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Executives of Pakistan Pharmacis Federation share the spirit of peace and joy on this occasion of Merry Christmas with Christian acquaintant pharmacists

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Pharmaceutical Review (Staff Reporter); Executives of Pakistan Pharmacis Federation ( share the spirit of peace and joy on this occasion of Merry Christmas with your acquaintances and loved ones.

The greetings and farewells “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Christmas” are traditionally used in English-speaking countries, starting a few weeks before Christmas (25 December) each year.

Variations are “Merry Christmas”, the traditional English greeting, composed of merry (jolly, happy) and Christmas (Old English: Cristes mæsse,for Christ’s Mass).”Happy Christmas”, an equivalent greeting that is more common in Great Britain and Ireland. “Merry Xmas”, with the “X” replacing “Christ” (see Xmas) is sometimes used in writing, but very rarely in speech. This is in line with the traditional use of the Greek letter chi (uppercase Χ, lowercase χ), the initial letter of the word Χριστός (Christ), to refer to Christ. These greetings and their equivalents in other languages are popular not only in countries with large Christian populations but also in the largely non-Christian nations of China and Japan, where Christmas is celebrated primarily due to cultural influences of predominantly Christian countries. They have somewhat decreased in popularity in the United States and Canada in recent decades, but polls in 2005 indicated that they remained more popular than “Happy Holidays” or other alternatives.

The Christmas season, holiday season (in U.S. and Canada), the festive season, or simply the holidays, is an annually-recurring period recognized in many Christians and Christianity-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January. It incorporates a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector. Originally, the term “Christmas season” was considered synonymous withChristmastide, a term itself derived from Yuletide, which runs from December 25 (Christmas Day) to January 6 (Epiphany), popularly known as the 12 Days of Christmas. However, as the economic impact involving the anticipatory lead-up to Christmas Day grew in America and Western Europe into the 19th and 20th centuries, the term “Christmas season” began to become synonymous instead with the traditional Christian Advent season, the period observed in Western Christianity from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day until Christmas Day itself. The term “Advent calendar” survives in the secular Western parlance as a term referring to a countdown to Christmas Day from the beginning of December. Beginning in the mid-20th century, as the Christian-associated Christmas holiday became increasingly secularized and central to American economics and culture while religious-multicultural sensitivity rose, generic references to the season that omitted the word “Christmas” became more common in the corporate and the public sphere of the United States, which has caused a semantics controversy that continues to the present. By the late 20th century, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the African American cultural holiday of Kwanzaa began to be considered in the U.S. as being part of the “holiday season”, a term that as of 2013 has become equally or more prevalent than “Christmas season” in U.S. Sources to refer to the end-of-the-year festive period. “Holiday season” has also spread in varying degrees in Canada and Australasia, however in the United Kingdom, the phrase “holiday season” is not widely understood to be synonymous with the Christmas–New Year period, and is often instead associated with summer holidays.

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will,”.


Pharmacist of the Year 2013; nomination/ applications are invited for 10 pharmacy categories by the independent panel of judges

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Pharmacy Award

Pakistan Pharmacist Federation ( has instigated a program to declare the “Pharmacist of the Year; 2013”. The applications from candidates and nomination from institutions/ employers are invited by an independent Panel of Judges. The purpose of this program is to encourage the young and senior pharmacist to establishing the pharmacy profession in Pakistan. Certain pharmacy disciplines (community pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical care, Pharmacovigilance etc.) are still at the bottom line and need special attention for improvement.


The program is established through a partnership of pharmacy academic institutions and professional organizations. Pakistan Pharmacist Federation (  announced the “Pharmacist of the Year; 2013” program to salute the pharmacy professionals in a variety of industry categories who are defining the future of pharmacy. The national awards program recognizes and honors all disciplines of pharmacists, student pharmacists and industry advocates who are determining the future of the industry.


The awards program includes 10 categories. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of esteemed judges, chaired by Professor Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari Professor of Pharmaceutics, University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Up to three finalists will be nominated in each category. In addition to 10 category winners, one winner will be named the 2013 “Next-Generation Pharmacist” – the program’s top honor. The contestant categories for Excellency are as under;

1        Community Pharmacists – dispensing, distribution, drug store, medicine shops etc.

2        Academic Pharmacist – teaching, coaching and training the new pharmacy graduates

3        Hospital/ clinical Pharmacists – inventory control, merchandising, distribution, dispensing, Pharmacovigilance, poison control, drug information, patient counseling, prescription review/ evaluation, pharmaceutical care,therapeutical drug monitoring.

4        Industrial Pharmacists – pharmaceutical manufacturing/ production

5        Forensic/ Laboratory Pharmaceutical services – DTL, forensic services etc.

6        Regulatory and Administrative Services – Health Dept’s, Ministry of Health, Drug Regulatory Authority, pharmacy councils, pharmaceutical health intuitions and legislation services

7        Research & Development – drug designing, drug development of all dosage forms.

8        Pharmaceutical Marketing

9        Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA)

10    Pharmacist Research scientists



1        Nominees must be licensed, registered pharmacists

2        Nomination/ application will be considered for the current working discipline; one award category

3        Self-nominations are accepted and welcomed

4        Individuals may be nominated for as many categories as are appropriate

5        All entries are free

6        The institutional/ organizational nomination should be submitted through proper channel; duly signed by the chairman/ manager/ head/ any designated chief to be

7        More than one nomination in a single category does not increase chances of winning

8        Fourth-year (or 8th Semester) and higher pharmacy students qualify for the “Future Pharmacist” category

9        Further details of Chair Person, final list of experts,   Categories, recommendations of expert, criteria for selection, nomination and process flow / timelines will be uploaded next week.

The “Pharmacist of the Year” awards ceremony will be held in January, 2014 at Lahore, Pakistan. For further information and updates please follow Facebook, twitter, Linkedin or web;

Last date for nomination/ submission: December 25, 2013

The electronic version of application/ nomination should be submitted to;

Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari Email:; C.: +9203004259738

Dr. Syed Jamshed Ahmed Tel: (021) 4315195-7 Ext. 112; E.:;

Dr.Tahir Aziz Mughal E.:  C.: +923214887801; T.: +923214887801,

 Prof. Dr. Syed Umer Jan Email: ; C.: 03009382344

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saeed Email:; T.: +92919216750


Chairman; Dr. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari, B.Pharm, M.Phil (Pharmaceutics), PhD (Pharm. Tech.) Professor of Pharmaceutics, University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore-54000 Pakistan. H/P: +92-3004259738; Email:; C.: +9203004259738

Co-Chairman  (Sindh); Syed Jamshed Ahmed  B. Pharm., MBA., M. Phil., Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, PharmEvo (Pvt.) Ltd., 402 Business Ave Shara-e-Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan. C.: 03008257351; Tel: (021) 4315195-7 Ext. 112; E.:;; W

Co-Chairman (Punjab); Dr. Tahir Aziz Mughal B. Pharm., M. Phil., Ph.D Expert clinical and hospital Pharmacist, Lahore, Pakistan. E.:  C.: +923214887801; T.: +923214887801,

Co-Chairman (Baluchistan); Syed Umer Jan, Ex-chairman Dept. of Pharmacy, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan. Email: ; C.: 03009382344

Co-Chairman (KPK); Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saeed B. Pharm., M. Phil., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Pashawar, KPK, Pakistan. Email:; T.: +92919216750


Muhammad Shamoon Chaudhary Secretary: Punjab Pharmacy Council, Humma Block, Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore, Pakistan.

Ikram Khan; Senior Scientific Officer, National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, Pakistan. C.: +92 300 985 7292

Hafiz Muhammad Malik Kashif, Junior Forensic Analyst, Punjab Forensic Science Agency, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:; C.:  03016546056

Fiaz Ahmad Faizi Senior/ Executive Pharmacy Professional, Vice President PPA (Pb.), Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore, Pakistan. C.: +92 300/ 321 420 5253

Dr. Tofeeq-ur-Rehman B. Pharm. M. Phil., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. ofpharmacy, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.; T.:  +92-051 9064-4139

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Umar Nisar (Pharm-D, R.Ph) production Pharmacist, Lahore, Pakistan.  329-G4 Wapda Town, Lahore, Pakistan. C.: +92 300 478 0439; E:

Muhammad Qaiser B. Pharm., M. Phil., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sargodha, Sargodha 40100 Pakistan. C.: +923317612710