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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

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 Are Critical To Primary Care In Southeast Asia

Pharmacists are critical to primary care. They are often the first point of access to healthcare because they are easily accessible to the public: they are often available 24 hours a day, protect confidentiality, do not require scheduling an appointment, and do not charge consultation fees. In fact, according to a 2005 study, individuals who live in regions with high numbers of primary care providers, like pharmacists, have better health outcomes than those who do not. However, pharmacists in developing regions like Southeast Asia are not being utilized to their full potential because their place in healthcare is not yet established. Therefore,