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Pharmacists are not getting due recognition: Assistant Drugs Controller Nagaraj

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Mysuru: Though pharmacists are working hard they are not getting much recognition like in western countries where they are given more prominence, said S Nagaraj, Assistant Drugs Controller, Drugs Control Department, Mysuru.

Addressing the gathering during World Pharmacist Day organised by HCG Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology at its premise here on Friday he said “During covid time they played an important role particularly community pharmacists they worked round the clock. They risked their lives for the welfare of patients. In Mysuru alone, due to covid, five pharmacists lost their lives”.

Those took part in the World Pharmacists Day celebration organised by Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology, Mysuru

He also mentioned that there are 1200 pharmacists in Mysuru alone.

“Pharmacists also play an important role in eradicating Tuberculosis; whenever patients go to purchase TB drugs he will collect all the details and pass on to the District TB Officer who in turn sends some of their staff to their house and they will start giving free treatment till they are cured”.

He also spoke about the latest development in drug and cosmetic Act 1940 and the amendments.

He emphasized on the important roles of clinical pharmacists, dispensing pharmacists, drug regulators and industrial pharmacists.

Dr H V Raghunandan, Head-Technical Consultations Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology who also spoke on the occasion mentioned that pharmacists play a vital role in conceptualization of pharmaceutical products for the benefit of patients.

He also stressed on research which benefits patients through affordable innovations for novel anti cancer drug development.

He also mentioned the various services rendered by pharmacists during the recent pandemic and mentioned how pharmacists work with registered medical practitioners for the health care delivery system.

He also emphasized on pharmaceutical products which are of biotechnology origin and its cold storage requirements and adherence through adequate supply chain management.

As part of celebration pharmacists, nurses, oncologists and other staff members of Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology joined the meeting and celebrated the pharmacist day.

S Manjunath, General Secretary, Suvarna Karnataka Chemist Druggist Association, Dr M S Vishveshwara, Medical Superintendent, Dr Y S Madhavi, Senior Radiation Oncologist, Dr Srinivas, Dr Vijay of Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology were also present.

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