IPC 2008 held in New Delhi

IPC 2008 held in New Delhi

The diamond jubilee of Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) concluded at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Dwarka, New Delhi on December 12th-14th, 2008. The event was hosted by the Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association (IPGA) and highlighted the need for a better regulatory system in pharmaceutical and pharmacy education sectors in compliance with global requirements.

The chief guest Malvinder Mohan Singh, CEO and Managing Director, Ranbaxy Laboratories inaugurated the event. Addressing the delegates, Singh, said, “Such congresses are a platform for younger scientists to discuss issues related to drug regulatory affairs, biotechnology, pharma education, pharmacokinetics, clinical research, pharmacovigilance and indigenous drugs.”

Dr Surinder Singh, Drug Controller General (India) (DCGI), and Singh released the souvenir, scientific abstract and Exhibitor catalogue. In his presidential address, Dr M Venkateshwarlu, former DCGI and President, Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA) said, “The fast growing pharma industry in India poses a challenge to the Indian regulators to cope up with the increase in volumes as well as new innovations in science and technology and the regulatory system should be overhauled in order to catch up with the situation.”The chief guest also inaugurated PHARMAceutical Expo which spread over more than 6000 square metres with more than 275 exhibitors, from countries like USA, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and Dubai.

As per the organisers, the three day Congress had confirmations from 84 speakers. However, due to security concerns after Mumbai’s terrorist attacks in November, some overseas speakers had to cancel and 77 speakers turned up at the event. Of the speakers who cancelled, five sent video presentations. Dr Amit S. Patel, Senior Research Manager, MME LLC, Oxford, MS, USA who made a presentation on the US healthcare system, said, “The IPC 2008 theme was nice, this year I can see more of turnout. Next year IPC should have more interactive sessions on pharma market, management, economics and product development.”

The event received 3676 scientific papers, of which 2129 were accepted by the panel of judges. From them, 77 poster presentations were made by college students from across the country.

Speaking about his experience at the event, Sekhar Surabhi, President, Caliber Infosolutions, one of the exhibitors, said, “We have seen more students at this year’s IPC, probably because companies are sending fewer executives for such shows due to cost cutting measures. Such events also allow us to meet face to face with potential clients we are already in contact with and reassure them of our presence and then things can move forward to the next level.”

On behalf of IPC, Venkateshwarlu requested the government to create an independent autonomous regulatory agency to initiate recognition of all Contract Research Organisations (CROs) and to introduce regulations to monitor the activities of CROs to ensure quality of services to overseas customers, which in turn will help Indian outsourcing industry to grow better.

A quick look at the launch of the souvenir and awards being given to eminent pharmacists who have excelled in various fields. The cultural nite prgramme was also enjoyed by one and all

National and international exhibitors at the PHARMAceutical Expo of 60th IPC, showcasing their products. The event was spread over more than 6000 square metres with more than 275 exhibitors