LAHORE                  -              The Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has issued an order to introduce crucial health reforms to rectify errors in the drug indications in all healtlhcare establishments and hospitals operating across the country. 

According to DRAP sources, emphasis was being laid on the health reforms and establishment of a pharmacy and therapeutic committee in each hospital and making it functional in all hospitals.  Senior most physician was to be its chairman and chief pharmacist as its secretary, other members include senior most surgeon in accordance with the specialties, director finance, and relevant clinical pharmacist, sources said.

The number of beds, number of wards and requirement of clinical pharmacists in drug administration should be clearly mentioned on patient chart in the hospitals. On the patient chart, a column for ward note by the clinical pharmacist should be printed,  and the phamacist was to add note on it regularly, the sources maintained.

The clinical pharmacist would be deputed in hospital wards and his presence was made mandatory during the round of the senior physicians. The digital pharmacy services included computerization of inventory of hospital medicine and surgical disposable stores would be done. Efforts were being made to have a uniform inventory software by involving the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), the sources informed.

The Pharmacy Department in hospitals would act as an independent Department of Pharmacy like other departments working under the direct control of principal/ medical director, medical superintendent. The chief pharmacist will act as director/ drug controller of the hospital, the sources said.

An SMS system would also be introduced within the hospital and in case of adverse drug reaction, the patient would inform the principal, medical director, medical superintendent. Goods storage/distribution practices guidelines, given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) would be implemented with proper cold chain storage facilities in each hospital. Proper stores with dedicated medical store building should be established in each hospital with proper racking and shelves and temperature & humidity control facility. All stores should be well ventilated and safe from direct sunlight, sources aid.

DRAP warned  that no negligence would be tolerated in implementation of the directions in any hospital or healthcare facility.