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Drug Regulatory Agency to be Established with the Consensus of Provinces Soon – Secretary

Press Release No. 31, Islamabad: July 4, 2011 ( The Federal Government has decided to establish Drug Regulatory Agency (DRA) with the concurrence and approval of the provinces as per Article 147 of the Constitution, Cabinet Secretary said in a press statement issued here today.

For the compliance of the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Cabinet Secretary contacted the Provincial Governments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan to entrust the powers of their respective Governments to the Federation. The provinces have agreed to the same for a transitional period till the establishment of a functional DRA.

The devolution of health as per the 18th Amendment was to be followed by the creation of a Drug Regulatory Agency, in agreement with the provinces, to promote uniformity and standardization of drugs and therapeutic goods across the country.

The Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Cabinet Secretary to ensure uninterrupted provision of drugs and medicines to the patients all over the country and resolution of all the outstanding issues of the Pharma Industry. The Cabinet Secretary has taken immediate action in line with the directions of the Prime Minister and has asked the personnel dealing with these matters in Cabinet Division to ensure resolution of all essential issues of the Pharmaceutical Industry which could hinder the availability of essential drugs and medicines to the public, including clearance of imported consignments of raw material, production, packaging and other related matter.

As per the instructions of the Prime Minister these measures will not only provide immediate relief to the Pharmaceutical Industry but would also ensure continuous availability of life saving and essential medicines to the general public.


Muhammad Shamoon Ch.; A Mature and Prestigious Headship of Punjab Pharmacy Council, Lahore, Pakistan; Introduction, Function and Activities

Pharmaceutical Review ( Punjab Pharmacy Council, Lahore, Pakistan (Established under Pharmacy Act, 1967) is working under the prestigious headship of Ch. Muhammad Shamoon. His designation is secretary of Punjab Pharmacy Council. As pharmacy is the fastest growing, dynamic profession offering a wealth of opportunities. Many occupations offer to improve society’s quality of life, the profession of pharmacy involves the preservation of life itself. While serving the society, a secure professional future is reasonably guaranteed with the satisfaction of personal accomplishment. Punjab Pharmacy Council is a Statuary body functioning under Federal Legislation.

Punjab Pharmacy Council, established under Pharmacy Act 1967 as amended in 1973, with the crystal clear objective to regulate the practice of pharmacy. The Secretary Health Government of the Punjab acts as President (Ex-officio) while the secretary, bears the office of Punjab Pharmacy Council to execute and exercise all the legislative functions (Section-23 of the Pharmacy Act, 1967) as;

  • Registration & Renewal of Pharmacist (Register-A)
  • Enrollment of Pharmacy Apprentices (Register-C) [Discontinued]
  • Examination & Registration of Pharmacy Assistant (Register-B)
  • Examination & Registration of Pharmacy Technician (Register-B)
  • Prepare and maintain Registers of ;
    • Graduate/Post Graduate Pharmacist
    • Apprentices in Pharmacy
    • Pharmacy Assistant & Pharmacy Technician
  • Issuance of Good Standing Certificate.
  • Verification of Certificate
  • Publication of Text Books of Pharmacy for Pharmacy Assistant & Pharmacy Technician  as per the approved curriculum.
  • On the Job Training of Pharmacists/Drug Inspectors.
  • Refresher Course for Qualified Dispensers/Chemists.
  • Inspect institutions (in coordination with Central Council) imparting pharmacy education to ensure standardized Education and Training.
  • To do such other act & things as it may be empowered  or required to do by the Pharmacy Act, 1967.

Punjab Pharmacy Council is generating funds itself for its legislative operationlaities, not receiving any grant/financial support from provincial government. All the financial matters exercise through joint account, which operates by mean of cheques, signed jointly by the President and secretary Punjab Pharmacy Council.

Examination of Pharmacy Technician

Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Matric with Sciences. Duration: 2 Years, regular course. Paper Schedule: Part – I; Theory Paper – 4, Practical Paper – 4.  Part – II; Theory Paper – 5, Practical Paper – 3

Examination of Pharmacy Assistant

Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Matric with Sciences or General Science. Duration: 2 Years, apprenticeship training under supervision of registered & notified pharmacist by PPC. OR Qualified dispenser with PMF

Paper Schedule: Theory Paper – 3; Practical Paper – 1

Committees Working Under Punjab Pharmacy Council

The council may constitute committees as it deems fit to advice & assist the Council.  The Council constitutes following Committees:-

  • Education Committee. To deal with syllabus, publication and education/training programs.
  • Law & Ethics Committee. To deal with legal matters.
  • Budgetary & Service Rules Committee. To deal with budget and financial matters as well as service of the employees.
  • Examination and Disciplinary Committee. To deal with examination related issues.


  • Registration of Pharmacists & Pharmacy Assistants.
  • Enrolment & Examinations of  Apprentices in Pharmacy.
  • Commencement of 2 examinations in a year.
  • Examination of Pharmacy Technicians (2 Years Diploma Course), since March, 2009.
  • Issuance of Good Standing Certificate.
  • Publication of Text Book of Pharmacy.
  • Verification of Certificates.
  • On the Job Training of Pharmacists/Drug Inspectors.
  • Refresher Course for Qualified Dispensers/Chemists
  • Revision of Syllabus.
  • Computerization of Record.
  • On going Orientation Programs for:-

1. Hospital Pharmacists

2. Drug Inspectors

3. Chemists/Druggists/Dispensers

Institutes Approved For Graduate Pharmacists

Public Sector

University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore; Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Karachi, Karachi; Institute of Pharmacy, Sindh University, Jamshoro; Faculty of Pharmacy, Islamia University, Bahawalpur; Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. Department of Pharmacy, Balochistan University, Quetta. Department of Pharmacy, Peshawar University, Peshawar. Faculty of Pharmacy, Gomal University, D.I. Khan. Department of Pharmacy, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. Department of Pharmacy, Sargodha University, Sargodha. Department of Pharmacy, Federal Urdu University, Karachi. College of Pharmacy, Government College University, Faisalabad.

Public Sector

Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Baqai Medical University, Karachi. Lahore College for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lahore. The University of Lahore, Lahore Campus, Lahore. Jinnah University for Women, Karachi. Hamdard University, Karachi Campus, Karachi. Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus, Islamabad. The University of Faisalabad, Faisalabad. Sarhad University, Peshawar. Ziauddin University, Karachi. Riffah Institute of Pharmacy, Riffah International University, Islamabad.

Institutes Approved For Pharmacy Technicians

ACE Institute of Health Sciences, Lahore. Pakistan Pharmacy Council, Sahiwal. Kings College of Pharmacy, Sahiwal. Thal Institute of Paramedics & Pharmacy Technicians, Liyyah. Multan College of Pharmacy, Multan. Lahore College for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lahore.

NOC Issued to institutions

Akhtar Saeed College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lahore. University of Vetnary and Animal Sciences, Lahore. Lahore College of Pharmacy, LMDC, Lahore. Superior University (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Lahore

Punjab Pharmacy Council; Block No.7, Flat 12-13, Huma Block, Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore, Pakistan. Telephone: 042-37802288, Fax: 042-37802453, Email:,

Interesting Scientific and General Information

  • Fortnight comes from ‘fourteen nights’ (two weeks).
  • Pop music is ‘popular music’ shortened.
  • Moped is the short term for ‘motorized pedaling’.
  • Bus is the short term for ‘omnibus’ that means everybody.
  • Drawing room was actually a ‘withdrawing room’ where people withdrew after dinner. Later the prefix ‘with’ was dropped.
  • News refers to information from four directions n, e, w, and s.
  • Ag-mark, which some products bear, stems from ‘agricultural marketing’.
  • Queue comes from ‘queen’s quest’. Long back a long row of people as waiting to see the queen. Someone made the comment queen’s quest.
  • Journal is a diary that tells about ‘journey for a day’ during each day’s business.
  • Tips come from ‘to insure prompt service’. In olden days to get prompt service from servants in an inn, travelers used to drop coins in a box on which was written ‘to insure prompt service’. This gave rise to the custom of tips.
  • Jeep is a vehicle with unique gear system. It was invented during World War II (1939-1945). It was named ‘general purpose vehicle (GP)’.GP was changed into jeep later.
  • Coca-cola was originally green.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with asia, America, Australia, Europe
  • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
  • Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
  • You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the english language.
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades – King David; clubs – Alexander the great, hearts – Charlemagne diamonds – Julius Caesar.
  • What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?  Ans. – all invented by women.
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • All polar bears are left handed.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • A stewardess is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  • The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
  • Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
  • People say “bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
  • If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. So good to bless sneezing person

You’ve been Eating Cloned Fruit and didn’t Even Know it!

Pharmaceutical Review ( In this exclusive NaturalNews report, you’ll learn the surprising truth of how you’ve been eating cloned fruit without even knowing it!

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  • The secret ingredient in commercial breads and pizza dough that’s made from human hair!
  • The miraculous anti-cancer medicine found inside the pit of everyday peaches — and why this medicine has been banned in America.
  • The shocking truth of an industrial chemical that’s a key ingredient in Chicken McNuggets (hint – this chemical is also found in furniture varnish).
  • The truth about how Coca-Cola, to this day, imports thousands of tons of coca leaves into the USA every year, resulting in hundreds of pounds of cocaine being produced.
  • The shocking truth about a dangerous chemical used in microwaveable popcorn that actually causes a crippling lung disease.
  • The little-known secret about High-Fructose Corn Syrup: It’s actually made using a toxic chemical catalyst that’s so dangerous it can burn a hole in the human stomach!
  • You never knew this: How confectioner’s glaze (used on medicine pills and candies) is actually a body fluid secretion from an Asian Beetle called the “lac bug.”
  • You probably already knew that red grapes are a great source of the miracle-class longevity nutrient known as resveratrol, but did you know that grapes treated with fungicides contain virtually no resveratrol?

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The Punjab Public Service Commission has Recommended to the Provincial Government for the New Appointments of Hospital Pharmacist/Drug Inspector (BS-17) in the Punjab Health Department.

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Pharmaceutical Review ( The Punjab Public Service Commission announces that the under mentioned candidates have been recommended to the Provincial Government for appointment to the posts of Hospital Pharmacist/Drug Inspector (BS-17) in the Punjab Health Department.

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