1. Pharmacists and Chemists at Distributions, Pharmacies and Medical Stores 2. Healthcare Professionals- Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses at Hospitals, Clinics and Healthcare Providing Institutions 3. General Public
Awahaem Tablets Active Ingredient(s): Elemental Iron 100mg & Folic Acid 0.35mg Company: Ms. Usawa Pharmaceuticals (Pvt.) Ltd., Risalpur Batch No. 2781 Manufacturing Date: 06-2022 Expiry Date: 06-2024
Problem / Issue
CDL Karachi has declared the batch No. 2781 of Awahaem Tablets, manufactured by M/s. Usawa Pharmaceuticals (Pvt.) Ltd., Risalpur as substandard drug product.
-The manufacturing company has been directed to immediately recall the defected batch of product from the market.
-All Pharmacists and chemists working at distributions and Pharmacies are required to immediately return the stock of above-mentioned batch of product to the supplier / importer / company.
-Distributors and pharmacies are advised to be vigilant and report any suspected batch of product(s) in the supply chain to the DRAP using online form, or through phone at +92 51 910 73 17, or Email at gsms∂dra.gov.pk.
-Regulatory field force of all federating units (DRAP, Provincial Health Departments and States) has also increased the surveillance in the market to ensure the effective recall of defective product(s).
Advice for Healthcare Professionals
-DRAP requests increase vigilance within the supply chains of healthcare institutions and hospital pharmacies to identify and return the defective batch(es) of this product to the importer / company.
-Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the National Pharmacovigilance Centre(NPC), DRAP using Adverse Event Reporting Form or online through thislink.
-Please click here for further information on problem reporting to DRAP.
Advice for Consumers
-Consumers should stop using this product bearing the affected batch number(s) and shall contact to their physician or healthcare provider(s) if they have had experienced any problem that may be related to taking or using this product.
-All drug products must be obtained from the authorized licensed pharmacies /outlets. Their authenticity and condition should be carefully checked. If you have any doubt, please seek advice from your pharmacist.
National Pharmacovigilance Centre (NPC), Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) in collaboration with Islamabad Pharmacovigilance Centre and Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad conducted a one-day pharmacovigilance training session on 19th of May, 2022. Director and Deputy Director Pharmacy Services Division, Team Lead Vigilance and Focal Persons of National Pharmacovigilance Centre and Islamabad Pharmacovigilance Centre attended the training session.
Pharmacovigilance focal persons of public and private sector hospitals of Islamabad were trained on ADRs reporting as per Pharmacovigilance Rules, 2022. Hands-on training on collecting and filling in ADRs reporting forms and subsequent causality assessment was provided to the participants. The training was concluded with the hope of arranging further such sessions in the future.
The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) regulates the conduct of clinical trials of therapeutic goods in Pakistan under the Bio-Study Rules, 2017. This document provides general guidance to the applicants in making new applications for clinical trials on therapeutic goods, or any subsequent submissions and regulatory requirements to be fulfilled. It also provides an outline on the procedure for submission, review, evaluation and approval of applications for the conduct of clinical trials.
These guidelines will assist sponsors, researchers, investigators, clinical research organization (CRO), who intends to submit a new application for conduct of a clinical trials or its subsequent submissions under the regulatory scope of the Bio-Study Rules, 2017.
These guidelines explains the procedures for filing applications of clinical trials and provides an insight on the steps to be followed by the applicants. As per DRAP Act, 2012 and Drug Act, 1976 it is required that all the therapeutic goods marketed in Pakistan must have a valid authorization / registration with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), and any clinical trials using such registered or unregistered products must receive written approval (i.e. license for Clinical Trial Site & Clinical Studies) from DRAP, under the Bio-Study Rules 2017 for that purpose.
DRAP published the draft of this guidance document on its website on 8th April, 2022 inviting the comments of stakeholders on the draft. After through consultation and careful consideration, fist edition of the guidance document on the clinical trial applications is finalized. Nevertheless, anyone can still furnish his/her comments on the guidance documents using our comments submissions methods for consideration in the future editions of the document.
Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) aims at providing a holistic system of Pharmacovigilance in the country. Public Health Programs are key stakeholders involved in the reporting, assessment and risk communication of various un-wanted effects arising after the use of drugs, vaccines and other therapeutic goods. Reporting of Adverse Events associated with the use of therapeutic goods exclusively being used by PHPs is essential to a pharmacovigilance system.
The key objectives of pharmacovigilance activities in public health programs are:-
To improve public health and safety in relation to the use of therapeutic goods in PHPs;
To detect problems related to the use of therapeutic goods and associated risk communication in a timely manner
To encourage the safe, rational and more effective use of therapeutic goods.
This guideline will assist the Public Health Programs (PHPs) for enhancement of pharmacovigilance activities, and provide a guidance on communication channels among PHPs and Pharmacovigilance Centres for collaborative working to synergize activities within the National Pharmacovigilance system of Pakistan.
Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions with 15 days of uploading of this document using prescribed format to submit comments (link to access table of comments), and forward via email to npc∂dra.gov.pk, copying at aqsa.hashmi∂dra.gov.pk, or can post at mailing address, Director, Pharmacy Services, 3rd floor TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad.
Registration holders are stakeholders of pharmacovigilance who have valid registration of therapeutic goods. There are also legal obligations on registration holders to monitor the safety of therapeutic goods. Therefore, there is a need that they should have basic knowledge and understanding of pharmacovigilance activities to fulfil their legal obligations. The purpose of this guidance document is to provide a basic framework for the implementation of the pharmacovigilance programme of Pakistan and to ensure that registration holders are better equipped to monitor the safety of therapeutic goods and to detect, assess, understand, prevent and investigate ADRs/ AE and AEFI reports.
This guidelines intended to assist registration holders:
a. To develop a pharmacovigilance system and monitor the safety of therapeutic goods registered in their name; b. Collect pharmacovigilance data, perform its assessment and accordingly submit to National Pharmacovigilance Centre (NPC), DRAP; c. Cooperate with NPC in the performance of pharmacovigilance inspection; d. Preparation and submission of periodic safety reports and risk management plan; e. Design and conduct post-authorization safety studies; and f. Detect, validate and assess signals and accordingly communicate to NPC and other stakeholders and considers options for risk minimization.
In line with the vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan, and to facilitate the therapeutic goods’ industry for ease of business and provision of conducive environment for compliance to regulatory requirement, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has introduced an electronic application management system which will enable applicants and regulators to communicate electronically for management of import and export information of therapeutic goods. Online Import / Export Application System (OIES) is accessible through the official website of DRAP under E-Services. A guidance document on operational features of the online Import / Export Application System is also available to assist applicants for submission of information. This system will also enable applicants to view / maintain all submissions related to import & export to DRAP through an individualized dashboard for each user.