Nickel Joins Pharmaceutical Society of Singapores’s Forum on IT in Pharmacy

The Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore’s Young Pharmacist Chapter, or YPC, hosted its annual Pharmacy Forum event this past February 27th, 2019. With over 100 pharmacists in attendance, visitors gathered at the National Cancer Center Auditorium in Singapore to listen to a discussion panel and ask questions about the latest developments of information technology in pharmacy. Lindsay Nickel, Head of Partnerships & Alliances at mClinica, was joined on the panel by Dr. Kevin Yap, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at La Trobe University, and Mr. Kenneth Leung, healthcare data analyst and founder of Medview. Dr. Yap is an interdisciplinary cyber-pharmacist and

3 ways pharmacists reduce health care costs

Around the world, pharmacists are playing a larger role in healthcare teams alongside doctors and nurses. Though they have long been known for their expertise in dispensing medication, pharmacy professionals are slowly gaining more responsibility and involvement in public health. When pharmacists are included in healthcare teams they reduce health care costs for patients, other healthcare professionals, and governments.   1. Pharmacists protect patients and save money Throughout Southeast Asia, patients most often visit retail pharmacies as their first contact with the healthcare system when seeking treatment. Already, pharmacists are successfully helping in other areas of public health, like offering smoking

Why pharmacists should be able to prescribe oral contraceptives

  In countries like the United States, pharmacists can dispense everything from oral contraceptives to drugs that manage opioid dependence without a prescription. However, no Southeast Asian country allows pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives (OC), though some OC is available over-the-counter in countries like Thailand and Vietnam. Pharmacists should be able to prescribe OC. This is especially true in Southeast Asia, where the risks and costs of abortions are high and pharmacists are available throughout the region. In Southeast Asia, pharmacy professionals are key to community health because they are the most accessible healthcare professionals, setting up shop in both rural

How pharmacists protect patient safety

Pharmacy professionals play a unique role in healthcare; they use their depth of knowledge in medication optimization and adherence, disease prevention, and risk factor management to protect patient safety in Southeast Asia. In countries like the United States a doctor may represent the face of medicine. But throughout Southeast Asia most people seek pharmacy professionals first when treating an illness. Thus, as the front line workers of the healthcare industry, pharmacy professionals protect safely not only by being conveniently available to the public, but also through their expertise and commitment to the patients they serve. Providing access to medicine Throughout Southeast Asia and

What’s really needed to improve access to healthcare in rural areas

Pharmacists are the first point of access to modern medical advice and treatment for many people, especially the poor and the rural. Pharmacies are widespread; a village may not have a hospital, but there definitely will be someone selling medicines. Educating and empowering pharmacy professionals is key to improving health in rural areas. Residents of rural areas face many challenges in getting healthcare, including remote geographic location, shortages of available healthcare professionals, and financial constraints. It is important to understand the barriers affecting a specific population in order to best provide consistent, high-quality access to medical care. Improving access to care