Day 1 :
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Keynote: How are new drugs registered and regulated in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China?
Time : 10:00-10:40
Bernard M Y Cheung Completed Study from the University of Cambridge. In 2007-2009, he held the chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Birmingham. He is currently the Sun Chieh Yeh Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Therapeutics at the University of Hong Kong and Heads the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician of Queen Mary Hospital and the Medical Director of the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Centre. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Postgraduate Medical Journal. He has 270 publications, 7500 citations and an h-index of 43.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region in South China enjoying a high degree of autonomy. Its GDP per capita is about the same as the European Union average and higher if adjusted for purchasing power parity. Despite its high population density and unequal wealth distribution, infant mortality is low and life expectancy is long. The hospital-based health service is well-developed but health service delivery in the community is not, and relies on private medical practitioners. This model has its deficiencies but is clearly cost-effective while maintaining high professional standards. Drug registration takes reference from American and European requirements. Hong Kong is part of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme. Drug regulation is rigorous, as shown in the recent orderly recall of contaminated generic Valsartan. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority Drug Formulary is also closely regulated. New drugs have to demonstrate not just safety and efficacy, but also advantages over existing drugs and in some instances, cost-effectiveness. Hong Kong is also a national and regional centre for clinical trials because the subjects are mostly Chinese while protocols in English do not need to be translated. There are two clinical trials centres in university hospitals that also run phase 1 and pharmacokinetic studies. The ethical framework and pharmacy support for clinical trials is well established.
King Saud University Medical City, KSA
Keynote: Impact of clinical pharmacist in the emergency department of an academic hospital at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Time : 10:40-11:20