exclusive right to dispense medicine in the proposed new Pharmacy Bill.
A few reasons were given including "dismantling a system that was functioning properly might bring other problems", "nearest pharmacy was 30km away" and also for "convenience for patients"
>>> The Star 27th Sep 2017
Consumer group including CAP had voiced their disappointment at this decision of not separating the roles of dispensing and prescribing which is a norm in developed countries and is a retrogressive move for a country who aspire to be a high-income nation, and denying a profession of its fundamental role
>>> Click here to read more
MPS had issued a Press Release that Pharmacists and Consumers are on the same page when it comes to the Pharmacy Bill. Medication and Patient Safety comes first. Patients have a right to make informed buying decisions and should not be forced to buy medication from private practitioners.
>>> Click here to read more
RANG UNDANG-UNDANG FARMASI: MPS DIARY
The proposal to draft the RUUF was first mooted in 1996. MPS was initially invited to participate in this process. Subsequently there were a series of workshops and discussions. The bill seemed finally ready and as was the practice of the government there was a public engagement of the gist of the Pharmacy Bill in 2012 through online. However this was rejected as certain groups voiced that they were not consulted in the drafting.
To seek clarification on the progress of the Bill, courtesy calls were made to various government departments including the Prime Minister Department, the Minister of Health, the Law Ministry, and the AG office.
A meeting was also held with PEMANDU on 3rd April 2015 and eventually it seemed that they co-ordinated the process to call for a new dialogue among stakeholders which finally took place in November 2015
Decisions made at the dialogue were noted by the MOH to consider in their redrafting of the Bill with the AG.
In May 2016 a dialogue among stakeholders was called by the Ministry of Health to announce the main points of the redrafted Bill.
As the new draft has some contentious issues the MPS- RUUF Task Force studied the implications of these issues and subsequently issued a joint memorandum to the Prime Minister objecting on 5 main areas, namely
- Issuance of prescriptions to patients is not mandatory.
- It is not mandatory to state Indication / Diagnosis on prescriptions
- Pharmaceutical Compounding can be performed by non-pharmacists
- Psychotropic medicines can be dispensed by prescribers
- Pharmacy technician can be supervised by non-pharmacists
Certain interest groups had also started an iPetition on the Bill and this was incorporated in the above memorandum
At the 49th AGM members gave a strong mandate to reject the RUUF based on the contentious issues and the stand will not change until a satisfactory response is received.
To reinforce the stand, MPS at its 50th Anniversary Seminar hosted the international Federation Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) Stakeholders' Forum on Separation of Dispensing from Prescription (SDP). A joint statement was issue (Statement can be found at the same link)
>>> Read more of the MPS Diary of activities and correspondence on RUUF
MANAGEMENT OF OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT - TRAINING FOR PHARMACISTS
NEW DATE: 18TH NOVEMBER 2017 (SATURDAY)
TIME: 8.30 AM - 4:30 PM
VENUE: MPS HQ, PUCHONG, SELANGOR
Please note the program on Management of Obesity and Overweight ? Training for Pharmacists has been postponed to 18th Nov 2017.
There is also a change in the fees. Members are now complimentary whereas non-members will be charged RM70. Those who had signed up earlier with the old fees will be refunded.
About the Program:
To further support the public campaign of weight management the MPS shall be holding a one-day training program for community pharmacists. This training program is aimed to provide the community pharmacists to be better prepared and equipped to provide the consumers information of weight management. Topics will include dietary advice, physical activity and behavioral change but also effective and safe weight loss medications and products.
To observe the impact of training session, an assessment pre-post and follow-up will be disseminate to all the participants before and after workshop on the same day and follow-up questionnaire will be sent after four weeks' time through email/post. All participants will be require to complete the assessment and return to the Secretariat (MPS) within 4 weeks. This will constitute the completion of the training and the participants will be given a Certificate of Completion.
>>> Click here for more information
PAHANG PHARMACY UPDATE 2017
7 & 8 OCTOBER
HOTEL CATHAYANA, KUANTAN
>>> PPU 2017 Registration Form
>>> PPU 2017 Tentative Programme
BE A CERTIFIED COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE EXPERT
Make a difference in your customers' wellbeing through Complementary Medicine (CM) advice. Brush up your knowledge in CM through CMEd, the CPD-certified CM structured learning program, at your own pace. Go to www.mps.org.my for more info.
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APPLICATION FOR PHARMACIST ANNUAL CERTIFICATE 2018
Please be reminded that the application for Pharmacist Annual Certificate through BLESS is temporarily postponed. All new applications are to be made manually with the Malaysian Pharmacy Board with effect from 15th Feb 2017.
The application procedure is reverted back to before the implementation of BLESS
Please visit www.pharmacy.gov.my for the instructions and forms.
THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY EDUCATION AND
RESEARCH NETWORK OF ASEAN
21 & 22 NOVEMBER 2017
GRAND SEASON HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR
MALAYSIAN INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE SYMPOSIUM 2017 | TAYLOR'S UNIVERSITY LAKESIDE CAMPUS | 7TH OCTOBER 2017
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See You There!
>>> MIHS Speaker Line Up
ASIAN YOUNG PHARMACIST GROUP (AYPG) LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017
GROUP REGISTRATION PROGRAM
Still searching for the best deal to join the AYPG Leadership Summit 2017?
Catch the latest surprise from us, the newly launched Group Registration Program - get 4 tickets to the Summit with the price of 3!
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Terms and conditions apply.
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NATIONAL RENAL PHARMACY SCIENTIFIC MEETING
The theme of the coming National Renal Pharmacy Scientific Meeting is 'Seeking New Evidence Beyond The Norm'. The burden of kidney disease is still on the rise. At present, it is estimated that between 1.8 to 3.1 million of Malaysians may have chronic kidney disease with the majority undetected in their early stages. We are in the era of abundance scientific evidence, particularly in the field of nephrology. As the root cause of the disease has become better understood, many new drugs have been developed and recommendations in the clinical practice guidelines have been revised. Research and study in the field of renal pharmacotherapy will be progressively important to improve patient care in various aspects.
The Renal Pharmacy Scientific Meeting will bring together pharmacists in clinical practice, academia, pharma-industry and all areas of expertise who share similar interest in renal pharmacotherapy. The meeting aims to provide opportunities for sharing of evidence-based renal medicine which can be taken as pearls for daily practice. The meeting also provides potential networking opportunities for collaboration in order to cultivate interest in conducting research in renal disease. Participants will come away from the scientific meeting with the knowledge they need to advance their roles in their respective fields.
We look forward to meeting you!
Dr. Norkasihan Ibrahim, RPh 4051
>>> Renal meeting Flyer (1st announcement)
13TH MPS-USM PHARMACY SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE 2017
Please note that the early Bird for Registration Deadline is : 30.9.2017
All presenters and participants are advised to register by that date to enjoy the early bird fees.
CPD Points: 20 (full attendance) + 5 (presentation)
Do not miss out this collaborative effort from MPS and USM
Visit our website to register TODAY!!!
HAZARD OF ONLINE PURCHASE OF MEDICINES
In the largest operation of its kind, INTERPOL's Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit sale of medicines and medical devise saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than USD51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines
Watch En Mohd Hazwan Bin Md Ghazali, Ministry of Health Malaysia talked about online purchase of medicines
Slides of the 50th MPS Anniversary Seminar can now be downloaded from the MPS website
Member Benefits: Auto Bavaria, the distributor of BMW and MINI cars is offering special discount to MPS members for purchase of selected models of their cars between 4% - 7%.
>>> Click here for more details
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