A belated post on the announcement on 9th July that UK will be testing a subscription model for antibiotics that hopes to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop new antibiotics in the future. The background to this is that – unlike most other drugs and medical devices – there is acknowledged market failure where antibiotics […]

For the past several weeks, dengue has been in the news because of the surge in cases – the highest for the past several years. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has attributed this to three main factors: An increase in the Aedes aegypti (the primary vector for the dengue virus in Singapore) population in Singapore. […]

Last “advertisement” for these two student essay contests, jointly organized by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore General Hospital, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. Contest details are available here (AMR) and here (Microbiome). All students of schools in Singapore are welcome. All essays to be submitted […]

Last week, Singapore experienced its first case of monkeypox in the form of a tourist from Nigeria who developed symptoms only after having spent several days in town. Monkeypox is endemic in west and central Africa, probably maintained in multiple rodent populations with occasional animal-to-human transmission. An excellent review of human cases was published in […]

Both contests open for essay submissions from 1st June 2019. This is the third edition of the contests, jointly organized by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore General Hospital, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. Contest details are available here (AMR) and here (Microbiome). All students of […]

A souvenir from a bright PhD student who had bought this off the counter at a pharmacy in a neighbouring country. When I did pharmacology in medical school decades ago, we were taught that this antibiotic was not commonly used because side effects (like antibiotic-associated diarrhea) were frequent. One would be hard pressed to find […]

The final week of April each year marks World Immunization Week. The theme this year is “Protected Together: Vaccines Work”. I have not written much about vaccinations in the past, simply because this is not one of my particular interest areas, and there are others who are far more competent in this regard. But in […]