FPCCI and TDAP to hold joint conference
for revival of Pharma industry

KARACHI: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) plan to jointly organize a conference in Islamabad to sort out pressing issues being faced by the Pharmaceutical industry of the country. This was announced after a PPMA delegation lead by its Chairman Dr. Kaiser Waheed which also included some former Chairmen of PPMA called on the newly elected President of FPCCI last week. Chief of TDAP Mr. S.M. Munir was also present on this occasion. 

Dr. Kaiser Waheed chairman PPMA presenting bouquet to President FPCCI Zubair Tufail.
SM Munir, former chairmans A Haseeb Khan, Zahid Saeed and others are also seen in the picture.

Dr.  Kaiser Waheed informed the FPCCI president and chief executive of TDAP that bureaucracy had not been allowing autonomous and independent functioning of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) as per the provisions of the DRAP Act-2012. He further pointed out  that companies associated with the pharmaceutical industry in the country should be allowed to function like other commercial entities as they were primarily meant to do business instead of being charitable organizations. DRAP should either be placed under control of Federal Ministry of Commerce or Council of Common Interests in the center. This should be done because the Ministry of National Health Services, which is at present overseeing the drug regulatory authority has been unable to understand peculiar business needs of Pharmaceutical companies being commercial entities. The Ministry of National Health Services is supposed to manage hospitals rather than to do regulatory work for the DRAP, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, FPCCI President said that government was under obligation to look into the issues concerning the Pharma sector as people had been acutely suffering due to shortage of medicines in the market since long. The government should also take cognizance of the issue that annual Pharma exports of the country had dropped from 360 million US Dollars to 160 M Dollars and that decline in exports of medicines all happened during the brief regime of DRAP.

TDAP chief executive said that the proposed conference in Islamabad would be organized to adopt a strategy on a war-footing basis for the revival of Pharma sector of the country. The proposed conference in Islamabad would be attended by representatives of PPMA, DRAP, and by ministers, secretaries, and other senior officials of ministries of National Health Services and Commerce.

 Fourth biggest overseas doctors
in US are from Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan is the fourth biggest country to provide doctors to the United State and at present 12,028 Pakistani national physicians are working in 50 states of USA. This was stated by Dr. Humayun Javaid Chaudhry, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards of United States.  He is also the chairman of International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA). He stated this while delivering a lecture at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on December 30, 2016. He had been invited by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC).

Dr. Humayun Javaid Chaudhry, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation
of State Medical Boards of United States presenting some books to Prof. M. Aslam
VC UHS during his visit to the UHS recently. President of PM&DC
Prof. Lehri is also seen on extreme left.

PM&DC President Dr. Shabbir Ahmad Lehri, council member Dr. Amir Bandesha, UHS Vice Chancellor Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Prof Muhammad Aslam, Pro-VC Prof Dr. Junaid Sarfraz Khan, Pro-Vice Chancellors of King Edward Medical University Lahore and Fatima Jinnah Medical University Lahore and the faculty were also present in the meeting.

Of the Pakistani physicians serving in United Sates, 3,100 doctors had graduated from Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, and 1,900 from King Edward Medical University, Lahore. Agha Khan University, Karachi and Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore are on third and fourth position respectively.           He congratulated PM&DC on being a responsible monitoring body and maintaining good standards of education in Pakistani medical and dental colleges. Three Pakistani institutions were the members of IAMRA and invited UHS to apply for the membership.

PM&DC President Prof Shabbir Ahmad Lehri said standardization of medical education in Pakistan was the main objective of the Council. He further stated that a committee headed by Prof. Eice Muhammad was working vigorously on curriculum reforms at undergraduate level whereas efforts were also being made to promote medical tourism in Pakistan. Later on, Dr. Humayun Javaid Chaudhry visited UHS Examination department and was briefed on various aspects. (PE)



Pro VC Baqai Medical University Prof. Maj. Gen. M. Aslam presenting a memento to
Mr. Haseeb Khan at the induction ceremony of First Year
class of PharmD and DPT students.

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