Registration process is being streamlined to eliminate irrational, harmful drug combinations

ISLAMABAD: Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is streamlining registration process to eliminate irrational combinations and harmful drugs. PICS is a gold standard and at present it has forty members and once DRAP becomes its member, we will be exempted from many other requirements as it follows cGMP  recognized at international level. It will also improve our drugs exports. Quality, safety and efficacy are the three important things and we are following a patient focused, people centered approach to ensure that patients get quality drugs at affordable prices. This was stated by Dr. Mohamamd Aslam Afghani, Chief Operating Officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) in an exclusive interview with Pulse International here recently.

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Patient education and physician motivation are key factors in Hypertension management-Prof. Ishaq

FAISALABAD: Prof. M. Ishaq was the first speaker in the combined session of Pakistan Hypertension League with Pakistan Cardiac Society during the CARDIO CON 2016 held here last month. He spoke on Hypertension-a Global perspective. He discussed in detail evolution of pharmacotherapy, RASS pathways, life style modifications, role of dietary salt and DASH diet besides developing Guidelines and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. He then discussed renal denervation therapy, mild, moderate, severe and borderline as well as high normal blood pressure. Hypertension, he said, is an important cause of preventable death which accounts for 9.4 million deaths globally. 

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Speakers pay rich tributes to Prof.Khalid Mahmood on his timely honourable retirement

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences organized a farewell reception in honour of Prof.Khalid Mahmod, Professor of Medicine who retired last month. The reception was very well attended by faculty members and postgraduates. It was addressed by a number of speakers who paid him rich tributes for his dedicated, devoted service and honourable timely retirement.

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Look Alike, Sound Alike cases have been identified and show cause notices issued-Dr.M. Aslam

KARACHI: Aga Khan University Hospital organized a symposium on Medication Safety with the theme of “Look Alike, Sound Alike (LASA) Medications: A Real Threat” on December 17, 2016. Dr. M. Aslam Chief Operating Officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan was the chief guest on this occasion. He pointed out that these problems of Look Alike, Sound Alike mediations are faced in the developed world as well. We have a huge non-regulated market of alternate medicine and many hospitals were also practicing it. DRAP has now decided to regulate it as well. As regards quality of drugs we are looking at safety, efficacy and cost effectiveness through pre-registration, Registration and post registration through Post Marketing Surveillance including Pharmacovigilance.

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Small vessel makes the brain very vulnerable to cardio metabolic ischemia-Leonardo Lucas

KARACHI: Small vessel makes the brain very vulnerable to cardio metabolic ischemia and majority of the ischaemic strokes due to Atrial Fibrillation present with Hemiplegia and aphasia. AF related ischaemic strokes are also associated with high short and long term mortality and there is a bleeding risk in some atrial fibrillation. One should not use Aspirin alone for stroke prevention in AF. This was stated by Dr. Leonardo De Lucas a noted interventional cardiologist at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at European Hospital in Rome Italy. He was speaking at a series of symposia on “Novel strategies to prevent stroke” organized by PharmEvo at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad during his recent visit to Pakistan.

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Clinical Proceedings of Pakistan Endocrine Society’s 14th Annual Conference-II

ISLAMABAD: The first session on Day -2 of the Pakistan Endocrine Society’s 14th annual conference held here from November 18-20, 2016 was devoted to Thyroid. It was chaired by Prof. Najmul Islam along with Prof Shazia Faroqui Khan and Khalid Usman while Dr. Arshad Hussain was the moderator. Dr. Jaana Quinton from UK was the first speaker who talked about Role of Thyroid ultrasonogaphy in Endocrine Care. It was pointed out that one should ensure that the ultrasound machine is set on thyroid and not on bone. Ultrasound Evaluaiton of thyroid shows that 90% are almost benign. The number of nodules increases with age. 

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H index is more relevant for faculty evaluation

KARACHI: The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. This was discussed in detail by Dr. Masood Jawaid, Associate Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and Director Medical Affairs, PharmEvo during a pre-conference workshop about Google Scholar organized for third National Research Symposium and 10th Annual research retreat in Anaesthesia, Pain and Intensive care Aga Khan University. Dr. Faraz Shafiq, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia was the co facilitator of the workshop.

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PharmEvo Thematic Calendar 2017 coves 90 Years History, highlights the struggle, sacrifices made by our leaders, Forefathers for creation of Pakistan

KARACHI: Keeping up its past traditions, PharmEvo one of the leading national pharmaceutical companies which always comes up with innovative ideas in Corporate Social Responsibility formally launched its Thematic Calendar 2017 last month. PharmEvo which is known for ethical pharmaceutical marketing is reported to have spent over Rs. 1.25 crore on this Calendar which covers Ninety years history (1857-1947) and highlights the struggle and sacrifices made by our leaders and forefathers for the creation of Pakistan. In the present circumstances when there is need to promote National spirit for progress, prosperity and strengthening Pakistan particularly when our younger generation is not aware of all this, it is extremely important to remind all this so that they know the historical background and be proud of being citizens of an independent Muslim country Pakistan. This will help us face the challenges with courage and determination.

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An example of massive corruption and professional incompetence and economy indicator

Nitro-imidazoles are a class of drugs used for the treatment of giardiasis, amoebiasis, trichomaniasis and anaerobic infections-very common ailments in the developing countries. Three drugs under this category are registered in Pakistan – metronidazole, tinidazole and secnidazole.

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Overpopulation: Pakistan’s biggest problem

ISLAMABAD: Overpopulation is by far and away the most important cause of our decline, more important than all the other causes combined. Unless we can do something about it, all our problems will keep on aggravating.

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PIMA Conference Proceedings

Medical students and young doctors largely attended this seminar where experts from medical profession and Pharma industry presented a detailed overview of career opportunities for medical professionals in Pakistan and abroad. Session was conducted by Dr. Zeeshan Ansari and seminar was addressed by PIMA Karachi President Dr. Atif Hafeez Siddiqui, Prof. Wasay Shakir, Dr. Kashif Shazli, Dr. Jamil Ahmed, and Mr. Jamshed Ahmed, Dr. Jawaid Mallick, Dr. Munir Sadiq, Dr. Saad Jilani and Dr. Atif Mansha.

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Use of Inferior quality drips in healthcare facilities must be checked- Dr. Anela Amjad

KARACHI: Inferior quality drips are being used in many healthcare facilities especially in some public hospitals which must be stopped to avoid spread of Hepatitis and other communicable diseases. This was stated Dr. Anela Amjad Associate Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Layari General Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on 28th December, 2016. Mr. Haneef Sattar, Chief Executive Otsuka Pakistan, Syed Tariq Shahid, Director Marketing and Sales, Mr. Khalid Munir, Business Unit Head, Mr. Moeenuddin Ansari, Product Manager, Mr. Muhammad Ashraf RSM and other Otsuka senior executives were also present on this occasion.

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Health Care in danger Project Shows encouraging results

KARACHI: A public awareness campaign on respecting ambulances` right of way, entitled RastaDein, was launched in Karachi in 2016 as part of Health Care in Danger project. A marked improvement has since been noted in motorists` behaviour. This was stated by Prof. Lubna Beg from APPNA Institute of Public Health while speaking at a meeting co-hosted by the ICRC and Sindh provincial authorities to present the mid-term results of the project.  Minster of Health Sikandar Ali Mandhro was the chief guest at the occasion.

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