Materia Medica Malaysiana

August 10, 2007

Prescription drugs used in ‘traditional treatment’

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 9:54 am

Star: PETALING JAYA: Twenty patients who sought traditional treatment from a private hospital in Penang were fooled into believing that the medication they received was authentic when, in fact, they were given prescriptions drugs.
A raid conducted by Health Ministry enforcement officers on the facility, last Friday, revealed that the majority of patients who were receiving traditional treatment for diabetes, were actually being given the drugs.
The nationwide raids on all private healthcare facilities is aimed primarily at weeding out “quack” doctors.
The ministry raided 17 private medical facilities in the last two weeks and more than 20 clinics in the past two months.
Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican, in a press statement yesterday, said action would be taken against the offenders, and that the ministry would continue to crack down on such facilities.
“The main offences include facilities being run by unlicensed doctors, traditional healers, foreigners, nurses acting on behalf of doctors and so forth,” he said.
He added that such practitioners were usually employed by 24-hour clinics.

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