Hamdard (Pvt) Ltd

Hamdard (Pvt) Ltd

Hamdard Pakistan, (ہمدرد پاکستان) is a Pakistani unani medicine company which is based in Karachi, Pakistan. It was established by Hakim Said as Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) in 1948.

History[edit]

Hakim Abdul Majeed (1883 – 1922) founded an organization called Hamdard Dawakhana in Delhi in 1906.[1] At that time, it was a small clinic and herbal medicine shop. Abdul Majeed had come from a family that included many herbal doctors, and he joined the herbal pharmacy of the renowned Unani physician Hakim Ajmal Khan. As he developed his knowledge of medicine, he became a Hakim and decided to establish his own pharmacy and clinic, which he called Hamdard Dawakhana. Rooh Afza syrup was officially launched in 1907.[1][2][3]

In 1940, Abdul Majeed’s youngest son Hakim Mohammed Saeed joined Hamdard Dawakhana. By 1947, Hamdard became a prominent manufacturer of herbal products and medicines in the Indian subcontinent.

After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Saeed, at the age of 29, migrated to Pakistan on 9 January 1948.[4][3] The following year, he established Hamdard Laboratories Pakistan in the old area of Arambagh, Karachi on a modest scale. Saeed was able to make Hamdard profitable and the leading manufacturer of herbal medicines and products in Pakistan in six years – by 1953.[4][3]

In 1953, when Hamdard had become a big pharmaceutical company, Saeed declared it a Waqf (a Muslim endowment entity).[4][3]

Hakim Saeed’s daughter, Sadia Rashid, chairperson of the company in 2016, reportedly said that her father had also opened up a branch of ‘Hamdard Pakistan’ in the former East Pakistan. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, her father had given that branch to the people of Bangladesh.[4]