Petaling Jaya, 25 February 2012 – The Pharmaceutical Division of the Ministry of Health had sought the expertise of Speedminer to develop the Sistem Pengurusan Integrasi Kawalan Efektif (SPIKES) or the Integrated Effective Control System which serves to prohibit the production of illegal synthetic drugs that are made by crime syndicates through mixing various types of drugs and chemical substances.
The SPIKES system represents one of the sub-initiatives of Drug Supply Suppression from the Crime Lab NKRA (National Key Result Area), which is one of the labs under the Government Transformation Program (GTP).
SPIKES is a powerful integrated system that was designed and developed to provide comprehensive monitoring and control over the activities and movements of substances to ensure that they are used for legitimate purposes in medical treatment and industrial usage.
The controlled substances under the Spikes system include narcotic substances, psychotropic substances, and chemical precursor substances. This is in line with the set of controlled substances recommended by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
There are 5 drug enforcement agencies that are involved with the Spikes system which are:-
- Malaysian National Anti-drug Agency (AADK)
- Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM)
- Royal Malaysian Customs (KDRM)
- Department of Chemistry, Malaysia (JKM)
- Pharmaceutical Services Division under the Ministry of Health Malaysia (BPF KKM)
How SPIKES Works
SPIKES is a web-based database program which serves to control the flow, movements and usage of controlled substances in the country to ensure that they are used only for legitimate purposes. SPIKES also functions as a platform for sharing information regarding controlled substances between all the drug enforcement agencies in the country. Each drug enforcement agency is given permission to access the modules of the SPIKES system which is related to their jurisdiction.
The robust modules included in the SPIKES system are as follows:-
- Dangerous Drugs Control Module (for International/Transit/Domestic)
- Psychotropic Substances Control Module (for International/Transit/Domestic)
- Psychotropic Substances Usage Control Module (for Drug Replacement Therapy/Industrial Usage)
- Chemical Precursor Substances Control Module (International/Domestic)
- Substance Inspection
- Substance Investigation
These modules can be accessed with online permission given from the Pharmaceutical Services Division under the Ministry of Health. The modules will then be used by clients such as registered medical doctors, registered dentists, licensed pharmacists, veterinary doctors and licensed importers or contractors of industrial chemicals.
The Benefits of the SPIKES system
Holistic Integration for ubiquitous information access
With SPIKES, the government’s ambitious goal of creating an Integrated System for monitoring and tracking controlled substances as well as a complementing the roles of various drug enforcement agencies was finally realized. This will encourage greater collaboration and overall organizational effectiveness as there is easy access to information.
The SPIKES system also highly contributes towards the achievement of the NKRA goal under the Government Transformation Program (GTP) which is the reduction of the rate of street crimes which stem from drug abuse.
The Objectives of the SPIKES system
- Control over drug substances through effective cooperation between the relevant drug enforcement agencies in the country.
- Tracking and monitoring of controlled substances which have the potential to be misused through a web-based system without impeding the legitimate usage of the controlled substances for medical treatment or industrial usage purposes.
- Only the best practices are used, following the legal provisions for controlled substances.
Concise tracking and monitoring as well as automated report generation
The SPIKES system is an invaluable application which serves many purposes, namely:-
- To act as an integrated control system that serves to track and monitor the purchase of domestic psychotropic drugs.
- To provide a platform for license application and seeking permits and approval for importing or exporting drugs and chemical substances.
- To serve as a system for sharing information between different bodies, namely the Malaysian National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM), Royal Malaysian Customs (JKDM) and the Malaysian Department of Chemistry.
- For producing yearly reports which are to be sent to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
The SPIKES system is expected to be fully operational by the middle of 2012 and is set to bring to fruition the aim of the government which is to reduce the rate of street crimes, especially crimes that stem from drug abuse.
Consolidated control and robust functionality
Dato’ Eisah binti A. Rahman, the senior director of the Pharmaceutical Services Division under the Ministry of Health stated that “SPIKES also promotes easier control, in terms of license application, permits and approval for importing or exporting drugs and chemical substances.”
Datuk Eisah said the statement during her speech at the launching event of the Spikes system in Anggerik hall, at the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau building, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health. The event was formally officiated by the director of pharmaceutical enforcement, Mr Mohd. Hatta Ahmad.
Scope of Work
The SPIKES project started development in the month of October 2011 and managed to achieve a record short time of completion with only 3 months of development time needed.