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Data: Most pharmacists in the Philippines agree with lowering CPD requirements

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippines has recently decided to lower the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for pharmacists from 45 units to 15. Using our SwipeRx platform, we surveyed over 400 pharmacy professionals in the Philippines to ask them whether or not they were in favor of minimizing the CPD requirements. Read on to find out what our results showed: Overwhelming majority of pharmacists are in favor of the new CPD law Our poll revealed that more than 92% of pharmacists are in favor of reducing the required CPD units. The main reasons given were that it

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New data: 1 out of 4 pharmacy professionals in Vietnam improperly dispense antibiotics

One of the greatest threats to global public health today is the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medicine used to treat it. AMR is caused by the improper use of antibiotics  and is a rising concern in Southeast Asia because many patients are able to buy antibiotics without a prescription. Last month we polled over 400 pharmacy professionals in Vietnam to uncover pharmacists’ current practices in dispensing antibacterial drugs. What we found was consistent with our findings from other Southeast Asian countries, like the Philippines and Indonesia, and highlights the seriousness of the AMR

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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

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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,