Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Our high medicine prices are killing patients

Control astronomical prices of medicines now

Expenditure on medicines comprise a large share of total health expenditure. The Ministry of Health (MOH) expenditure on medicines has been steadily increasing from RM1.61 billion in 2010; to RM1.76 billion in 2011; RM1.98 billion in 2012 and RM2.2 billion in 2013. This was an increase of 36.5% in the span of 3 years.

Medicines expenditure will only increase in the future with an ageing population, the shift to chronic diseases, new patented medicines at monopoly prices, and the increased demand for health care.

Ensuring universal access to medicines and meeting the health needs of the population will be a major challenge.

CAP Welcomes Government Move On Hepatitis C Medicine, Calls For It To Be Made Available Within A Few Days Or Weeks

The Consumers Association of Penang congratulates the Government for issuing a license relating to the “rights of government” to obtain generic versions of the Hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir, as announced by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam in his press statement on 20 September.

This move has raised hopes of the 500,000 Hepatitis C patients in Malaysia and their families that at long last there can be an effective cure made available at affordable cost.

CAP: Stop becoming a nation of diabetics

CAP President pointing out major complications of diabetes.

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Health to take drastic action to curb the rising number of diabetics in the country.

In Malaysia in spite of many campaigns against diabetes its prevalence especially that of Type 2 has increased to epidemic proportions?  It is estimated there are 4.2 million diabetics, which makes Malaysia the top country in ASEAN for having the highest number of diabetics and sixth in the Western Pacific region.

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Introducing “language of cigarette” to children

New tricks to attract children into becoming future smokers
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While efforts are being made to curb smoking menace worldwide, there are some ill forces which are going all way out to break this effort.
 
A survey conducted by CAP shows products resembling popular brands of cigarettes, targeting children are sold in the market.