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Rachel Soon, 03 Mar 2020

Military pharmacist Captain Manvikram Singh Gill has become the first medical officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) to be honoured with a Southeast Asian award for pharmacy professionals.

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 04 Sep 2017

A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) performed by investigators from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has found potential new indications for existing drugs for the treatment of various psychiatric disorders. 

24 Apr 2017

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is associated with conditions such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer, and certain types of lymphoma. A common presenting complaint among all these H. pylori-related illnesses is dyspepsia. Dr Desmond Wai from the Desmond Wai Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore, speaks on the important role general practitioners (GPs) play in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating H. pylori.

04 Mar 2020
At 150-mg doses, oral pregabalin appears to be effective for premature ejaculation, increasing intravaginal ejaculation latency time, a recent study has found.

Vismodegib holds therapeutic potential in advanced basal cell carcinoma

10 Jan 2020

The Hedgehog pathway inhibitor vismodegib appears to be effective in the treatment of locally advanced periocular basal cell carcinoma (BCC), with adverse events (AEs) that are mostly manageable, as reported in a recent study.

The researchers reviewed the medical records of 21 patients (median age, 76 years; 76.2 percent male) with locally advanced and metastatic orbital (n=15) or periocular (n=6) BCC treated with vismodegib. Treatment went on for a median of 9 months.

Follow-up duration was 26 months overall and 17 months after cessation of treatment. Complete response was seen in 10 patients and partial response in another 10 patients, whereas disease remained stable in the remaining patient. Among the complete responders, five sustained a complete response at 16 months and three who stopped treatment experienced recurrence 8 months later.

Most treatment-related adverse reactions were low grade (grade 1 or 2). Frequently reported grade 1 or 2 complications were muscle spasm (76 percent), dysgeusia (57 percent), alopaecia (47 percent), weight loss (47 percent) and reduced appetite (19 percent). Hepatoxicity was the only documented high-grade (grade 3 or 4) adverse event (10 percent).

Treatment was withdrawn in eight patients due to side effects. There were five deaths overall, most of which were deemed unrelated to vismodegib therapy, except for one patient who died from potentially treatment-related sepsis (grade 5 adverse event).

The present data show that long periods of complete tumour regression can be achieved in some patients even after discontinuation of the medication, according to the researchers. However, the optimal treatment protocol and duration have yet to be established, highlighting a need for more prospective multicenter trials.

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Rachel Soon, 03 Mar 2020

Military pharmacist Captain Manvikram Singh Gill has become the first medical officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) to be honoured with a Southeast Asian award for pharmacy professionals.

Dr. Joseph Delano Fule Robles, 04 Sep 2017

A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) performed by investigators from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has found potential new indications for existing drugs for the treatment of various psychiatric disorders. 

24 Apr 2017

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is associated with conditions such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer, and certain types of lymphoma. A common presenting complaint among all these H. pylori-related illnesses is dyspepsia. Dr Desmond Wai from the Desmond Wai Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore, speaks on the important role general practitioners (GPs) play in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating H. pylori.

04 Mar 2020
At 150-mg doses, oral pregabalin appears to be effective for premature ejaculation, increasing intravaginal ejaculation latency time, a recent study has found.