Punjab Drugs Amendments Act 2017 to be passed in the coming Punjab Assembly Session

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has assured the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) that the Punjab Drugs Amendments Act 2017 will be presented in the forthcoming Punjab Assembly session and passed. He was addressing the participants of the Pakistan Pharma Summit-III organized by Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association here on July 24th2017.

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NICVD starts Free General Inpatient & Outpatient Services

KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) the mother institution of cardiology in Pakistan continues to set new trends in tertiary cardiac care in public sector. Earlier starting round the clock primary angioplasty to patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction, it announced offering free Pace Maker implantation facility to patient’s with Bradycardia and Heart Block last month. Now in collaboration with Government of Sindh, NICVD has achieved yet another major milestone in the history of Cardiac Healthcare in Pakistan by starting totally free of cost service for all General Inpatients and Outpatients with effect from July 18, 2017 which consists of 95% patients being received at NICVD. 

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Effective supply chain system will maintain quality of drugs-Khawaja Salman

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Specialized Health Care and Medical Education, Khawaja Salman Rafique, has said that the process of procurement, supply and distribution of medicine and other health commodities in public sector hospitals of the province is being made standardized, comprehensive and effective. “We are bringing a robust and transparent supply chain management system which will not only help eliminate the loss incurred due to expiry of medicines but also would ensure qualitative and quantitative needs of the end users,”. This was stated by him while addressing  a symposium here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on July 12, 2017.

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Mechanical heart valves have fewer infections

Infections in surgically implanted heart valves are more common in patients who have been given a biological prosthetic valve than in those with a mechanical one, a study from Karolinska Institutet published today in the journal Circulation shows.

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Terminal cancer patients can be unwilling to face prognosis

In a recent study, published in The Oncologist, just under 10% of patients diagnosed with terminal cancer did not know their prognosis and had no interest in finding out. This unwillingness to face a poor prognosis can lead to unnecessary treatments and prevent patients from making appropriate end of life (EOL) plans, causing their remaining time to be more stressful and traumatic that it need be.

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PPMA urges PM to sign Drug Prices Summary sent by DRAP

KARACHI: Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (PPMA) has urged the prime minister to sign summaries sent by the Drug Pricing Committee last year to ensure availability of drugs and medicine. The demand was made by Chairman PPMA Dr. Kaiser Waheed while addressing a press conference along with some other members. Failure to do so, will make the life of patients suffering from Hepatitis-C and renal failure difficult due to their short supply.

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Reduction in dental care after dementia diagnosis

Subsequent to a diagnosis of dementia, the patient’s contact with the dental care services diminishes and oral health is impaired. This has been revealed by a major register-based study from Karolinska Institutet published in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia

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Despite initial losses for five years, PharmEvo never compromised on ethical marketing from the very first day- Ibrahim Qasim

KARACHI: Medicine is a field which requires dedication and perseverance and remember, perseverance pays. Despite initial losses for five years PharmEvo never compromised on ethical marketing from the very first day. One has to fight through some bad days to earn best day in one’s life. This was stated by Mr. Ibrahim Qasim Chairman PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals while addressing the company’s annual sales conference on July 13, 2017. His address included numerous quotations to highlight the importance of constant struggle, devotion, dedication and hard work which eventually pays.

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Cancer Patients coming to the Emergency Departments with Delirium likely to die earlier

According to a new study published in The Oncologist, patients with advanced cancer who are diagnosed with delirium when turning up in emergency departments are more likely to be admitted to hospital and more likely to die earlier than patients without delirium. This shows the importance of accurately diagnosing delirium in advanced cancer patients, says lead author Ahmed Elsayem at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, even though delirium can easily be missed in busy emergency departments.

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Timely treatment can save thousands of Precious lives of stroke patients

KARACHI: In Pakistan, about nine to ten million people are suffering from stroke. Every year thousands of humans fall victims of stroke whose lives could be saved with proper and timely treatment. This was stated by Health experts while addressing a press conference at a local hotel in Karachi on 20th July 2017 held in connection with World Brain Day 2017. 

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WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

GENEVA: New tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched last month by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected. 

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Preventive strategy is the best option to control Hepatitis and other diseases-Dr. Mohammad Ali Channa

KARACHI: Preventive strategy is the best option to control Hepatitis and other communicable diseases in Pakistan when we are facing problems like poverty and illiteracy. Our focus should be on prevention instead of treatment.  This was stated by Dr. Mohammad Ali Channa, Professor of Surgery at Hamdard University Hospital Karachi while performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on 26th July 2017.

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Corticosteroid treatment increases survival of preterm infants within hours

The effects of corticosteroid treatments on pregnant women facing preterm delivery to prevent infant death and morbidity have been thought to develop gradually over days. However, a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and colleagues in the European EPICE project – coordinated by Inserm, Paris – suggests that survival and health gains for very preterm infants may occur within hours.

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The phosphodiesterase inhibitor cilostazol induces regression of carotid atherosclerosis in subjects with type2 diabetes mellitus

Background: Antiplatelet drugs are effective in preventing recurrence of atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetic patients.However, the efficacy and usefulness of 2 different antiplatelet drugs, aspirin and cilostazol, in the progression of carotidintima-media thickening are unknown.

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