Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Pig virus found in vaccine for infant diarrhoea

rotarixThe Consumers Association of Penang is appalled at the deafening silence by the Ministry of Health and GlaxoSmithKline Malaysia (GSK) over the widespread contamination of Rotarix, GSKs oral vaccine given to infants less than 12 months of age to prevent rotavirus that can cause gastroenteritis leading to vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Batches of Rotarix  all over the world have been contaminated with genetic material from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1) – a virus commonly found in pigs.

Acupressure - Quick relief for many ailments

Acupressure - which is literally "finger pressure" or "touch communication" - is said to be able to help relieve many kinds of health problems like asthma, everyday ailments like knee pain, and even stress-related disorders like tightness around the neck. How does it work? And what are the advantages this traditional therapy in Chinese medicine has over modern medicine? We spoke to a local acupressurist for an insight into this increasingly popular mode of healing. 

Restrict sale of addictive painkiller Tramadol

In a recent media expose, Tramadol, a highly addictive drug being was found to be sold openly in pharmacies all over the country. CAP is shocked at how easily a narcotic posing as a painkiller is being openly sold to schoolchildren and drug addicts for as little as RM1 each.

The "poisonous cocktail" of multiple drugs

A 78-year-old woman was found unconscious on the floor of her apartment by a neighbour who checked on her. The woman could not remember falling but told doctors that before going to bed she had abdominal pain and nausea and had produced a black stool, after which she had palpitations and felt lightheaded.

Her medical history included high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and osteoarthritis. She also had a cold with a productive cough. For each condition, she had been prescribed a different drug, and she was taking a few over-the-counter remedies on her own.

The sincerity of the Government in advocating the negation of smoking in Malaysia

woman-smokerThe Consumers Association of Penang lauds the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) adoption of the WHO’s (World Health Organisation) motto of “Protect women from tobacco marketing and smoke” for World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2010 as the impetus for its focus on women being the main target for tobacco industry marketing in Malaysia.