Services

Lab Services

The Laboratory in the Dapartment of Pharmacology, perform the following laboratory investigations as a paid service. All test results will be available the same day

Staff:                    
   
  • Mr. Ajith Lionel
  • Ms. C.D. Pathirage
  • Mr. P. Jagath Gunawardena
   

 

 

 
Contact number
+94 11 2695300 (Ext:197)

No

 Test

Chargers  Rs.

1

Serum Lithium Estimation - Private Patients

500.00

2

Serum Lithium Estimation - Hospital Patients

350.00

3

Serum Paracetamol

300.00

4

Full Blood count

200.00

5

WBC/DC

 100.00

6

Platelet Count

100.00

7

Blood Glucose

100.00

8

Oral Glucose Tolerance test

300.00

9

AST/ALT

250.00

10

Serum Creatinine

175.00

11

ESR

100.00

12

Serum Electrolytes

250.00

13

UFR

100.00

14

HBA C

400.00

15

Serum Protein

250.00

16

Serum Cholesterol

250.00

17

Seminal Fluid Analysis

150.00

 Note: Samples for Serum Lithium will be accepted every week days and test done on every Fridays. Reports will be issued on Mondays.

Drug Information Service.

The Department of Pharmacology of the Colombo Medical Faculty, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health inaugurated a Drug Information Service and Monitoring of Adverse Drug Reactions in January 1999. This unit is named INFO-VIG.

 

The objectives of setting up the Drug Information Service

  • To provide a reliable and balanced source of drug information to health professionals
  • To promote the rational use of drugs
  • To promote reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADR) and to evaluate and document reported ADRs
  • To provide knowledge on drugs and drug related problems to the general public and to answer their queries on drugs.
  • To qualify for membership in the WHO collaborating centre for International Drug Monitoring (Uppsala Monitoring Centre)

 

Administration

The centre is located within the department and functions under the direct supervision of Dr. Rohini Fernandopulle. But all the senior staff members are involved in providing information as and when required. Initially there were two part-time medical officers from the MOH , but no replacements have been sent after they were transferred in 2001. A request has been made to the Ministry of Health to provide a pharmacist. It has been approved but not implemented as yet.

 

Staff of the Centre

Head - Dr. Priyadarshani Galappathy

Other members

  • Prof. Lal Jayakody (leave)
  • Prof. Rohini Fernandopulle
  • Prof. Kusum de Abrew
  • Dr. Shalini Sri Ranganathan
  • Ms Uthpali Mannaperuma
  • Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
  • Ms. M.Y. Misbahun Nisha

Functioning of the Centre

When a question is received, the detailed query and the callers basic details are documented and a literature search is started. Answers are obtained from up-to-date medical and pharmaceutical journals, standard reference books, the Faculty's own library and computerized on-line data bases. Details of the inquiries received and the responses provided by the centre are documented in a standard question/answer form. Each record contains the date, inquirers name and status, detailed inquiry, reply, reference/ sources used and the names of the person/s who answered the query. In most instances queries have been answered within 12 hours of receiving the query.

Achievements of the Centre

The centre within 2 years of its inception was successful in obtaining WHO International Monitoring Centre Uppsala, Sweden recognition for the work done in ADR monitoring and Sri Lanka was accepted as the 59 th member country of its international network in January 2000.

One of the major tasks of the Drug Information Service is the compilation of The Sri Lanka Prescriber. The Sri Lanka Prescriber is the premiere drug information bulletin in Sri Lanka which is a member of the International Society of Drug Bulletins (ISDB) and provides independent information to medical practitioners. This is a quarterly journal published by the Department of Pharmacology and the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation with a circulation of 5500 and all doctors employed by the Ministry of Health and Universities are provided copies free of charge. The Sri Lanka Prescriber which has been in continuous publication since 1993 makes a significant contribution towards dissemination of independent drug information to the prescribers in Sri Lanka and is a main function of the Drug Information Service of the Department.