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MAP and SwipeRx sign MOU

The Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy and SwipeRx partner to bring continuing education to the digital age

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2, 2019 – The Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy (MAP) signed an official partnership with SwipeRx during the 2019 MAP Annual General Meeting. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to enhance, empower, and further specialize the role of pharmacists in Malaysia using SwipeRx as an innovative new technology for scaling continuing education. Attendees included Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed (MAP Principal), Mr. Andrew Tan, (Deputy President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society MPS), Mr. Kelvin Ng (Vice President of Business Development of SwipeRx), and Ms. Jasveen Bhullar (Pharmacy Community Manager of SwipeRx) and council members of

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New data: 1 out of 4 pharmacy professionals in Vietnam improperly dispense antibiotics

One of the greatest threats to global public health today is the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medicine used to treat it. AMR is caused by the improper use of antibiotics  and is a rising concern in Southeast Asia because many patients are able to buy antibiotics without a prescription. Last month we polled over 400 pharmacy professionals in Vietnam to uncover pharmacists’ current practices in dispensing antibacterial drugs. What we found was consistent with our findings from other Southeast Asian countries, like the Philippines and Indonesia, and highlights the seriousness of the AMR

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New data: Most pharmacists in Indonesia lack training for drug recalls

Multiple hypertension drugs including Irbesartan, Losartan, and Valsartan, have been recalled in the United States and Europe due to chemical impurities. Following the US and Europe’s lead, the National Agency for Drug and Food Control of the Republic of Indonesia (BPOM) has also ordered their recall.  At mClinica, we wanted to find out whether pharmacists in Indonesia are prepared to execute this drug recall. So, last month we polled 492 pharmacy professionals in Indonesia using SwipeRx surveys, and uncovered the following data: Most pharmacists knew about the recall but did not have training on how to respond According to our poll,

Is it real of fake medicine?

Why are fake medicines still a problem in Southeast Asia?

The problem of fake medicines is far from being solved in Asia. The Pharmaceutical Security Institute reported that 1,100 “incidents” involving counterfeit and illegal pharmaceuticals were reported in Asia in 2015. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has also revealed that Asia has the largest share of the global trade in illegal and fake medicines. So, why does this problem persist and what solutions exist today? Failure to monitor the supply chain keeps fake medicines on the market When supply chain security is weak, it becomes increasingly difficult to trust that patients are being prescribed real medications. Recent crackdowns on counterfeit

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Want to reduce childhood illness? Let pharmacists give vaccines.

Pharmacists hold a unique position in the healthcare system: they are highly accessible to the public and are the most visited health care professionals. They have long opening hours, a wide availability of medicines, and are spread across wide geographies – many areas tend to have pharmacies a lot closer than they do clinics. Yet, pharmacists are still limited in the services that they can provide, including the ability to administer vaccines. Pharmacists should assume a larger role with regard to immunization, particularly in densely populated regions in Southeast Asia where both child and adult immunizations are being neglected, adding to the