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Indian drug retailers protest against e-pharmacies

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14-Oct-15 Indian drug retailers shut up shop for the day on Wednesday to protest against the country's growing online pharmacy industry, and threatened to close indefinitely if the government did not shut down e-pharmacies. The nationwide protest was supported by as many as 850,000 chemists, leaving patients waiting in long queues. [image: Reuters]

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Philippines government vows to improve healthcare

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12-Oct-15 According to the 2015 Quality of Death index, the Philippines lacks a strategy for palliative care, making Manila the worst place to die after Iraq and Bangladesh. Although the government has palliative care programs, its major thrust is universal healthcare. “We are improving the services of PhilHealth, and the number of health issues under its coverage has increased,” said a spokesperson. [image: Philstar]

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Queensland sees increase in outpatient telehealth

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10-Sep-15 Queensland has seen a 42% increase in outpatient telehealth services in the 2015 financial year, while inpatient consultations doubled off a low base. Oncology consultations led outpatient services provided, while geriatric and general medical/surgical consultations saw the most growth for inpatient telehealth. Queensland has over 3,000 systems in over 200 hospitals and clinics. [image: Pulse + IT]

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Kicking the foreign drug habit in Myanmar

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10-Oct-15 Myanmar is trying to kick its foreign drug habit: In recent years the government has offered incentives to seven private distributors to try their hand at manufacturing domestically. All other pharmaceutical products – between 80 percent and 90 percent – are imported. [image: Ann Wang / Frontier Myanmar]

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Shanghai poised for boom in medical tourism

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09-Oct-15 The Shanghai Medical Tourism Products & Promotions Platform is positioning the city for a mega-boom in medical tourism among mainlanders and foreigners alike, most notably in surgery, cosmetic procedures, TCM, dentistry and stem cell research. Shanghai may not have any beaches, but as its state-of-the-art public and private hospitals will soon become a major hub for health tourism. [image: Formosa Travel]

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