- Zaheer Babar, The University of Auckland
- Peri Ballantyne, Trent University
- Andrew Lofts Gray, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine
- Ayyaz Kiani, Devnet Consultants
- Shane L Scahill, The University of Auckland
Society affiliationsJournal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is affiliated with The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd.
Letter to the editor
Aims & scope
Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (formerly known as Southern Med Review) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. It provides a platform for researchers to disseminate empirical research findings, with the aim that people everywhere have access to the medicines they need and use them rationally.
Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice encompasses all aspects of pharmacy whether clinical, social, administrative or economic, and provides a platform to researchers, academics and practitioners from around the world to share new evidence, concerns and perspectives.
Introducing Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
In December 2008, Southern Med Review was started by Dr Zaheer Babar to promote pharmaceutical policy research at a global level. It was a biannual publication, and up until December 2012, the journal published more than 70 papers, with authors from 45 countries. The journal has been unique in publishing the work of new researchers, documenting the pharmaceutical situation of low- and middle-income countries and debating pertinent pharmaceutical policy questions. The journal's work has been recognized at a global level and, according to WHO, it fulfilled a global need. For example, published studies have been instrumental in changing medicines policies in certain regions, especially in Vietnam and Thailand. The journal is indexed in Scopus, EMBASE and PubMed Central and in 2013 has been relaunched as Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice by BioMed Central.
Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is affiliated with The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd.
An electronic archive of content under the journal's previous name Southern Med Review (2009-2012) can be found on PubMed Central.
Zaheer Babar, PhD is a pharmacy academic and has taught pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, social pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacoepidemiology in leading Universities in Malaysia and New Zealand. His research programme covers areas related to pharmaceutical policy, encompassing access and affordability of medicines, quality use of medicines and pharmacoeconomics. He has a successful track record of attracting national and international funding in these areas of pharmaceutical policy and in 2012 he was awarded the 'Research Excellence Award' by The University of Auckland. He has also acted as a consultant for the World Health Organization, Health Action International, Pharmaceutical Management Agency of New Zealand and for the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
He is a reviewer of top tier health policy journals and of funding bodies including Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
Dr Babar is the founding editor of Southern Med Review, which has been relaunched as Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice to focus on pharmaceutical policy at a global level.