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Rachel Soon, 16 Aug 2019

On 8 August, the first town hall held by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with members of the pharmacy profession took place in Putrajaya. Over 500 pharmacists from across the country and from different areas of practice—community and hospital, public and private, academy and industry—converged to fill the auditorium for the chance to engage in direct dialogue with MOH.

Jackey Suen, 08 Oct 2018

Adding pertuzumab to trastuzumab plus an aromatase inhibitor (AI) improves progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer, the phase II PERTAIN study has shown.

05 Aug 2019
Use of alpha blockers in the treatment of hypertension in women is associated with an increased risk of hypotension and related events as compared with other blood pressure-lowering drugs, as reported in a recent study.
Dr. Bryan Li, Dr. Gerry Kwok, Dr. Thomas Yau, 07 Aug 2019

Case 1: A 59-year-old gentleman with advanced HCC was referred to our centre for management. He had a history of diabetes, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. He was a nondrinker and not a carrier of hepatitis B or C.

Case 2: A 65-year-old man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and oesophageal varices was found to have rising AFP levels on routine follow-up. He also had a 3-year history of diabetes and was on diet control, with an HbA1c of 6.2 percent and fasting glucose of 6.8 mmol/L. He did not need any diabetic medications.

Cycline antibiotics may increase risk of pseudotumour cerebri syndrome

28 Jul 2019

Use of cycline antibiotics (CAs) is associated with an elevated risk of pseudotumour cerebri syndrome (PTCS) or papilledema, suggests a recent study. However, no statistically significant link between CA use and PTCS development is seen when accounting for confounding factors.

“Moreover, there was no dose-response effect whereby greater CA use was associated with a higher PTCS risk,” the authors said.

Of the 728,811 patients (mean age, 34.7 years; 72 percent female) included, 42.0 percent filled ≥1 CA prescription. Among the CA users, 170 (0.06 percent) were diagnosed with papilledema or PTCS as compared with 121 (0.03 percent) among the 57.0 percent of patients who were nonusers (p<0.0001).

The unadjusted model revealed that every additional year of CA use correlated with a 70-percent (doxycycline: hazard ratio [HR], 1.70, 95 percent CI, 0.98–2.97; p=0.06) or a 91-percent (minocycline: HR, 1.91, 1.11–3.29; p=0.02) increased risk of papilledema or PTCS as compared with nonusers.

The increased risk of PTCS or papilledema with CA use was no longer statistically significant (doxycycline: p=0.06; minocycline: p=0.08) after adjusting for confounders.

The study included patients (aged 12–65 years) with a diagnosis of acne, blepharitis or dry eye syndrome who were enrolled in a nationwide managed care network between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2015, and who had no pre-existing diagnosis of papilledema or PTCS. The risk of developing papilledema or PTCS from exposure to CAs was assessed using multivariable Cox regression modeling.

The study was limited by its reliance on claims data, which lack clinical data.

“CAs are commonly used to treat acne, blepharitis and dry eye syndrome,” the authors said. “Prescribers or patients may hesitate to use CAs because they may increase the risk of PTCS.”

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Rachel Soon, 16 Aug 2019

On 8 August, the first town hall held by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with members of the pharmacy profession took place in Putrajaya. Over 500 pharmacists from across the country and from different areas of practice—community and hospital, public and private, academy and industry—converged to fill the auditorium for the chance to engage in direct dialogue with MOH.

Jackey Suen, 08 Oct 2018

Adding pertuzumab to trastuzumab plus an aromatase inhibitor (AI) improves progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer, the phase II PERTAIN study has shown.

05 Aug 2019
Use of alpha blockers in the treatment of hypertension in women is associated with an increased risk of hypotension and related events as compared with other blood pressure-lowering drugs, as reported in a recent study.
Dr. Bryan Li, Dr. Gerry Kwok, Dr. Thomas Yau, 07 Aug 2019

Case 1: A 59-year-old gentleman with advanced HCC was referred to our centre for management. He had a history of diabetes, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. He was a nondrinker and not a carrier of hepatitis B or C.

Case 2: A 65-year-old man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and oesophageal varices was found to have rising AFP levels on routine follow-up. He also had a 3-year history of diabetes and was on diet control, with an HbA1c of 6.2 percent and fasting glucose of 6.8 mmol/L. He did not need any diabetic medications.