Ms. Sameerah Shaikh Abdul Rahman


Senior Lecturer  
School of Pharmacy
+603 5514 4418
Room  2-5-29

Sameerah Shaikh Abdul Rahman is a Senior Lecturer at the School Of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with Honours from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in 1982 and is currently a Masters candidate of University of Malaya. Ms Sameerah served in the Ministry of Health Malaysia for more than 30 years and has extensive hospital pharmacy working experience in various clinical pharmacy areas of ambulatory care, ward pharmacy, critical care and nutrition support and was formerly responsible for the development of clinical pharmacy services as well as planning and coordinating clinical pharmacy training programmes for the country. She was also responsible for initiating the Methadone Dispensing Program in 2005; an important component of the Ministry of Health Harm Reduction Programme and served as national coordinator until end of 2009. As Secretary of the National Infection Control and Antibiotic Committee (2004-2009), Ms Sameerah had been instrumental in promoting active involvement of pharmacists towards ensuring quality use of antiinfectives. She also served a regulatory role as the Secretary of the Malaysian Adverse Drug Reaction Advisory Committee (MADRAC), established under the Drug Control Authority (DCA) responsible for monitoring safety profiles of drugs registered for use in Malaysia and previously chaired the ASEAN Cosmetic Committee representing Malaysia (2009-2011)



- Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours Universiti Sains Malaysia (1982)
- Masters Candidate (Medical Science), University Malaya.


1. Quality Use of Medicines including Antibiotic Use and Management
2. Medication and Cosmetic Safety
3. Substance Abuse and Drug Substitution Therapy

Research Experience and Employment History

2010-2016  National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, Ministry of Health Malaysia
2002-2009  Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia
1997-mid 2002  Penang Hospital, Penang
1996  Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia
1989-1995  Penang Hospital, Penang
1988  Butterworth District Hospital, Penang
1983-1987  Parit Buntar District Hospital, Perak

Awards and Honours

2015  Excellent Service Award, Ministry of Health Malaysia
2011  Excellent Service Award, Ministry of Health Malaysia
2006  Excellent Service Award, Ministry of Health Malaysia
2003  Excellent Service Award, Ministry of Health Malaysia
1994  Excellent Service Award by Penang State Health Department

Professional Affiliations

Member (2003- 2006)
Pharmacy Board of Malaysia

Secretary (2010-2015)
Malaysian Adverse Drug Reaction Advisory Committee

Secretary (2005–2009)
National Antibiotic and Infection Control Committee

Editorial Committee (2010)
Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic (MTAC) Warfarin Protocol

Editorial Committee (2009)
Handling of Inhaler Devices: A Practical Guide for Pharmacists

Editorial Committee (2008)
National Antibiotic Guideline

Contributor (2008)
Policy book on Infection Control Procedures, Medical Development Division, MOH

Contributor (2007)
National Policy and Standard Operating Procedures For Methadone Maintenance Therapy

Garispanduan Kaunseling Methadone

Garispanduan Pendispensan Rawatan Terapi Gantian Methadone

Protem Committee Member (1998 -2000)
HOSPICE Society, Penang

Research Interest

My primary interest is in clinical pharmacy and practice research that would have positive impact on
patient health outcome in terms of drug safety and managing drug related issues. Focus will be on drugs used
for treating chronic diseases, patients with complex regimens and the elderly.

Other pharmacy practice research will be expanded to include evaluating impact of specialised
Pharmacy services.


Malaysian Statistics of Medicine 2006 (Editor)          
Malaysian Statistics of Medicine 2005 (Editor)

Book Chapters

Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2009-2010:  Use of Antiinfectives Chapter 15 (pg 97-110)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2008  Use of Antiinfectives Chapter 15 (pg 83-99)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2007  Use of Antiinfectives Chapter 15 (pg 79-96)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2006: Use of Antiinfectives Chapter 15 (pg 65-76)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2006: Use of Medicines in Malaysia Chapter 1 (pg 1-4)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2005: Use of Antiinfectives Chapter 15 (pg 35-46)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2005: Use of Medicines in Malaysia Chapter 1 (pg 1-4)          
Malaysian Statistics on Medicine 2004: Use of Antiinfectives Chapter 15 (pg 33-44)

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)

Zoriah Aziz, Chong Nyuk Jet, Sameerah Shaikh Abdul Rahman. Continuing  Professional Development: Views and Barriers Toward Participation Among Malaysian Pharmacists. 2013. The European Journal of Social & Behavioural
Sciences. Vol 4 (1); 713-726.

Invited Speaker

Pre-Graduation Boot Camp for Year 4 Pharmacy Students,
7-12 Nov, 2018 Boot Camp organiser & speaker: “Overview of Pharmacy Services in Malaysia”

Mini Module (Pharmacy) for Monash University Malaysia General Studies Course
Development of content titled: Drug Use, Misuse and Abuse 2018 (Coordinator)

Clinical Practical Guidelines (External Reviewer)

2014 - Guidelines for Adult immunisation – 2nd Edition 
2012 - Clinical Practice Guidelines: Management of Tuberculosis 3rd Edition 
2009 - Clinical practice Guidelines: Management of Schizophrenia in Adults

International Presentations

Signal detection in Malaysia; Vigilyze use in practice - New Delhi, India – November 2015                          

Overview of Post-approval Regulatory Requirements - 1st Thailand, Pharmaceutical Medicine Conference – Bangkok, Thailand – 26 August 2015                          

Pharmacovigilance System in Malaysia: International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP) – Asia 2013 Symposium, Singapore – 19 March 2013                          

ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) Implementation: US-China Food and Drug Law Conference: “Ensuring Quality, Improving Safety, Expanding Access”, Beijing China - 14 June 2011                          

Pharmacovigilance in Malaysia": International Quality and Productivity Centre (IPQC) Singapore - 26 October 2010                          

Pharmacy Practice in Malaysia – The Way Forward: 19th Singapore Pharmacy Congress - 21st October 2007

Local Presentations (TOP 20)

Drug Safety – Who’s In-charge? – MPS Penang Area Scientific Conference, Bayview Beach Hotel - 23 May 2015

Role of Adverse Event Monitoring in Preventive Medicine – Seberang Jaya Hospital Penang - 11 May 2014

Future of Pharmacovigilance in Malaysia - 7th National Pharmacy Research & development Conference 2012, The Zon Regency Hotel, Johor Bahru - 21 June 2012

Product Complaints and Pharmacovigilance - 1st Workshop on APEC Product Safety Incidents Information sharing System (PSIISS), Hotel Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur  - 24 April 201

ADR Surveillance (MMA-MOH Infectious Disease Conference 2010: Issues and Challenges); MMA-MOH - 21 November 2010

The latest review on the Implementation of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD): Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers – Malaysian Cosmetics and Toiletries Industry Group (FMMMCTIG) - 1 October 2010

Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) Reports pada Taklimat Penataran Program Pelalian HPV: JKN Selangor - 4 May 2010

Product Post-Marketing Surveillance Programme; Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Special Training (BeST) Programme anjuran CRC dan ACRPM Sdn. Bhd. - 28 April 2010

Pharmacovigilance: Ensuring the Safe Use of Medicines/Vaccines: Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu - 11 April 2010

Drugs of Abuse Principles of Effective Drug Treatment: PSD - 3 April 2010

4TH ASEAN Network for Consumer (ANCO) Participation in standardisation “Improving Product Safety Through Consumer Participation in standardisation: Department of Standards Malaysia; 1-2 March 2010

Pharmaceutical Services: Future Direction: Cyberjaya University College Medical Sciences - 24 October 2009

Improving Patient Care: Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration: National Heart Association Malaysia (NHAM) Conference - 17 April 2009

The Law and the Treatment Community – what matters most? – 5th National Conference on Addiction Medicine (NATCAM) Kuantan - 8 Nov 2008

Malaysian Statistics of Medicines: Improving Use and  Access: Clinical Research and Trial Excellence (CREATE) 2008 Petaling Jaya - 21 October 2008

MMT in Harm Reduction Programme MOH Malaysia – Role of Pharmacists: MPS Scientific Conference - 16 August 2008

Role of Pharmacy Services in MOH: International Islamic University Kuantan - 21 August 2008

Pattern of Antibiotic Usage In Malaysian Hospitals: 21 July 2008

Medicines Use in Malaysia – 2005: National Conference on Clinical Research 2007; Kuala Lumpur - 26th October 2007

Pharmacists in Clinical Pharmacy Practice – Expectation and Needs: School of Pharmaceutical Sciences USM- 12 June 2006

Chair of Meetings/Committees

- ASEAN Variation Guideline Committee (2010 - 2014)
- ACCSQ – ASEAN Cosmetic Committee (ACC) Meeting (2009-2011)
- Consultation on Affordable Prices of Medicines Meeting; 2-4 August 2006 Manila organized by World Health Organization (WHO)


- ACCSQ – ASEAN Cosmetic Committee (ACC) Meeting - Head of Delegation, Malaysia (2009 -2015)
- ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) Meeting - Head of Delegation, Malaysia (2009 -2015)
- European Medicines Agency (PIC/S) Rapid Alert– Focal Point for Malaysia (2011-2015)
- Annual Meeting of Representatives of The National Centres participating in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring – Malaysian delegate (2011-2015)
- ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality-Pharmaceutical Product Working Group (ACCSQ-PPWG) - Malaysian delegate (2010 - 2014)


- Advance Therapy Products (ATPS) Committee – Member (2014 - 2015)
- Cosmetic Safety Expert Committee (CoSEC) – Chairperson (2011 - 2015)
- 1Care Technical Working Group Committee – Member (till 2010)
- Quality Assurance Workshop Melaka State 2010 – Judge (oral presentation)
- Annual Pharmacy Research Presentation Selayang Hospital – Evaluator (2009 and 2010)
- 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of National Heart Association of Malaysia - Speaker and Symposium Chair (2009) - 1st - - - National Scientific Meeting of Renal Pharmacy, MPS/ MOH - Judge (2009)
- Task Force Commitee on Relationship of HLA-B*1502 With Cutaneous Reaction of antiepileptic Drugs - Member (2009)
- National Medicine Use Survey Expert Panel (2004 - 2009)
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Pharmacy Program Committee – Member (2008 - 2009)
- Medication Safety Technical Advisory Committee – Member (2007 - 2009)
- Harm Reduction Task Force, MOH– Member (2005 - 2009)
- MPS Scientific Conference 2008 – Committee Member, Speaker and Session Chair
- Health Technology Assessment Technical Advisory Committee – Member (2006 - 2007)
- Quality Assurance Technical Working Committee, MOH - Member (2002 - 2005)
- Quality Coordinator for Pharmaceutical Services Division, MOH (2002 - 2005)
- Pharmacy Practice/Clinical Pharmacy Symposium–MPS Conference - Symposium  Chair (2003)

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