PPMA demands rationalization of drug prices to ensure availability of all essential drugs

KARACHI: The government should come up with a realistic drug policy with rationalization of drug prices which will ensure availability of all the essential drugs which can take care of almost 90% of the diseases. At present essential drugs are available at only4% of public hospitals and 25% of private healthcare facilities with the result that the patients are forced to buy more expensive substitutes. Economic issues, problems the PPMA opined, should not be subjected to political decisions but they need economic decisions to solve them. 

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CPSP Fellows to elect the new twenty members Council on February 21st

KARACHI: Fellows of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) will elect the twenty member new council as well as members of the various faculties for the Year 2015-2019 on February 21st 2015.  As per election schedule only Fellows in good standing are eligible to contest elections and cast their vote.  CPSP is perhaps the only medical institution in Pakistan which enjoys international credibility and over the years has made tremendous progress and development. 

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Unrealistic Drug Policy leads to 20% decrease in Pakistani Drugs Export –M. Zaka

KARACHI: National Pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan which is producing quality drugs at economical prices has been gradually increasing its drugs export which increased from US$ Fifty Million a few years ago to US$ 200 Million in the Year 2013. However, due to unrealistic drug policy of the government, the drug exports decreased by 20% during the Year 2014.

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Investment in Health systems and supporting infrastructures are not a luxury when funds are available- Dr. Margaret Chan

“We are meeting at a time of profound economic, social, and demographic transitions in a world in turmoil from multiple causes. Social inequalities have increased, with more of total global wealth held by just a few rich and powerful people. Numerous conflicts, sectarian clashes, and terrorist acts show the bleak side of humanity’s inhumanity.Last year provided a brutal reminder of the continuing threat from emerging and epidemic-prone diseases. Ebola is by far the biggest and most tragic example.

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Prevention and rational treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and its complications

Diabetes mellitus (DM) has very high morbidity and mortality, it affects every system of the body – is called the mother of diseases. It has assumed epidemic proportion in Pakistan and is now seen even in teen aged children. It is due to very high consumption of sugar – one of the highest per capita in the world and high consumption of saturated fats – the junk foods dubbed as “Weapons of Mass Destruction” as well as lack of activity/exercises leading to high incidence of over-weight/obese population. 

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APPS UK Members eager to work as volunteers in Pakistan if security concerns are addressed- Dr. Iqbal

LONDON: The Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons (APPS UK) hosted its Annual Gala Dinner in London recently. This event was attended by over 500 guests and some of the distinguished guests who attended the dinner included Dr Asif Rehman, President APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Decent of North America) from New York; Lord Tariq Ahmed, British Government Minister; H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK; Dr Fehmida Mirza, Ex-Speaker Pakistan National Assembly; Mr Ted Hill, Chief Executive British Polio Fellowship and Lord Dr Shaukat Khan, Honorary Ambassador of Muslim Sultanate of Philippines.

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Excerpts from Message by Prof Mohammad Hafizullah President, Pakistan Cardiac Society

The road map of Pakistan Cardiac Society concentrates on fortifying the institution of PCS, focusing on preventive cardiology and responding to the new needs of an ever expanding specialty. Four new scientific councils – Academics, Cardiovascular Research, Quality assurance and Credentialing and Peripheral arterial disease have been introduced. 

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Despite the fact that lot of  awareness has been created regarding  consequences  of  pricking of IV infusion bottles  and  needle  stick injuries but it is still a common practice in our healthcare settings.Healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics needs to be constantly reminded to uphold professional ethics. Otsuka Pakistan has played an important role to create awareness against Hepatitis spread which is indeed commendable. 

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300 to 400 new cases are being registered at MALC every year

KARACHI: MALC is working for the elimination of Leprosy, TB and Blindness from Pakistan besides community developments for the last 56 years. Since inception more than 56,500 leprosy patients has been registered out of which 98% of patients is treated free of cost in 157 MALC Leprosy Centres situation throughout Pakistan. About 300 to 400 new cases are being registered at MALC every year and its is estimated that this will continue for 2 decade. 

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Floods of 2014 resulted in more of a financial and less human loss

Punjab is a big Valey or you can say an inverted delta of Indus river and its four tributaries – Jehlum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlaj. I have purposely left out Bias because it does not reach Pakistan. Flooding in these rivers is a regular feature in the areas adjacent to them since centuries. That is why there were flood canals from every river which was not only a source of nuisence of inundation but was also a blessing in form of the irrigation of the fertile lands. Kushans in the distant past and  Moghal empire (speacially emporer Jahangir) about 400 years back dug irrigation canals.

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Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumours

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focussed on women aged 15-49 years and the findings are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Skipping meals increases children’s obesity and cardiometabolic risk

Children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk already at the age of 6 to 8 years, according to a Finnish study. A higher consumption of sugary drinks, red meat and low-fat margarine and a lower consumption of vegetable oil are also related to a higher cardiometabolic risk. 

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Being passionate about career and loyal to education will help students in professional life

KARACHI: The students should be more passionate about their career and loyal to education which will help them in their professional life. This was stated by Senator Haseeb Khan while addressing the Day One Ceremony of Pharm D and DPT students who have just got admission. The meeting was attended by the students with their parents, Deans and faculty members from the university.

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Why respiratory therapists matter in healthcare?

Quite a number of diverse technologies and advancements are waiting to be embraced by healthcare society, respiratory therapy is one of them. Despite the fact some steps have been taken to improve it but it still leaves much to be desired.

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Colour-blindness- some basic facts

Colour-blinds are not blind to colours but they are deficient to discriminate colours. Colour-blindness is a hereditary disease. It affects the vision of three primary colours, red, green and blue. It is an X-linked disease and most commonly present in males. Worldwide prevalence of colour-blindness is 7%. In Caucasians, prevalence is higher than others i.e., 8%. In Pakistan, prevalence is not exactly known but some studies showed its prevalence 2.24-2.75%.

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