PPA call for protecting people from drug side-effects

September 25, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Central President, Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA), Syed Qalb-e-Hasan Rizvi on Wednesday stressed the need of a comprehensive policy at national level in collaboration of private sector to protect and prevent people from side-effects of medicines.

He expressed these views while addressing a special ceremony to mark World Pharmacists Day held at Pharmacists House Superhighway Karachi. Ex-PPA Provincial General Secretary Muzahir Qadri, Mohammad Atif, Dr Mohammad Saleh, Sehrish Lakhani, Ghazala Eshrat and others also present.

Rizvi said pharmacists play a key role in healthy society as they ensure continuity and regularity in use of medicines. He said people are contracting different complicated diseases due to self-medication and lack of awareness about the use of medicines.

He stressed the need of comprehensive policy at national level in collaboration with private sector to protect people from side-effects of medicines and looming threats to their lives. He welcomed that notification of Punjab Government for establishment of Pharmacy Information Centers in hospitals and presence of pharmacists during doctors’ rounds in government hospitals.

He lamented that there was no drug administration infrastructure in Sindh province despite the passage of 67 years. He expressed concern that pharmacists who joined public healthcare in 17-grade through Public Service Commission retired after completing 25 years services without any promotion.

The Pakistan Pharmacists Association has arranged awareness seminars, walks and other events on 25th September 2014 to marks World Pharmacists Day across e Pakistan.

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