Report on “Community Pharmacy” Seminar organized by IPA – MSB

Report on “Community Pharmacy” Seminar organized by IPA – MSB


Indian Pharmaceutical Association (Maharashtra State Branch) organised one-day seminar on “Community Pharmacy” at the Auditorium of Tata Memorial Centre, Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Kharghar, Navi Mumbai on Sunday, 19th June, 2005.

Mr M G Kekatpure Vice-President, IPA-MSB welcomed the participants and introduced the Chief Guest Mr P R Uttarwar, Joint Commissioner, (Konkan Division) Food and Drug Administration (M.S). The special invitees were Mr. T.S. Patil, Assistant Commissioner, Raigad and Dr Prashant Bhat, Asst. Medical Superintendent of the ACTREC. Mr Gilda, the President of Panvel Chemist’s Association and Mrs Dhuri from Cipla offered a warm welcome to dignitaries.

The Chief Guest emphasised on the importance of community pharmacist with respect patient – pharmacist interaction and FDA’s support to take action based on feedback. Mr Asghar M. Nandan, In-charge Dept. of Pharmacy, ACTREC opened series of 5 presentations with “Drug Combination and Drug Incompatibility Chemist Point of View” Dr R.B. Smarta, Managing Director, Interlink Marketing Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. spoke on strategies to maximise business of retail pharmacist through “Positive Attitude and Time Management”. His tips on efficiency, effectiveness, prioritisation; managing skills and knowledge economy were outstanding to improve the business of the practising pharmacists.

Mr Omprakash Sadhwani, Assistant Commissioner, Intelligence Branch, FDA gave a regulatory presentation “Pharmacist responsibility under D&C Act and Rules and for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances” . Dr H P Tipnis, Advisor to The Medicine Shoppe spoke on “Registered Pharmacist Role in Community Pharmacy”. The seminar ended with very interactive and enthusiastic participation by the audience in the Panel Discussion along with the esteemed speakers. Mr Rajesh Dalal, the Convenor of the seminar delivered the vote of thanks for making the event very successful.