In the ever-evolving landscape of pharmacy, where innovative solutions are pivotal, one remarkable student has emerged as a beacon of change. Yuhashinee K. Kumaredev, a final-year undergraduate student from the Faculty of Pharmacy at SEGi University, has not just conducted research but has embarked on a transformative journey that has earned her recognition and acclaim. Her exceptional work in the field of safe medication disposal in Malaysia has propelled her into the limelight, making her a finalist in the esteemed 5th MyPSA National Pharmacy Research Competition (NPRC) 2023.
The NPRC, an annual event hosted by the Malaysian Pharmacy Students’ Association (MyPSA), serves as a platform for budding pharmacy researchers to showcase their innovations and discoveries. This year’s event, hosted virtually by the University of Malaya, became the canvas upon which Yuhashinee’s groundbreaking research was unveiled.
Yuhashinee’s research, titled “Knowledge, Perception, and Practice of Proper Medication Disposal among the General Public in Malaysia,” delves into a crucial issue that often goes unnoticed – the proper disposal of unused medicines. Under the mentorship of Mr. Tan Kien Sin, a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Pharmacy at SEGi University, Yuhashinee embarked on a journey fueled by her passion for creating a positive impact on healthcare resources and environmental safety.
Her inspiration came from a realization: the improper disposal of medicines poses immense challenges to both healthcare resources and environmental sustainability. Yuhashinee’s project was nurtured by her exposure to the ‘Return Your Medicines Programme,’ an initiative pioneered by the Ministry of Health and MPS-YPC. This exposure fortified her belief that raising public awareness about proper medication disposal is key to mitigating this issue in the long run.
Collaborating with the Malaysian Pharmacists Society – Young Pharmacists Chapter (MPS-YPC), Yuhashinee’s project transcended boundaries. Through this collaboration, the project reached a broader audience, engaging participants from diverse regions in Malaysia. The support from MPS-YPC, along with the backing from the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Research Committee of SEGi University, played a pivotal role in the success of this initiative. Their collective efforts amplified the project’s impact, allowing it to touch the lives of many.
Embarking on a journey of pharmacy research in her final undergraduate year was undeniably challenging for Yuhashinee. However, it was also incredibly fulfilling. Her dedication and hard work were rewarded when she had the opportunity to showcase her research findings at NPRC 2023. This moment marked not just the culmination of her four-year study at SEGi University but also a significant milestone in her personal and academic growth.
Yuhashinee’s achievement in becoming a finalist in NPRC 2023 is not just a personal victory; it is a testament to the spirit of innovation and dedication that defines SEGi University’s academic community. Her research stands as a beacon, illuminating the path toward a future where pharmacy practices are not only grounded in knowledge but are also deeply attuned to the needs of society and the environment.
In the grand tapestry of achievements, Yuhashinee’s contribution shines brightly. Her research, born from passion and commitment, has not only made an impact today but will continue to shape the future of pharmacy practices, empowering communities and fostering a legacy of positive change.
As we celebrate Yuhashinee’s achievement, we are reminded that within the walls of SEGi University, future leaders and innovators are being nurtured, and ready to make a difference in the world. Her stories are not just an achievement; it is an inspiration, encouraging all to strive for excellence and create a meaningful impact on the world around us.