Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP Welcomes Government Move On Hepatitis C Medicine, Calls For It To Be Made Available Within A Few Days Or Weeks

The Consumers Association of Penang congratulates the Government for issuing a license relating to the “rights of government” to obtain generic versions of the Hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir, as announced by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam in his press statement on 20 September.

This move has raised hopes of the 500,000 Hepatitis C patients in Malaysia and their families that at long last there can be an effective cure made available at affordable cost.

WHY KIDDIE PACKS SHOULD NOT BE REINTRODUCED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government not to buckle under the tobacco industry pressure to introduce ‘kiddie packs’.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “tobacco kills a third to half of all people who use it, on average 15 years prematurely”. This is a reason important enough to stop entertaining the industry.

Proposed Pharmacy Bill – Unjustified

The Consumers Association of Penang is disappointed at the Ministry of Health’s decision not to separate the roles of dispensing and prescribing.  Cleared the Ministry of Health has bowed down to the pressure of the powerful medical lobby in refusing to create a system of separation of duties in prescription and dispensing. Separation of dispensing and prescribing is the norm in developed countries. It is most ironic that a nation aspiring to attain high-income status by 2020 takes a retrogressive stand in healthcare practices.

Depression and its many causes

depression-drawing-colourWe all feel “down” or “blue” at times. All of us have days when we feel “depressed”. Usually, these feelings are temporary, and we can have a great day tomorrow. Even when we have a bad day, we can still find enjoyment in things. These occasional bad days are part of life and not depression.

Sometimes though, these feelings may persist for several days or even weeks. This is common following the break-up of a relationship or other unpleasant event.  In many cases, the sadness or depressed mood may accompany problems such as loss of appetite, overeating, sleeplessness, excessive sleeping, lack of energy and drive, loss of interest and joy, etc. This is when depression becomes a medical illness.

Test Loom Bands and Clear Confusion

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As of late there has been a lot of conflicting news in circulation about loom band and phthalates – a harmful chemical commonly found in plastic products. Looms bands have become a nationwide craze; popular among children and adults alike. Therefore it is a concern for us, the Consumer’s Association of Penang, that there are such contradictory reports on whether or not loom bands are safe. We believe it is crucial that all loom bands be tested and the results of said test be released to the public so consumers may know what is safe and what is not.