Posted on June 03, 2018

The College of Pharmacy at Qatar University (QU-CPH) recently held an awareness campaign titled “Your Medications in Ramadan” at the Gulf Mall.

Organized in collaboration with QU CPH Alumni Society and Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS), the campaign aimed to raise public awareness about the use of medications in Ramadan, including providing diabetic patients with tips about the proper intake of oral medications and insulin to maintain their blood glucose level. The students were on hand at the booth and enthusiastically engaged with the public to educate them about changing the schedule of medications intake while fasting, and to helping them reorganize their daily intakes of various medications.

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CPH Dean Dr. Mohammad Diab said: “Involvement in community services is and continues to be one of the most rewarding activities. Aligning with QU’s and CPH’s mission to contribute actively to the needs and aspirations of society, we have chosen “Your Medications in Ramadan” as a topic for our outreach campaign aiming at educating the public against chronic diseases as well as helping them regulate the use of medications during fasting. As a College, we believe in the importance of preserving Qatar’s cultural heritage by encouraging patient safety throughout fasting.”

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CPH Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section Dr. Ahmed Awaisu said: “The activity had attracted a large number of people who received professional advice and educational materials related to the use of medications and other lifestyle-related issues during Ramadan from practicing pharmacists, pharmacy professors, and competent pharmacy students. The issue of medications use during this period, particularly for the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, is one that requires attention and an evidence-based approach from both medical and religious perspectives. In order to avoid adverse outcomes, we emphasize that any modification of medication regimens should not be according to a patient’s judgement, but strictly based on the advice and guidance of the patient’s physician and/or other health care providers.”

QPhUS President and CPH 2nd-year student Sarah H. Thiab said: “It is very delightful to be able to benefit the public by empowering them with knowledge that tackles an important upcoming event for them. We successfully managed to deliver an important advice for drug management during Ramadan especially for diabetes patients.”

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