Pharmacists strike out over industry rules

Pharmacists plan to go on strike this summer to drive home their criticism of how the government oversees and regulates the industry.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012, 12:00am

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

Pharmacists concerned over doctors' recruitment

Pharmacists are urging Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to step into the row between doctors and health officials over the hiring of overseas doctors, saying officials have failed to come up with a 'rational decision' on the proposal.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

If we are tired, it can really affect patient safety as we are the final gatekeeper of drugs

William Chui Chun-ming, Society of Hospital Pharmacists vice-president, on the risks of 'exhausting' overnight work

He's potentially the next Tiger Woods, he's that good

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cough syrup abuse targeted in inspections

Illegal sales of cough syrup by dispensaries - mostly to young drug abusers - are declining following increased inspections, the Department of Health says.

There are between 50 and 60 prosecutions every year of pharmacies and drug stores, resulting in up to 50 convictions.

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Fears over personal health details

Concerns have been raised over the sharing of personal health information through health care store loyalty programmes, as awareness grows about personal privacy following the uproar over the sale of personal data by the Octopus card issuer.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

University to produce more pharmacists

Internships at a major personal health chain store will be compulsory for pharmacy students at Chinese University, which plans to double its intake in the face of increasing demand for community pharmacists.

At least 200 more community pharmacists will be required in a reform of the industry following a series of drug-related blunders last year.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Website provides help for parents of children on medication

Parents with questions about the side effects of their children's medication can now put them to practising pharmacists on the internet.

The service is being offered by the recently launched website Paediatric Health: easyAccess Resources on Medicines (PHARM), Hong Kong's first dedicated interactive online drug platform for children.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Drug dispensers demand better job prospects

Frustration is growing among the people who help pharmacists fill prescriptions at public hospitals - they say it's impossible to get promoted and the worsening morale can affect job performance.

About 20 members of the profession went to government headquarters yesterday in an attempt to meet Civil Service Secretary Denise Yue Chung-yee, but were unsuccessful.

7 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Drug safety proposals rushed, advisers warn

Two medical professionals have urged the government to reconsider some of the proposals put up by a review committee to improve drug safety, saying the recommendations do not fully reflect their opinions.

6 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Pharmacy owners say proposals would threaten businesses

Pharmacy owners say their businesses would be endangered if a proposed plan to require them to have a registered pharmacist on-site when they were open was implemented.

A government special review committee proposed a plan to improve drug safety by imposing tougher requirements on manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, importers and exporters.

26 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Scheme to let non-pharmacists hold key drug firm jobs sparks concerns

Concerns about drug safety have been sparked by a proposal, from a government-appointed consultant, to allow non-pharmacists to hold a key position at manufacturers known as an 'authorised person'.

Currently, an authorised person - responsible for overseeing the manufacturing process and product safety at any Hong Kong drug maker - must be a registered pharmacist.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Pharmacist hotline receives more than 50 calls

More than 50 calls have been received by an 'ask-a-pharmacist' hotline since it was launched in April. The Practising Pharmacists Association of Hong Kong said 15 calls were from people complaining about side effects after taking generic drugs. The most serious involved a patient who suffered a quickened heartbeat, dizziness and anorexic tendencies after taking slimming pills.

14 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Firm 'provided no list of recalled products'

The recall of Marching Pharmaceutical Limited products has led to confusion among Hong Kong pharmacies because none were told exactly what the items were.

13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Company quietly recalls products

Several types of over-the-counter drugs made by local company MPL Holdings have been quietly recalled in the past two weeks with wrong labelling, including the expiry date.

The health department said initial investigations it made on February 26 revealed that the label expiry dates of 216 types of pharmaceutical products were not substantiated by laboratory data.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am