Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Blocking illegal medicine a headache for Malaysia's health ministry, Others news, Health News, AsiaOne YourHealth
KUALA LUMPUR - The booming online pharmaceutical industry, and the ease of having these items delivered to the buyer's doorstep, is posing a major challenge to the Health Ministry's efforts to block illegal medicine.
These online transactions were "almost invisible" and their origins difficult to trace, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
He added that the Customs Department's policy of not screening packages valued below RM500 made it even easier for unregistered and illegal medication to enter the country through online purchases.
"The shipments brought in by companies in bulk are screened, but the problem is with individual purchases sent by post.
"If the value is less than RM500, the Customs Department's policy is not to screen the package as the volume of these packages is too high. But for us, this makes a big difference," he said yesterday.
Dr Subramaniam said the ministry raised this concern to the Customs Department over a year ago.
"People are also able to buy online the medication which they would otherwise need a prescription for.
"This not only puts patients at risk. It is also against the law.
"We have asked the Customs Department to screen all packages and they are trying to do it but I think it is quite expensive to put such a system in place.
"I hope they will be able to do it as soon as possible," he said after opening the training conference on access to safe medicines here.
Earlier in his speech, Dr Subramaniam said the ministry had introduced various efforts to protect Malaysians from counterfeit and unregistered medicine, such as introducing the Meditag security hologram on registered medication and enforcement activities.
Last year, he said 33,704 unregistered products worth RM43.22mil were seized by the ministry.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Malay Mail Online
BALIK PULAU, Jan 25 — Dengue cases are on the rise, with Selangor recording the highest number in one week, according to Health Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
He cited disorganised garbage collection as a factor for the spread of dengue in the state.
“In the course of one week, there were almost 3,000 cases nationwide, of which more than 1,000 were in Selangor,” he told reporters after the presentation of 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) in Balik Pulau here today.
He named Petaling as the area in Selangor with the highest number of dengue cases.
“Selangor is an urban area; the local government must ensure that its enforcement covers all the areas including squatter colonies,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Hilmi described the local council election proposal by the DAP government in Penang as a waste of time.
“Don’t spend too much time politicking. We have an election every five years, suffice that after the election, we concentrate on developing the state and doing what is best for the people,” he said.
In another development, the Balik Pulau member of parliament said 16 clinics comprising four in Terengganu, 11 in Kelantan and one in Beufort, Sabah, which had been destroyed by floods would be rebuilt. — Bernama
Sunday, January 11, 2015
It said to prevent disease outbreaks, especially ‘Acute Gastroenteritis’ (AGE), 23 health teams from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Perlis, Melaka, Kedah and Selangor would be sent to Kelantan for the purpose.
Apart from this, it said 229 volunteers from Institusi Latihan KKM were also helping to clean up health facilities in six districts while specialists were also providing counselling to folks tramautised by the devastating floods.
Meanwhile, Acer Sales and Services Sdn Bhd managing director Ricky Tan in a statement said Acer Malaysia is lending a hand to those affected by the recent floods especially in the East Coast by providing free inspection and 50 per cent discount on parts needed for repair of affected Acer devices.
George Kent (Malaysia) Berhad in a statement said they have pitched in to help flood victims in Kuala Lipis and its surrounding areas by donating foodstuff and essential items which were handed over by the company’s representative.
The company has also volunteered to ferry government engineers assigned to conduct inspection of damage caused by the floods to government clinics in Kelantan.
Apart from this, CMC Engineering Sdn Bhd has launched a programme call ‘CMC Flood Aid Relief — Hand in Hand’ to support flood victims and their family members.
In a statement CMC Engineering Sdn Bhd said the aid in the form of basic school supplies and clothes and other donations would be handed over to Hilir Perak Flood Relief Centre in Sekolah Kebangsaan Selabak which is occupied by approximately 140 people.
Ayam Brand™ also said in a statement that it had contributed hundred of cartons of canned sardines and baked beans to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department in helping the relief effort.