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The only way to end TB is to involve pharmacists

Pharmacies are the first point of access to modern medical advice and treatment for most people in Southeast Asia, especially the poor and rural. Patients may not go to a hospital or clinic at all unless treatment at the pharmacy fails first. Because most pharmacies in the region are private independently-owned shops not integrated into any national electronic health information system, little data exists on potential and active TB patients seeking treatment at pharmacies leading to missed tuberculosis cases. It’s clear that TB isn’t going anywhere unless pharmacists get involved.  Pharmacists should be empowered to screen, refer, and notify TB cases.

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New data: Thai pharmacists fear loratadine sales OTC will harm patients

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently legalized over-the-counter (OTC) sales of loratadine, an antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms, which means that it can now be purchased without prescription even at convenience stores. Across the nation, there was a major backlash from pharmacists who do not agree with the FDA’s decision. At mClinica, we decided to investigate this further by polling Thai pharmacists on their thoughts. Vast majority of pharmacists do not approve of loratadine sales OTC and worry about side effects More than 84% of pharmacists are not in favor of allowing loratadine to be sold OTC. The results did not differ

How AI is Transforming Health in Emerging Markets

Across many emerging markets, there is a lack of basic health data due to low adoption of electronic medical records and inefficient data collection. Indeed, too much data is being gathered manually, which is not only costly and time-consuming, but also fails to capture the entire picture. However, the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the medical world offers the opportunity to see health and epidemiological trends with greater precision and revolutionize the way that data is collected and used. AI helps to gather information about the true burden of disease mClinica developed SnapRx – a platform that uses mobile phone cameras and

The best opportunity for pharmacists’ continuing education is on their phones

People across the globe are spending more time on their mobile phones accessing social media, browsing the web, or using apps. In Vietnam, for example, there are 50 million active mobile social users, and individuals spend an average of 6 hours and 52 minutes on the internet each day! It is natural that mobile continuing education has already begun to replace old-school trainings offline.  Here we break down why the best opportunities for a pharmacist’s continuing education are now on mobile: Mobile continuing education solves many old problems for pharmacists Before the existence of mobile education, pharmacists had to take time

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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