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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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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

mClinica speaks at the ADB’s Catalyzing Private Capital for Aging Care in Thailand Roundtable Discussion

On November 1st, 2018, the Asian Development Bank organized a “Roundtable Discussion on Catalyzing Private Capital for Aging Care in Thailand,” in Bangkok.   The event welcomed a diverse group of participants hailing from Thai government ministries, non-governmental development organizations, and the private sector including mClinica’s Thailand Country Director, Lindsay Nickel. The Roundtable Discussion acted as a forum for dialogue to help Thailand plan and implement strategies to cope with an aging population and to serve as a model for other Asian countries experiencing similar issues. Thailand’s population is aging at a rapid pace, with 11 million people currently over the

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

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