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Esmya (ulipristal acetate 5 mg): Withdrawal of product registration

posted Dec 14, 2020, 5:55 PM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Dec 14, 2020, 5:58 PM ]

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) would like to inform healthcare professionals regarding the withdrawal of product registration of Esmya 5 mg tablet
(ulipristal acetate) [MAL15025044ACZ] by Zuellig Pharma Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia and worldwide.

In April 2020, Esmya products have been recalled from the market in response to new safety concerns on the risk of liver injury associated with Esmya as highlighted by the European
Medicines Agency (EMA) pending a safety review. Cases of serious liver injury leading to liver transplantation following exposure to ulipristal acetate had occurred despite the implementation
of risk minimisation measures since 2018. Therefore, Esmya will no longer be available and women previously receiving Esmya should be advised on alternative therapy.
In Malaysia, Esmya was the only registered product containing ulipristal acetate 5 mg and it has been removed from our UMMC formulary. 

Resumption of use of Two Influenza Vaccines

posted Nov 2, 2020, 5:21 PM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Nov 2, 2020, 5:29 PM ]

The Ministry of Health (MOH) through NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency) has advised that the use of two influenza vaccines- SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and VaxigripTetra- can be resumed as the vaccines have been assessed to be safe for use. This follows a thorough review of the information from the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) further review of the quality and safety profiles of the two vaccines. Based on the information released by the KDCA on 29th October, the likelihood of a causal link between influenza vaccination and the deaths reported was determined to be low. 

To date, there are no safety and quality concerns with all influenza vaccines available in Malaysia, MOH has informed healthcare providers and medical practitioners that they may continue to offer influenza vaccination using these vaccines. Like any medicine, vaccines can have side effects. MOH will continue to monitor for any concerns related to influenza vaccination. 


Gentamicin "LASA" injection

posted Oct 6, 2020, 6:55 PM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Oct 7, 2020, 6:25 PM ]

25 September 2020 (Circular No.SPJF 40/2020) 

Please be informed that gentamicin injection has 3 types of formulation that "look alike sound alike" (LASA). Please be careful while packing and double check before administering to patients. 


                                         Gentamicin 80mg/2mL injection.





                                Gentamicin 4mg/mL (Syringe) for NICU                            Vs                                Gentamicin lock 15mg/1.5mL (Lock)

 

Medication brand change: Paracetamol 1000mg/100mL

posted Sep 4, 2020, 12:15 AM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Sep 4, 2020, 1:08 AM ]

4 September 2020 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 303/2020)


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Please be informed that Pharmacy Department has replaced the brand for the Paracetamol 1000mg/10mL from Fresenius Kabi Malaysia Sdn. Bhd to B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. 
 

Product Name

:

Paracetamol 1000mg/10mL

Active Ingredient

:

Paracetamol

Dosage Form

:

Clear, infusion solution in PVC bottle

Batch No.

:

20165451

Manufacturer

:

B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn Bhd

Formulary Category

:

Special

Cost

:

RM5.00 per unit


Medication dosage forms change: Calcium Carbonate 500mg

posted Jul 28, 2020, 10:35 PM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Jul 28, 2020, 10:35 PM ]

29 July 2020 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 273/2020)

Please be informed that Pharmacy Department has changed the dosage forms for the calcium carbonate 500mg tablet to UPHA calcium carbonate 500mg capsule. 
 

Product Name

:

Calcium carbonate 500mg capsule

Active Ingredient

:

Calcium carbonate 500mg

Dosage Form

:

capsule

Registration No.

:

MAL19912674X

Holder

:

Duopharma manufacturing Sdn Bhd

Manufacturer

:

Duopharma manufacturing Sdn Bhd

Formulary Category

:

Standard

Prescriber


:

All


Doctors are advised to prescribe as ONE capsule of 500mg because it can't be halved. 

Product Recall: Minirin Nasal Spray 100mcg/mL

posted Jul 20, 2020, 7:30 PM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Jul 20, 2020, 7:30 PM ]

21 July 2020 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 254/2020)

Product Name

:

Minirin Nasal Spray 100mcg/mL (RTS)

Active Ingredient

:

Desmopressin

Strength

:

100MCG/ML

Dosage Form

:

Nasal Spray

Manufacturer

:

Ferring SDN. BHD.

Formulary Category

:

Standard Formulary

Product Registration Number

:

MAL19984346ARZ

Batch Number

:

P1564N, P16790R, R12613K, R126315, R14347G


Please be informed that Ferring SDN BHD., the distributor of this product, has issued notice of product recall for the particular batch numbers P1564N, P16790R, R12613K, R126315, R14347G due to detection of out-of-specification results during testingThe use of this product should be stopped immediately.

Therefore, all clinical areas keeping the stocks for this product are required to do prompt checking on the batch number of the current stocks and send to Inpatient Pharmacy for disposal purpose. Doctors are advised to switch to other desmopressin formulations, please find the suggested dose conversion and posology as follows:

Dose comparison of different formulations of desmopressin

Nasal Spray

Tablet

5 micrograms

100 micrograms (0.1 mg)

10 micrograms (1 spray )

200 micrograms (0.2 mg)

20 micrograms

     400 micrograms (0.2 mg x 2)

Change of prescribing template for Vitamin B & C High Potency Injection

posted Jul 19, 2020, 8:19 PM by Ho Ai Wui   [ updated Jul 19, 2020, 8:22 PM ]

20 July 2020 (Circular No: SPJF: 29/2020)

Please be informed  'Vitamin B & C high potency Injection' that was supplied in pair (ampoule 1 dan ampoule 2) previously,  the prescribing and dispensing of this injection will be separated starting 20/7/2020 (Monday). Prescribing template for  ‘Vitamin B & C High Potency Injection’ will be replaced as below:-

        i)  Thiamine 250mg, pyridoxine 50mg, riboflavin 4mg Injection (5mL)


        ii)  Vitamin C 500mg, dextrose 1000mg, vitamin B3 160mg, vitamin B5 5mg injection (5mL)


 

If both of the ampoules are given in pair, two prescribing lines are required. 

PharmUMMC Pharmacy and PharmSelatan Pharmacy Public Holiday Closure Notice

posted May 19, 2020, 8:10 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated May 19, 2020, 8:14 PM by Ho Ai Wui ]

20 May 2020 (Circular No. SP. PPUM: 186/2020)

Please be informed that PharmUMMC Pharmacy and PharmSelatan Pharmacy will be closed for four days due to Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1441H.

                        Dates: 23 May 2020 (Saturday) to 26 Mei 2020 (Tuesday).

PharmUMMC Pharmacy and PharmSelatan Pharmacy will resume normal operational hours on 27 May 2020 (Wednesday).

Medication Supply Disruption: Midazolam 15mg/3mL Injection

posted May 14, 2020, 7:10 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated May 14, 2020, 7:10 PM by Ho Ai Wui ]

9 April 2020 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 143/2020)

The following medication will be facing supply disruption:

Product Name

: Midazolam 15mg/3mL

Active Ingredient

: Midazolam

Strength

: 15mg/3mL

Dosage Form

: Injection

Registration No.

: MAL19984025AZ

Holder

: DUOPHARMA (M) SDN. BHD. (42491-M)

Manufacturer

: DUOPHARMA (M) SDN. BHD. (42491-M)

Cause

: Tender activities postponed due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

Estimated Stock Recovery

: Nil

Alternatives

: Midazolam 5mg/mL Injection


Midazolam 5mg/mL Injection will be included in the ward stock list for affected wards who keep the Midazolam 15mg/3mL Injection to facilitate the stock ordering process.

Waktu Operasi Baru bagi PharmUMMC

posted Mar 26, 2020, 12:18 AM by Rafidah binti Abd Rahim   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 12:18 AM by Ho Ai Wui ]

26 Mac 2020 (Pekeliling No. SPJF: 10/2020)

Berikutan penjadualan semula perkhidmatan Ambulatori dalam menghadapi isu Covid-19, waktu operasi di PharmUMMC dipendekkan selama 1 jam mulai 26 Mac 2020 sehingga diberitahu kelak.

Isnin hingga Jumaat                                          : 7.30 am - 7.00 pm

Sabtu                                                                 : 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Ahad / Cuti Umum                                             : Tutup

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