Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

No more excuses: Ban Codeine now

altCAP has for more than 15 years now raised the issue of the dangers and harmful effects of codeine in medications and its easy availability over the counter. We trust the Ministry of Health understands this, and its pharmaceutical authorities are well aware of the situation locally.

So, why is it that they are not taking any action? This is despite the concerns raised by CAP as well as by consumers in letters to the newspapers over numerous media reports of seizures of codeine-based cough mixtures illegally brought into the country.

WHO list reveals flu advisors with financial ties to pharma, vaccine manufacturers

who_logoAfter months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here, that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from vaccine companies.

Here's who received money from Big Pharma and then influenced the WHO decision to declare a pandemic:
 

Pig virus found in vaccine for infant diarrhoea

rotarixThe Consumers Association of Penang is appalled at the deafening silence by the Ministry of Health and GlaxoSmithKline Malaysia (GSK) over the widespread contamination of Rotarix, GSKs oral vaccine given to infants less than 12 months of age to prevent rotavirus that can cause gastroenteritis leading to vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Batches of Rotarix  all over the world have been contaminated with genetic material from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1) – a virus commonly found in pigs.

Acupressure - Quick relief for many ailments

Acupressure - which is literally "finger pressure" or "touch communication" - is said to be able to help relieve many kinds of health problems like asthma, everyday ailments like knee pain, and even stress-related disorders like tightness around the neck. How does it work? And what are the advantages this traditional therapy in Chinese medicine has over modern medicine? We spoke to a local acupressurist for an insight into this increasingly popular mode of healing. 

Restrict sale of addictive painkiller Tramadol

In a recent media expose, Tramadol, a highly addictive drug being was found to be sold openly in pharmacies all over the country. CAP is shocked at how easily a narcotic posing as a painkiller is being openly sold to schoolchildren and drug addicts for as little as RM1 each.