The Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council intends to cancel the registration of the working pharmacists who deliberately abstain from the training programmes being implemented by the Council in respect of improving their efficiency.
All community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists must partake minimum two such training courses of one month duration, in five years. Otherwise their registration will be cancelled, said Dr T Ilango, the registrar of the Council.
He said with a structured program to train the practising pharmacists in all over the state, a perceptible change in pharmacy practices could be brought in every where. India is in strong need for better community pharmacy practitioners which can only be achieved by promoting the pharmacy practice education. Such trained pharmacy practitioners are ideal for being groomed into drug information specialists, Dr Ilango added.
He said this kind of training will be made compulsory in future to update the knowledge of pharmacists in all areas.
While delivering on the subject, “Knowledge updating for the Community and Hospital Pharmacists,” a one-day training programme for pharmacists sponsored by the Council at Periyar College of Pharmaceutical sciences at Trichy, the Registrar said the Council is regularly conducting continuing education programme for pharmacists. The pharmacists engaged in community services and in hospital services must utilize this opportunity and attend minimum two such programs within five years of their service. Action will be taken against those who deliberately restrain themselves from participating the programs, he maintained.
The speakers spoke on the subject felt that a pharmacist should have ready access to advanced technology in the field for efficient patient care. The community pharmacists must follow the latest development in the drug manufacture, their actions, indications and side effects, besides maintaining the patient’s profile. They expressed the hope that, the present training course implemented by the Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council would help the drug dispensers acquire knowledge in this regard.
Prof. Dr V Ravichandran, vice president, Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council inaugurated the workshop. Gnana Sebastian, correspondent, Periyar College of Pharmaceutical Sciences presided over the inaugural meeting.
Prof. Dr R Senthamarai, principal, Periyar College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr A M Ismail, vice principal, S A Govindakumar, assistant director of Drugs Control, Trichy zone, Dr M Thamilmozhi, senate member of Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Prof. Dr T N K Suriyaprakash, Head, Department of Pharmaceutics and Prof. K Sakthivel have spoken on the subject.