Medical Prescription

India's generic drug paradox

If you happen to be sick in India, the shock of a bad diagnosis is usually followed by another piece of bad news: the cost of the drugs needed for the treatment.

Monday, 8 October, 2012, 2:32am

More staff prescribed to cut pharmacy wait times

Public hospitals aim to hire 100 more pharmacy staff, as patients wait up to three hours to get their prescriptions.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

TCM takes high tech turn

TCM is getting a 21st-century makeover in Hong Kong.

The Hospital Authority hopes to systemise its knowledge base through the Chinese Medicine Information System, a pioneering project launched in 2003 to modernise Chinese medicine.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New health rules target abuse of antibiotics

Stricter curbs are under way to check the rampant use of antibiotics by doctors and hospitals amid growing fears that overuse will lead to increased drug resistance.

The rules, to be drafted by the health authority, will hold hospital chiefs accountable for the use of anti-bacterial drugs.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Warning over incorrect prescriptions

Doctors and pharmacists should double-check the dosage when prescribing drugs such as Warfarin, which controls the clotting of blood, Society of Hospital Pharmacists vice-president William Chui Chun-ming said yesterday. Patients should also be alert when the dosage is different from that usually prescribed.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Warning issued about slimming aid

Health authorities warned people not to buy or use the slimming product LAMI after tests on a sample showed the presence of undeclared ingredients, sibutramine and spironolactone, which are principally used in the treatment of obesity but can only be dispensed on prescription.

1 May 2010 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Read each question carefully and circle the correct answer.

1 According to Professor Vincent Lee Hon-leung, why should drug prescription and dispensing be separated?

a. It would safer for patients.

b. It would be cheaper.

c. It would make for better healthcare.

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Authority needs to act on drug dispensing

The Hospital Authority has shown itself to be responsive to public concerns about the quality and safety of treatment. For example, it has moved to shore up confidence in the public hospital system by issuing regular reports on serious medical incidents and follow-up action. Human errors cannot be avoided, even in hospitals.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Patient-labelling error led to unnecessary blood transfusion

A patient received an unnecessary blood transfusion after a nurse clicked on the wrong patient name when generating specimen labels.

The Hospital Authority detailed the blunder in its latest Risk Alert report released yesterday.

27 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Computerisation to iron out kinks in doctors' handwriting

In the computer age, handwritten prescriptions in hospital wards look like a relic of the past, and the Hospital Authority's chief pharmacist is working to get rid of them.

Lee Pak-wai said hospital outpatient clinics had been using computerised prescriptions for almost 10 years and he hoped resources would be allocated in the next few years to extend this to the wards.

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Plan to cut high health fees

The Health Ministry will introduce measures to reduce medical prices and stop overcharging by hospitals.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'Conflict of interest' in drugs plan

Three major pharmacist groups oppose the Hospital Authority's plan to sell non-subsidised drugs in public hospitals. They claimed that because it also prescribes medication, the authority would be open to conflicts of interest and middle-class patients might suffer as a result.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Rohypnol and the like are cheap and easy to find

Rohypnol is just one of many cheap and accessible drugs that date rapists in Hong Kong are using against unsuspecting victims, according to social workers and medical professionals.

The drugs - from cough syrup to tranquilisers - are easily bought online and from unethical pharmacies, sex shops, dodgy doctors.

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Invention may end medicine mix-ups

Hong Kong Polytechnic scientists yesterday unveiled a computerised medicine cabinet to help minimise drug mix-ups.

The 'eMed Administrator' is a $10,000 unit that uses radio frequency identification technology to dispense medicine and detect medication misuse.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Health officials launch antibiotic control plan

18 Feb 2006 - 12:00am