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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

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

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

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

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