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Pharmacy professionals should share information to PCI to revise curriculum of all courses: Dr G D Gupta

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

It is high time the pharmacist community in the country came together to strengthen the pharmacy profession for the welfare of the society by enabling themselves to contribute their knowledge to the profession.

All stakeholders of the profession must share their valuable knowledge and experience with the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) which is now engaged in the effort to update the curriculum of all courses of study for the changing needs of the profession and for the welfare of the society, said Dr. GD Gupta, director of ISF College of Pharmacy, Moga in Punjab.

Dr Gupta was delivering the inaugural address of a series of seminar programs being organized by the Geethanjali Institute of Pharmacy in Udaipur in Rajasthan as part of the 59th Pharmacy Week Celebration (PWC). The theme of this year’s PWC is ‘Pharmacists- Frontline Health Professionals’.

The pharmacy academic expert told the teachers, pharmacists and students who attended the online seminar that the teachers who train the students of pharmaceutical sciences and profession need to encourage them to update knowledge in their field for the sake of providing health awareness related to healthcare management. Further they should be persuaded to generate their identity, recognition and value among other professionals in the healthcare team.

As pharmacy service is a shining and attractive job, it has a principal role in the services to the society because its importance is increasing on all occasions. He said the services the pharmacists rendered during this COVID pandemic showed the very importance of the need of pharmacy professionals as a frontline health worker. Now, they have come to the forefront as a health worker from behind the curtain.

“If you want to serve the society properly, you can choose the pharmacy profession as a noble and important area of service. A pharmacist is an important person today as like a doctor or a nurse. Unlike the old days, today’s patients want to know more about the medicines and interact with the pharmacists. In Rajasthan, UP and in some other states, 95% of the rural people have no facility to directly avail medical advice from doctors every time. Wherever the number of doctors is less there the pharmacists contribute their services as healthcare professionals or they work in place of doctors”, he told the aspiring pharmacist community.

With regard to updating the pharmacists’ knowledge in the profession, Dr Gupta said the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is now engaged in an effort to revise the curriculum of pharmacy courses in accordance with the emerging needs in the professional sector, especially to equip the future pharmacists to meet the challenges in the healthcare sector. He wanted the professionals, academicians, researchers and students to share their contributions with the PCI in the form of information related to developing the profession so as to help the council to update the curriculum accordingly.

Further, Dr Gupta wanted the pharmacy institutions in the country to make the webinars being conducted by the colleges more informative as the students need updated knowledge in their subjects. He said in another one or two years, the scope of the pharmacy profession will increase and it will have a predominant role in the entire healthcare management system. To achieve this goal, all the stakeholders of the profession should work in true spirits.

The new innovations and start-ups are waiting for the accomplished pharmacy professionals with multiple opportunities other than becoming dispensing pharmacists in medical stores, Dr. Gupta added.

Dr Udichi Kataria, coordinator for the 59th NPW at Geethanjali Pharmacy College introduced the guests to the online audience. Dr. MS Rathore, principal of the college, Dr. Rohit Singhal, senior safety manager with Global Pharmacovigilance and Dr Mohammad Salahuddin, principal of Farooqia College of Pharmacy in Mysore spoke on the theme.


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Dr BLDass Nov 21, 2020 9:23 AM
A Noble call.
PCI should offer a platform to receive the suggestions regarding syllabus of different courrses of pharmacy curriculum.
Future prospect of pharmacy professionals can not be made bright unless there is change in syllabus and good regulation of pharmacy education.
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