The introduction of medical marijuana will not fill a gap which does not currently exist in the medicine market, the Malta Assocation of Medicine (MAM) said this morning, explaining that the
Source: Medical marijuana ‘not a wonder drug’, ‘will not fill a void in the medicine market’ – MAM – The Malta Independent
Obesity is one of the most common health concerns in Malta, and two university students have exposed just how we tend to stuff our faces over the Christmas period through a 40-second video. Bad eating habits persist throughout the year, however, over the festive season, even the healthiest people…
Source: Want to see how many calories you’re consuming this Christmas?
Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List); along with, the 2018 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List, which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee on 24 September 2017, comes into force on 1 January 2018.
Community Pharmacists in Malta and Gozo are asked to refer to the attached list when dispensing medicines to athletes. Please click here to download the list.
Source: WADA publishes 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (September 29, 2017)
The Chamber has issued a call for a pharmacist nutritionist/s as well as the supply of blood glucose (BG) and blood pressure monitors (BP) and other consumables. Both calls close on Friday 4th August. The calls may be viewed by clicking on the below link.
Targeting Obesity – Calls
The Malta Chamber of Pharmacists made it’s submissions to the political parties on the vision of Pharmacy for Electoral Campaign 2017.
The submission my be downloaded by clicking link below:
Kamra Submissions Election 2017_Final (1).
The Malta Health Network (MHN) was set up in 2007 with the aim of representing in Malta, in the EU and internationally, the health-related interests of patients and the wider community, and of coordinating capacity-building and best practice exchanges among Health Non-Governmental (NGO) ‘Not for Profit’ (NPO) Organizations and Patient Representation Groups (PRGs). MHN is independent of the Government of Malta and of any political organization.
Although founded with 20 member-organizations, the Network today number isclose to 40 associations. The MHN supports initiatives to protect patients’ health and actively promotesThe European Charter of Patients’ Rights. MHN strives to give patients a voice on health-related issues in Malta and beyond and participates in consultation sessions related to health and patient issues and maintains regular communication with local health Authorities.MHN is continuously enhancing communication on health-related and patient-concerns between Health NGOs, NPOs and PRGs, and Health and Governmental Authorities and the wider community.
Registered with the Commissioner of NGOs, MHN is a recognised legal entity in Malta, possessing all the related rights and obligations including annual submission of an Activity and Financial Report. MHN is also an active member of the National Cancer Platform. In 2016 it was instrumental in establishing the basis for the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Malta Platform, a healthcare resource involving diverse stakeholders with an interest in Chronic Pain.
The MHN is a recognized member of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the International Alliance of Patients Organisations (IAPO) and Volonteurope. MHN has regularly collaborated with Active Citizenship Network (ACN),notably in the promotion of Patients’ Rights and Patients’ Rights ’Day, Patients’ Rights in the Cross Border Health Care Directive and was instrumental in provoking an awareness of Chronic Pain in Malta.
The Kamra tal-Ispizjara ta’ Malta looks forward to a closer working relationship with MHN in the interest of patients whom the pharmacists serve on a daily basis. Through this affiliation community pharmacists will be able to disseminate more information about ongoing events and activities organised by this patient lobby group.
18th August 2016
The Malta Chamber of Pharmacists, whilst welcoming the move toward electronic prescriptions as announced in the media yesterday, regrets the lack of consultation with the representatives of Pharmacists who truly are on the frontline (definitely not ‘the front office of POYC Unit’) of health care day in day out in the community pharmacies providing a pharmaceutical care service to all patients visiting their pharmacies, including registered POYC patients.
Whilst the Kamra was invited to participate in the Ministry for Health working party on e-prescriptions in 2013, wherein Kamra’s submissions were made and went beyond the generation of a doctor’s prescription via computer, the Kamra would have expected to continue to be consulted on the developments in this respect; not least, on the content of the prescription per se, and the modus operandi in the POYC system where the Kamra understands will see the introduction of the electronic prescription.
The forum for such presentation and discussion is the existent POYC Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) which has not had the computer generated prescription subject on its agenda prior to launching.
This so that the professionals at the receiving end would be well versed in this new application and so that any glitches could be avoided at inception.
It is a moot point that a prescription is a comunique between the prescriber and the pharmacist about a patient. While all good will has been shown by pharmacists since time immemorial, pharmacists have long been submitting to their medical colleagues and the authorities concerned their dilemmas when trying to decipher most handwritten doctor’s prescription which can be the reason for loss of precious time which could be better spent in giving a patient pharmaceutical care.
It is also regretted that to date and as stated in the media, data is held by the POYC ‘back office’ and albeit the Kamra has made strong representations on this matter, pharmacists still have no access to linking the medicines their patients are taking to their patients’ bio data.
The Pharmacy of the Patient’s Choice is not just a medicines delivery point in the community, but the patients first and /or last point of call in his or her access to healthcare; pharmacists are healthcare professionals well deserving to be heard and have their needs addressed in this context. In the final analysis, Pharmacists have their patients’ well-being as their priority.
Kamra tal-Ispizjara ta Malta