MSD Malaysia recently announced the approval of ATOZET, a combination of ezetimibe and atorvastatin in Malaysia, at a media launch, held on 26 July. The once-daily combination tablet boasts a dual mechanism of action – treating two main sources of cholesterol in the blood and claims to reduce LDL-C levels by 27%.

The G25 group has come up with ways to raise awareness on the importance of vaccinations in the country, including the use of animated videos and education sessions.

In view of the staggering figure of Hepatitis C cases (on the rise) in the country – as reported by MOH – Datuk Seri Dr Subramaniam recently relayed the government’s plans to reduce treatment costs , as well as efforts to promote screening.

Malaysia's MOH reports that no new cases of rabies infection have been reported, and the situation is now under control. Meanwhile, Sarawak's government is also seeking collaboration with Indonesia to curb the spread of the disease together.

Sarawak’s Chief Minister conveyed the government’s plans to address mental health problems by increasing funding amongst other things. Representatives at the 29th World Congress of The International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP) also spoke up about suicide rates in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) recently held its annual conference at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur on 10th – 11th July 2017—with back-to-back insightful case discussions, coupled with interactive sharing sessions and workshops conducted by prolific facilitators, representing various fields of clinical dietetics.

Two siblings infected with the rabies virus in Serian district have passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on 4 July, according to Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian. The Veterinary Department has also sent 6,000 doses of the rabies vaccine to Sarawak to contain the spread of the disease since then.

Malaysia's Ministry of Health (MOH) has amended the Medical (Amendment) Act 2012 and Medical Regulations 2017, which was set in stone on 1 July. Under the new rules, doctors must have indemnity insurance and attend continuing education courses to upgrade their skills – before they can renew their Annual Practising Certificates (APCs). Other changes include compulsory registration with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for specialists and the corporatisation of the MMC.

The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) has decided to relax the SPM-level BM requirement for Grade UD41 medical officers employed under contract.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is calling for the relevant authorities to acknowledge ethical concerns and healthcare restrictions brought upon by third-party administrators (TPAs).

The President of Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) hopes the Health Ministry will give due consideration to the doctor that treated the Navy cadet, who was brutalised and succumbed to his injuries.