Workshop on Drug Safety Monitoring to Enhance Patient Safety and Health

Theme: Innovative approaches to drug safety

5th International Pharmacy Workshop on “Drug Safety Monitoring to Enhance Patient Safety and Health”

Date: February 27th, 2023

Venue: 302, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq

Aim of the Workshop:

The most frequent therapeutic approach used in medicine to enhance patient outcomes in terms of health is pharmacotherapy. Prescribed drugs have, however, frequently led to patient morbidity and fatality instead. Medication mistakes can occur at any stage of the medication use process, but most of the medication-related harm is concentrated in three high-risk circumstances, polypharmacy, and transitions of care, which are priority areas of healthcare delivery. This workshop aims to highlight typical medication errors as well as risk mitigation techniques to guarantee pharmaceutical safety with pharmacotherapy.

Biography of the speakers:

Dr. Mahmathi Karuppannan, PhD, Senior Lecturer,
Title of the Speaker: Technology in Medication Safety
Head of Department of Pharmacy, Practice,

Former Coordinator of master’s in clinical pharmacy,

Faculty of Pharmacy,

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus,

Selangor, MALAYSIA

Dr. Mahmathi Karuppannan is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from University of Science Malaysia (2003), a Master of Pharmacy Degree (Clinical Pharmacy) from University of Science Malaysia (2005) and PhD from University of Nottingham, United Kingdom in 2012 in the field of medication safety. Early in her career, in 2005, Dr. Mahmathi joined the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University College of Sedaya International (a private institution) as a clinical pharmacy lecturer. In 2006, she joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice (currently known as Department of Clinical Pharmacy), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and has 18 years of experience in academia.  Dr Mahmathi was awarded with an Associate Professorship in Oct 2022.

Upon returning from her study leave, in 2013, she was appointed as the Coordinator for Masters in Clinical Pharmacy (coursework program) for 7 years till Dec 2020, where she was appointed as the Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacy for 2 years. During her post as the masters program coordinator, she was involved in interviewing candidates for the program, planning and managing the conduct of the program every semester and reviewing the curriculum. As the head of the department, Dr. Mahmathi oversaw the planning and conduct of teaching and learning activities of 3 programs under the department – Bachelors of Pharmacy, Masters in Clinical Pharmacy and Masters in Pharmacy Practice. She also managed and monitored the progress and performances of academic staff in the department. She received Excellent Service Award in 2014 and 2021.

Dr. Mahmathi has graduated 4 Ph.D and 2 masters by research students, and more than 10 masters by coursework students (Master in Clinical Pharmacy/Master in Pharmacy Practice).  Currently she is supervising 3 Ph.D students. Her research interests are in the field of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy education. Most of her research work are related to medication safety, pharmaceutical care, telepharmacy, medication review, community pharmacy services and complementary and alternative medicine. She has authored and co-authored several indexed journal articles. She has been invited as a speaker at both national and international conferences, seminars, and a TV show. She has also been invited to conduct workshops pertaining to research methods.

In 2021, Dr Mahmathi Karuppannan and team received a national grant worth approximately RM121,000 through the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme for the title uncovering learning theories and perceptions of stakeholders on a virtual health coaching program for patients with chronic illness. She is passionate about creating awareness on rational drug use among the public especially on medication safety. She was involved as an advisor for medication safety campaigns for public conducted by students. Her recent publication was a study on the effect of school children’s knowledge about rational drug use using pictorial storybooks.

Dr. Mahmathi is looking forward to collaborate with international researchers/academicians in research projects and grant acquisition for areas related to medication safety, providing services through telepharmacy (particularly on medication review and medication safety), enhancing patients’ knowledge about their medicines (medication literacy), incorporating digital health in pharmacy education and advancing community pharmacy services.

Dr.Bootan Abdulqader Salih

Assitant lecturer in HMU college of pharmacy

Title of the Speaker: Pharmacovigilance science and effect of certain factors on occurrence of ADRs
Bootan Abdulqader Salih

Bsc in pharmacy science in 2009

Msc in clinical pharmacy in 2015

PhD student in community pharmacy

Mr. Hallo Serajalden Rasheed
Title of the Speaker: Role of microbiologist for decreasing abusing drug
Medical Microbiology B.Sc.

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) –CDC; Career Development Center

Workshop Schedule: 

9:30 AM-10:00 AM Registration
First Session
10.00AM National Anthem
10. 05 AM TIU video clip
10.15 AM Welcoming Speech by the President of TIU, Assist Prof. Dr. Abdusamad Salahuddin Ahmad
10.25AM Introduction, the aim of the workshop by Dr. Vedat Koksal, Dean of Pharmacy, TIU
10.30 First Speaker: Dr. Mahmathi Karuppannan

Title:Technology in Medication Safety

10.50AM Second Speaker: Dr. Bootan Abdulqader Salih

Title: Pharmacovigilance science and effect of certain factors on occurrence of ADRs

11.15 AM Coffee break
11.30 AM Third Speaker: Dr. Hallo Serajalden Rasheed

Title: Role of microbiologist for decreasing abusing drug

11:50 AM Question and Discussion
12:15 AM Closing ceremony, certificate for organizers, team leaders and volunteers.