Injections are banned in Pakistan by General Practitioners (GPs) in small clinics and dispensaries because they are not much required for treatment. On Friday, expert pharmacists said that 99% of the medicines injecting through injection are unnecessary and as it is common practice in Pakistan. Most of the pharmaceutical products are sold unchecked in the market and without prescription.
Chief Executive Officer of the Pakistan Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP), Abdul Latif Shaikh while addressing to the Karachi Press Club said that there should be a complete ban on these injections at small clinics and dispensaries other than secondary and tertiary care hospitals. He further said that the recent accidental death of patients like Nashwa and Asmat and some other happened due to medication errors. These unfortunate deaths can be avoided by following the international rules and regulations.
Injections Banned by General Practitioners
He said that baby Nashwa was injected with a medicine in concentrated form by the untrained staff and that proved lethal for the innocent life. Her death forced them to take this step and this is the right thing to do before any other innocent get victimized. Chief PSHP further proceeded that her life could be saved if administration who injected medicines to patients might be supervised by the qualified pharmacists. There is also need to regularly visit small clinics and dispensaries to avoid such incident in the future.
Shaikh said that the use of these injection syringes is the actual cause of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C infections. Injection is the reason of the recent outbreak of HIV/AIDS in Larkana which need to be controlled as soon as possible. This step to ban injections in smaller clinics and dispensaries running by quacks needs to be taken into account immediately.
Pharmaceuticals Lack Control
Over 550 billion rupees of pharmaceuticals are distributed in the country every year, but there is not a single monitory control over them. 95% of these medicines and pharmaceutical products have no check and balance. Abdul Latif Shaikh elaborated the whole situation that these medicines are sold in the country like chocolates and candies.
Without any prescriptions, medical stores sell these pharmaceutical products and sometimes those prescriptions are misunderstood by an un-professional staff. In this way wrong medicines are provided to the patients who are uneducated and rely on them. He pledged to communicate with the Healthcare Commission so that they can formulate better strategies in order to avoid such medical errors in the future.