Public health

Pharmaceuticals

Unlicensed medicine sale banned

The Ministry of Health has banned the sale of medicine without a legal permit at supermarkets, mini-marts and baby shops nationwide. It said offenders face strict legal measures, including fines of up to 10 million riel ($2,500). A letter signed by secretary of state at ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unlicensed-medicine-sale-banned

City governor tackles illegal medication sales

The Phnom Penh governor said he would crack down on pharmacies who do not follow the laws of the Health Ministry. Governor Khuong Sreng vowed to ban practices such as the selling of medication without a license and the dissemination of illegal medications, and to search ...

Mom Sophon
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5098125/city-governor-tackles-illegal-medication-sales/

India health sector aims to bring in Cambodian patients

Indian companies in the pharmaceutical and health care sector are seeking to enhance their footprint in the Kingdom by extending beyond pharmaceutical trade through state financing that could establish a direct link to bring Cambodian medical tourists to the subcontinent. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/india-health-sector-aims-bring-cambodian-patients

Protest at Pursat’s monkey business factory

More than 100 striking workers at the Vanny Bio-Research company in Pursat town agreed to go back to work yesterday after mediators promised to find an adequate resolution to their demands for a wage hike. The company breeds and cares for 30,000-40,000 monkeys they sell to ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27154/protest-at-pursat---s-monkey-business-factory/

Health sector on notice

Legal action will be taken against health institutes that offer a low quality of care, according to a directive issued by the Minister of Health last week, which also emphasized the importance of digital record keeping in the medical sector. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26032/health-sector-on-notice/

Health ministry warns of counterfeit hepatitis drugs

The Ministry of Health issued a warning to the public to be wary of two common medications for the treatment of Hepatitis C, counterfeit versions of which have been found circulating in Myanmar. ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22146/health-ministry-warns-of-counterfeit-hepatitis-drugs/

Ministry outs Mazeta slim sellers

The two pharmacies caught selling illegal MAZETA Slim diet pills, which were outlawed in Cambodia in December, have been identified, according to Health Ministry officials. The ministry began investigating the pharmacies after an anonymous tip was filed with the ACU earlier this month.   ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/21167/ministry-outs-mazeta-slim-sellers/

Cause of Salmonella infection spikes still a mystery

In the summer of 2013, the French government sent out an alert to health agencies throughout Europe of a spike in travelers recently returned from Cambodia needing treatment in hospitals after exposure to a rare strain of salmonella. By the fall, 34 patients in France, ...

James Reddick
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/18249/cause-of-salmonella-infection-spikes-still-a-mystery/

Pharmacy shut down after man dies upon taking supplement

An unlicensed pharmacy in Siem Reap City that sold a traditional Chinese nutritional supplement the manufacturer claims can treat “100 diseases” was shut down on Wednesday after a 72-year-old man died after taking a dose, officials said Thursday. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pharmacy-shut-down-after-man-dies-upon-taking-supplement-96189/

HIV/AIDS funding plummets, but risks remain

Foreign funding for HIV/AIDs programs took a sharp dive last year, as a lower rate of HIV infection among the general population led donors to declare victory over the disease. But the disease remains a threat, experts say. ...

Jonathan Cox
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/14096/hiv-aids-funding-plummets--but-risks-remain/

Government talks tough on counterfeit drugs

The government says that it is increasing its efforts to clamp down against counterfeit drugs in Cambodia.Speaking at a Pharmaceutical and Medical Expo yesterday in Phnom Penh, Nov Phalla, deputy director at the Department of Drugs and Food at the Ministry of Health said the ...

Sok Chan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/government-talks-tough-counterfeit-drugs

Unlicensed doctors ordered to cease operations in Battambang

Battambang provincial authorities have ordered nine unlicensed doctors to shut down their home-care practices in the province, including six in Sangke district’s Roka commune, where more than 230 residents have tested positive for HIV over the past three months. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/unlicensed-doctors-ordered-to-cease-operations-in-battambang-78008/

Indian delegation to visit Vietnam, Cambodia to discuss issues pertaining to pharma trade

A high level Indian delegation from the department of commerce and trade, government of India, is expected to visit Vietnam and Cambodia this month to discuss various issues pertaining to pharma trade and improve business ties with the two South East Asian countries. Rajeev Kher, secretary, ...

A Raju Hyderabad
http://www.pharmabiz.com/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=86004&sid=1

Police raid store, seize fake beauty products

Police raided a discount store in Phnom Penh and seized more than 1,000 bottles of beauty products on Monday after receiving a tip that the shop was selling counterfeit goods, an official said. Police confiscated 872 bottles of shower gel and 280 bottles of whitening cream ...

Hay Pisey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/police-raid-store-seize-fake-beauty-products-59803/

Cambodia estimates 50,000 people facing high risks of HIV infections: health official

Approximately 50,000 people are facing high risks of HIV/AIDS infections in Cambodia, a health official said Wednesday. Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, director of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs, said the high-risk groups of HIV/ AIDS infections are among female entertainment workers, drug users, ...

People's Daily Online Staff
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90777/8627420.html

Chemicals used for soap, not drugs, police say

Thirty tons of chemicals seized by police on Wednesday were used to make counterfeit soap, officials confirmed Thursday, refusing to release the name of the Chinese national arrested in connection with the raid. The liquid and solid chemicals were stored in blue vats, bottles and sacks ...

Saing Soenthrith
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/chemicals-used-for-soap-not-drugs-police-say-56444/

Thirty tons of fake soap chemicals seized in Kandal

Police on Wednesday busted what they believe to be an illegal soap-making operation, seizing 30 tons of illicit chemicals and arresting a Chinese national in Kandal province. The chemicals, which were held in blue vats, were discovered at a warehouse belonging to a Chinese businessman in ...

Saing Soenthrith
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/thirty-tons-of-fake-soap-chemicals-seized-in-kandal-province-56273/

A recipe for disaster

Small plastic packets filled with a mix of pills of various sizes, shapes and colours sit piled on the counter of a pharmacy in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, home to several large garment factories. At 2,000 riel a pop, about 50 cents, these packs are sold ...

Kevin Ponniah and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/recipe-disaster

Sub-Decree aims to better regulate pharmacies

Prime Minister Hun Sen has signed a sub-decree to better regulate pharmacies, a business fraught with fake drugs and fake diplomas. The new sub-decree of the Pharmacists’ Code of Ethics contains 71 articles. They ban distribution of fake drugs and the use of titles not ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sub-decree-aims-to-better-regulate-pharmacies-55138/

Ministry Seeks to Quash Measles, Rubella Vaccination Rumors

The Ministry of Health has moved to calm public fears over the safety of the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine, which was administered to 4.5 million Cambodian children in the last three months of 2013, as rumors circulate that it poses sinister health risks, according ...

Simon Henderson and Phorn Bopha
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-seeks-to-quash-measles-rubella-vaccination-rumors-51213/

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