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COVID 19 Vaccines in Pakistan – How effective are COVID Vaccines?

The COVID 19 vaccination drive in Pakistan has already been launched. People including healthcare personnel are unsure of the vaccination efficacy and hesitant to get vaccinated. For public awareness, I am discussing key points here that might answer some of the vaccination-related queries. Covid 19 Vaccines approved in Pakistan: Currently, three vaccines have been approved …

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Apixaban in Pakistan – A Better Option in Renal Failure

Apixaban has recently been marketed by many pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan including Highnoon Laboratories PVT, Pharmevo PVT, and GETZ Pharmaceutical company. Like Rivaroxaban, it is also available as an oral tablet formulation. It is available in a dosage form of 2.5 mg and 5 mg and the usual dose is one or two tablets twice …

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Coronavirus Lockdown – Complete vs Partial

The government of Pakistan is doing its best to contain the coronavirus pandemic by imposing a lockdown. The infected counts are deceptively low more because of our reliance on the daily sick reports than provocative testing of the general public. The dissipation of Non-technical information and negative criticism is apparently adding to the confusion in …

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Dapagliflozin (Forxiga) in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus!

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued final appraisal determination (FAD) for the use of 5 mg Forxiga or dapagliflozin in type 1 Diabetes Mellitus patients with insulin in patients with inadequate glycemic control. Dapagliflozin (Forxiga) is an oral antidiabetic medication that is now commonly used to treat patients with type 2 Diabetes …

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ARNI (Valsartan complexed with Sacubitril)- Entresto

ARNI – AR stands for Angiotensin receptor blocker and NI stands for Neprilysin Inhibitor. In patients with heart failure, the levels of atrial and brain natriuretic peptides rise when the cardiac muscles are stretched because of fluid overload. An increase in ANP and BNP levels in the blood results in a diuretic effect. Thus, these …

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SJS and TEN following antibiotics use can be deadly!

A number of patients have been admitted in the medical department of PIMS with SJS and TEN (Steven Johnson Syndrome and Toxic epidermal necrolysis) following the use of antibiotics. Most of the patients developed the condition following the use of amoxicillin. One patient took a tetracycline class of the antibiotic and one developed SJS after …

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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes day at PIMS – “The Family and Diabetes”

The world diabetes day is observed each year on the 14th of November since 1996. The primary objective of observing the world diabetes day is to increase awareness among the masses about diabetes, its management, prevention of diabetes and its complications. The world diabetes day was observed today at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad. …

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Recall of Losartan potassium left few choices with us!

Recall of Losartan Potassium, another antihypertensive drug, after Valsartan and Irbesartan because of potential carcinogenic impurities, left few choices for the patient to manage their hypertension. Losartan potassium is a time-tested drug used to treat hypertension, heart failure, and proteinuria. It is currently marketed alone or in combination with hydrochlorothiazide. It is marketed by a …

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Recall of another anti-hypertensive drug, Irbesartan!

Irbesartan recall after valsartan has created a panic in hypertensive patients. Irbesartan is an antihypertensive drug and very effective in the reduction of proteinuria especially in diabetic patients with nephropathy. The recent detection of “N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA)”, a carcinogenic impurity in certain batches of the Irbesartan has prompted the manufacturers and suppliers to recall all the contaminated …

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Risk factors for heart diseases -heart day at PIMS

The department of medicine celebrated “world heart day” today i.e. the 29th of September, 2018. Speakers talked about important risk factors for heart diseases. Dr.Rizwan Aziz Qazi was invited by the head of department Dr.Shajee Ahmed Siddiqui as a chief guest. The participants stressed to identify the risk factors for heart diseases. Heart diseases are …

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