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Muhammad Hamid Zaman, a Pakistani Scientist and Biomedical engineer, has earned himself a place in the top ten list of the “Worlds Changing Idea” in the reputable American Science magazine – The Scientific American, for his revolutionary product Pharmacheck. The famous scientific journal placed the product in its top ten list of technologies that can revolutionize the world in its December 2013 issue. The magazine carries the tradition to select the top ten technologies from around the world, compile, validate and publish them in their issues everywhere. The selection criteria and procedure is being done solely by the journal itself, after having calculated the measure of impact of the discovery and its importance.
According to Muhammad Zaman himself, the Pharmacheck has the ability to check any medicines quality and effectiveness in matter of couple of minutes. It provides full fledge authentic report on the ingredients of the drug, validate their combination as either right or wrong and checks of the right chemical has been added to the drug or not, he stated. “We have every good hope of bringing the product under commercial use soon within the next 12 to 18 months period.”
A study conducted by the Scientific American journal itself states that almost up to 30% of medicines in the developing countries are of poor quality and playing major part in producing stern side effects, often with elevating death ratio and causing financial damage. These countries often are deficient in examination and checking of the drug with having almost inadequate testing facilities. Pharmacheck can exactly become helpful in this category and provide great assistance that will help escalating drastic consequences later by the unfruitful medication.
During the tenure when Muhammad Zaman was working on this product, a heartbreaking tragedy occurred in his homeland Pakistan that would have been prevented should this product be used initially. In 2012, The Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) heart patients were given forged medication by which as a result, more than 165 people instantaneously and painfully died at that moment. Muhammad Zaman is very hopeful that after the inaugural of Pharmacheck, country’s drugs industry and regulators will take serious measures and gain benefit from the product to minimize later horrible consequences in medication and keep an eye on who are the players who trade human life with money. “Of course, this product will not only benefit the people of Pakistan but also other nations in the world who are running from similar crises.”