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Pharmacists Are Requested to co-operate in enforcing the Karnataka Medical Council Order

August 30, 2012 in medical news, pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

Doctors Registered in Karnataka Medical Council are requested to write their prescriptions “Legibly and Readable by a Pharmacist” and preferably in Capital letters. The Trade Name and within brackets the Generic Name of the Drug Prescribed along with Signature and K.M.C. Regn. No. of the prescribing Doctor is a must. The Pharmacists are requested to co-operate in enforcing the above order.

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KSPC president hurls allegation on PCI president for deliberately blocking his entry into PCI’s national council

August 28, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council


Irked over the rejection of his application for becoming a member of the national council of the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), Kerala State Pharmacy Council (KSPC) president KC Ajith Kumar has alleged that the PCI president is deliberately blocking his entry into the national council of PCI.

In an interview with Pharmabiz, Ajith Kumar said that because of PCI president Dr B Suresh’s discriminatory attitude, Kerala is not represented in the PCI. He said that KSPC had nominated his name in 2008 after K V Varadarajan’s resignation (in 2007) as member to the national council of the PCI. But PCI did not accept his nomination and despite several reminders, the PCI president is keeping silence over it.

According to him the reason for the resignation of Varadarajan was because of cancellation of his membership from the state pharmacy council for not renewing his registration with the council. But, the PCI allowed him to continue till next person is elected. The state council had nominated Ajith Kumar to the PCI in the year 2008, but the PCI did not act on his application so far. All his reminders were also rejected by the PCI president, Ajith Kumar alleged.

When contacted, Dr Suresh said vide letter dated 26.3.2009, the president of KSPC informed the PCI that K V Varadarajan, the member of KSPC and of the PCI ceased to be a member of the KSPC u/s 25(3) of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 and his continuance as member of PCI beyond the expiry of his membership in the KSPC is not tenable as per section 3(g) of the Act.

But he added that subject to the provisions of the Pharmacy Act, 1948, a nominated or elected member shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of his nomination or election or until his successor has been duly nominated or elected, whichever is longer. The rule says that a nominated or elected member shall be deemed to have vacated his seat if he is absent without excuse, sufficient in the opinion of the Central Council, from three consecutive meeting of the Central Council or if he ceases to be a member of the teaching staff, Medical Council of India (MCI) or a registered pharmacist, as the case may be.

While rejecting the allegations made by Ajith Kumar, Dr Suresh said that the PCI vide letter dated. 13.5. 2009 informed the KSPC that it did not give the name of newly elected representative of KSPC in place of Varadarajan. Hence, in view of section 7(1) of the Pharmacy Act, 1948, Varadarajan will remain as a member of PCI till his successor is intimated to the national council.

Dr Suresh said so far no further communication was received by the PCI from KSPC in this regard.

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Kerala PCI plans to frame guidelines for good dispensing practices as part of Pharmacy Act

August 7, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

The Kerala Pharmacy Council is planning to frame new guidelines for dispensing medicines from government pharmacies and private medical stores in order to introduce Good Dispensing Practices (GDP) in the pharmacy sector for the purpose of delivering correct medicines to the right patient.

Once in place, Kerala will be the role model for all other states in India in the case of good dispensing practices in pharmacies, which are not specified in the Pharmacy Act followed in the country at present, said K C Ajith Kumar, president, Kerala Pharmacy Council.

He said as part of the GDP, a dispenser or pharmacist has to clarify certain items in the prescription before dispensing the medicines, mainly patient’s name, age, sex, diagnosis, signature or seal of the doctor, address, dosage type, unit content of the drug, quantity of the drug, directions of use, date of the prescriptions, etc.  Besides, it is his duty to check whether any allergic reaction to the drug is prescribed or proved earlier to ensure medication safety, and should be ready to share information about the drug with the patient. He should keep a record of all these information with his pharmacy for future reference.

As part of this, the Council is organizing a workshop of all stakeholders on August 17 and 18 in Thiruvananthapuram to contemplate over how to frame a set of legally binding good dispensing practices. Officials from Directorate of Health Services, Directorate of Medical Education, Drugs Control Administration, Health Department, Medical Services Corporation, Pharmacy Council, Pharmacy heads from Corporate Hospitals and members of the store verification team of the health department will attend the workshop. The programme is sponsored by department of health services.

Dr K G Revikumar, advisor to Pharmacy Council, said some protocols are needed to promote prudent and scientific use of medicines by patients and ensure proper storage, administration and for reporting adverse drug reaction. From procurement to medicine’s expiry, a total change in the outlook may be brought up by preparing new dispensing practices.

“The dispensing practice is a comprehensive process designed to ensure patient safety and maximize the benefit of pharmaceutical treatment. The concept of good dispensing practices is the thrust area of pharmacy practices which denotes the standard of the profession and remain the goal of all pharmacists”, he said.

Dr Adeepu Ramesh, professor, department of pharmacy practice, JSS College of pharmacy, Mysore, Dr Panayappan, Director of a chain pharmacy group in Coimbatore, Dr Krishna Kumar, principal, St James College of Pharmacy, Thrissur and Dr K G Revikumar will lead special panel discussions on the subject.

After the workshop, pharmacy council will submit  a comprehensive report to the government for a strategic planning of introducing Good Dispensing Practices in the state, said the pharmacy council president.

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Letter to PCI

August 5, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

Dated : 03/08/2012
The President
The Registrar cum Secretary

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Sub : My submissions for your kind consideration.

I feel honoured to submit the following for your kind notice and
consideration of the same

1)      It is known that many want the 2 year Diploma to be made as a three
year Diploma course , if it is true it is really a disastrous move as
the same would not be right as per the W.H.O norms in fulfilling to
amend minimum qualification of degree in Pharmacy.

2)      It is to request to kindly see that the bridge course of B-Pharmacy
Practice is implemented duly amending minimum B-Pharma to become a
Registered Pharmacist. It is also to request that the in-service
Pharmacist and all the community Pharmacist with 10 years service
should be given only the 03 months internship training and be treated
with par to bridge course B-Pharmacy practice which will enable the
Pharmacy Council in amendment of minimum qualification of B-Pharma in
a short span which is beneficial to all.

3)      I kindly request to define the duties for a Pharmacist  serving in
Govt./Public/ Private sectors Hospitals/Health Units so that
uniformity in duties and responsibilities of Pharmacist shouldered
with respect to his qualification come into existence.

4)      Kindly represent for creation of posts for Pharmacist with qualification of
Pharm-D in every Hospital where procurement, selection of
quality medicines,   policy matters concerned to procurement are
involved so that the present system  of selection, policy, procurement
etc done by the Registered Medical Practitioners  can be done by the
Pharmacist himself and making the R.M.P to induldge in their qualified
duties of diagnosing and treatment of the patients rather than doing
the Administrative duties and the Pharmacist duties.

5)      Kindly introduce curriculam of International standards so as to
Universally Access for job openings by which the B-Pharma of India is
treated as equivalent to Degree in Pharmacy Internationally.

6)      Please kindly represent to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
appealing for rectification of pay scales stating that the M-Pharma/
B-Pharma & D-Pharma all these have entered  Government service as
these facts were not considered by pay commissions while granting pay
scales from the date of introduction of this B-Pharma course from 1954
which would help in implementation of proper pay scales as per the
qualification held in the category as for  the Physiotherapist with 3
year degree and 2 year Diploma were given the pay scale of Rs.5500 –
9000 based on these grounds by the 5th CPC and the Dental Hygienists
pay scales were rectified w.e.f. November 2005 only based on
representation by the Dental Council and association in 2001 for
amendment of 10+2 and 2 year diploma the same approved by the Govt. of
India through the Min of H & FW in the year 2008 for qualifications
held as per the 5th CPC report recommendation’s Consultancy Study
52.38 as per the notings and observations made while rectifying their
scales w.e.f. November 2005.

Highlighting all the above I feel that these facts will be taken into
consideration for the betterment and up-liftment of the Pharmacist’s

In anticipation of reply for the above with copies of any
representation done by the P.C.I.

Thanking you,                           Yours faithfully,

(Goverdhan.Y)  (D-Pharma)
111/B/VRC Railway colony
K.R.S. Road, Mysore – 570020

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Pharmacy course down students’ preference list

August 5, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

BHOPAL: Pharmacy courses no longer enjoy top choice with students, going by a dip in number of students opting for the course in the first round of the counseling. Only 722 students locked their choice for the desired colleges against the availability of 8,250 seats in the first round of counseling, which began on June 15 ended on July 6. The directorate of technical education has now extended it to July 19.

Last year, 30% seats had remained vacant in pharmacy colleges. Admitting to lack of interest in pharmacy, Madhya Pradesh Association of Technical and Professional Institutes spokesman BS Yadav said: “Compared to engineering, pharmacy does not enjoy the same degree of attention from students.”

Statistically speaking, of 1,504 students registered for counseling, only 50% locked their choice in the first round of the counseling.

When asked the reason of students’ lack of interest, Yadav said students do not want to take admission in pharmacy courses through counseling.

“The trend of last couple of years suggested that most of the students find it better to take direct admission through college level counseling rather than appearing for the pre-engineering pharmacy test (PEPT) because they know that there are ample seats available.”

Last year, colleges managed to fill 70% seats in the pharmacy through the PEPT pass outs counselling as well as the college level counseling to fill up the vacant seats.

Besides, he said students find it little tough to study pharmacy courses. “Engineering courses a bit easier for students compared to the pharmacy courses,” he said.

The lack of interest in pharmacy is not limited to students only. Even college owners do not seem interested in running the pharmacy courses. The figures for the past seven years suggest an increase in seats between 2005-06 and 2010-11, but the number of pharmacy colleges went down.

In 2005-06, there were 4,570 pharmacy seats in 70 colleges across the state. The number of seats went up to 8,829 in 2010-11 while the number of colleges which stood at 131 in 2008-09, began dropping in the following years. In 2010-11, there were 127 colleges with 8,829 seats whereas the next year, the figure for colleges came down to 117 with 8,250 seats. This year, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) did not receive a single new application from the state to start the pharmacy courses.

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TN Pharmacy Council warns working pharmacists of cancellation of registration if they skip training once in 5 years

July 24, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

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.

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Updation of Profile of Registered Pharmacists

June 5, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

Karnataka Pharmacy Council requested all the Registered Pharmacists of Karnataka to submit their current profile and get their profile updated.

KPC is requesting all pharmacists because it is observed that many of the registered pharmacists have not updated their personnel profile with respect to their address (residential, professional, work place), contact number, email id, qualification etc.

Many a time the council has become helpless in supporting the pharmacists whenever a request is received for authentication or for issue of Good Standing Certificate.


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Kerala Pharmacy Council moves state HC seeking permission to conduct Council election

June 1, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council


The Kerala State Pharmacy Council has filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking a direction to the state government to allow the Council to conduct election for the six members to the State Pharmacy Council after rectifying the anomalies in the Rule 2011, framed by the government. 

In February this year, the Court had given a direction to the government on a petition filed by Kerala Private Pharmacists Association (KPPA) to conduct the election as per Rule 2011.

Against this verdict, the Council in its petition informed the court that the Rule 2011 contained several anomalies and certain provisions in it are against the norms of Pharmacy Council Act. Hence a new direction to the government was sought from the Court by the Council to conduct the election as stipulated in the Pharmacy Act, said K C Ajith Kumar, president, Kerala State Pharmacy Council.

The election to the Council was getting delayed for the last four years due to various reasons. It was supposed to be held in the year 2008, but because of court cases against the appointment of Registrar and against the removal of president the election was procrastinated without fixing a date. In January this year, the KPPA sought the intervention of the high court to get the election conducted without further delay.

Ajith Kumar said the Rule 2011, based on the Pharmacy Council Act, was made by the former government of Kerala and in order to include some of their favourites into the Council, the government made the Rule violating the provisions in the Act. He said the Act empowers the Council to conduct the election, but the Rule 2011 framed by the government says the government can conduct the election, which is against PCI Act.

According to him, as per Rule 2011 even a non-pharmacist can tender nomination to contest the election. The Act says six members to the Council should be elected from the registered list of qualified pharmacists. To include a pharmacist in the electoral roll, he should have registered with the Council and renew his registration every year. But according the government Rule, with one time registration, a pharmacist can continue for a period of ten years as a voter. This is also a violation of the pharmacy act, he told Pharmabiz.

When the problem of anomalies was raised before the government, an officer in the rank of Deputy Secretary, in charge of Pharmacy Council, said the election will be conducted on removal of all anomalies in the Rule. The Registrar in the Council said the process of rectifying anomalies is going on and the corrected Rule will come into force soon. He said the Council is also engaged in the work of bringing out the new voters list.

As per Pharmacy Council Act, the Council comprises 15 members, out of which six members are elected from the list of registered pharmacists, five members are nominated by government and four ex-officio members.

Source : Pharmabiz

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DCGI’s first DCC meeting on D&C Rules scheduled for mid June

June 1, 2012 in pharmacist, Pharmacy Council

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is expected to meet all the members of the drug consultative committee (DCC) by mid June to discuss and deliberate over major issues that is interfering with the effective implementation of the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Act and Rules across the country. This will be the first meeting headed by Dr G N Singh, who is currently embroiled in the controversy surrounding his appointment as the DCGI.

The DCGI who heads the DCC committee will be meeting all the drug controllers from the country to discuss with them on independent issues faced by each of them in their respective states. The state drug controllers have already submitted their agenda specified for the meeting which will be discussed before the DCGI as per the priority of the issues stated.

According to Dr Hemant G Koshia, commissioner, Gujarat Food & Drugs Control Administration (FDCA), the DCGI is yet to finalise the issues that will be discussed during the meeting, however all the drug controllers will be given a chance to raise points on topics affecting their area.

He further informed, “During this meeting with the DCGI, Gujarat FDCA’s main agenda would be to strongly advocate to bring in stringent rules to regulate uncontrolled grant of licenses to start pharmacy colleges that is leading to over supply of pharmacists in the country. This is not a problem faced only in the state of Gujarat but also across the country, thus it is essential to take immediate steps to control this dangerous trend as that is leading to unemployment in this field.”

Apart from raising the point to control the mushrooming of pharmacy colleges in the country, Dr Koshia also plans to stress on the need for opening new avenues of job opportunities for the pharmacy graduates who are unfortunately going through a very rough phase due lack of proper job openings in the field. He pointed out that creation of relevant positions for pharmacists in the healthcare field is the need of the hour.

DCC which was constituted under the D&C Act deals with the issues relating to implementation, enforcements and amendments of the provisions of the D&C Acts and Rules. Most importantly it acts as the advisory body to the DTAB, state government and central government with respect to provisions relating to the D&C Act.

Source: Pharmabiz

PCI to submit ER 2012 for revamping syllabus of D Pharm programme soon

May 10, 2012 in Pharmacy Council

Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is preparing to submit the Education Regulation (ER) 2012, meant to update the syllabus of Diploma in Pharmacy programme, to the Ministry of Health Family & Welfare in July, said the Council president, Dr B Suresh.
It is after 20 years the PCI is revising the ER for the D Pharm course and is hoped that it could be implemented in the next academic year.
The president of the PCI said the new regulation is more robust than the existing one which was drafted in 1987 and implemented in 1991. Made up of a panel of experts, the new ER is meant to bring the primary level pharmacy education also on par with international standards.

D Pharm, which has been in the pharmacy academic arena for years, has to be upgraded as still the demand for diploma holders is increasing both from industry and from trade sector. The pharmacy council in its bid to modernize the standard of pharmacy education introduced the comprehensive pharmacy academic program, Pharm D, a reverse nomenclature of D Pharm, in 2008. According to the Council president, the new ER will bring an overall change in the conduct of D Pharm course besides updating the syllabus and infrastructural requirements.

The new regulation will lay emphasis on the practice of pharmacy issues including subjects like pharmaco-therapeutics, social pharmacy, patient counselling, pharmaco-vigilance, community pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical jurisprudence. Further, the course will equip the pharmacist to practice profession of pharmacy in community as well as hospital pharmacy settings. The pharmacist will be more equipped to manage and provide pharmaceutical care at optimum levels.

Before the final draft of the ER comes out, the PCI will finalize the duration of the course, training program of students and any new paper is to be included in the syllabus. Presently, after the completion of the two year programme, the students are undergoing 500 hours training in some industry or medical stores or clinical labs or in CROs. When ER 81 was running the course duration was only one year and the training period was 750 hours. It was restructured when ER 91 was introduced raising the duration from one year to 2 years and reducing the training time from 750 hours to 500 hours.

Recently academic experts from several pharmacy colleges have criticized the PCI for not revising the curriculum and syllabus of the D Pharm programme.