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Rachel Soon, 4 days ago

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.
Laura Kho Sui San , 29 May 2019
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Susceptibility-guided and empiric therapy equally effective in H. pylori infection

22 May 2019

Susceptibility‐guided therapy is as effective as empiric modified bismuth quadruple therapy for the first-line treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection, with both yielding excellent eradication rates, as shown in a recent trial.

Researchers conducted a multicentre superiority‐design trial, which randomly assigned 382 patients with H. pylori infection to (a) susceptibility‐guided therapies containing esomeprazole 20 mg and amoxicillin 1 g twice daily plus clarithromycin 500 mg, metronidazole 400 mg twice daily, or levofloxacin 500 mg daily for susceptible infections or bismuth 220 mg twice daily and metronidazole 400 mg four times daily for triple‐resistant infections; or to (b) empiric therapy containing esomeprazole 20 mg, bismuth 220 mg twice daily, amoxicillin 1 g and metronidazole 400 mg thrice daily.

Rates of H. pylori eradication were high and similar in the susceptibility‐guided and the empiric regimens (per-protocol rates: 97.7 percent vs 97.6 percent; p=1.00; intent‐to‐treat rates: 91.6 percent vs 85.4 percent; p=0.12).

Overall, susceptibility‐guided therapy was not superior to empiric therapy, with a difference of 0.1 percent in per‐protocol rate and 6.2 percent in intent‐to‐treat rate. Furthermore, both treatment approaches had high adherence and were associated with low adverse event rates.

In light of the findings, researchers pointed out that choosing between the two approaches would depend on availability of susceptibility testing and/or a locally highly effective empiric therapy.

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Rachel Soon, 4 days ago

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.
Laura Kho Sui San , 29 May 2019
Anxiety becomes a pathological disorder when it occurs for no detectable reason, persists and interferes with daily activities like work performance and relationships.