We neither listen to our patients nor try to understand them but give them prescription-Prof. Imran Ijaz Haider

LAHORE: Prof. Nasar Sayeed Khan Prof. of Psychiatry at Service Institute of Medical Sciences was the first speaker at the symposium on Suffering in Silence- Patients with Mental Illness organized by Academic Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Fatima Memorial Hospital at Lahore on May 13th 2016. Sponsored by a multinational pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly this academic activity was participated by a large number of mental healthcare professionals including psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.

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Low Dose Aspirin is currently cornerstone of antithrombotic component for secondary prevention of CVD-Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra

KARACHI: Low dose aspirin is currently the cornerstone of the antithrombotic component of secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.  New research studies underway are investigating the best way to use aspirin as well as new approaches for antithrombotic therapy for secondary prevention. This was stated by Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra, an eminent physician from Ziauddin Medical University. He was speaking on Aspirin in the 21st Century highlighting its safety and efficacy in a wide range of medical disorders from cardiovascular diseases to stroke, diabetes, cancer prevention, in pregnancy and HIV. The seminar was organized by Pakistan Aspirin Foundation as a part of its CME programme on May 10th 2016.

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MUST will address higher education needs of lower and middle income group-Prof. Tipu Sultan

KARACHI: Malir University of Science and Technology (MUST) will address the higher education needs of lower and middle income group. The fee structure finalized has been made affordable for this segment of our society. This institution is a unique in the sense as the students who will be enrolled will pay fee which is charged by the public sector institutions while the faculty will be paid at par with private universities. This was stated by Prof. S. Tipu Sultan Chancellor of the newly established Malir University of Science and Technology based at Karachi. He was speaking in the formal launch meeting of the university held at a local hotel on May 24th 2016.

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Speakers discuss diagnosis and treatment of Hypertension in Diabetes, Pregnancy

KARACHI: Pakistan Hypertension League in collaboration with OBS Pakistan organized World Hypertension Day meeting at Darul Sehat Hospital Karachi on May 21st 2016. Prof. Azhar M.A. Farooqui former Executive Director of NICVD and Patron of PHL was the chief guest on this occasion. The speakers included Prof. A. Rashid Khan, Prof. Azhar Farooqui, Prof. Abu Noem Farooqui, Dr. Rashid Naseem Khan, Dr. Fauzia Akhtar and Prof. Mansoor Ahmad.

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PPMA should form Pharma Policy and Research Advocacy Council to guide Govt. for a robust, healthy Pharma industry

KARACHI: PPMA should create a Pharma Policy and Research Advocacy Council with a team of market-oriented economists and technocrats to make recommendations to the Government for a robust and healthy pharmaceutical industry. We need continuity in Government and policies and a democratic set up.  In any country where the army takes over after couple of years on regular basis and does not allow democratic system to develop on sound footings, flourish and prosper, there cannot be any stability and any development. For economic growth and development, political stability, conducive environment with security without any law and order problem is extremely important.

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Improvement in Pakistan’s Health Indicators is our collective responsibility-Mrs. Sara Afzal Tarar

KARACHI: While talking about health and social indicators and healthcare cost, prevailing conditions in different countries must also be kept in mind. In Pakistan political governments are not allowed to function freely and hurdles are created in their working by disgruntled politicians. Health indicators is a complex issue. It was not only the Government but collective responsibility of the society. Government was not against the pharmaceutical industry. We have to move forward and let me reassure the Pharma industry representatives of Government’s full support to provide them ease in doing business.

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Govt. should regulate quality of drugs and not pharmaceuticals business- Hamid Raza

KARACHI: We need to find an access to the more regulated market in the developed world for which we need support of the Government as well as of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. (DRAP). When we talk to the authorities, their response is also positive but when it comes to execution, it is missing. The Vision and Function is missing despite the fact that starting from the Minister of State for Health to Secretary Health and Chief Operating Officer of DRAP, all have a sympathetic view. We request that execution of their Vision should be more rapid. 

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We wish to make OBS Pakistan an Institution for learning - Tarek M. Khan

KARACHI: OBS Pakistan is one of the most compliant companies in Pakistan as regards international guidelines. We wish to make it an institution for learning. This was stated by Mr. Tarek M. Khan Managing Director and CEO of OBS Pakistan. He was speaking on ”Leadership and Culture for Operational Excellence” during the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit held recently.

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Make right decisions at right time To realize your dreams- Javed Akhai

KARACHI: Mr. Jawed Akhai Chairman Martin Dow shared the success story of their establishment Martin Dow while speaking at the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit held recently. First he commended the understanding between DRAP and Pharmaceutical industry on various issues and also talked about their acquiring a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in France. He also recalled that once attending the World Economic Forum at Davos he had told the Chinese delegation that Pakistan was importing pharmaceutical APIs from India and China but China needs to increase their share. Chinese Health Ministry officials got the message and they intensified their efforts.

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Health insurance will benefit patients, economy, Pharma industry, Govt. and hospitals-Zahid Saeed

KARACHI: Mr. Zahid Saeed Managing Director Indus Pharma moderated the panel discussion on ease of doing business in Pakistan for the pharmaceutical industry during the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit held recently. The members of the expert’s panel included Mian Mohammad Zaka Ur Rehman CEO of Schazoo Zaka, Sohail Matin CEO GSK Consumer Healthcare and Tariq Wajid Managing Director Martin Dow, Tauqeer ul Haq Managing Director Sante Pharma and Syed Nadeem Ahmad Managing Director and CEO Searle Pakistan.

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Proceedings of Panel Discussion on Strategy for boosting Drugs Exports

KARACHI: Mr. Ayub Ahmed Siddiqui GM International Operations at Indus Pharma moderated the panel discussion on making strategies to boost drugs exports during the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit organized by PPMA at Karachi on May 3rd 2016..  Members of the panel included Mr. Kashif Sajjad Sheikh MD and CEO of CCL Pharmaceuticals, Mian Asad Shuja Ur Rehman from Schazoo Pharmaceuticals, Khawaja Shahzeb Akram Vice President Mass Pharma, Syed Jamshed Ahmed CEO PharmEvo and Mr. Nadeem Khalid Chief Executive Officer Herbion.

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We live in a volatile situation where there is no harmony between FBR and DRAP

KARACHI: Mr. Hanif Ajari Director Supply Chain and Company Secretary from Getz Pharma was the first speaker in the last session during the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit held on May 3rd 2016. His presentation was on supply chain management.  In his excellent presentation he mesmerized and electrified every one present speaking in his usual style. 

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Good Pharma: How Marketing creates Value in Pharma

KARACHI: Prof. Marcel Corstijens the Unilever Chartered Professor of Marketing at INSEAD conducted the Pre-Conference workshop on May 2nd 2016 during the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit 2016 and tried to make it as much interactive as possible.  Speaking about the image of the industry he said, it was bad Pharma.  Every industry, he pointed out, has its own problems and nothing is perfect. People like to criticize and like bad things. It was Germany which started with the pharmaceuticals and it all started with Dyes and Chemicals and now a small city of Basle in Switzerland has the top two pharmaceuticals of the world Novartis and Roche. 

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Proceedings of Panel Discussion on Regulatory Challenges in Pakistan

KARACHI: Mrs. Zeba Ahmed Shuja moderated the panel discussion on Regulatory Challenges in Pakistan during the Second Pakistan Pharma Summit organized by PPMA in Karachi recently. Members of the panel were Mr. Anis Shah, Dr. Iftikhar A. Jafri, Ms. Mahvash Siddiqi, Dr. Obaid Ali, Ali Kabir Shah and Salem Riaz.

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JPOA-PharmEvo Workshop on Medical Writing at Quetta

QUETTA: PharmEvo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pakistan Orthopaedic Association to organize workshops on Medical Writing for its members all over the country. The fifth such workshop inthis series was organized at Bolan Medical College, Quetta on May 13th 2016. Workshop faculty included Dr. Asadullah Makhdoom from Journal of Pakistan Orthopaedic Association and Dr. Masood Jawaid from Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences.

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Otsuka Awareness Campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: For prevention of any disease it is essential to know the intensity of the problem to make an affective efforts to manage it. We do not have comprehensive data of different diseases which are increasing rapidly and posing a great threat. This was stated by Dr. Syed Ali Haider, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dow University of Health Sciences, Civil Hospital, Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky Draw in connection with their campaign against Hepatitis being run for the last many years.

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Districts asked to ensure minimum health service delivery standards

LAHORE: Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khanhas directed all 36 districts of Punjab to ensure compliance with Minimum Service Delivery Standards developed by the Punjab Healthcare Commission He was speaking at the monthly EDOs (H) Conference in the Directorate General Health Services. The EDOs (H) of all districts, Chief Minister Roadmap team, PITB, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, UNICEF, WHO and Program Managers participated in the conference.

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