Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Prof. A.C.M Fahim


Official Address :

Department of Pharmacy,
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences,
University of Peradeniya,
Augusta Hill, Sri Amarawansa Mawatha
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka


Email :

fahim@ahs.pdn.ac.lk


Telephone :

+94-81-3999624

+94-77-7664285(Mobile)




  • PhD (Medicine) (Prince of Wales Medical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • Master of Applied Management (Health),(University of Newcastle, Australia)
  • B.Pharm (University of Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (Since Sept 2015 to date)
  • Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (October 2010 to Aug 2015)
  • Lecturer in Pharmacology, Department of Bio-Sciences, Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australia (2013-2015)
  • Tutor and Demonstrator in Pharmacology, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, Australia (2012-2015)
  • Head, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
  • Acting Head, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Honorary Research Fellow-University of Sydney, Australia (2015-2020)
  • Member, Board of Directors-South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research, University of Peradeniya
  • Visiting Fellow, Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2015-2021)
  • Member, Clinical Trials Evaluation Committee, National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), Sri Lanka (Since Dec 2018)
  • Member, Medicines Evaluation Committee, National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), Sri Lanka (Since Jan 2019)
  • Visiting Academic, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of MLS, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
  • Panel of Teachers/Examiners, M. Sc program in Pharmaceutical Botany, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Deputy chair- Standing Scientific Committee, APAMT (Since Nov 2018)

  • Merit Awards for Scientific Publication 2017

  • Presidential award for outstanding scientific publications (Consecutively year 2003-2008 & 2010-2017)

  • Member, Standing Scientific Committee, APAMT (Since May 2017)

  • Co-investigator: A study to evaluate the effect of clinical pharmacy interventions on management outcome in CKDU patients undergoing hemodialysis in Sri Lanka (RG/2017/HS/04). Rs. 3,233,750.00 (2018-2019), National Sciences Foundation, Sri Lanka.

  • Early Career Researcher, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translational Venom and Antivenom Research Application ID: APP1110343 (2016- 2020)- $844,779.50

  • Presidential award for outstanding scientific publications (Consecutively year 2003- 2008 & 2010-2016).

  • Full Scholarship, Government of Pakistan through Pakistan Technical Assistance Program and Colombo Plan to study four-year course of Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.

  • Endeavour Postgraduate Research Award (ID 2241_2011), Government of Australia Award 2011 (http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Pages/Summary.aspx)

  • Travel grant-Prince of Wales Clinical School (POWCS) 2014

  • Travel Grant-UNSW Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) 2013

  • Australian Development Scholarship, Government of Australia 2011

  • Travel Grant-Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT)

  • Board Member, APAMT (Since Nov 2018)

  • Member, American Society of Nephrology

  • Member, International Society of Nephrology

  • Member, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology

  • Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka

  • Travel Grant-International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), FIP PSWC/AAPS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

  • FIP Congress Travel Scholarship- International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), 69 th FIP Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Scholarship and Travel Grant to attend Oxford-UK Randomized Clinical Trial Short Course, Oriel College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

My research interest includes exploring the role of novel biomarkers in early detection of acute and chronic kidney injury, evaluating the impact of a ward-based clinical pharmacy service in resolution of drug-related problems, appropriateness of medications at discharge and quality use of medicines. Other key research areas include integrated approaches to improve appropriate use of antibiotics and promotion of antimicrobial stewardship program in Sri Lanka, exploring the clinical effect of solvents and alcohol in profenofos poisoning and quantifying gut toxicity in poisoning, snake envenomation and chronic NSAIDs use.

    Summary: (Publications 68, google scholar h-index 24, citations 2840 as of as of 8th April 2020)


    Google Scholar| Research Gate |   ORCID : 0000-0003-2849-7269 |   Scopus ID: 8857070400

  • Prasadi GAM, , Senarathna L , Dharmaratne SD, Mohamed F, Jayasinghe S, Dawson A. Mother’s ability to determine and measure paracetamol doses for children-a contrived observational study. Journal of Child Health Care 2021

  • Perananthan V, Wijerathna T, Mohamed F, Gawarammana I, Dawson A, Buckley N. Circulating intestinal fatty acid binding protein and gastrointestinal toxicity in Russell’s Viper envenomation. Clinical Toxicology 2021. DOI:10.1080/15563650.2021.1965160

  • Rambabu L, Mohamed F, Dhanarisi J, Gawarammana I, Raubenheimer J, Mackenzie L, Roberts MS, Buckley NA, Eddleston M (2021): Acute phenthoate self-poisoning: a prospective case series, Clinical Toxicology 2021, DOI: 10.1080/15563650.2021.1917596

  • Buckley NA, Mohamed F, Gawarammana I, Eddleston M, Roberts MS, Dawson AH. Case fatality of agricultural pesticides after self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet (2021)-https://doi.org/10.1016/ S2214-109X(21)00086-3.

  • Shihana F, Wong WKM, Joglekar MV, Mohamed F, Gawarammana I, Isbister K, Hardikar AA, Seth D, Buckley NA. Urinary microRNAs as non-invasive biomarkers for toxic acute kidney injury in humans.. Scientific Reports 11, 9165 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-87918-0

  • Shihana F , Barron ML. Mohamed F, Seth D, Buckley NA. MicroRNA in toxic acute kidney injury: Systematic scoping review of the current status. Pharmacology Research & Perspectives 2020 (epub)

  • Wijerathna, T. M, Mohamed, F, Gawarammana, I.B, Wunnapuk, K, Dissanayake, D. M, Shihana, F, Buckley, N. A. Cellular injury leading to oxidative stress in acute poisoning with potassium permanganate/oxalic acid, paraquat, and glyphosate surfactant herbicide. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol 2020, 80 (epub)

  • Shihana F , Mohamed F , Joglekar MV, Hardikar AA, Seth D, Buckley NA. Urinary versus serum microRNAs in human oxalic acid poisoning: Contrasting signals and performance. Toxicology Letters 2020: 334; 21-26

  • Perananthan V, Mohamed F, Shahmy S, Gawarammana I, Dawson A, Buckley N. The clinical toxicity of imidacloprid self-poisoning following the introduction of newer formulations. Clinical Toxicology. 2020:1-4.

  • Sukhang M, Junkuy A, Buckley N, Mohamed F, Wunnapuk K: An LC-MS/MS method for creatine and creatinine analysis in paraquat-intoxicated patients. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B 2019:1-10

  • Dhanarisi, J., F. Shihana, K. Harju, F. Mohamed, V. Verma, S. Shahmy, P. Vanninen, O. Kostiainen, I. Gawarammana and M. Eddleston. A pilot clinical study of the neuromuscular blocker rocuronium to reduce the duration of ventilation after organophosphorus insecticide poisoning. Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2019: 1-8.

  • Ratnayake, I., F. Mohamed, N. A. Buckley, I. B. Gawarammana, D. M. Dissanayake, U. Chathuranga, M. Munasinghe, K. Maduwage, S. Jayamanne, Z. H. Endre and G. K. Isbister. Early identification of acute kidney injury in Russell's viper (Daboia russelii) envenoming using renal biomarkers. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2019, 13(7): e0007486.

  • Coombes I, Coombes J, Hough J.E, Cope JH, O’Brien B, Thilakarathne AP, Mohamed F. Assessing limitations and solutions in developing clinical pharmacy services in Sri Lankan government hospitals: A report from a Hospital Pharmacists’ Workshop. The Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka 2019 9(1): 20 – 29

  • Wijerathna TM, Gawarammana I, Mohamed F, Dissanayaka D, Dargan PI, Chathuranga U, Jayathilake C, Buckley NA: Epidemiology, toxicokinetics and biomarkers after self-poisoning with Gloriosa superba. Clinical Toxicology 2019, epub:1-7.

  • Prasadi GAM, Mohamed F, Senarathna L, Cairns R, Pushpakumara PHGJ, Dawson AH: Paediatric poisoning in rural Sri Lanka: an epidemiological study. BMC Public Health 2018, 18(1):1349

  • Dhanarisi HJ, Gawarammana IB, Mohamed F, Eddleston M: Relationship between alcohol co-ingestion and outcome in profenofos self-poisoning–A prospective case series. PloS one 2018, 13(7): e0200133.

  • Sakeena M, Bennett AA, Jamshed S, Mohamed F, Herath DR, Gawarammana I, McLachlan AJ: Investigating knowledge regarding antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance among pharmacy students in Sri Lankan universities. BMC infectious diseases 2018, 18(1):209.

  • Sakeena MH, Bennett AA, Mohamed F, Herath HM, Gawarammane I, McLachlan AJ: Investigating knowledge regarding antibiotics among pharmacy and allied health sciences students in a Sri Lankan university. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 2018, 12(09):726-732.

  • Wijerathna TM, Mohamed F, Dissanayaka D, Gawarammana I, Palangasinghe C, Shihana F, Endre Z, Shahmy S, Buckley NA: Albuminuria and other renal damage biomarkers detect acute kidney injury soon after acute ingestion of oxalic acid and potassium permanganate. Toxicology letters 2018, 299:182-190.

  • Shanika, L. G. T., S. Jayamanne, C. N. Wijekoon, J. Coombes, D. Perera, Mohamed F, I. Coombes, H. A. De Silva and A. H. Dawson (2018). "Ward-based clinical pharmacists and hospital readmission: a non-randomized controlled trial in Sri Lanka." Bull World Health Organ 96(3): 155-164.

  • Shanika, L.G.T., Wijekoon, C.N., Jayamanne, S., Coombes, J., Perera, D., Pathiraja, V.M., Mamunuwa, N., Mohamed, F., Coombes, I., Lynch, C., De Silva, H.A. and Dawson, A.H., 2018. Opportunities for medication review and reconciliation by a clinical pharmacist to prevent drug-related hospital re-admissions: evidence from a case series in Sri Lanka. Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka, 8(1), pp.61–64

  • Gawarammana, I., N. A. Buckley, Mohamed F, K. Naser, K. Jeganathan, P. Ariyananada, K. Wunnapuk, T. A. Dobbins, J. A. Tomenson and M. F. Wilks (2017). "High-dose immunosuppression to prevent death after paraquat self-poisoning–a randomised controlled trial." Clinical toxicology: 1-7.

  • Perera, D. M. P., J. A. Coombes, L. G. T. Shanika, A. Dawson, C. Lynch, Mohamed F, H. A. De Silva, S. F. Jayamanne, N. B. Peters and B. Myers (2017). "Opportunities for pharmacists to optimise quality use of medicines in a Sri Lankan hospital: an observational, prospective, cohort study." Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 47(2): 121-130.

  • Shrestha, B. R., D. P. Pandey, K. P. Acharya, C. Thapa-Magar, Mohamed F and G. K. Isbister (2017). "Effective, polyvalent, affordable antivenom needed to treat snakebite in Nepal." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 95(10): 718.

  • Monte AA, Sun H, Rapp-Olsson AM, Mohamed F, Gawarammana I, Buckley NA, Evans CM, Yang IV, Schwartz DA: The Plasma Concentration of MUC5B is Associated with Clinical Outcomes in Paraquat Poisoned Patients. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2017.

  • Mohamed F, Buckley NA, Pickering JW, Wunnapuk K, Dissanayake S, Chathuranga U, Gawarammana I, Jayamanne S, Endre ZH: Nephrotoxicity-induced proteinuria increases biomarker diagnostic thresholds in acute kidney injury. BMC Nephrol 2017, 18(1):122.

  • Wijerathna TM, Gawarammana IB, Dissanayaka DM, Palanagasinghe C, Shihana F, Dassanayaka G, Shahmy S, Endre ZH, Mohamed F, Buckley NA: Serum creatinine and cystatin C provide conflicting evidence of acute kidney injury following acute ingestion of potassium permanganate and oxalic acid. Clinical Toxicology 2017:1-7. 15. Pianta TJ, Pickering JW, Succar L, Chin M, Davidson T, Buckley NA, Mohamed F, Endre ZH: Dexamethasone Modifies Cystatin C-Based Diagnosis of Acute Kidney Injury During Cisplatin-Based Chemotherapy. Kidney Blood Press Res 2017, 42(1):62- 75.

  • Knipe DW, Gunnell D, Pieris R, Priyadarshana C, Weerasinghe M, Pearson M, Jayamanne S, Dawson AH, Mohamed F, Gawarammana I et al: Is socioeconomic position associated with risk of attempted suicide in rural Sri Lanka? A cross- sectional study of 165 000 individuals. BMJ Open 2017, 7(3): e014006.

  • Isbister GK, Jayamanne S, Mohamed F, Dawson AH, Maduwage K, Gawarammana I, Lalloo DG, de Silva HJ, Scorgie FE, Lincz LF et al: A randomized controlled trial of fresh frozen plasma for coagulopathy in Russell's viper (Daboia russelii) envenoming. J Thromb Haemost 2017, 15(4):645-654

  • Nicholas A Buckley, Mohamed F, Jacques Raubenheimer, Indika B Gawarammana, Michael Eddleston, Michael S Roberts, Andrew H Dawson. Case fatality of agricultural pesticides after self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet (2021) (epub)

  • Urinary microRNAs as non-invasive biomarkers for toxic acute kidney injury in humans. Fathima Shihana, Wilson K.M.Wong, Mugdha V. Joglekar, Mohamed F, Indika B. Gawarammana2, Geoffrey K. Isbister65, Anandwardhan A. Hardikar, Devanshi Seth, Nicholas A. Buckley. Scientific Reports 202 (epub)