LAHORE - Medicine Management System is being introduced in all teaching hospitals of Punjab through which matters related to procurement of medicines, quality check and prescription would be monitored. Clinical pharmacists would also be appointed in the teaching hospitals.

It was stated by Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah while chairing the meeting to finalise the arrangements for the launching of Medicines Management System in his office yesterday.

WHO’s Adviser for Medicines & Health Products Dr. Khalid Saeed Bukhari, Additional Secretary Health Development Zahir Abbas Malik, Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Salman Shahid and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

Secretary Health said that the basic purpose of introducing Medicine Management System in teaching hospitals is to ensure provision of 100 percent quality medicines to the patients. He said that this system would be launched initially in five selected teaching hospitals as a pilot project.

He said that clinical pharmacists would also be appointed in the teaching hospitals that would assist clinicians in prescribing medicines to the patients.

Secretary Health directed that initially this system should be introduced in Government Shahdara Teaching Hospital on experimental basis and after that five selected teaching hospitals would be included in the system.

He further said that according to the vision of Chief Minister, the Medicine Management System is being launched in the hospitals to ensure procurement of quality medicines, uninterrupted provision of medicines to the patients and to ensure efficient use of funds of billions of rupees allocated for procurement of medicines. The whole infrastructure of Medicine Management System would be IT-based for ensuring transparency at all levels.