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Condolence meeting for late 

Prof. Malik H. Mubbashar

By Prof. Iqbal Afridi

KARACHI: The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, JPMC organized a condolence meeting in the memory of late Prof. Dr. Malik Hussain Mubbashar, MBBS, DPM, FRCP, FRC Psych, on Saturday, August 15th 2020. This event was titled “Remembering a Legend & Visionary” and it was hosted by Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS), Pakistan Association for Mental health (PAMH) and other Psychiatric Fraternities & Organizations (WPA, PAMH & SMHA).

The speakers paid rich tributes to Late Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar and pointed out that he was an institution in himself, and his academic children (students) are presently heading most of the teaching institutions not only in Pakistan but also at leading departments abroad.

Eminent members of Psychiatry and academicians participated in the event, both in person and virtually. These included Prof. Syed Haroon Ahmed, Prof. Unaiza Niaz, Dr. Naeem Siddiqi, Dr. Majid Ali Abidi, Dr. Afzal Javed, Prof. Mowadat Rana, Prof. Fareed Aslam Minhas, Prof. Tayyab Tahir, Senator Dr. Karim Khawaja, Prof. Bikha Ram (Vice Chancellor of LUMHS), Prof. Zafar Haider, Prof. Raza ur Rehman, Dr. Mian Mukhtar ul Haq Azeemi, Dr. Ayesha Minhas, Dr. Jamil Junejo and from the family of Late Prof Dr. Malik Hussain Mubbashar, his sons Dr. Sabooh Mubbashar, Dr. M. Imtiaz Mubbashar and daughter Dr. Maryam Mubbashar.

The Pharmacist’s Role in
HIV Care in France

In France, antiretroviral treatment (ARV) can be dispensed by hospitals and/or community pharmacies. A recent study published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives examined the pharmacist’s role in HIV care in this country.

For the study, two national surveys were sent. The first was an anonymous questionnaire for people living with HIV, and the second was an online survey for community and hospital pharmacies. A total of 1,137 people living with HIV and 246 pharmacies responded.

The surveys pertained to medication interviews with pharmacists during ARV dispensing, where patients could receive explanations about efficacy and tolerance, recommendations for proper use of their medication, and advice about any drug interactions. The surveys also pertained to online patient medication files. When these files are offered by pharmacists and accepted by patients covered by health insurance, they can be used to record all the drugs dispensed during the previous four months. A patient’s file thus constitutes a tool for coordinating prescriptions, generating advice, and identifying precautions in the use of different medications.

While the existence of the online medication file was known by 58% of people living with HIV, only 40% of pharmacists declared it to be systematically offered. It was offered to 17% of people living with HIV, and 80% of those people accepted it. Only 7% of people living with HIV felt well taken care of because they were offered medication interviews, but 32% said they would like to take advantage of this program. The results suggest the need for better implementation of medication files and interviews.


Reprinted from Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences.
What Gastroenterologists should
know during COVID-19 Pandemic!

Lubna Kamani

The WHO has declared a Pandemic due to Novel Corona virus-19 (COVID-19). Patients usually have respiratory symptoms but gastrointestinal and hepatic dysfunction are not uncommon presentations and can lead to a delay in diagnosis and management. Virus shedding can continue even after the nasopharyngeal swab gets negative and could lead to faecal-oral transmission. The effects of COVID-19 on patients with decompensated liver disease is still not clear. Managing immunosuppressive drugs in liver transplant and inflammatory bowel disease is a major challenge without clear guidelines. Only emergency endoscopy is to be done with personal protection equipment. Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine has shown some beneficial effects and is being used off-label. Without effective treatment, it is imperative to take precautionary measures.

KEYWORDS: Corona virus, Gastrointestinal, Liver, COVID-19, Endoscopy.

How to cite this: Kamani L. What gastroenterologists should know during COVID-19 Pandemic! Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S124-S125. doi:

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