Refer private patients to get antibiotics from gov’t clinics in times of shortage, doctors told


Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam have advised doctors in government clinics have to not refer patients to private clinics to obtain antibiotics but at government clinics and hospitals instead.

He admitted that there may be a shortage of antibiotics at certain government clinics from time to time, but said that if one government clinic did not have the antibiotics, they could be obtained from other government clinics.

"There are policies to ensure that if you don't have these antibiotics in a particular clinic, you can move it from other clinics," he said at the second Cambridge-Oxford-Sunway Biomedical Symposium.

Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam warned the public to be wary of the experimental use of stem cells that does not adhere to mainstream science.

"We don't want to put regulations which can restrict the development of science, but at the same time, the regulations should be able to protect people," he said.

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