Community Pharmacy

Letters to the Editor, January 29, 2013

Using car horns won't clear a traffic jam. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's public hospitals are excellent

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 1:42am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, January 17, 2013

Empty glass bottles can be easily recycled. Photo: May Tse

Banks should stop financing arms race

Calvin Quek of Greenpeace East Asia ("Green advocacy can help banks shed the spectre of scandals", January 5) calls on large international banks to redeem their blemished image by investing in "green" and low-carbon projects.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:06am

Letters to the Editor, January 16, 2013

Dr Albert Yuen has played a vital role. Photo: SCMP

Think beyond city's pillar industries

Last month, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned against "blindly" pursuing new sectors.

He defended the city's pillar industries - finance, logistics and trade, tourism and professional services.

I disagree with the comments regarding pursuit of new sectors.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am 1 comment

Illiterate care workers and pills do not mix, warns care home boss

The manager of an old-age home in Sha Tin warned yesterday that more community pharmacies were needed urgently to protect patients.

Giving his name only as Mr Leung, he said: "Most health workers in private old-age homes cannot read English, and some are even illiterate. How can they handle medicines single-handedly? They should only have a subordinate role in drug administration."

2 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Drug danger in care homes sparks calls for community pharmacies

Inside the city's only community pharmacy. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Elderly people in care homes are at risk of being given the wrong medication and incorrect doses.

The South China Morning Post has learnt that 118 mistakes in the dispensing of drugs were reported at the city's old-age homes from 2009 to the end of 2012 - 70 per cent involved errors in dosage, labelling and distribution to the wrong people.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:55am