UCL School of Pharmacy


Nadia Bukhari co-authors precautionary guidance for front-line pharmacists in Pakistan

31 March 2020

Nadia Bukhari, Academic Pharmacist and Principal Teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice at UCL’s School of Pharmacy, working closely with her pharmacist colleague, Bismha Nayyer in Pakistan, has co-written practical cautionary guidelines for the country’s pharmacy teams.

Nadia Bukhari in March 2020

Nadia has a reputation for driving good pharmacy practice and supporting women’s careers in Pakistan. As well as being a leading academic pharmacist at UCL, Nadia is also Global Lead, Gender & Diversity Balances, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Founder & Patron-in-Chief, National Alliance for Women in Pharmacy, Pakistan (NAWP).

This new precautionary advice, in the form of an infographic called ‘10 Step Guidance for Pharmacy Teams’ for front-line pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan along with simple, intuitive graphics and icons, is now available in both English and Urdu languages.

The 10 steps cover the following areas:

1. Pharmacy Signage
2. Wash Your Hands
3. Self-Isolate
4. Social Distance
5. Face Masks
6. Prescription Handling
7. Mobile Phones Rx Handling
8. Cash / PC Handling
9. Sanitisation of Premises
10. COVID-19 Testing

This crucial communications tool has been approved and endorsed by the Ministry of National Health Services, Coordination and Regulation in Pakistan and supported by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA).

In addition, this guidance has been supported by: the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan; The Pakistan Pharmacists Association; DoctHERS, one of Pakistan’s leading telemedicine providers; Pharmacy Council Pakistan; and the National Alliance for Women in Pharmacy, Pakistan.

The new guidelines are now being widely disseminated and used in pharmacies across Pakistan to support pharmacy staff and their patients.

Further information: 

Nadia Bukhari on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/NadiaBukhariUCL
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