Singapore today tuesday september 20, 2011 18
¢ Hsa suspends licence of Zerin 500mg paracetamol tablets
The Health Sciences authority — to “prevent the exposure of mem-
medical clinics and pharmacies.
Four reports of product defects
Data to be collected
(HSa) has suspended the licence of
Zerin 500mg tablets due to product
bers of the public to a product that is
not compliant to quality standards”.
have been investigated last month,
where some tablets were found to
to improve healthcare
defects in some tablets. Zerin contains paracetamol and is contain small foreign particles. tan WeiZHen “Prevention at an individu-
although the health risk to con- available as an over-the-counter medi- Consumers are advised to stop al level is quite straightforward
sumers is low, the HSa said it is cine. all sales and distribution of Zerin consuming the product, but those SINGAPORE — Over the next five but prevention at a population
suspending the licence of the tablets tablets have been discontinued from who have should not be alarmed as its years, some 50,000 Singapore- level is much more complex,”
— used for the relief of fever and pain public healthcare institutions, private defect poses low risk to their health. ans will have their lifestyles and Prof Chia said.
attitudes towards healthcare The school will go beyond
tracked, in a project to collect studying the causes of diseases
data to develop more effective, and treating them, and bring to-
prevention-based healthcare. gether different disciplines and
A initiative by the new Saw different sectors in the com-
Swee Hock School of Public munity to address prevention.
Health at the National Univer-
sity of Singapore (NUS), simu-
The project and school
lations will be run on the data are part of the shift
collected to show the effects towards prevention-
of existing policies, which will
help in fine-tuning them.
based healthcare in
With data to be collected Singapore, where the
from the various races here, Sin- focus will be on the
gapore will be a good testbed, as
the data can be mapped for the
population rather than
rest of Asia, said dean designate the individual.
Professor Chia Kee Seng at the
launch of the school yesterday. The school — created from
Through house-to-house the existing Department of Epi-
visits, a voluntary question- demiology and Public Health
naire will be put to the resi- in the School of Medicine —
dents, covering topics such as will also train future doctors
lifestyle, perceptions towards and conduct research in four
health, and knowledge. areas: Epidemiology, biostatis-
Where respondents are tics, health services and policy
agreeable, they will be brought research, and health behaviour
for a screening and blood sam- and promotion.
ples will be taken. The system At the launch, Health Min-
used to collate the data will run ister Gan Kim Yong noted three
on a budget of S$7 million a year. challenges in the public health
The project and the school landscape: The emergence of
are part of the shift towards lifestyle-related diseases with
prevention-based healthcare in an ageing population, the threat
Singapore, where the focus will of infectious diseases, and the
be on the population rather need to develop leaders in the
than the individual. area of public health.