Daily Archives: September 23, 2021

Vaccine Hesitancy: What Can Pharmacists Do?

In the wake of second wave of COVID-19 infection, the government of Malaysia had allocated RM2.05 billion to purchase three types of COVID-19 vaccines which are Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from America and Germany, Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from United Kingdom and China’s Sinovac vaccine. The total vaccines bought are adequate to cover more […]

Why should we get vaccinated?

On 24 February 2021, the prime minister, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin became the first individual getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia. This event has shown the importance of COVID-19 vaccine. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccine is a product that […]

Type of Vaccine

There are different types of vaccines but they share similar objective which is to teach the immune system how to fight off certain type of bacteria or virus. There are several types of vaccine for example inactivated vaccines, live-attenuated vaccines, messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and others. Inactivated vaccines use the […]

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme is implemented in three phases starting from February 24, with the first phase from February to April 2021 for the front liners involving 500,000 people. The second phase, from April to August, will involve senior citizens aged 65 and above, the high-risk groups, and the […]

Medication Non-Adherence: What Should Pharmacists Do?

Medication adherence is the voluntary cooperation of the patient in taking drugs as prescribed with accurate timing, dosage, and frequency which is recommended from a healthcare provider. In order to maximise the effectiveness of a drug therapy, it is necessary for patients to follow prescriptions especially patients with chronic diseases.   […]

COVID-19 Poses A Threat to Drug Supply Chain in Malaysia

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, drug supply chain in Malaysia was greatly affected as many countries had imposed lockdown measures to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. According to Amrahi Buang, the president of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), the spread of the Coronavirus at a breakneck speed resulted […]

New Norms of Hospital Pharmacies in a Pandemic

Recently, our country is striving to battle against COVID-19 pandemic. Several innovative mediums have been introduced by the pharmacies in hospitals to fight this battle. According to a report by Pharmaceutical Services Programme, Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), new norms and standard operating procedures (SOP) were implemented in pharmacies to […]