AstraZeneca Vaccine and its Distribution in Malaysia

The AstraZeneca vaccine made headlines after health regulators discovered potentially life-threatening blood clots known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). However, health regulators have emphasized that TTS is a possible yet extremely rare side effect, reported only in approximately 9.3 cases per million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Due to the public’s mixed feelings […]


Homeopathy: Should Pharmacists Concerned?

The fundament of current healthcare system is based on medical practice emphasized on science and evidence-based treatment or drugs. This system is called allopathy where professional healthcare workers are licensed to mitigate symptoms and diseases using their scientific knowledge.  In contrast, homeopathy is a complementary treatment based on the concept […]


Roles of Pharmacists in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

According to data from Department of Statistics of Malaysia (DOSM), life expectancy of Malaysians at birth for the year 2020 are 72.6 years for males and 77.6 years for female respectively. This data shows a slight increment compared to data from year 2014. Females generally have a longer life expectancy […]


mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 Vaccines

There are different types of COVID-19 vaccine including mRNA and viral vector vaccine. Pfizer, Moderna are examples of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. On the other hand, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen and Oxford–AstraZeneca are examples of viral vector COVID-19 vaccines.  Based on United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), viral […]


How to reduce the future risk of pandemic?

Covid-19 pandemic brought devastating economic and social disruption. Ten of millions of people are risking to drop into extreme poverty while more than three million of people are dead due to Covid-19. What can we do now to prevent the emergence of pandemic in the future? First, surveillance and detection […]


Salmonella and Eggs

Recently, Singapore has recalled eggs imported from Lay Hong Bhd Layer Farm Jeram and Linggi Agriculture Sdn Bhd from Malaysia due to the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). Egg is a common ingredient in various types of cuisines. As eggs are an essential component of our diet, it is important […]


Pharmacist’s Role in Malnutrition Issues

According to World Health Organisation, malnutrition is defined as deficiencies, excesses, or imbalances in a person’s intake of nutrients and has been regarded as public health issues. In fact, millions of people have been afflicted by different forms of malnutrition where 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese while 462 […]