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November 28, 2013 in association
After coming under attack from the doctors’ lobby, the newly approved course of BSc (community health) that aims to bridge the gap for health professionals in rural areas, is now being contested by pharmacists too.
The Indian Pharmacists Association (IPA) has written to the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to intervene in the matter of approval of the course. It feels that with an upgradation course, pharmacists can take over the task of offering over the counter (OTC) drugs in rural area. In its letter to the PCI, the association said, “Launch of BSc (Community Health) is equally against the pharmacists, doctors and nurses. At the same time, with no experience, these BSc (community health) pass outs woll serve only as quacks.”
Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet has given a go ahead to theHealth Ministry to start a new three and a half year BSc community health programme that would create a new cadre of health professionals to improve the rural healthcare infrastructure in the country. The proposal was pending since a few years, as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health had opposed the introduction of an undergraduate course on community health. Hence the health ministry had sought the cabinet nod to start the course.
Students passing out of this course would basically serve as community health officers in rural areas who would assist in preventive medicine, and would also be able to prescribe OTC drugs to patients for common ailments.
While the government feels that this would help create a much-needed pool of healthcare providers in rural areas, the IPA feels that in rural areas pharmacists have been dispensing as well as prescribing medicines to patients. States like Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand have allowed pharmacists to prescrive medicine in absence or non-availability of doctors, it said. Secretary general of the IPA, Bhupendra Kumar felt that pharmacists should not have been ignored and a new course being launched altogether.
In its letter the IPA said, “It is our demand to PCI to take necessary steps in this regard. A pharmacist after an upgradation course of just six months will definitely work far better than the BSc (Community Health) pass out. This will not only save national revenue, but public will also receive quality service from experienced pharmacists who are already working in rural and far flung areas.”
November 28, 2013 in association
Takes up issue with Registrar, Pharmacy Council of India
Indian Pharmacist Association (IPA) has taken a strong objection towards Cabinet’s decision to introduce B.Sc. (Community Health) programme. IPA officials have given a presentation to Archna Mudgal, Secretary cum registrar, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) in this regard.
“IPA wants complete ban on this course. Over the years pharmacists have created their image to the community as a health provider and successful medical practioner even in rural India. A large section of our society is still in need of treatments and health-related benefits. Instead of introducing a new course, the pharmacist’s knowledge should be upgraded to provide health facilities at the primary level,” says,Bhupendra Kumar, Secretary General, IPA.
In many parts of India there is a dearth of qualified pharmacists. In such a scenario, programmes like B.Sc (Community Health) can play a supportive role to the available pharmacists. While refusing this possibility, Kumar argues, “Course like this will only cause statutory problems because as per The Pharmacy Act and Drugs and Cosmetics Act only pharmacists can dispense medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner and B.Sc. (Community Health) will not fall in the definition of a medical practitioner.”
Kumar supports his claim by saying that as per section 42 of The Pharmacy Act, “No person other than a registered pharmacist shall compound, prepare, mix, or dispense any medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner and whoever contravenes this provision shall be punishable with imprisonment.”
IPA has put forth certain demands, like deciding minimum qualification for registration to B Pharma, creation of directorate of pharmacy, loan on subsidised rates for opening chemist shop, preparation of central register and imparting continuing pharmacy education.
November 17, 2013 in association
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November 1, 2013 in association
October 5, 2013 in association
Prime Minister announced for 7th Pay Commission. Indian Pharmacist Association will give its representation to Pay Commission.
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August 1, 2013 in association
INDIAN PHARMACIST ASSOCIATION (IPA) announces UP State Branch of IPA with following office bearers
Sh. Sandeep Chaurasia
Sh. R.C. Sharma
Sh. Suneel Yadav
UP Pharmacy Council
Secretary (Academic) cum treasurer
Dr. Harlokesh Narayan
HOD, Dept of Pharmacy,
Sh. O.P. Yadav
Drug Inspector, Sultanpur
1. Ramu Mishra
Pharmacist, CGHS, Kanpur
2. Ravindra Singh Tomar
3. Virendra Pratap Mall
5. Satyendra Tripathi
6. Ravisyam Patel
In order to have better coordination, integration and harmonization between the PCI and SPCs for effective regulation of the practice of pharmacy in the country, a meeting of the PCI with SPCs/Registration Tribunals was held on 15.4.2013.
The various issues discussed during the meeting were -
1· The online Central Registration/Live register.
2· Digitalization of the record by the SPCs.
3· Involvement of the pharmacist in the various National Health Schemes of Govt. of India.
4· Pharmacy professionals entering teaching / industry to register with SPCs.
5· Strict implementation of section 42 of the Pharmacy Act vis-a-vis appointment of inspectors u/s 26A.
6· Fixation of minimum wages for pharmacists.
7· Deletion of obsolete Sections from the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
8· Abolition of Registration Tribunal and constitution of the SPCs.
9· Establishment of Drug Information Centre by the SPCs.
10· NOC by SPCs in time bound manner for transfer / migration of registration.
11· Functioning of SPCs.
12· Creation of separate Directorate of Pharmacy Education in States.
13· Dispensing of medicines by registered persons only in Govt. hospitals/institutions.
14· Registration of Foreign Nationals vis-a-vis admission to Higher Pharmacy Qualification.
15· Uniform fees for registration/renewal/entry of additional qualification.
16· CEP for pharmacists.
The PCI has decided to hold this integration on annual basis to address the various issues concerning registration of pharmacist and practice of profession under the Pharmacy Act
Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad
Hon’ble Union Health Minister
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Sub.: Violation of Pharmacy Act and Drugs & Cosmetics Act in Hospital Wards – Reg.
As per the Pharmacy Act 1948 & Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940, it has the provisions that medicines to a patient can be dispensed only by a registered pharmacist on the prescription of a registered medical practitioner. These two acts restrict any other person to dispense medicine including nurses.
According to Section 42 of Pharmacy Act, no person other than a registered pharmacist shall compound, prepare, mix, or dispense any medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner and whoever contravenes these provisions shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine not exceeding one thousand rupees or with both.
According to Section 65 Drugs and Cosmetics Rules of Drugs and Cosmetics Act:
Section 65 (i) Any drug Shall, if compounded or made on the licensee’s premises be compounded or made under the direct and personal supervision of a registered pharmacist.
Section 65(ii) The supply, otherwise than by way of wholesale dealing, of any drug supplied on the prescription of a registered medical practitioner shall be effected only by or under the personal supervision of a registered pharmacist
Sir, I would like to draw to your kind attention that no hospital (pvt. or govt.) have even a single pharmacist posted in a ward. Medicines in hospitals wards are stored and dispensed by nurses and other staff of hospitals. It is very surprising that work of pharmacist is done by nurses and other hospital staff when there is shortage of nurses and enough availability of registered pharmacists.
A Registered Pharmacist is a qualified person who practices in pharmacy focusing on safe and effective medication use. He is trained for dispensing and knows every aspect of medicine (i.e. storage condition, drug interaction, side effects, drug-food interaction, bioavailability of medicine etc.).
Therefore, to prevent violation of Drugs and Cosmetics act, and Pharmacy Act and to prevent any error in dispensing pharmacists should be appointed in all govt./pvt. Hospital wards round the clock.
- His Excellency, The President of India, for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
- Hon’ble The Prime Minister of India, for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
- Hon’ble The Chief Justice of India, for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
- Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, National Advisory Council, for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
- Drug Controller of India, for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
- President, Pharmacy Council of India, for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
- Health Minister, All States for information with the humble request for immediate necessary action in this regard.
General Secretary, IPA