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In Southeast Asia, patients aren’t finishing their TB medications. Why?

There are many reasons why patients in Southeast Asia do not take their full courses of TB medications. This non-adherence causes multi-drug resistant strains of TB (MDR-TB), which poses a deadly threat to health worldwide. We must improve TB treatment adherence in Southeast Asia, where MDR-TB is rising. In order to do that, we need to understand the barriers to treatment that patients face, which include: 1) Lack of knowledge and misinformation about treatment When a TB patient undergoes treatment, they will start to feel better just a few weeks after starting treatment. Oftentimes, when this happens the patient wrongfully assumes that their TB is

Pharmacy poll on mental health in Vietnam

Diazepam is the most requested mental health drug in Vietnam: Reflections on data and mental health

Although the link between physical and mental health is well established in scientific circles, it has not yet been properly communicated to the general public— particularly in rapidly developing regions like Southeast Asia. This is problematic because mental illness increases the risk of infection from bodily diseases, and an estimated 14% of the global burden of disease is the result of some mental illness. In Vietnam, there are approximately 13.5 million Vietnamese, roughly 15% of the total population, who suffer from some diagnosable  mental disorder. Here’s what is already in place to help these millions of individuals, and what else

mClinica speaks at the ADB’s Catalyzing Private Capital for Aging Care in Thailand Roundtable Discussion

On November 1st, 2018, the Asian Development Bank organized a “Roundtable Discussion on Catalyzing Private Capital for Aging Care in Thailand,” in Bangkok.   The event welcomed a diverse group of participants hailing from Thai government ministries, non-governmental development organizations, and the private sector including mClinica’s Thailand Country Director, Lindsay Nickel. The Roundtable Discussion acted as a forum for dialogue to help Thailand plan and implement strategies to cope with an aging population and to serve as a model for other Asian countries experiencing similar issues. Thailand’s population is aging at a rapid pace, with 11 million people currently over the

What insights will big data provide on public health?

While most developed countries are using electronic prescriptions and health records that generate big data insights, there has been far less use of these technologies in emerging regions like Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia has the highest proportion of global mortality, with an overly large share of tuberculosis, maternal conditions, child mortality, and injuries. There is clearly a dire need for improvements in public health information infrastructure. Big data has the capability to plug this “healthcare gap” by boosting quality and access to care at a reduced cost. mClinica’s SwipeRx platform is already leading the way by connecting over 100,000 pharmacies

5 ways young pharmacists are changing the profession

The pharmaceutical industry is changing substantially, leading to the creation of new career paths for pharmacists in primary care, retirement homes, and emergency services. In order to fulfill these new demands, the industry needs to empower the leaders of tomorrow— young pharmacists. Thankfully, there is no lack of young pharmacists: according to the user demographic data generated by mClinica’s SwipeRx platform, the average age of pharmacy professionals in Southeast Asia is 28 years. Here are 5 ways that young pharmacists are already impacting the profession: 1) Young pharmacists educate the public One of the biggest problems pharmacists face is