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.

Cervical Cancer Vaccines: Tell Us the Truth

CAP is totally aghast with the relevant authorities, particularly with the Ministry of Health, for its absolute silence over the raging controversies on the rush to get our young girls vaccinated against cervical cancer.

In the first place, there are many areas of concern over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is said to prevent infection against certain species of human papillomavirus associated with cervical cancer, genital warts and some less common cancers.

Many countries around the world are going slow on this vaccine because of many doubts raised.
 

No to medical advertising

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altWe have said it before, and we have to say it again, since the Government has no rationale at all for allowing the medical profession and their institutions, whether general or specialist clinics or private medical centres, to advertise.

We see absolutely no sense in Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s statement on Sept 24 that the liberalisation of the guidelines under the Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 had been done “because medical tourism was a growing sector”.

Revoke unnecessary and potentially dangerous cervical cancer vaccine programme!

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altThe Consumer’s Association of Penang has repeatedly objected to the proposal and decision by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to vaccinate all 13-year-old girls in the country from the Human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, a sexually transmitted virus on the grounds that it is unnecessary, unscientific and unsafe. Despite numerous valid objections by many quarters, RM150mil is to be spent annually by the Government beginning this year on HPV vaccinations for an estimated 300,000 girls in the country as protection from only two of the 40 different cervical cancer causing HPV’s.

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

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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.