Cutting edge regulatory framework should be beneficial for hospitals, industry as well as patients

KARACHI: India has over half a million qualified trained pharmacists. Indian Drug market is worth seventy thousand crores of rupees with 15% annual growth. There are over twenty seven thousand brands, twenty five thousand drug manufacturers and over 70% of Indian Drug Market consists of branded generics. It is important that cutting edge regulatory framework should be beneficial for the hospitals, industry as well as the patients. 

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Safe Fasting with Diabetes during Ramadan

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. According to the 2009 estimates, Muslims constitute 1.57 billion of the world’s population and growing by 3% per year. Globally, around 50 million Muslims with diabetes fast during the month of Ramadan each year. 

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PPMA urges Govt. to make DRAP functional appointing a permanent chief executive

KARACHI: Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMS) has called upon the government to make the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan functional and appoint its chief executive on permanent basis. In a statement issued by Jawaid Akhai, Chairman Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) the association has pointed out that no meeting of the registration board, licensing board, or pricing committee has taken place in the last six months. 

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Shaping policies & programme decisions regarding Infant Young Child Feeding

KARACHI: Health Education and Literacy Programme (HELP) an NGO working in the field of health and education organized a workshop on shaping policy and programme decisions on Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) to identify stakeholders who have some influence in this area. It was attended by representatives from WHO, World Food Programme, some NGOs and media.

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Skin disease can be an extensive source of physical, emotional and financial pain

For the many affected by chronic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and acne, the toll these conditions can take on them and their families is immeasurable. From managing unexpected flare ups to trying to conceal symptoms, skin disease can be an extensive source of physical, emotional and financial pain. 

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Many more countries have to implement comprehensive tobacco control programmes

GENEVA: At 2.3 billion, the number of people worldwide covered by at least one life-saving measure to limit tobacco use has more than doubled in the last five years, according to the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013. The number of people covered by bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, the focus of this year’s report, increased by almost 400 million people residing mainly in low- and middle-income countries.

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Higher BMI Increases risk of Gallstones, especially in Women

New research reveals a causal association between elevated body mass index (BMI) and increased risk of gallstone disease. Results published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show women are at greater risk of developing gallstones. 

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Report of activities of WONCA Working Party on Research

PRAGUE: WONCA Working Party on Research (WWPR) held its meeting and conducted three workshops during the 20th WONCA World Conference held at Prague recently. The participation and enthusiasm of participation at these events was exemplary.

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Participants show great interest in electroCore’s research into the treatment of cluster headache

There was great interest at the recent International Headache Congress in Boston in a poster on the results of an open label trial on non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of cluster headache. The trial sponsored by electroCore, one of the world leaders in the rapidly expanding field of electroceuticals, is part of the most comprehensive clinical trial programs in headache presently running.

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Osteoid osteoma treated successfully with RFA at AKUH

KARACHI: Radiologists at the Aga Khan University Hospital have successfully treated a bone tumour (non-cancerous) without surgery by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The procedure was performed on 24-year-old Bilal in May and follow-up visits confirm that the patient’s symptoms have completely disappeared.

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